Getting ahead with online courses
By Diane VanDyke
With his sights set on becoming a chiropractor, Paul Parrish worked hard to complete his high school education by age 16 and earn his associate’s degree at Montgomery County Community College before he turned 18.
Thanks to the convenience of the College’s online courses and nearby West Campus, this ambitious Pottsgrove Township resident was able to live at home and work two part-time jobs while earning his degree in Liberal Studies.
“I graduated college debt free and in a financially stable position,” said Parrish, who plans to attend Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, Pa., in fall 2017 to major in Exercise Science and minor in Bible studies. “I’ve also received a scholarship to attend Messiah.”
Parrish says he was comfortable taking classes on campus and in the online environment because he completed his high school courses through a cyber-charter school.
While at MCCC, Parrish carried a 3.5 cumulative grade point average, resulting in his induction into the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) National Honor Society.
Despite working more than 30 hours per week and taking a full load of classes, Parrish found time to volunteer in activities at Graterford Bible Fellowship Church in Collegeville and to serve as vice president of PTK.
His sister, Sara, who also attends Messiah College, inspired him to pursue a career as a chiropractor.
“Sara has scoliosis, which caused her back pain and headaches, and she had difficulty walking and dancing. However, treatments by a chiropractor helped her, and now she is a dance major at Messiah and one of the best students in her class,” he said. “I want to be able to help people feel better like that so they can do their best.”
Check out MCCC’s online classes for the summer and fall.