Beyond NCC

How a Team of Grads Are Making Digital Work at Liquid

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We’re where you’ll save 50% on tuition compared to other schools. We’re where small class sizes mean really getting to know your professors, classmates, and course material. We’re where you’ll get ahead by transferring credits from courses taken in high school or over breaks to a four-year institution. We’re where you’ll find millions of dollars in financial aid and scholarships. We’re where first-generation students can find the support they need to apply, choose the right courses and activities, and make the most of their college experience.

We’re your launchpad.

See how NCC helped six graduates – and three students! – launch their careers and land them jobs at Liquid, a leading digital business company based in the Lehigh Valley.

Dolan Kutzman

“I received an extremely personalized and valuable education from NCC thanks to the small class sizes and personal dedication of the professors, specifically Traci Anfuso-Young and Jason Zulli, who essentially taught me everything I know,” said Dolan, a 2013 NCC grad.

Dolan went on to get his bachelor’s degree from Penn State University and is now an Art Director at Liquid. He specializes in graphic design, animation, illustration, brand development, and more, helping Liquid’s clients visually share their stories with the world.

“All of the skills I learned at NCC in the Communication Design track I use on a daily basis and serve as the foundation for my success,” Dolan added.

Courtney Fenstermaker

Courtney was a Dual Enrollment student at NCC during the 2012-2013 school year, taking a few NCC classes like English I and Intro to Psychology while still in high school.

“Participating in NCC Dual Enrollment Program helped me to get a head start on college while I was still in high school. Getting to interact with a college professor and take on more challenging assignments made the transition to college much easier. The program saved me money, but also helped me fast-track my four-year degree program since I was able to transfer my credits that met my college’s course requirements,” says Fenstermaker

Courtney is now a Data Analyst at Liquid, working to define, implement, and analyze enterprise data for clients across channels like marketing, sales, operations, and more.

Victor Beltran

Victor graduated in 2011 with an associate degree in Computer Science.

Beltran says, “The primary reason I attended NCC was their SMaRT Scholarship program. I had been accepted to a four-year university, but the finances made it a no-brainer for me to go to NCC for my first two years.”

Beltran went on to get his bachelor’s degree in Information Science and Technology from Penn State University. He’s now a Senior Application Developer at Liquid, working with some of their most high-profile clients developing and implementing web-based applications using Microsoft .NET and Open Source technologies.

Riley Charles

“I took an online course at NCC because I felt I could receive the same level of teaching and knowledge, but with a lower price tag attached to it,” said Riley, who recently graduated from Penn State University.

“My sister took courses at NCC while she was a senior in high school, so my parents had already had experience with NCC. NCC’s connections with state and private schools was a huge reason I chose to take an online course there since I was then able to transfer those credits to my school.”

NCC has transfer agreements with more than 100 colleges and universities across the region that makes transferring credit to these four-year institutions – whether one course or two years’ worth of courses – easy.

Riley’s now a Social and Campaigns Strategist at Liquid. She develops comprehensive strategies as well as creative campaign concepts that span social media and email marketing. She, along with many others at Liquid, are taking part in Wix’s SEO Battle, a prominent Search Engine Optimization (SEO) competition between Liquid and another, global agency.

Nikki Kyriakopoulos

“I chose to complete my two-year associate degree at NCC because I was well aware of the cost of going to a university for all four years. Due to this decision, I was able to pay off a large portion of my college debt much faster than expected,” says Nikki, who graduated from NCC in 2011 and went on to get her bachelor’s degree from Kutztown University.

Nikki is now a Senior Digital Strategist at Liquid. In her role, she consults and creates the strategies and processes behind marketing, sales, and customer service platforms for many of Liquid’s clients.

Maegen Kutzman

2014 graduate Maegen said, “I was the first in my family to attend college. Applying to NCC was easy for 18-year-old me that had no support or guidance from a family member. I also really leaned on the advisors at NCC to help me map out my path and figure out what I needed to do. I don’t think you get that same support from larger schools.”

Maegen is now a Project Manager at Liquid. She works to plan, staff, and oversee many major projects at Liquid to ensure that they meet client and internal expectations regarding timeline, deliverables, budget and project profitability.

Maegen went on to say, “I think I did learn a lot of general skills at NCC that help me now in my professional life, from time management to communication skills.”

Josh Kohler

“All of the courses I took had small class sizes of 15-20 students, so there were a lot of opportunities to deep-dive into specific questions I had and explore related topics I was interested in that weren't part of the core curriculum,” said Josh, who graduated in 2008.

“Surprisingly the most useful courses turned out to be secondary courses not directly related to my major. I fondly remember my course on speech communication, which was helpful for learning to communicate effectively as a professional in the workplace.”

Josh is now an Application Developer at Liquid, “making digital work” for Liquid clients each and every day.

Justin Teles

“My experience at NCC was great! I was able to take a wide variety of courses that I could transfer to a four-year University when I had an official major chosen. I decided to shift towards a Communications degree later in my first year at NCC. The broad skill set I developed through those courses not only helped to translate towards my eventual Mass Communications degree, but also continue to be vital in my career today!” said Justin.

After graduating from NCC in 2008, Justin got his bachelor’s degree from Bloomsburg University. He now oversees the Project Management team at Liquid, ensuring that Liquid's portfolio of work meets client expectations of budget, timing, and quality.

Samara Gonzalez

Liquid’s always looking for new additions to their team – this fall, in a Creative Intern and current NCC student, Samara.

Gonzalez shared more about her path to an internship at Liquid, “Pursuing my education at NCC helped me discover my passion for graphic design. My professors encouraged me to express myself creatively, challenging me to reach new heights. It was because of their support that I entered my designs into the American Advertising Awards Competition. I'm so glad that I did! The competition was against students from all over the Lehigh Valley. I received a gold ADDY, the first-ever “Student Best of Show” award, and a cash reward in my name.

Shortly after, my professors arranged a design tour around several businesses in the Lehigh Valley–Liquid Interactive was among them. Because of these connections, I am now a Graphic Design intern here at Liquid. NCC gave me a foundation to build confidence in my work and to network. I am graduating from NCC in December, excited and more prepared for my future because I get to learn something new every day!”

Samara is expected to graduate in December.

NCC isn’t just the less expensive, more personal, and most flexible option.

Well, we are.

But we’re also your launchpad, setting you on a path to a career you’ll love. Get started at NCC like these grads did!

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