Alumni Profiles

Breanna Gustfason

Breanna Gustfason (Class of 2015)
Director of Membership Engagement & Communications, Cape Cod Community Media Center

"I took journalism as an elective in the spring of 2012, and fell in love. I am now pursuing a master’s degree in communication."

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I came to CCCC in 2011 after graduating high school. I left high school with a 1.8 GPA. I loved school, and I was a good student, an athlete, and very involved in school. I truly struggled in math courses and it was a huge setback in high school. I was a B, C student in every other subject. My senior year of high school I was put onto an IEP for math. CCCC was a great fit for a student like me; I needed that extra guidance in the transition between high school and college. CCCC had just that.

I met with Dr. Sommers and was accepted to the Advantage Program. Doug, Kathy, Diane, and David Copeland played a huge role in helping me succeed at CCCC. I came to CCCC with the mindset of getting into the dental hygiene program and taking what I thought was the "easy way out." I quickly started failing chemistry, math, and lost interest. Mary Sullivan and Professor Bent in the math department worked closely with me to make sure I understood the material so I could pass the class, even if it was by a hair.

I took journalism as an elective in the spring of 2012, and fell in love. Working for the Main Sheet gave me real life experience, and having James Kershner as the instructor gave me a real life perspective on the career path of a journalist and an author. I picked his brain every class about career options as a journalist, and he told me that I could combine my love for writing and storytelling with television, so I did.

I transferred to BSU, and graduated this May 2016. I studied communication with a concentration in film, video, and media studies. I graduated from BSU with honors and was hired after completing an internship at WCVB Channel 5 Boston. My first job was at the place I have always dreamed of working. I was an assignment editor for 8 months before accepting a position at the Cape Cod Community Media Center (where I had also interned).

I am the Director of Membership Engagement & Communications at the Cape Cod Community Media Center. We are the public access television station for Barnstable, Yarmouth, Dennis, Harwich, and Chatham. My job now involves engaging with our current membership base, strategic planning to enhance membership experience and education options, as well as getting others in our community engaged. I wish I had known about the Media Center while attending CCCC, because it is a great resource for any student interested in broadcast journalism, film, or production.

I am now pursuing a master’s degree in communication with a concentration in New Media and Marketing.

I truly thank CCCC and its faculty and staff for their encouragement and guidance on my journey.

Brian Sullivan

Brian Sullivan (Class of 1997)
Senior Research Associate, Department of Experimental Psychology at the University of Bristol

"Our group is working on a collaborative project … to develop an augmented reality and computer vision platform."

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From 1995-1997 I attended CCCC as a liberal arts student. At the time I was uncertain of my path, but had a strong interest in science, as well as the arts and humanities. Growing up in Barnstable, 4Cs was an affordable local choice that offered a strong educational curriculum and faculty. During my time here, I met many memorable teachers and friends. However, I would single out George Hoar, RIP, who was a fantastic ancient history lecturer; Dan McCullough, another great lecturer whose courses in introductory philosophy and ethics where always thought provoking; and lastly Mary Moynihan, for calculus and differential equations, a very caring lecturer with a great sense of humor (although the exams were often brutal!).

I've been quite fortunate to have the opportunity to travel extensively, as well as work with many amazing students and scientists from all over the world. While at 4C's I read Steven Pinker's book How the Mind Works and became interested in psychology and the neural and chemical basis of cognition and behavior.

After receiving my AA, I transferred to the honors program at UMass Amherst as part of the commonwealth scholar program. There, I studied psychology and neuroscience.

After graduating, I obtained a research technician position in the lab of Mary Hayhoe and Dana Ballard, at the University of Rochester. The lab is an interdisciplinary psychology and computer science lab, focused on studying human and computer vision using a variety of cutting edge technologies, including virtual reality, eye tracking and motion tracking. My supervisors became my friends and mentors, encouraging me to study vision science, psychology, computer science and mathematics. After several years as a research assistant (and taking advantage of free courses for UR staff), I enrolled as a PhD student in psychology at the University of Texas at Austin.

My work focused on eye movements and how we juggle multiple ongoing tasks that require our visual attention. After the PhD, I became a Rachel C. Atkins postdoctoral fellow in San Francisco. There, I researched impairment of eye-hand coordination in macular degeneration patients at the Smith Kettlewell Eye Research Institute, with Laura Walker. I then moved to Stockholm, Sweden to work as a Marie Curie fellow at the eye tracking technology company Tobii AB. As part of the Marie Curie network, I researched application of real time processing of eye tracking data in psychology experiments with several groups, including collaborations with researchers in Norway, Spain and Germany.

