While serving in the Navy as a hospital corpsman, Cameron Fudge concluded that a medical career was in his future. SMCC is serving as a steppingstone toward his goal of becoming an emergency room physician.
A native of Nova Scotia, Canada, Cameron moved to Maine at a young age and graduated high school in 2012. He then served in the Navy before coming to SMCC this fall through the Path to Graduation student success program.
Now 20, he has high aspirations: After SMCC, he plans to transfer to either Massachusetts Institute of Technology or Worcester Polytechnic Institute and then go on to medical school.
“Path to Graduation has shown me a lot. It’s helped me get familiar with the campus and with learning about all the resources that are available here.”
When David Katende first came to SMCC, his computer skills were lacking and he had no knowledge of the U.S. measurement system. With a degree in Architectural & Engineering Design, he now works as an engineer for Maine’s largest construction company.
Originally from Uganda, David says he didn’t have computer skills when he first arrived in the U.S. and only knew the metric system — but not the American system —of measurement. He credits his professors — Meridith Comeau, Paul Richardson and Dan Abbott — with helping him overcome those challenges and achieve success.
After graduating from SMCC, David transferred to the University of Southern Maine, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in technology management. He now works as an engineer in Cianbro construction company’s Portland office, working primarily on bridge projects.
“I’ll never forget my professors at SMCC. They all went the extra mile for me. They set the foundation for me to get where I am.”