March Featured Student: Vince Tomas

Vince Tomas shares his experiences with the SSI Core Team. Photo by Matt Carlin

In March, the College’s Student Success Initiative (SSI) Core Team began a new practice of starting its monthly meetings with a brief student presentation in an effort to strengthen the connection between its members and the students who benefit from the Initiatives’ programs and services.

Vince Tomas was the first student to speak before the group about his experiences at the College and as a participant in the Minority Male Mentoring Program (MMMP).

Undecided about his major, Vince began taking classes at the College in September 2011. Having moved from Minnosota to Harleysville, Pa. a few years prior, he cites the College’s national reputation as a key reason he chose to enroll.

On campus, one of Vince’s friends introduced him to the Minority Male Mentoring Program.

“At first, I didn’t want to participate. I didn’t want to be singled out because of being a minority,” he recalls. “But I was told that the program could help me get access to things that I wouldn’t otherwise be able to do, including help with classes if I need it.”

Because of his interest in music production and business, Vince was paired with Dean of Arts and Humanities Dr. Stephen Grieco as his mentor.

“Dr. Grieco has a doctorate in music composition, so he helps me figure out stuff musically, but I can also talk with him about school, and about anything really,” he said. “I’m doing a lot better at Montco than I thought I’d be doing.”

Now nearing the end of his second semester, Vince isn’t sure what the future holds, but he knows he’ll be back at the College next year to continue working toward an associate’s degree.

“Next year, Montco. Whatever happens next will happen.”

~ by Alana J. Mauger

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