Just a few months ago, I moved to Bristol, UK, to work in the Department of Experimental Psychology at the University of Bristol as a senior research associate with Iain Gilchrist and Casimir Ludwig. Our group is working on a collaborative project along with the Department of Computer Science to develop an augmented reality and computer vision platform that will use wearable displays and sensor technology to create an interactive digital assistant (imagine an interactive how-to-guide that provides advice in real-time if it detects you need help). For more details you can visit: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/expsych/people/brian-t-sullivan/

I’ve had the great privilege to live and work in amazing cities like Austin, San Francisco, Stockholm, and now Bristol. I’ve met and worked with talented and interesting researchers from all over the world including experts in engineering, ophthalmology, neuroscience, psychology, and computer science.

During the time I attended 4Cs, I had no idea what the future would hold, but looking back I think it is a great education at a bargain price, if you are disciplined at work hard many future opportunities can open up. Undergraduate education in the US is increasingly expensive and out of reach for working class families, community colleges play a valuable role in keeping quality higher education open to all. Of course, graduating high school and staying at home with your parents (as I did) isn’t as fun and eye opening as university dorms (Sorry Mom & Dad!), your future self (and bank account) will thank you for it!

Image: Brian Sullivan guest lecturing at department of Optometry at the University of Riga, Latvia.

Brook Sargent

Brooke Sargent
Office Manager, Skanska

"The best thing I ever did before I left for the West Coast was take a Career Development class at Cape Cod Community College."

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I moved to San Diego in February 2014 after finishing up a few classes at CCCC. I came here alone, with nothing (not even a car, let alone a job) and set out to improve my life.

The best thing I ever did before I left for the West Coast was take a Career Development class at Cape Cod Community College.

By the time I left for California I had a nearly perfect résumé and cover letter and knew how to impress the business world. Now, I am an Office Manager for a General Contractor who builds many of the freeways and bridges around the area and internationally. I am currently preparing to take classes, part time and continue my education while I work full time.

Tracy Buckley-Scott

Tracy Buckley-Scott (Class of 2011)
Director of Branch Operations, The Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank

"Deep down, I knew furthering my education would provide me with the additional skills and experience necessary for me to become a better manager."

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I was in banking for six years prior to deciding to pursue an Associate degree in Business Administration at Cape Cod Community College.

Deep down, I knew furthering my education would provide me with the additional skills and experience necessary for me to become a better manager and foster greater creativity in my work. I thoroughly enjoyed collaborating with classmates on a variety of projects; all while under the leadership of first class instructors.

Since graduating in 2011, I've been in pursuit of my Bachelor's Degree at UMass Dartmouth and intend to graduate in early 2016. Cape Cod Community College has been instrumental in my continued success by providing me with the tools, guidance and facilities needed to meet my educational goals.

LaPorchia (Cannady) Philamar

LaPorchia (Cannady) Philamar (Class of 1998)
Critical Care RN, Cape Cod Hospital

"I graduated from CCCC in 1998. My first job as a nurse was at Cape Cod Hospital. I worked at CCH for ten years; my last three in CCU."

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I graduated from CCCC in 1998. My first job as a nurse was at Cape Cod Hospital. I worked at CCH for ten years; my last three in CCU.

Then, in 2005 I went to work at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center to expand my critical care knowledge, where I learned so much. Today I'm back in school at Curry College. I graduate in May 2016 with my BSN.

Currently I'm employed at both CCH and SEMC per-diem. CCCC gave me a great education, a foundation to build on and succeed. CCCC is an excellent school, I was proud to have attended such a great school.

Zebina Masse

Zebina Masse (Class of 2011)
Development Engineer, Apple, Inc.

"I started my studies at CCCC in 2009 and graduated with an AA in May 2011, and transferred to the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)."

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I started my studies at CCCC in 2009 and graduated with an AA in May 2011. I transferred to the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in the summer of 2011. I graduated from RISD in 2014 with a BFA while interning at NASA and working on a grant funded project for NASA during my last year at school.

After graduation I went back to NASA twice and on March 2, 2015 I was hired at Apple Inc. as a development engineer where I am currently employed.

Anup Patel

Anup Patel
Civil Engineer, NJ Department of Transportation

"My education at Cape Cod Community College has been a great foundation for my successful career and I am hoping to continue grow in my career using foundation build at CCCC."

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I'm grateful for all that I learned at CCCC, both in and out of the classroom. I am currently working as Civil Engineer for the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

Cape Cod Community College is a great school to begin a college education. It has helped me to develop my abilities to advance in my career. This college has taught me how to be active in a college career, to be open for opportunities, to always be willing to learn, to develop leadership skills, and to go beyond classroom.

