Tyrell Herring and Maxine Wallace are studying criminal justice at Clinton Community College this fall.
PLATTSBURGH – Donna Ashline works at the hospital and noticed a difference in the nurses.
The graduates from Clinton Community College seemed more patient oriented.
Now, the LPN from Cadyville is attending CCC full time in hopes of earning a spot in the nursing program.
“I want to be an RN,” Ashline said.
CCC started its fall semester with a new logo and new brand identity, an elevated student profile and record international student numbers.
“I’ve been going here off and on for four or five years, but I am full time now,” Ashline said.
She graduated high school in 1983, but said faculty and staff at CCC helped her re-enter the academic world.
“So far I am liking it,” she said. “They have everything you need here.”
Lafayette Dawkins likes it too.
The 48-year-old went back to school as an adult learner after paying off old student loans and wants to teach history.
He appreciates the diversity at CCC, the helpfulness of professors and the positive attitude of his fellow students and their willingness to learn.
“The start of a new school year always brings about a renewed sense of energy,” said President John Jablonski.
CCC’s new academic year features a new logo and a new brand identity, both of which were showcased prominently throughout the summer with an advertising campaign and in campus publications.
CCC enrolled a record number of presidential scholars this fall. A total of 41 students who graduated this year with a high-school average of at least 90 will attend the college this year.
During the prior three years of the program, the school enrolled as many as 24 scholars in a year.
“We are so pleased that many of Clinton County’s top scholars are coming to Clinton this fall,” Jablonski said.
The college enrolled a record 32 international students for the 2012-13 academic year.
These students come from places such as China, Canada, Ethiopia, Bahrain, Kazakhstan, Russia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, South Korea, Uzbekistan and Venezuela.
Maxine Wallace came to CCC from the Bronx, after deciding she didn’t want to remain downstate and hearing from a friend about the "amazing" community college in Plattsburgh.
She is in her second year at CCC, and while she is studying criminal justice, she hopes to get into the nursing program.
“I like it here,” she said. “I like my classes and I like my professors.”
Tyrell Herring came from downstate too and is also studying criminal justice. He hopes to one day work as a federal agent.
“The professors actually care here,” Herring said. “No matter how messed up you are doing, they try to help you. They won’t give up on you.”
Audrey Bitzer thinks the professors at CCC are extra helpful too.
Overall, said the freshman from Oneonta, “There are resources here to help you if you need it.”
She wants to work with animals one day, though right now she enjoys the views of Lake Champlain while working on homework at CCC.
“It is beautiful here.”