For the past four years, NMCC has been recognizing students who are ‘breaking the mold’. These students are defying gender stereotypes, breaking barriers, and creating a more diverse workforce by pursuing careers that are considered non-traditional for their gender. This month, former NMCC Breaking the Mold students share the career paths they pursued after graduation.
Howard Paddock was recognized in November of 2015 and graduated with an Associate in Science degree in Nursing in May of 2017. Howard has accepted a job offer at Visiting Nurses of Aroostook in Presque Isle where he will work as a registered nurse. Howard lives with his family in New Brunswick, Canada.
Eliza Clark was NMCC’s Breaking the Mold student in November of 2014 and graduated with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Automotive Collision Repair and a Certificate in Structural Welding in May of 2015. Eliza currently works as an estimator for R.P. Bell Collision in Saco, Maine. Eliza enjoys her job. “I like that I can take someone’s worst day and help them through it by taking care of their vehicle completely. People come to me with a problem, and it feels really good to fix it for them and help them have a positive outlook on a bad experience.” Eliza lives in Durham, Maine with her boyfriend and fellow NMCC alum, Joe, and their yellow lab, Penny.
Anjanette Pike graduated from NMCC with two Associate of Applied Science degrees: one in Business Administration and the other in Accounting. She was NMCC’s Breaking the Mold student in January of 2016. Since graduating in May of 2016, Anjanette moved to Tilton, New Hampshire where she has jobs in both the accounting and business fields. “I am currently working at the Concord Food Co-op as an accounts payable clerk and human resources assistant and at BJs in member services.” She likes her jobs. “I love working with numbers and computers. Also, my positions are in smaller sized stores, and my coworkers and managers are terrific. The experience I received while taking classes and working at NMCC were great preparation for the jobs that I have now.” Anjanette is also working on a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and is taking online classes through Southern New Hampshire University.
Cassandra Lunney was recognized in April of 2015 and graduated that same year with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Automotive Collision Repair. She currently works in the parts department at Glidden Auto Body in Bangor but started as a prepper in their paint department. “What I love most about my job is the consistent fast pace of the production shop and the attitude of the shop.” Cassandra lives in Palmyra, ME.