May 30, 2016, Blue Bell, Pa.—Even before he graduated from college, Andrew Belton had started his own business.
Belton, a 2014 North Penn High School graduate, began Symmetrical Media Marketing during his winter break from Montgomery County Community College in 2015.
“I was able to get a lot of aid from teachers and local mentors,” Belton said, adding that morphing into an entrepreneur while still in school is beneficial. “I’ve found that since it is entangled in my studies I’m able to learn things in school that help the business.”
Prior to starting his social media business, Belton briefly owned a t-shirt company with a few other MCCC students.
“The social media marketing business is much more viable,” Belton said. “I always had the entrepreneurial spirit, but I didn’t explore it until I was here.”
Belton, who graduated in May with a Liberal Studies degree, had served as President of MCCC’s Phi Beta Lambda chapter since 2015. He used the business leadership and guidance from the college’s professors, mentors and fellow students as a springboard for not only launching his own social media marketing business, but continuing his studies as well.
He will transfer to Delaware Valley University in the fall on a dual admissions agreement that he signed between the two institutions. The agreement, in essence, ensures that all of his MCCC credits are accepted at Delaware Valley.
Belton plans to major in Business Administration with a focus on marketing and a minor in communications.
His academic success and membership in the Phi Theta Kappa honor society enabled Belton to receive a “significant” scholarship.
He credits MCCC with helping to line up his academic future.
“If it weren’t for Montco I would not be in a situation to attend Delaware Valley University. It helped me to leverage more opportunities,” he said. “I’m extremely thankful that I came here. It was a great decision.”
His advisors, professors, associates, as well as the Phi Beta Lambda chapter and Phi Theta Kappa honor society “helped me to get where I am today.”
“I'm passionate about business and education,” he said. “It has been a privilege to attend Montgomery County Community College, serve as the chapter president of Phi Beta Lambda and as a peer mentor in the registration lab and make lifelong connections with the college community.”
As he moves toward the future, Belton said he hopes his words – and actions – will leave a lasting impact on the Montco community.
“I hope that I’m able to inspire other students.”
- Theresa Katalinas
Andrew Belton prior to Commencement at Montgomery County Community College on May 19, 2016. Photo by David DeBalko