2014 Student Advocacy Day

Hagerstown Community College

  • Chris Giannoumis

    Christopher Giannoumis

  • Ben Gozora

    Benjamin Gozora

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“When I first met the instructor and saw his enthusiasm for the program, I knew this was where I wanted to be.”

Chris Giannoumis worked his way up the ladder at a construction firm, from an administrative position to senior project estimator. Then, in 2011, he went to work one day and was told that he was being laid off due to budget cuts. He was shocked and scared, but decided to look at his job loss as an opportunity.

He had taken some college classes in the past, but was never really focused on an end goal. Then he learned about HCC’s alternative energy technology program and become very excited about the possibilities. “When I first met the instructor and saw his enthusiasm for the program, I knew this was where I wanted to be,” Giannoumis said.

As a second year student, Chris has been able to secure a great internship in the solar manufacturing industry. In the spring of 2012, he will graduate with an associate’s degree in alternative energy technology and is expecting to be hired full-time by the company where he is completing his internship.

“I like the independence of driving a truck. It’s something I’ve always been interested in, and I couldn’t have done it without HCC’s program.”

Ben Gozora began his college career as a traditional college student in a credit-bearing program but after his first semester, he realized that college wasn’t for him. Instead, he decided to enroll in one of HCC’s short-term training programs so that he could obtain his Class B commercial driver’s license.

“I like the independence of driving a truck. It’s something I’ve always been interested in, and I couldn’t have done it without HCC’s program,” said Gozora.

Gozora says that he chose to get his Class B license because a Class A license would have prevented him from getting a job until he was 21 years old. With a Class B license, however, drivers can immediately find employment driving dump trucks, commercial delivery trucks, or other two-axle vehicles weighing over 26,000 pounds because drivers work locally and do not drive out-of-state. At 18, Gozora was eager to work, so pursuing his Class B license made the most sense to him.

Gozora successfully completed his truck driver training in 2012, and a little over a year after he graduated high school, he secured a job working for Valley Pet Cemetery and Crematorium in his home town of Williamsport, Md.

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