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Adam Hertz

AACC alumnus Adam Hertz is a finance manager for a large health care company in Maryland. However, there was a time in his life when he didn’t know if he had the resources to pursue his academic dreams. He credits Anne Arundel Community College for providing the opportunities he needed to achieve his goals.

AACC’s team of faculty, advisors and tutors were there to support his educational journey. In his first term, Hertz achieved straight A’s for the first time in his life. Even with that success, he struggled to stay in school for financial reasons. Then his business professor stepped in and wrote a letter of recommendation for Hertz to receive AACC’s Ratcliffe Entrepreneurial Studies Scholarship, allowing him to fully focus on his studies.

Hertz quit his job and became a full-time student. He immersed himself in all the college had to offer. He participated in the entrepreneurship club, was a member of the honor society and was elected treasurer of AACC’s Student Government Association. These leadership roles led to Hertz becoming a student member of the AACC board of trustees and serving on the AACC Foundation board of directors. He saw first-hand how the AACC Foundation expands philanthropy and cultivates partnerships in the community to truly invest in the success of AACC's students. He was proud to say he was one of those students himself!

Hertz will tell you that his friends and family credit his success to hard work and perseverance. However, he will be the first to say, “They ought to recognize the countless tutors, professors and college staff at AACC” who turned his life around. After graduating with an associate degree, Hertz went on to earn his Bachelor of Science in finance from the University of Maryland and his MBA from Frostburg State University. He credits AACC for “giving me a real opportunity to change the trajectory of my future. I am where I am today because of the direct connection and interactions I had with my professors and college leadership.”


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