MCC Alumni reflect on their time in the classroom

January 2018

Theresa Anglin  Jennifer Cook

Theresa Anglin had enrolled at Mayland Community College previously, but as it tends to do, life happened, and she found herself looking at education options again as a nontraditional student. This time around, Anglin enrolled in MCC’s Human Services Technology Program.

“After some research on the Human Services field, I found that there is a variety of jobs available from positions in nursing homes to prisons to social workers just to name a few,” said Anglin. “I was able to work with students with disabilities during my externship for this program and that experience opened another door of job possibilities for me.” 

MCC’s Human Services Technology curriculum prepares students for entry-level positions in institutions and agencies that provide social, community, and educational services. Along with core courses, students take courses to prepare them for specialization in specific human service areas. Fieldwork experience provides opportunities for students to apply classroom knowledge in a real world setting.

Anglin, a single mom to Sebreena, and caretaker for her aging parents, found herself attending college with her daughter. Both graduated from MCC in 2017.

“Mayland is a gem,” said Anglin. “The instructors go above and beyond to help you succeed and help with personal support which was important to me. Education opens doors to more jobs, a better income, and continuing my education was important to my future.”

Human Services Technology Program graduate Jennifer Cook agreed with Anglin. She decided to take a year off after high school, and 30 years later, she is a college graduate.

“I had a good job, but I knew it was not what I wanted to do for the rest of my life,” said Cook. “I came to Mayland looking for a different career and found the Human Services fit my needs because there are so many areas you can go into with this degree.” 

Returning to the classroom was a big step for Cook, but she found her routine and felt that the class loads with hybrid and online teaching options, fit her schedule needs.

“My classes were challenging and I loved my time at Mayland,” said Cook. “I was worried coming back to school, but it was worthwhile. The mixed ages in the classroom offered an interesting experience because the instructors and students are just an incredible group.”

Anglin encourages those thinking of continuing their education to check out the different programs offered at MCC and talk to the employees—they will all tell you can succeed.

Graduates of the Human Services Technology Program can find employment opportunities in mental health, child care, family services, social services, rehabilitation, corrections, and educational agencies. Graduates choosing to continue their education can select from a variety of transfer programs at four year institutions. Upon completion of this degree, a Bachelor’s degree can be earned through partnership agreements with select colleges/universities. 

Both Anglin and Cook continued their education toward their Bachelor degree after graduating MCC.

Learn more about programs offered at Mayland Community College by visiting www.mayland.edu.

Pictured at the 2017 graduation are MCC Human Services graduates Theresa Anglin and Jennifer Cook.