Sabbir Islam, Criminal Justice / Entrepreneurship

Sabbir Islam earned the 2014 President's Distinguished Service Award prior to Commencement. Photo by Sandi Yanisko

Sabbir Islam earned the 2014 President’s Distinguished Service Award prior to Commencement. Photo by Sandi Yanisko

Sabbir Islam, Hatfield,  has set his eyes on a unique field of study that will open many doors for a career. Enrolling at Montgomery County Community College due to its financial affordability and hearing great things about the education that is provided, Islam graduated in May with an associate’s degree Criminal Justice and a Certificate in Entrepreneurship, and he hopes to continue on to Penn State. His career focus is centered on being a lawyer, but says he would not mind working for some government intelligence agencies like the FBI or CIA.

Islam works two jobs that keep him busy: a nutrition consultant for a company called Crossmark and a workstudy student in the College’s Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. Islam shares that it’s not easy handling work and school life together, but goes on to say that both are equally important to him none the less.

“Sometimes, I wish I could work a little less and have more free time to spend with my family,” he shared.

On campus, Islam was involved in a variety of extracurricular activities, including secretary of the Student Government Association, president of the Taekwondo Club, treasurer of Muslim Student Association, and a member of the College’s new Rotaract Club. Off campus he serves as Community Organizer and a general member of Bangladesh Association of PA.

Islam feels that Montgomery County Community College has prepared him well for the next chapter of his life.

“It’s been an amazing journey at MCCC. I am grateful for all the positive things that the College has offered me, things that have made me a new person.”

He now sees a world full of opportunities through his education at the College, but he has come to see that obstacles also exist and can impede on success for many underprivileged people in the world.

“We unfortunately live in a world where people still die without food and most of its population lives with income under two dollars.”

Islam feels that wealth and power prevail over basic human rights and that the world needs change. He also shared that he would like to be a part of this change.

“I believe that education is a basic human right, but unfortunately education is now a luxury for many.”

He believes community colleges are critical because they provide all people with the opportunity to go to school.

“It would be irrational for anyone not to go to MCCC. I am saying this not just because it’s affordable, but because it has quality professors and state of the art education.”

Islam also emphasized that courses from Montgomery County Community College will transfer to elite colleges and universities across the country and world.

“I will ask any potential college student one question: ‘Why would you spend thousands of dollars for the first two years of a four year school when you can get the same education for [less]?’”

Islam says he will take one simple idea with him when he moves on from Montgomery County Community College: “Dream big and give back.” And that he will indeed.

~ Kara Aiello ’96

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