Dear Friend of CCCC,
It is my pleasure to greet you as President of Cape Cod Community College. My family and I are very happy to be part of this unique region and vibrant College community. During the past few months, I’ve heard many wonderful personal stories demonstrating this institution’s great power to transform the future, and the meaningful impact your support makes in the lives of our students.
Each student at Cape Cod Community College is on an educational journey. Some travel on a clearly mapped path, and others are trying to figure out where they are going. It is our responsibility at CCCC to listen to each individual, determine how we can support their journey and offer directions to get them onto a successful pathway.
I would like to share two stories to illustrate the value of a CCCC education and just how important your support is to our students.
First, let me introduce you to Kat Street who attended the College, traveling from Martha’s Vineyard, from 2005-2008. Kat just recently sent this message to her Biology professor Patrick Tatano, and included this wonderful photo of herself. The email read in part…
My name is Kat Street and I was a Biology student of yours some years ago, the one commuting from the Vineyard...When I graduated I remember you telling me to not let too much time pass before enrolling somewhere to complete my Bachelor’s Degree...Last October, I was invited to go to Guana in the BVI and help out with the population assessment of the rock iguana Cyclura pinguis...One of the professors...is from Avila University in Kansas City, MO. He invited me to be a part of a summer undergrad research program, (and) I packed up my life and moved to Kansas City (where) I am a few weeks deep in my Fall semester. I am completely happy with all of it.
I just wanted to express my thanks to you. You were so very influential in developing my desire to work in the biological field and, ultimately, academia. You always seemed so excited about whatever subject the lecture was on and so animated throughout. Seeing how the class responded positively to your instruction, whether or not they were interested in biology in the first place, made me realize what I ultimately want to do with my life. I want to teach, specifically, Biology, and more specifically, Herpetology. I just wanted you to know how much I…appreciate you as a professor, friend, and mentor.
There is nothing better for a professor than a communication like Kat’s, and it demonstrates the long-term transformational power of this institution. Clearly, Kat is proof of our pathways to success.
I’m equally proud to introduce you to recent graduate Sviatlana Rose, shown here with Governor Deval Patrick, being honored as a top student in public higher education, one of the “29 Who Shine.” She emigrated from Belarus nine years ago, knowing very little English. She and her husband support six children, and she worked part-time while attending CCCC. Graduating with top honors this past May, Sviatlana spoke movingly at Commencement, making special note that College Foundation scholarships were critically important in her success. Sviatlana is now at Boston University, pursuing her goal of becoming a pediatric radiologist.
At this special time of year, we focus not on ourselves, but on enabling others to achieve their dreams. I ask you to end this year and begin the next by joining me in empowering more students - with unique stories like Kat and Sviatlana - by making a generous gift to the Cape Cod Community College Educational Foundation.
Please make it possible for many more students to pursue their goals.
Thank you for supporting Cape Cod Community College, and the thousands of students we serve every day.
John L. Cox, President