Student Success Stories
We are proud of what ACC students can achieve! Read on for stories of inspiration and encouragement.
Kimberly Shropshire is a full-time student in the CSCU (Connecticut State Colleges and Universities) Transfer Ticket: Psychology Studies program. The CSCU Transfer Ticket Program is a relatively new program which ensures CT Community College students are guaranteed full junior status and can complete a Bachelor’s degree in their major without losing any credits or being required to take any extra credits. Shropshire will graduate from Asnuntuck with her Associate Degree and intends to transfer to Charter Oak State College to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioral Analysis. Her future goal is to work as a counselor or school psychologist to help children and families cope and embrace their individuality. ACC was top choice because of “the very comfortable class sizes and the effort that comes from every person who is a part of the College.” She says, “they [the staff] want to help you succeed and care about your experience.” C.A.S.A. has been a source of assistance for Shropshire; one person who she credits as being a wonderful influence on her experience is Career and Academic Advisor Cat Carter. “[Cat] really helped me get on the right track with which way I wanted to steer my career and offered her input on what colleges she thought I would be more successful with,” responded Shropshire. “The College has a warm, welcoming, family-like atmosphere – attending here is the best decision you could make to begin your college career!”
Academic and Career Advisor, Cat Carter, can be reached at CCarter@asnuntuck.edu. Cat works with students on choosing majors, exploring career options and paths, creating résumés, and other career development processes. You can learn more about the career development resources Asnuntuck provides here: https://asnuntuck.edu/current-students/career-development-more-info/.
Lizeth Monica Lamberti
Lizeth Monica Lamberti is a student who has visited the Center for Advising and Student Achievement a few times since she began her journey at Asnuntuck. Lamberti chose Asnuntuck Community College because she wanted to complete her Associate Degree and it was close to her home. ACC was recommended to her by a friend because of its affordability and resources available to students. Lamberti started at ACC, not knowing which degree would help her achieve her goals, or even if transferring to a four-year college was possible for her. “My conversations with Cat Carter cleared up many conversations about which career path would suit me,” she explained. “Cat helped me define the steps I needed to follow. Amanda Looney-Goetz showed me the options that I had, especially as a non-traditional student, to transfer to a four-year institution. She was also very supportive when I started to fill out applications.” Lamberti’s long-term goal is to help students learn a new language. She believes that by learning about how others communicate, students can understand and value different perspectives. This past May, Lamberti graduated with her A.A. in Liberal Arts and was accepted was accepted into the distinctive Frances Perkins Program for non-traditional students at Mount Holyoke College to complete her Bachelor’s degree in Spanish Language Education. When asked if she had any advice for current or future students, the ACC graduate replied, “I would advise them to talk with people who are willing to provide knowledge and expertise in order to help them…Visit the Tutoring Center, talk with your advisor, and be honest. Visit C.A.S.A. and use the resources they have. Many times, you will find something you did not know about and from there you can explore them by yourself.”
Academic and Transfer Advisor Amanda Looney-Goetz can be reached at ALooney-Goetz@Asnuntuck.edu. Amanda assists students in defining a transfer path to the institution of their choosing by meeting with students to explore potential transfer options, ensuring students are taking appropriate coursework for their ACC degree, and guiding students through the transfer process. For more information about ACC’s Transfer Services, please see https://asnuntuck.edu/student-resources/transfer/.
Do YOU Have a Story to Share?
Do you have a story you’d like to share? If so, we want to hear from you! The Center for Advising and Student Achievement seeks feedback from students who have utilized academic, career, and/or transfer resources while at ACC. With your permission, you could be featured in the Center for Advising and Student Achievement’s Student Success Stories publications.