Campus Connections, In the Spotlight, Nov. 9

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Hamza Zmou, Morocco to Maine

When Hamza Zmou completed high school in Morocco, he wanted to come to college in New England. Out of all the colleges in the region, he chose SMCC.

Hamza, who’s from Morocco’s largest city of Casablanca, was sold on SMCC’s affordable tuition and beautiful campus. But more importantly, he was impressed by the Engineering program, calling it “one of the best engineering programs around.”

He is majoring in Engineering, works as an RA in Spring Point Hall and volunteers at the Captain’s Cupboard food pantry. After SMCC, he plans to work as an electrical engineer and go on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Engineering.

“My biggest dream is to work as a researcher or a scientist in renewable energy.”


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Michael Nozdrovicky, nursing chairman

As chairman of SMCC’s Nursing department, Michael Nozdrovicky oversees a high-demand program with 141 students and classes on three campuses.

Before coming to SMCC this fall, Nozdrovicky worked in New York in a variety of clinical and academic settings at New York University, Cabrini Medical Center, Mount Sinai Medical Center and elsewhere. He was a licensed practical nurse before he even graduated high school, and he later earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees and a Doctorate in Nursing Practice.

As Nursing chairman, he works with faculty on the nursing curriculum, helps students get clinical placements and facilitates relationships between clinical institutions and SMCC. The Nursing program has classes at SMCC’s South Portland and Midcoast campuses, as well as the York County Community College campus in Wells.

“Nursing is an excellent career. There are opportunities around the world for nurses to practice in any role they choose. Students from here can go anywhere.”