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My journey into volunteering began over 20 years ago, when I was a student in high school, at the Regional Foodbank of Northeastern New York. I was assigned to complete 50 hours of community service for a school project. For several weekends, I dedicated hours to completing the community service, and in doing so, met …

Melissa Moore, Correctional Nurse

Melissa Moore chooses a career in correctional nursing

If you were—or are—a nurse, what would be your dream job? Would it be working as a neonatal nurse? As a school nurse? In the ER? In any case, working in a prison infirmary probably isn’t at the top of your list. For Melissa Moore, of White …

Guillermo Rincon, Seargant, NYPD

Guillermo Rincon takes advantage of Excelsior’s credit acceptance policy to advance in the New York Police Department

To move up in rank in the New York Police Department, you need to not only pass a rigorous test, but also hold a certain level of degree. Guillermo Rincon, of Farmingville, New York, held two jobs—a sales …

Albany Medical Center, Masters of Science in Nursing

Diane Carey proves leadership is an important nursing career

Diane Carey, of Latham, New York, has worked in various areas of nursing throughout her more than 30-year career, including in the nursery and operating room. She has increased her knowledge of the profession along the way, including earning a master’s in nursing from Excelsior in …

Lou Ann Gleason, Excelsior Nurse

Lou Ann Gleason uses her three nursing degrees to help students and the community

Lou Ann Gleason of Ellisburg, New York, has been a part of the nursing team at the South Jefferson Central School District for more than 25 years, beginning her full-time career as a school nurse in 2004. She’s a three-time graduate …

Yolanda Johnson, Master of Health Sciences

Yolanda Johnson treats the individual, not just their disease

How would Yolanda Johnson change the world? Most people could make the case that she’s already changed it for the better in her work as a program director at an addiction care center. Johnson will tell you her dream is to do more, “to work to …

Axl Castaneda, Counterintelligence Agent

Axl Castaneda plans to use his public service degree to pursue a rewarding career in counterintelligence

Axl Castaneda may not have followed a path into national security if it hadn’t been for the Boston Marathon Bombing in 2013. His father and sister had been near the finish line where the two bombs had been placed, …