Michael Wlodarczyk will be the student speaker for the Monroe Campus at Northampton Community College’s (NCC) virtual commencement celebration. A resident of East Stroudsburg, he is a communications major. 

He chose NCC because of the College’s lower cost, and because he wasn’t sure whether he wanted to attend college.  NCC was a way for him to test the waters. 

At the Monroe Campus, he discovered a comfortable environment with an intimate atmosphere that made him feel close to his professors.  They made him more confident about asking questions, engaging in discussions and developing relationships. At NCC, he found his passion for communication and business. 

“If you are someone who is interested in diving deep into the intricacies of human communication on the interpersonal, group and mass scale, then you will love communication studies,” Wlodarczyk says.  “The major has helped me better understand how to communicate with people in personal and professional situations” 

Michael Wlodarczyk

He says that the communication studies program at Monroe is taught by a group of very passionate and energetic instructors, who engage in varied teaching styles. He particularly liked the engaging discussions in class. All this will stand him in good stead as he pursues a career in writing and owning his own businesses. He also plans to grow his real estate business at Keller Williams in Stroudsburg, where he is an agent.  

“NCC definitely changed me,” Wlodarczyk says.  “I really learned how to manage my time, stay more organized and develop healthier habits.  I also met lots of great people at the school.  NCC helped shape me into a professional by serving as a comfortable and supportive environment.  This environment alone allowed me to better understand what it is that I want to do after finishing school.  I feel blessed with all the opportunities which I have received from my parents, friends and faculty, who guided me in the right direction. 

Myra Saturen has been a writer for organizations for thirty years, including 14 for NCC. She has a bachelor's degree in English from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Binghamton and a master's degree in social work from Columbia University. In addition to writing for organizations, she has written for a variety of magazines and has had two young adult novels published. She also works as a writing tutor in NCC's Learning Center. She is a native New Yorker who has lived in Bethlehem Township for thirty-one years. She is married with two adult children. Her hobbies are reading, yoga and exercise.