Spotlights

Henry Gruba shows fire science students the one of many nozzles used in fighting fires.

MCC Fire Science Chair Henry Gruba Ignites Passion in Students to Help Others

As chairperson of the McHenry County College Fire Science program, Henry Gruba, is quick to point out that MCC is ranked in the top 10 percent of all fire science programs in the country because of dedicated adjunct instructors.

OTA program director/instructor Marlene Vogt and another student demonstrate therapeutic exercise

Marlene Vogt Nurtures MCC’s First OTA Graduating Class

As Director of MCC’s Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Program, Marlene Vogt strives to inspire her students and instill the same passion that she has for helping patients and clients of all ages achieve optimal function in their daily life roles …

MCC Applied Technologies co-chair Heather Zaccagnini and her students

Heather Zaccagnini Engages Students with Real-World Applications in Manufacturing

MCC Manufacturing Instructor Heather Zaccagnini and her students discuss production processes for producing egg armor containers in her Manufacturing Processes class …

Rodgers Family of Johnsburg

MCC Touches Two Generations of Johnsburg Family

The Rodgers family of Johnsburg understands the value of a community college education so much so that up to four family members were attending MCC at the same time within the past few years. …

Wayne Walusiak of Spring Grove

Retiree Wayne Walusiak of Spring Grove

Retiree Wayne Walusiak of Spring Grove believes in lifelong learning and even though he has a bachelor’s degree in business management …

Student Veterans Resource Center Liaison at MCC

Steve Czarnecki, Student Veterans Resource Center Liaison at MCC

Steve makes transition from sailor to student; Helping other Veterans …

Krecia Price and Bev Albright share a light moment in the Assistive Technology Lab at MCC.

Kreica Price, Adult Student Takes Courageous Steps to Earn Degree; Looks to Launching New Career

My experience at MCC has given me the confidence to keep going with my education…

Lindsay Carson, Spanish Instructor

MCC Spanish Instructor, Lindsay Carson Faculty of the Year

MCC Spanish instructor Lindsay Carson strives to make language relevant to students, so she incorporates Spanish and Latino culture into her lessons and speaks in Spanish to her students as much as possible …

Ann Esarco, Accounting Instructor

MCC Accounting Instructor, Ann Esarco Instrumental in Shaping Free Tax Clinic

Ann Esarco’s passion for tax preparation is helping 600 people a year.  As coordinator of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Clinic, a free tax assistance clinic for low income individuals and families …

Jack Brzezinksi, Robotics Instructor

MCC Robotics Instructor, Jack Brzezinksi, Takes Students into the World of Robotics

The robotics field is rapidly becoming a major source of technology jobs, and McHenry County College (MCC) robotics instructor Jack Brzezinski is helping MCC students fill them. …

Kate Kramer, Earh Science Instructor

MCC Earth Science Teacher, Kate Kramer, Rocks Students’ World with Math Modules

Geology classes might seem like a safe bet for students trying to avoid math. After all, how often are numbers and formulas needed when studying rocks and land formations? …

Jay Geller, MCC Theater Instructor

MCC Theater Instructor, Jay Geller Inspires Students in the Spoken Word

From the moment Jay Geller acted in a play while he was a student at Northeastern Illinois University, he found his life's passion and never let go …

Michael Hillstrom, MCC Music Instructor

MCC Music Instructor, Michael Hillstrom Strikes the Right Chord with Students

When seen around the MCC campus, music instructor Michael Hillstrom might appear quiet and reserved. But when he enters the classroom, his enthusiasm for teaching music comes alive …

Paul Hamill, MCC Earth Science Instructor

Paul Hamill, Earth Science Instructor

When a storm is brewing west of the Mississippi and heading toward Crystal Lake, MCC administrators rely on MCC’s own meteorologist Paul Hamill to provide the most up-to-date forecast and its impact on the campus …

Marla Garrison, MCC Biology Instructor

Marla Garrison, Biology Instructor

There’s no other place in the world Marla Garrison would rather be than in the classroom, teaching students the wonders of the natural world. A biology instructor at MCC for 12 years, Garrison makes it a priority to learn the names of all her students …

MCCQuilters

MCCQuilters Guild Donates To PADS, Turning Point; Promotes Strong Sense of Community

Some McHenry County College employees and students are continuing a timeless art form, all the while making a difference in the community…