Intriguing. Inspiring. Diverse.
As someone who walked the T-Building’s hallways to get to where you are today, you now hold the distinction of being a Minneapolis College alum. You are among tens of thousands of friends, each with their own Minneapolis College story to tell. You had big dreams here on campus and now, as accomplished alumni, you are transforming the companies and industries you work in and impacting the communities where you live.
What’s your Minneapolis College story?
For this “Alumni Spotlight," we will be landing in sunny Los Angeles, California to meet Sammy (Cinema '11). Before moving to the City of Angels and pursuing film, he worked various odd jobs including delivery driver, wedding DJ, school teacher, hand massager, and women's roller derby videographer.
Feeling unfulfilled with these jobs, Sammy enrolled at Minneapolis College in 2008 with a clear vision for his future; he had a passion for the film industry and wanted to make it his "9 to 5." Sammy earned an associate of arts in cinema, acquiring skills in producing, screenwriting, and directing.
Marlon grew up in the housing projects of Chicago. With little hope or opportunity in his neighborhood, he turned to selling drugs. After receiving a felony charge, Marlon knew he had to make a change; he was determined not to let the “felon” stigma discourage him.
He left Chicago and moved to Minnesota, eventually finding his way to Minneapolis College. Marlon took advantage of a program that offered a GED equivalent and found himself excelling in school, boosting his GPA from a 2.0 to a 3.72 and earning an associate degree in human services and criminal justice, all while working for the Public Safety Department and most recently on our Facilities Team.