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AACC Students Meet Dr. Jill Biden

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Twelve AACC students had the honor of meeting with Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden, U.S. Undersecretary of Education Dr. Martha Kanter and AACC president Dr. Martha Smith to discuss student success at AACC. They had to opportunity to tell their stories, respond to questions and offer suggestions for improving community colleges. Learn more about Dr. Jill Biden's visit and Student Success 2020.


OMAR MARGANA – As part of the External Deployment Program (EDP) assignment to participate in government in some way, he recently went to the State House in Annapolis. EDP is a way to get a high school credential similar to the GED, only it is project-based. While there, he shared his story with Maryland Senate President Mike Miller and was ushered into a proceeding, was introduced to the other senators, and told his story again.

PATRICIA E. MCKELDIN – She started with AACC’s Transportation, Logistics and Cargo Security program in the fall 2009 term. She has completed four of the six classes that make up the TLCS certificate. Patricia is enrolled online in the last two classes and plans to graduate this fall with the TLCS Certificate.

MORGAN O’BRIEN – She is the student representative on the AACC Board of Trustees. A leukemia survivor, Morgan has a career path mapped out which includes working for a major hotel chain in the corporate office or starting a hospitality management company. Her parents are retired career Air Force servicemembers and homeschooled all of their children.

SAMANTHA N. SOLOVIEFF – The AACC Student Association president, she went to a small high school and wanted to attend a college with classes small enough that she would know her instructors and they would know her. She volunteered for the college Campus Activities Board, which she later led. She ran for Student Association president with a goal to bring all student groups into full participation at the college. She is studying to be a teacher and plans to transfer to University of Maryland at College Park next fall.

NANCY WINN – She was awarded certificates in Human Services and Addiction Counseling at AACC in May 2010. Nancy is currently taking classes toward two Associate of Applied Science degrees in Human Services and Addiction Counseling. She has a 3.812 GPA. Nancy’s husband has been in the military for 19 years. She has two teenage children and works full time. She will complete an AACC Human Services degree in December 2010. She plans to transfer to University of Maryland Baltimore County for a bachelor’s degree in social work and wants to continue for a master’s in social work. 

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  • CATHERINE CORNISH
  • CALVIN DIGGS
  • RICHARD FOWLER
  • JUANA LANDAVERDE
  • CHRISTIAN LEEDS
  • DAN LEEDS
  • ANA RICO MALAGON