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Student Success Stories

­­­At AACC, we have more examples of inspiring students than we can count.

A quick look at our student body will reveal stories that warm the soul and fire the imagination, from those who succeed despite many obstacles to star athletes, and from those who realize a dream by starting a business or transfer to a four-year institution to fulfill an educational goal.

Check back frequently as we continue to add more stories. Get inspired!  

Valedictorian To Help Developing Countries

As an intelligence analyst in the U.S. Marines Corps Reserves in Afghanistan, Michael Jeffrey Fahrner’s job was to assess the development in neighboring communities. He saw the positive impact infrastructure made on people and that inspired him to pursue a career in civil engineering to help communities in developing countries.

"I want to go to countries in need and provide them with the development they need to improve their lives.” [See more]

AACC Helps Student Achieve Lifelong Dream

Heather Howe, 29, just realized the fulfillment of a lifelong dream – in June 2012, she opened her bakery “Fields of Heather.”

When Howe graduated from high school in 2001, the young entrepreneur looked for a conveniently located school with a good culinary program. She found both at Anne Arundel Community College and credits AACC with helping her meet her goals. [See more]

AACC Graduate Overcomes Obstacles

After graduating from Anne Arundel Community College last year with an associate’s degree in addictions counseling (and a 3.97 GPA), Daniel Brannon, 49, was also one of 20 recipients out of a pool of 20,000 to be named a Pearson Prize National Fellow – and earn a coveted $10,000 Pearson Prize for Higher Education.

With half of his award money, Brannon last fall also achieved a longtime dream with the launch of a nonprofit after-school arts and music program for teens ages 13-17. [See more]