Prince George's Community College is a place where anyone can achieve their professional, educational, and personal goals. Our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and partners help make the college an exceptional place to learn and grow. Get to know the people who positively impact the college community and contribute to the college's goals of student success, regional impact, and organizational excellence.
At PGCC, one of the things that you’ll enjoy is the diversity among students. Students representing 42 countries attend the college in pursuit of their educational goals. Edward Alain Kuisseu Tatchim, a second-year student from Cameroon, studies computer science at the college. He immigrated to the U.S. in 2016 and enrolled to complete his associate degree, and then transfer to a four-year institution.
Edward chose his academic pathway because of his passion for entrepreneurship. He loves developing applications and looks forward to starting and owning his first business venture in the next five years. Prince George’s Community College has provided many opportunities for him to progress towards his goals. Not only did he run a successful campaign to become the 2018-2019 SGA president, he also is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society and the Hillman Entrepreneurs Program.
Every morning he wakes up wanting to give the best of himself with the hopes of “making everywhere I go better than it was before I got there,” he said. He continues to come out of his shell so that he can engage other students and be part of what makes their time at PGCC memorable. Edward’s message to new students is “You shouldn’t come here with a defeated mentality but rather you should come with a vision. Once you have the vision, it helps you know how to direct your path and stay focused.”
Matthew Cuozzo has been a Maryland resident his entire life. He graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in Education. Now, he works as the coordinator for new student orientation and transition programs at PGCC, where he gets to work directly with students and ensure that they are successful during their time at the college.
“I am a strong believer in educational equity and educational justice, and I think community colleges are the place where that happens,” said Matthew. He’s dedicated his career to helping populations that have “traditionally been underrepresented” from the college graduate population, and has been very satisfied and fulfilled since making his decision to join the PGCC staff. “I think the administration and a lot of our staff have a very good pulse on not only what students need but how to move forward,” he said.
He takes on each day with a positive mental attitude, or what his mom calls a “PMA.” The PMA phrase was ingrained in him on a daily basis when he was young and throughout high school, and still sticks to do this day. He makes it a priority to bring positivity, optimism, and energy into his office and each role that he steps into.