Honoring STEM Grads: Student Highlights

Friday, June 4, 2021
Honoring STEM Grads: Student Highlights

If pursuing a degree or certificate in a STEM-related field is your passion, Raritan Valley Community College offers a variety of options. Depending on your interest, we provide a number of STEM career pathways, focusing on such areas as Health Science; Career and Technical; Information Technology and Game Development; and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

RVCC believes in offering a broad education to all students. Students understand that achieving more in academia can help them be more successful in their careers. Check out the list below for only a handful of our most recent STEM graduates. While many of the students are traditional age, some graduates returned to college after several years in the workforce. They are all worth of an honorable mention.

Elizabeth Williams

Major: General Science/Pre-Health Professional
Transferring to: University of Chicago
Accomplishments:

  • Thomas Edison EnergySmart Charter School Academy
  • Phi Theta Kappa
  • Graduated Summa Cum Laude

“RVCC allowed me to integrate into a college atmosphere while still in high school, and I was able to take advantage of facilities like labs and the anatomy models/diagrams in the tutoring center to better understand difficult subjects and prepare for exams.”

Kevin Clinebell

Major: Commercial Energy Management Technology
Plans After RVCC: Working as a Building Automation Technician
Accomplishments:

  • Phi Theta Kappa
  • Academic Award for Commercial Energy Management Technology
  • NJ STARS Scholar
  • Graduated Magna Cum Laude

“RVCC has helped me find my passion.”

Alexander (Alec) Lazeration

Major: Mechanical Engineering
Accepted to: Rutgers University School of Engineering
Accomplishments:

  • President's Volunteer Service Award Bronze Category
  • Phi Theta Kappa
  • Honors College
  • Authentic Engineering Experience
  • Changebuilder Scholarship
  • Galileo Scholarship
  • Graduated Magna Cum Laude

“The professors are amazing; they want to help and see you succeed.”

Catherine Oldfield 

Majors: Computer Science, Computer Networking & Computer Programming
Plans After RVCC: Work in Software Development or Data Analytics
Accomplishments:

  • Phi Theta Kappa
  • Dance Club Secretary
  • Academic Awards for Computer Science & Computer Networking and Cybersecurity
  • Graduated Summa Cum Laude

“At RVCC I found a community passionate about students and the learning process.”

Sarah Connors

Major: Nursing
Plans After RVCC: Nursing Career
Accomplishments:

  • Student Nurses Association Day President
  • Nota Bene Award
  • Phi Theta Kappa
  • Graduated Magna Cum Laude

“RVCC allowed me to discover my academic strengths and pursue student leadership positions.”

Matthew Hall

Major: Occupational Therapy Assistant
Plans After RVCC: Working as an Occupational Therapy Assistant
Accomplishments:

  • Student Occupational Therapy Assistant Association President
  • Dean’s List
  • Graduated Summa Cum Laude

“Attending the OTA program at RVCC gave me the skills I needed to really make a difference in people's lives and gave me confidence in my ability to help others.”

Yvonne Selander

Major: Environmental Science
Plans After RVCC: Working as Library Collection Development Manager
Accomplishments:

  • Academic Award for Environmental Science
  • Wildlife Research Intern
  • Duke Farms Volunteer
  • Service Learning Student Engagement Transcript
  • Graduated Summa Cum Laude

“RVCC’s small class sizes were extremely appealing to a student returning to school to take science and math classes for the first time in over 2 ½ decades.

To start your education in a STEM field and jumpstart your career, register for RVCC’s Instant Decision Day on July 14. To learn more about programs in STEM and other areas, register for an upcoming Information Session.