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Highlander Highlights

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 the MCC Foundation’s Director of Donor Giving, Christopher Qualls!


Chris has been a part of the MCC Foundation team for a little over a year and was selected by the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce as a 2023 Waco Under 40 Honoree.

“MCC provides a tremendous economic impact for our community. Our young people can enter the workforce equipped with knowledge, skills, and credentials but without a heavy burden of student debt. College is a time of transformation into the people, professionals, and leaders of the future. The outstanding quality of our students is a regular encouragement to me. We as a community are so fortunate to be a part of that journey for thousands of students each year.”


Meet MCC Alumna and Grammy Award nominee, Ruthie Foster!


Ruthie Foster is a Grammy Award nominated singer and studied Music and Audio Engineering at MCC. A native of Gause, TX, Ruthie learned about MCC through a news piece about the College’s Music Department. Instead of having to go to California for a quality education in music, Ruthie says, “It was like a little Berkeley right here in Texas.”

While at MCC, Ruthie took vocal performance, commercial music, and audio engineering courses. She says that taking these classes helped her expand her knowledge of music and she uses what she learned to better communicate with her tour engineer. Ruthie remembers sharing the same space as the drama and art students, and working closely with the other programs on their performances, as a lighting technician and sound engineer. Ruthie says that these programs were like a family and that she was sad to have to leave the Fine Arts building.

Ruthie says that everything she learned while at MCC including classes like Arrangement Composition to Music History and Business, came in handy when she signed to Atlantic Records. Today she has her own label and says she uses everything she learned at MCC.

“This music department is invaluable if you want to be in the music industry, period. Take the classes you’re interested in and soak up that knowledge.”