Goodman Graduates from WSCC and Continues to Make Progress on Ferris Degree while Remaining at WSCC

Samanatha Goodman was first inspired to pursue a career through a CTE course in high school. "I started being interested in teaching in my junior year of high school at Mason County Eastern," said Goodman, "by trying the Educator Academy through CTE."  Now, Goodman, a 2019 MCE graduate from Fountain, is a WSCC Associate Degree holder, who is also taking Ferris courses through WSCC, and looking forward to transferring to Ferris in 2022 to major in elementary education. "I graduated in Winter 2021 with an Associate Arts and Sciences and am planning to transfer to Ferris after Winter 2022."  

WSCC has multiple programs that offer classes through partner institutions, while students remain at WSCC.  After Goodman got her first degree, she planned to “take as many Ferris classes through West Shore before I transfer," which will reduce the amount of Ferris credits required and related tuition costs later.  "The Mason County Promise has helped me afford tuition, and to get a feel for what college is all about," Goodman said, adding that, "WSCC provides ample resources and services that are essential for academic growth and building confidence."

Apart from her studies, Goodman has gotten involved in PTK honors society at WSCC, which allows her to give back to her community through service projects.  The ambitious scholar also holds a job as a local preschool teacher at her church.  Goodman's career goals include completion of a bachelor’s and a master's degree in education.  "I plan to teach and want to continue helping my community in Mason County."  Goodman even spoke at the 2021 MCE Decision Day event, as a way to give back to her high school and share her positive experiences in pursuing a degree locally.  “I would encourage students to find what interests them and use the Promise," she stated. "Students have the opportunities to explore at WSCC and identify what they want to do for the future—every experience is worth it! Having a tuition free opportunity is beneficial!”

To find out more about the Mason County Promise, visit masoncountypromise.org

Promise Recipient Accepted into New EEG Program at WSCC

Since 2018, the Mason County Promise Zone has offered tuition and fees scholarships at West Shore
Community College (WSCC) to all Mason County residents who graduate with a 2.0 or better and live in
Mason County. Carli Kandalec, a 2018 Ludington High School graduate, used her scholarship to achieve
an associate degree in fall 2020, and will now use the Promise Scholarship to pursue the brand-new
Electroencephalogram (EEG) program at WSCC.
“I realized I could save more money going to WSCC instead of moving away, because universities cost so
much,” said Kandalec, adding that initially, she wanted to pursue EEG, but neither WSCC or Ferris
offered those programs at the time.
The first cohort of the EEG program, which trains students on using high-tech equipment that examines
brainwaves, consists of two students, and Kandalec applied with hopes that she would be one of the
two. Having achieved a degree already, she was qualified, but Kandalec also used her time at WSCC to
do more than just study: She gave back to her community.
A professor suggested that Kandalec become the president of a student organization that she hadn’t
even heard of, called PTK. And she took the chance, sharing that “I’ve been able to meet more people,
gain communication skills, and plan events like trivia nights, a book club, and a food drive.”
The food drive had to be done with social distancing and virtual meetings due the pandemic. “We all
came together and collected food from the community and were able to provide six big boxes of food to
each of the Mason County high schools,” Kandalec stated, adding, “It was amazing and heartwarming to
see that something small that we did, helped us give back to the school that we went to. All of the food
went into gift bags that helped families out during winter break, and the food was especially helpful
because of Covid and the limitations of access to food.”

The Promise scholarship helped make this happen by supporting Kandalec’s college tuition expenses, so
she didn’t have to work as much to pay for those expenses.
“The Promise has worked out,” according to Kandalec, in ways she never imagined. It has allowed her to
pursue a program that she always wanted but initially couldn’t find, to live in her home community and
give back to it, and to save money, and work less so that she could graduate and pursue not just one
degree, but an additional certificate.
Consider the Promise Scholarship and WSCC as a great start to any future career.