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ECO-AUDIT/ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS STATEMENT This issue of Pathways was printed on paper derived from well-managed forests and 36% recycled post-consumer waste. The use of this environmentally-friendly paper saves the following: Trees – 6 Energy – 4 million BTUs Greenhouse Gas Reduction – 693 lbs. of CO 2 Waste Water Reduction – 3,091 gallons Solid Waste Reduction – 242 lbs. Environmental impact estimates were produced using the Environmental Defense Paper Calculator. Pathways The Magazine of Howard Community College VOLUME V, NUMBER 10, FALL 2015 MANAGING EDITOR Katie Turner WRITER Tracy Fitzgerald DESIGN PRODUCTION Margie Dunklee Christi Tyler Sarah English PRESIDENT Kathleen Hetherington, Ed.D. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS & MARKETING Elizabeth Homan DIRECTOR OF STRATEGIC MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Jane Sharp BOARD OF TRUSTEES Edmund S. Coale, III, Chair Dennis R. Schrader, Vice Chair Kevin J. Doyle Mamie J. Perkins Kevin F. Schmidt Courtney Watson Kathleen B. Hetherington, Ed.D., Secretary-Treasurer © 2015, Howard Community College 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway Columbia, MD 21044, 443-518-1000 Pathways is published twice a year in the spring and fall by the Office of Public Relations & Marketing. For editorial inquiries or comments, please email Read Pathways online at A Message from the President As I write this, Howard Community College (HCC) just had the distinct honor of hosting First Lady Michelle Obama for a tour and a panel discussion on campus. This special opportunity allowed the college to showcase its health sciences programs and to talk about the importance of additional education with high school seniors. Through her Reach Higher initiative, the First Lady is supporting President Obama's goal for the United States to lead the world in the share of college graduates by 2020. Read more about the First Lady's visit in this fall 2015 issue of Pathways magazine. Every student who completes an education at HCC helps our nation move closer to President Obama's 2010 college completion goal to double the number of graduates by 2020. At a recent ceremony, HCC student Stacie Tippett crossed the stage and became one of the college's newest nursing graduates. Readers of Pathways may recognize Tippett's name; we profiled her in our fall 2014 issue as one of the first recipients of the Pathway Scholarship, the need-based scholarship program supported by a $2.5 million grant from Howard County government. Today, with newfound training and education, Tippett is making plans to return to Haiti, where she volunteered at an orphanage in 2010 – this time as a nurse on a medical mission trip. This same passion for serving others and the world around us is what drives HCC to provide students with a variety of opportunities for transformative educational experiences, including study abroad, service learning, and a distinct global curriculum program. This issue of Pathways features the impact and value of academic enrichment programs from the perspective of students and faculty, as well as employers. Transformation also takes place with our English Language Center students, who come from Howard County and all over the world to learn English as a second language, transition to college-level courses, or enhance communication skills for business. Read about some of the program's success stories inside. Telling the story of our study abroad, service learning, and English language programs illustrates the important contributions HCC is making to Howard County and to the lives of students. As a community college, we reflect the shared values of our community – educating residents in an increasingly global society. Finally, these extraordinary learning opportunities could not be possible without the many generous contributions to students and programs highlighted in this issue's Annual Report of the HCC Educational Foundation. Thank you for your support. Sincerely, Kathleen Hetherington, Ed.D., President q After a panel discussion with the First Lady, Dr. Hetherington (far right) poses with nursing student Trecya Jordan, who provided the student perspective on the panel, and with HCC students Diego Esmolo, Reema Halboni, and Jaheda Hanif, who participated in a tour with the First Lady.

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