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Meet MCC social work student, Antonianett Garcia!

At MCC, Antonianett feels connected and accepted. She loves that MCC is an affordable option and says that her professors have always been wonderful to her. She is a member of TRIO and says the program helped her navigate college! Antonianett says that because of her time at MCC, she has not only learned so much but now feels confident enough to continue her educational journey.

“My advice to students is that the only thing that could hinder your success is yourself. I started my educational journey when I was 28 years old. A part of this was me feeling like I wasn’t capable but the irony of it all is I never tried. I look back now and I have been very successful in college and have surpassed my initial goals. Always believe in yourself and never stop dreaming.”



Meet MCC graduate and CARE Case Manager, Lacey Fitch-Ondracek!


Lacey is an MCC graduate who previously served as a Connections Leader and later, worked temporarily with the Support and Empowerment program at MCC upon completion of her Master’s degree in Social Work. Lacey says that as a student, MCC served as a pillar in both her success as a student and a single mother.

“MCC has always been family oriented and definitely treated me as such which really encouraged me to reach my goals, despite the many challenges I faced. I had phenomenal professors and programs that uniquely supported me. MCC truly cared about my well-being and success. It has been full circle being able to work with those who have invested in my education journey and now being given the opportunity to invest in MCC students today.”

“Students, if you are walking this journey alone or do not have the best support system while trying to pursue your goals, get connected to people on campus! It was and still is the greatest gift that impacted my life.”


Meet MCC Graduate and author, R.M. Gray!


R.M. Gray studied in MCC Cosmetology’s Esthetician program from 2018-2019. Upon graduation, R.M. worked for years as a licensed esthetician and make-up artist. In October 2023, R.M. published her YA Fantasy novel Nightweaver and it debuted as a #1 Best Seller on Amazon. She has been writing for years so the publication of her first book was a dream come true. Currently, R.M. is working on the sequel and other upcoming projects!

“MCC boasts one of the most beautiful college campuses, and I felt fortunate to attend school surrounded by nature. If I was stressed about a quiz or a test, my favorite thing to do was to walk around campus and clear my head, and I still drive by the campus sometimes when I need a minute to think. I loved the community as well. I made so many wonderful friends during my time at MCC—friendships I’ll treasure for the rest of my life. I still keep in touch with the girls from the esthetics program. We’re like a little family!”

Rebekah Gray