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Visions and Rx Programs Celebrate 2015–2016 Student Success

Visions & Rx Awards with Sara Williams
TRIO Student Support Services award recipients, from left, Megan Bernard, Elizabeth Fogle and Michel Cocuza with Sara Williams, Management Assistant.

During its annual awards ceremony , MWCC’s Visions and Rx programs celebrated the achievements of graduating and continuing students.

Many of this year’s graduates are continuing on for bachelor’s degree at a private or public four-year college or university.

Sarah Adams, a past Visions program participant who earned an associate degree in art in 2012 and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in art from UMass, Amherst, was the featured speaker.

The Visions Program, which has been offered at MWCC for more than three decades, assists eligible students enrolled in any non-healthcare major. The Rx program, which focuses on supporting students pursuing healthcare majors, is graduating 35 students with associate degrees and certificates.

The programs, funded by the U.S. Department of Education TRIO grants,  help guide participants throughout the college experience and assist those who wish to transfer to a four-year institution by offering a variety of services, including intensive academic advising, transfer and personal counseling, professional tutoring and supplemental instruction. The Visions and Rx programs support income-eligible students, first-generation college students, and students with disabilities.

During the May 13 awards ceremony, graduating Visions Program students were recognized with a number of achievement awards. The President’s Award was presented to Chelsea Garrity, Stevie LaBelle and Amanda Favreau. The TRIO Student Support Services Award was presented to Elizabeth Fogle, Michel Cocuzza and Megan Bernard.