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Student Success Stories

Alumni Who Have Gone the Distance

Many remarkable people with remarkable careers started their journey here at Housatonic Community College. Meet some of our alumni who have gone the distance and attained great success!

Craig Leachman
Craig LeachmanClass of 2015
Current student at Academy of Art University (AAU)

HCC alum and current student at Academy of Art University (AAU) Craig Leachman ‘15, took home six awards from this year’s Connecticut Art Directors Club (CADC) Awards Show.

Leachman’s portrait of local Bridgeport rapper and youth leader, ABC Man, won CADC’s prestigious Silver Award. Read the full article here.


Tiffany Teixeira
Tiffany TeixeiraClass of 2011
Miss Connecticut 2016
Registered Nurse

Tiffany graduated in 2011 with an Associate of Science Degree and continued her education at Quinnipiac University earning a bachelor’s degree in nursing. She is now a registered critical care nurse at Yale-New Haven Hospital in New Haven pursuing a doctorate degree.


 Jermaine Burke
Jermaine BurkeClass of 2016
Advanced Manufacturing Graduate
Employed at Balding Precision

Through HCC’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology program, Jermaine found a passion for creating and a huge purpose in being a part of innovation. Jermaine graduated HCC receiving top grades in his class. Through the programs internship component, Jermaine completed an intership at Balding Precision where he was offered a full-time position upon graduation.


Kevin Russo
Kevin RussoClass of 1989
State Superior Judge 
State of Connecticut

Kevin is a true HCC success story. At age 23, he made the life-altering decision to give  academia a second chance and enrolled at HCC. In 1986, Kevin earned his Associate’s in Science Degree. He progressed to SCSU for his Bachelor’s, and then to Western New England College School of Law for his Juris Dector in Law. Today Kevin is a State Superior Judge for the State of Connecticut.