Campus Connections, In the Spotlight, March 21

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Kristina Fucini, healthy eating

Kristina Fucini has been serving food since she graduated high school. Now she’s looking forward to a bright career teaching healthy eating habits.

Kristina began working at restaurants straight out of Brunswick High School. She’s now studying Dietetics & Nutrition and hopes to get into community dietetics with a school, a public health organization or maybe as a health coach when she graduates and enters the workforce.

It was scary for her to come to college more than a decade after graduating from high school.

“I’ve known forever this is what I want to do, and I finally decided to stop putting it off. There are only two programs in Maine for dietetics, and SMCC was close, a lot less expensive and it gives you a well-rounded view of the dietetics world.”

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Rachel Parse, believing the mission

Rachel Parse came to SMCC because she believes in SMCC’s mission and the opportunities we provide students.

Dr. Parse was hired in 2014 and serves as chairwoman of the Early Childhood Education academic program. She previously served as a pre-school director, directed a nature-based pre-school program, taught first and second grade, and worked in curriculum development.

She has degrees from Rutgers and Old Dominion, and a Ph.D. from the University of New Hampshire.

“With an on-site child care center in our building, students get to experience first-hand what they’re studying. We’re a tight-knit community among faculty, students and the children in our child care center. “