Monthly Newsletter

May 2024

PATHWAYS TO MCC PROGRAM ENABLES STUDENTS TO ATTAIN THEIR HIGH SCHOOL EQUIVALENCY DIPLOMAS

ESL Charitable Foundation

In 2021, Monroe Community College partnered with the ESL Charitable Foundation to introduce the Pathways to MCC program. Pathways, a gateway to college model, attracts students who did not earn a high school diploma. It allows them to take college courses and apply for their New York State high school equivalency diploma. Students in this program receive free tuition, fees, books, and supplies for the required 24 college credits as well as wrap-around support.

Students like Zevez benefit greatly from this program. Zevez experienced numerous challenges that made earning a high school diploma seem unachievable. They desired to break the cycle of not completing high school that their family faced. When learning about Pathways to MCC, Zevez knew that this was the right path, and they have found great success. Zevez will graduate with their high school equivalency diploma this month and hopes to continue on to earn an associate’s degree in business administration at MCC. Watch this video to learn more about Zevez’s story!

We are grateful for the continued support from the ESL Charitable Foundation, which helps students like Zevez earn their high school equivalency diploma so that they can have a path to finding high-demand, living wage jobs.

GOLD STAR GALA GUESTS RAISE $280,000 FOR MCC STUDENTS

Jessica Horner on gala stage


The Monroe Community College Foundation's 26th Annual Gold Star Gala presented by M&T Bank was held on April 27 at The Country Club of Rochester. Unseen Galaxies: An Evening of Wonder was filled with fun, but the mission was quite serious: to raise funds in support of Monroe Community College and to provide scholarships for deserving students. Thanks to our community’s generosity, $280,000 (net) was raised in support of MCC students to fund public higher education for Greater Rochester.

MCC student speaker Jessica Horner ’24 (pictured above), a Dental Hygiene major and scholarship recipient, shone during our scholarship call that evening. Special thanks to our Honorary Chairs Dawn F. Lipson, Mark Siwiec and Duffy Palmer, as well as our Committee Chairs Nicki Hastings, Jay Popli, and Lisa and Rich Paulis.  Also, a deeply heartfelt thank you to our Auction Advocates Robin ’80 and Tim ’80 Wentworth, our evening’s emcee Doug Emblidge, and our Gala committee for their dedication, creativity, and resourcefulness in making this year's gala one to remember!

REMEMBERING THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF DR. ALICE HOLLOWAY YOUNG

Dr. Alice Holloway Young

On April 24, our community lost a founding trustee, board chair emerita, trailblazing educator, and lifelong champion of excellence – Dr. Alice Holloway Young (pictured right).

Dr. Young's legacy at Monroe Community College is enormous through her extraordinary leadership during her 63-year service on the Board of Trustees and her generosity in support of students. She shaped the direction of the College and provided leadership that saw MCC become the premier institution it is today. Because of her lifelong work and her belief in the power of learning, the local community and the lives of over half a million students who walked through the halls and classrooms at MCC have been transformed.

A memorial service will take place on MCC’s Brighton Campus on June 1, 2024. Learn more about the service and the life and legacy of Dr. Young.

EMPOWER INNOVATION BY SUPPORTING STUDENT SUCCESS AT MCC

Joseph Leichtner


In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, many students, like Joseph Leichtner (pictured above), found their educational paths disrupted. Previously engaged in a myriad of extracurricular activities, the sudden shift brought about by the pandemic led Joseph to feel lost, and his mental health suffered. After his high school graduation in 2021, Joseph decided to enroll at Monroe Community College hoping that it would help him heal, yet he found that MCC could do so much more.

Joseph started as a part-time student, working to determine what his goals would be. He quickly felt welcome in MCC’s vibrant community and was attracted to the numerous extra-curricular activities that MCC has to offer. Joseph is now president of the Student Government Association, a community college representative for the SUNY Student Assembly, and an active member of several honors programs. Joseph credits MCC with helping him find himself again.

He is studying business administration and hopes to transfer to a four-year school where he will work towards a career in law or business. The scholarship support that Joseph has received has been instrumental in his success, allowing him to focus on his studies while reducing his financial burden.

Your generosity helps students like Joseph, pursue their goals and achieve great success. With help from the generosity of donors to the Monroe Community College Foundation, Joseph has changed the trajectory of his life.

To empower innovation at MCC and impact future student success, we invite you to make a gift to the 2023-2024 Annual Fund for Monroe Community College today!

LAST CHANCE TO NOMINATE SOMEONE YOU KNOW FOR THE MCC ALUMNI HALL OF FAME

MCC Alumni Hall of Fame

Do you know an outstanding Monroe Community College alum? Nominate them for the MCC Alumni Hall of Fame by June 1!

Each year the Monroe Community College Foundation’s Alumni Hall of Fame Committee considers nominees for the MCC Alumni Hall of Fame and selects up to four new inductees. Created in 1992, this hall of fame recognizes those alumni who have achieved outstanding success and made a lasting impact on their community. Help us identify the next class of inductees; nominate someone today!

Need inspiration? Take a look at our MCC Alumni Hall of Fame members!