Morris Ndebay is constantly on the go. He’s a full-time student majoring in Mechanical Technology. He also works full time at Federal Express as a package handler, loading and unloading trucks. How does he do it? “I manage my time. It’s school work, my job and my family. I don’t have time for anything else.”
Ndebay is a refugee from Liberia who came to the United States in 2008 along with his mother, brother, sister and her children. He earned his GED, became an American citizen and started taking classes at OCC in 2013. “When I came here I thought I wanted to work on cars. I thought it was a little easy for me and decided to challenge myself with Mechanical Technology.”
Ndebay’s home on campus is the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) office on the first floor of the Gordon Student Center. EOP provides access, academic support and financial aid to students who show promise for succeeding in college. “The EOP Office is a wonderful place. You can use the computers for your homework and print out your work for free. They have tutors who can help you. There are advisors you can speak with. It’s a wonderful place if you make use of it!”
Ndebay is on track to graduate in 2016. He plans to stay and earn extra credits which he can bring with him to a four-year school. His goal is to transfer to Syracuse University.