Title V Grant: Student & Faculty Testimonials
Paralegal Studies Student Completer, Allan Muteti
(Title V Cohort Student, Summer 2015): " I was born in Nairobi, Kenya and moved to the U.S. when I was 5 years old. I actually knew from the time I was in the 7th grade that I wanted to become a lawyer but I just didn’t know what path I should take to get to that point. I decided to go to Mt. SAC because I read up on what a paralegal is and decided that would be the perfect next step after high school. I figured it would challenge me and give me an excellent introduction into the legal field while still giving me the opportunity to study what I want.
The Title V Cohort in the Paralegal Program was just excellent. It was great because it guaranteed enrollment in all of my core paralegal courses and I was able to start and finish the program with the same group of people. It really helps because these are the people you study with and eventually form a bond with because no one else in the school knows what it is you are going through. Not only that, but the professors are amazing. They are so involved with the students outside the classroom and do everything in their power to make sure we are ready for the work field. I was able to participate in a resume workshop and mock interviews that showed me exactly what my potential employers will be looking for. I would recommend it to anyone interested in joining the paralegal program.“While at Mt. SAC, I was able to grow and mold more into the person I want to be.”
I am transferring to NYU this Fall to major in Sports Management with a focus on Sports Law. I am thrilled because it is my dream school and the school I have had my eyes on for as long as I can remember. I really am glad that I went through Mt. SAC first because now I feel more ready than I was when I came out of high school. While at Mt. SAC, I was able to grow and mold more into the person I want to be.
I am still continuing my legal journey in NYU so a lot of the skills I learned will still be put to use. I think the most important will be the process of manual legal research. The skills I learned from Professor McKee will help with any subject I am studying.
My end goal is to become a sports agent and to eventually open my own sports firm. I want to go to law school so I can represent athletes in matters concerning contracts and endorsements. By that point, my legal knowledge and skills will have grown and flourished into a career I can be proud of. The Cohort Program helped build a foundation that will be strong and helpful for years to come, and for that, I am forever grateful." [Photo: Adjunct Instructor, Lee Paige with Allan Muteti during the May 2015 Paralegal Mock Interview Day]
Respiratory Therapy Faculty Coordinator, Professor Mary-Rose Wiesner,
Program Director/Department Chair, Respiratory Therapy Program
(Title V Faculty Coordinator on award received Spring/Summer 2015 from the Commission of Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC): "There is no doubt that some of the help we have received through Title V has contributed to our success. There were a number of criteria that had to be met in order to be eligible for the award. One of the criteria was to meet CoARC threshold for attrition. Our program was struggling with attrition over the last fewer years
and barely meeting the threshold. With Title V funding and for student tutors and professional experts, I happy to say that our attrition has improved significantly over the past year. Thank You!!"
“The instructors that you provide us with are all very helpful ”
Radiologic Technology Student (Spring, 2014): " Since that initial tutoring session I am now trying to attend as many as I can. I find that talking to the tutors helps me to refine my study strategy. I find that in this class, study groups don't work for me but having someone quiz me and explain things to me one on one helps me. I have also been able to image. This is remarkable because I feel that when I am in lab that I don't have enough time to position slowly and make corrections. In lab I struggled with one projection for the skull and with the tutoring I was able to take my time, assess my image, make corrections and make notes. I really can't say enough positive things about the tutoring. I hope to see the tutoring program continue during the duration of the program. Thanks again!"
Respiratory Therapy Student (Spring, 2014): "I just want say thank you for providing and accommodating us with extra days and time to practice for open lab. I know many of us students have work and other personal reasons that restricts us from attending lab hours on Mondays but having Fridays and Saturday for open labs really helped me out a lot especially with my hectic schedule and I'm sure other students feel the same way. Secondly, the instructors that you provide us with are all very helpful in terms of instructing us students the proper techniques, knowledge, experience and professionalism that are required not just to pass the lab practical but to be one of the best at it. For me, it really has helped me out a lot because I can relate to them as they were once students at the MtSAC respiratory program. All the struggles, sacrifices and hard work that they went through gave me and other students the confidence and boosted our morale that we can also be as successful as they are if we just continue to stay focused and be on top of what we need to do. I believe that having more open labs especially on weekends and providing us with knowledgeable instructors will definitely help us to become successful Respiratory therapists. Thanks!"