What It Means to Care

May 15, 2014

What It Means to Care

Mendocino College Staff Open their Hearts and Wallets

During a Retirement Celebration at Mendocino College, staff opened their hearts and wallets to a student in need.

In the early evening hours of May 8, the Management/ Supervisory/Confidential employee group was busy honoring five retirees for their dedicated service to Mendocino College.  One of the retirees, Financial Aid Director Jacque Bradley, was recounting her journey at Mendocino College and put out a plea to those in attendance to help a student in need. 

The day before, Bradley received a call from MC student DeeAnn Howard, a single mother of two young children enrolled in the college’s nursing program.  Howard explained to Bradley that she had been accepted into Sonoma State University’s Collaborative Nursing Education Continuum Model (CNECM) course for the summer session.  The cost was $1400.00, and she had called Bradley to ask if there was any type of financial aid to pay for the course. 

Bradley put out a plea to her fellow retirees and guests about helping this hardworking, high achieving and deserving student.  Within 5 minutes of making the request, over $800 was donated by the college staff! The College Foundation offered to match all staff donations to ensure that Howard would receive the much needed $1400. 

Currently, DeeAnn Howard is completing her first year in the Nursing Program at Mendocino College with highest honors and an overall 3.7 grade point average.  The CNECM course at Sonoma State is an “early start” to the streamlined Post-Licensure BSN Program Track that eliminates overlaps and clearly identifies degree requirements at SSU and partner Community Colleges.  This course allows students to enroll in BSN courses at Sonoma State University while they are enrolled in their nursing program at their community college.   Howard is off to SSU this summer and will be back at Mendocino College in the fall to complete her final year of the Nursing Program.   She continues moving forward to reach her ultimate goal of becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner. Everyone at Mendocino College is cheering her on toward continued success.  

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