Northwestern High School graduate Carlos Fuentes was accepted to the University of Maryland, College Park, but the tuition was out of reach. After researching other options, he chose Prince George’s Community College because of its affordability, convenient location and good reviews. Two years later, he has no regrets. He is active in the college’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Collegian Center and helped to develop a campus rain garden, which provides hands-on learning experiences for environmental biology students. Fuentes was one of four students selected to attend Achieving the Dream’s 2012 Annual Meeting on Student Success in Dallas, Texas. While there, he attended seminars, tweeted live and provided feedback on proposed initiatives for increasing student success rates.
Fuentes, whose family moved to the U.S. from El Salvador when he was six, will graduate in spring 2013 and transfer to the University of Maryland, Baltimore to complete a bachelor’s degree in nursing. He would like to join the Air Force or Army and go into military nursing, hopefully overseas. Eventually, he plans to attend graduate school and become a nurse practitioner, specialize in acute care, or enter a career in health management. “I’ve really enjoyed all of my classes and had amazing, knowledgeable, experienced professors who helped me in so many ways,” says Fuentes. “There is no way you could possibly fail with all the options available, from tutoring to one-on-one writing sessions. At Prince George’s Community College, they help you succeed.”