Success Stories Archive

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They Started Their Success @ PCCC

Many PCCC alumni who have gone on to continued academic and professional success credit their achievements to the start they got at PCCC.  Read a few of our success stories.

Elizabeth Walsh
Elizabeth Walsh  
PCCC Class of  2011
B.A., Columbia University, 2014
Recipient of the 2015 Gates Cambridge Scholarship.

“Community colleges can and do change lives.”

                                 - Liz Walsh -

“PCCC does a wonderful job of preparing students for anything they want to do next,” says Liz, shown at left on her graduation day at Columbia University where she earned her B.A. degree in anthropology, graduating summa cum laude with a 4.06 GPA.

Inducted into the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honor society, Liz also won Columbia’s 2014 Dean’s Prize for Anthropology and credits her education at PCCC with providing the foundation for her future achievements. A 2015 recipient of the prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship, Liz will pursue her MA at Cambridge University in England.

Read more about Liz.

Paul Ulloa
Paul Ulloa 
PCCC Class of 2003
William Paterson University,
Summa Cum Laude
Beta Gamma Sigma
(Business International
Honor Society) 

Former Tennis Coach Turned Business Executive Discovered a Love for Learning at PCCC

“PCCC was the key to success for me,” says Paul, a manager with Valeant Pharmaceuticals International.

A high school dropout in his native Ecuador, Paul  worked as a tennis coach while attending English language classes at PCCC,  where he was inspired to continue his college education and distinguished himself academically.

Now a successful  business executive,  Paul has worked for Nestle, L’Oreal, Gerber, and other major companies.  He also donates generously to humanitarian causes.

Read more about Paul.

Jennifer Gasparino
Jennifer Gasparino,
PCCC Class of 2007
BA, Fairleigh Dickinson University
MSW, New York University

A PCCC Success Story:
From Both Sides of the Desk

“I’m living my dream,” says Professor Jennifer Gasparino, a PCCC alumna who is now a full-time Human Services instructor.

“PCCC gave me the foundation for my success,” says Professor Gasparino, who is also a licensed clinical social worker in private practice.

A lackluster high school student who dropped out of her first college after only two semesters,  Professor Gasparino found her purpose at PCCC and went on to earn her BA and MSW degrees and  to discover tools for learning that she shares with her classes.

Read more about Professor Gasparino.  

Matt Dulak
Matt Dulak,
PCCC Class of 2014
Phi Theta Kappa
Currently in
Bachelor’s degree
Columbia University

Achieving His Dream of an Ivy League Education

“Without PCCC, I would have had no chance,” says Matt Dulak, formerly an indifferent student who graduated near the bottom of his high school class.  “This was an absolutely vital preparation for me to go on to an Ivy League university.”

Recently, Matt completed his first semester at Columbia University with  a nearly perfect 3.9 average.  “It was at PCCC
I was told I could do anything I wanted,” said Matt. “If any students read this, I wish they understood, there’s nothing they can’t do, and that it could all start right here.”  

Read more about Matt.