As it has been said in Sanskrit Verse: "With learning as unity, you learn a quarter from teacher, a quarter from your ability, a quarter from discussion with classmates, a quarter from experience."

After I graduated with an Associate degree from CCCC, I transferred to one of the great Engineering schools, Stevens Institute of Technology, located in New Jersey to proceed further with my education. I successfully completed my Bachelor of Engineering (BE) in Civil Engineering and Master of Science (MS) in Construction Management.

My education at Cape Cod Community College has been a great foundation for my successful career and I am hoping to continue grow in my career using foundation build at CCCC.

Jay Seibold

Jay Seibold
Teacher's Assistant, Florida Atlantic University

"I will graduate with a Master's degree in Communication and Multimedia Studies … I intend to follow my dream of teaching at the collegiate level!"

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After graduating from Cape Cod Community College, I attended Cornell University, where I excelled academically, participated in a great deal of community service, and was active in the Greek system.

After earning my bachelor's degree from Cornell, I got married to an amazing woman, traveled the world a bit, and began attending Florida Atlantic University near our house in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

I will graduate in May 2016 with a Master's degree in Communication and Multimedia Studies and two graduate certificates in Film Studies and in Women, Gender, and Equality studies. I am working on a thesis with the following focus: the significance of film as a medium for public health campaigns.

Upon graduation, I intend to follow my dream of teaching at the collegiate level!

Nara Nascimento

Nara Nascimento
Research Assistant, Boston College

"I had great opportunities through the Honors Program, and I believe it was the major factor in helping me succeed into the future."

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It's been 3 years since I graduated from 4C's. I won't ever forget my time there because it was my launching pad into the world. You can literally start there and go anywhere. I had great opportunities through the Honors Program, and I believe it was the major factor in helping me succeed into the future.

I went on to Bridgewater State University. I continued my path through the Honors Program there and was encouraged to get into research. I became an undergraduate research assistant. I had the chance to be a part of what it takes to run a project in a laboratory. I participated in every part of the project: planning experiments, carrying them out as well as evaluating test results. I monitor maintenance schedules, and as a senior assistant in the lab, I was entrusted to teach lab techniques to the new students.

I became a part of the Honors Student Congress, which significantly impacted my life. As chair of community service, I organized a Red Cross blood drive on campus for four consecutive semesters, which collected the most blood units at BSU in the last five years. From there, we pushed ourselves further by planning a fundraiser on campus with a $2,000 goal that would serve as a scholarship for a young girl in Kenya. It was a challenge we were able to accomplish and surpass – regular people making a difference in someone's life.

I went on to graduate from BSU with the class of 2015, summa cum laude. I am currently a research assistant in the neurobiology of social behavior lab at Boston College.

Dan Meeghan

Dan Meeghan
Project Civil Engineer, Vanasse Hangen & Brustlin, Inc.

"I started my college career at Cape Cod Community College, and I could not be happier with that decision."

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I started my college career at Cape Cod Community College, and I could not be happier with that decision. At CCCC I was able to take a variety of classes from math and sciences to languages and arts, with many great professors. I was also able to meet many inspirational peers, who helped me to become more involved with clubs and student organizations at CCCC. During my time at CCCC I came to realize I that a career in Civil Engineering would be a great goal to pursue.

I was able to graduate as a commonwealth honors scholar from CCCC, which allowed me to be awarded several scholarships from the College, and from the school I transfer to, UMass Amherst. I continued to be very involved with clubs and organizations at UMass, while also gaining a great education.

I graduated Cum Laude in May of 2014 with a bachelor's degree in Civil & Environmental Engineering, and was eager to start my career in the field. I was immediately employed as a Civil Engineer by a great local company called Coastal Engineering, Inc. in Orleans, where I worked until June of 2015.

I recently moved to Boston and am now working for a great company called Vanasse Hangen & Brustlin as a Project Civil Enginee

Jonathan Bean

Johnathan Bean (Class of 2010)
Engineering Specialist, Siemens

"I attended several community colleges in Massachusetts before attending Cape Cod Community College. I found CCCC to be the best."

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I attended several community colleges in Massachusetts before attending Cape Cod Community College. I found CCCC to be the best and I graduated from there in 2010.

CCCC's career services department helped me transition into the facilities engineering program at Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA) where I graduated in 2013. MMA has an astounding 100% job placement and I was hired as an engineer just prior to graduating.

Currently, I am working for one of the world's largest engineering companies in the world and I consider myself a lifelong learner.

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