Alumni and Community

Alumni and Community

Cindy Rourke named recipient of SC4 Alumni of the Year award

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Well-known community advocate and supporter Cindy Rourke has been named the recipient of the 2020 St. Clair County Community College Alumni of the Year award after a pause in award distribution due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I was so surprised to receive the 2020 Alumni of the Year Award,” Rourke said. “It is an honor just to be considered let alone to receive the award.”

Rourke enrolled as a student at SC4 in 1968, as did her husband of 38 years, Jim Rourke, and many of her friends and family members.

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Josh Chapman

“SC4 was the first place I had any real success in an academic setting. That success gave me the confidence and motivation to continue my education and eventually graduate college. I hope to at some point get my master’s and teach at SC4.”

Josh Chapman, President and CEO, YMCA of the Blue Water Area, Transferred from SC4 to Central Michigan University

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Philip Porte

“Attending SC4 was the perfect start to a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. It provided an opportunity to economically fulfill many of the prerequisite course work requirements and pursue a dream of playing baseball at the collegiate level.”

Philip Porte, President/Senior Project Engineer, BMJ Engineers & Surveyors, Inc., Transferred from SC4 to
Michigan Technological University

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Mary Krestik

“As the oldest daughter of five children, attending SC4 made it affordable for me to attend college and reach my dream job as CFO. I’ve now been employed by VNA for 31 years.”

Mary Krestik, Vice President of Finance/CFO, Visiting Nurse Association and Blue Water Hospice
(VNA), Transferred from SC4 to Baker College

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Gerry Mason

“SC4 gave me a great start to life that I could build upon. Academia can be elitist and exclusive. SC4 offers every student the opportunity to be more than they are and all that they hoped to be by laying the foundation for future opportunities.”

Gerry Mason, law firm owner, venture capitalist, community volunteer and advocate, Transferred from SC4 to the University of Michigan, then went on to Michigan State University College of Law

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“My two years at SC4 laid the foundation for my entire career. The key for me was the ability to obtain my associate degree and a high-quality college experience while working full-time in Port Huron. The relationships built through my SC4 education are as strong today as they were during my time on campus.”

Kevin Miller, Superintendent, St. Clair
County RESA, Transferred from SC4 to Bethel College, Wayne State University, Nova Southeastern University, Capella University

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“While attending SC4, I had the opportunity to work on campus gaining first-hand experience in the marketing department. As a result, I had an advantage when searching for my first job in the field. SC4 provided me with an education, work experience and friendships that have lasted a lifetime.”

Anne Culling, Marketing and Community Relations Specialist, VNA and Blue Water Hospice, Earned an associate degree from SC4 in general business, transferred to Walsh to earn bachelor’s

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“SC4 allowed me to stay focused on academics and helped to continue my baseball career. I appreciated the smaller class sizes because they created opportunities to make personal connections with the professors. The Men’s baseball team allowed me to travel the country and helped me identify where to go next after completing my two years. I am where I am today because of SC4.”

Brian Fowler, Yale Public Schools teacher and varsity baseball coach, Transferred from SC4 to Spalding University, Saginaw Valley State University and Marygrove College

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“In 1968, SC4 provided me with my steppingstone to the future as it did for many others. Families did not have much money and typically we were the first in our generation to attend college. SC4 is still the best thing going for this area as demonstrated by its longevity in the community. It has continued to be the same steppingstone for many individuals as it was for me.”

Cindy Rourke, Retired Dean of Library and Academic Achievement Center, SC4

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“I knew from a very young age that I wanted to be a police officer. Living in Port Huron my entire life, SC4 being a local community college allowed me to get my college education start here. I didn’t have to go away from home. SC4 was a good start to advance my education.”

Joe Platzer, Chief of Police, Port Huron Police Department

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Nancy Wizner

“The professors at SC4 gave me the confidence to pursue my passions and made higher education attainable. SC4 is an integral part of our community and I am grateful for my time there.”

Nancy Wizner, Director of Parks and Recreation, St. Clair County and City of Port Huron

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“My instructors at SC4 were excellent – especially in English and world history where I learned how to make an educated argument and became a better writer. SC4 really inspired me and is the place where I began enjoying school. I definitely miss going to class and it all started with SC4.”

Matt Schneider, Mortgage Loan Originator, Amerifirst Home Mortgage

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“SC4 made college accessible to me and my children. Having a local institution that provided a quality education with highly invested instructors helped me launch the next phase of my career while still raising my kids and volunteering in my community.”

Jessie Wiegand, News and Media Director at WGRT 102.3 FM, radio personality, writer, consultant 

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“SC4 provided some of the best professors I had the privilege to learn from. They gave me the confidence to continue my education and not settle for less.”

Marcy Kuehn, Assistant Chief of Police, Port Huron Police Department

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Christopher Stevens

“Starting my education with SC4 helped me build the skills necessary to start and grow my own business. I am grateful that our community has such a great institution.”

Christopher Stevens, Personal Financial Specialist, Exclusive Agent, The Stevens Insurance, Agency Inc. – Owner

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“I started back to college in my 40s, only taking courses I was interested in.  I worked full-time as a realtor while taking classes.  I enjoyed the experience so much I got hooked on college.  My professors were excellent and I moved on to Walsh  for my business degree. This experience changed my life!”

Dianna Maxwell, Real Estate Agent, Keller Williams

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“SC4 allowed me to save money by providing the basic and elective classes I needed to transfer to CMU where I earned my bachelor’s degree.”

Christine McNabb, AVP – Branch Manager, Northstar Bank

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