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Jovanna CallandIt was at the Student Activities Fair, an event in which student organizations recruit new members, that Jovanna Calland discovered the fashion club. She knew this was the organization for her."I come from a family of fashion designers, and I've always loved fashion," she said. "I love to help people get the look they want, whether it is formal or casual. I love to draw and design dresses. Fashion is art and I love how clothes can make a person feel good."But the club is more than just about clothes."Fashion club also helps develop self-confidence and self-esteem," she said. "You see a change in the members. They come in shy and withdrawn, and after a few weeks of working with the club, they are more outspoken, confident, and want a lead role in the show. I came here timid and shy and now I'm the president of the club. It's great. We're like one big family, and we make sure everyone is treated with respect and consideration."She enjoys her classes as well."My favorite class is fashion merchandizing, where we got to do window displays," she said. "I have a job doing displays and I got to use what I learned in class at my job. My district manager is really pleased because the displays look great and the items are really selling."Donna-Marie Gardner '00Donna-Marie Gardner's new life began when she turned 31 years old."My husband said to me, 'If you could do anything with your life,what would it be?' I said I wanted to do something involving biology." She came to MCC."I really loved it here," she said. "My professors were extraordinary and I did very well. When it was time for me to transfer, one of my professors said I should apply to Columbia University. I did and was accepted. They took all of my credits and provided me with extensive scholarships. I went to Columbia as a junior with a lot of scholarship money."She got her bachelor's and master's at Columbia and set her sights on a new goal: teaching at MCC."I was offered a job at Middlesex County College and I jumped at the chance," Donna-Marie said. "I love it here. Because we have small class sizes, I know all my students. I know their stories. I know what they're doing well on and I know what they need help on.Middlesex by the Numbers48,650MCC AlumniProfiles

Paige and Nicky L'HommedieuFor Paige and Nicky L'Hommedieu, support of Middlesex County College is a family tradition. Paige's father was the College's first chairman of the Board of Trustees. An executive with Johnson & Johnson, he had a passion for the College that he passed along to his son and daughter-in-law."My father was involved in Middlesex County College from the very outset, when the College acquired the property, hiring the first architect, and selecting the first president, Frank Chambers. Because of my father, Middlesex County College was in our blood. He believed in it, and we became believers too."Paige said he thinks the financial support they give the College has transformed lives, allowing graduates higher-paying jobs and more personal satisfaction.But he has another reason for being involved in the College Foundation."It's fun," he said. "We are invited to the scholarship functions, we get to meet the students. It's fun to talk to them; it's fun to hear their stories. It gives us so much pleasure."They feel Middlesex County College is so important that they are passing this love of the College on to another generation."We believe in it and now so do our children," Nicky said.Jessica Cortese '08Ask Jessica Cortese what she likes about Middlesex County College, and she'll give you a list. But one reason above all: the diversity."In a class I can have students from Nigeria, Algeria, Pakistan - from all over the world," she says. "And something beautiful happens. There's this interactive learning with your peers. It really enriches the learning."MCC boasts not only cultural diversity, but scholastic diversity as well."We offer 100 degree and certificate programs, and the students are coming from a multitude of backgrounds and ages," she said. "The students are learning how to learn, and at the same time, the professors are coming up with new and innovative ways to teach to accommodate all those different learning styles and backgrounds."Jessica graduated from MCC in 2008 and is now working toward a master's degree at The College of New Jersey.Profiles