MCC in the First Person

First-Hand Experience from our Students, Graduates, Faculty and Staff

Tom Kilroy, Respiratory Care Program

Spring 2011

Tom Kilroy - succeeding on campus and off

Fresh starts are something that Tom Kilroy knows about. After years of living in Boston and working as a plumber at Harvard, Tom decided to move to Connecticut in order to assist some ailing family members. At the time, he wasn't sure what he wanted to do but knew he wanted a career change.

His family encouraged him to go back to school so he decided to attend MCC and major in Respiratory Care at the suggestion of his cousin who went through the program 20 years ago. That was in Spring 2009 and now Tom is starting his clinical rotation at Hartford Hospital.

Kilroy participated in the Adults in Transition program which he said really helped him get mentally ready to be a student again.

"MCC gives you every resource you need in order to succeed, and MCC's resources such as the tutoring program and librarians are all so helpful."

Tom has been quite successful here at MCC as well as personally. He is doing well in his classes, is on the Dean's List and just received a MCC Foundation Scholarship from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. He stated his biggest accomplishment, however, has been losing 220 pounds by eating right and exercising. The snowball effect helped as he started to feel better and he kept on rolling.

Kilroy plans to graduate in May 2012 and hopes to continue his studies at a four-year college such as the University of Hartford. His end goal is to begin his new respiratory care career and would love to work on LifeStar.

Tom highly recommends MCC to friends considering returning to school stating, "Education is important because with a better education, you can make better decision. Your future begins here."


Last Update: June 29 2011
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