Juan José Carrión-Almeida
Valedictorian, Class of 2015
BCC community. He was involved in both the Student Government Association and the Multicultural Student Services Organization. In addition, he served as a Student Ambassador, a prominent leadership role for students who are dedicated to serving and representing BCC at campus and community events.
He was also nominated to be a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Scholar and tutored first year STEM students. During the spring semester he interned in the Accounting and Controls Department at SABIC, a global innovative plastics corporation located in Pittsfield.
I proved to myself that I could earn a degree despite English being my second language and working long hours. This motivated me to go beyond my own limits.
Juan goes on to say, "My success at BCC wouldn’t have been possible without the awesome faculty and staff.”
According to Eleanore Velez, admissions counselor and coordinator of the Multicultural Center at BCC, when Carrión-Almeida became aware that other states have one tuition for all students regardless of residency, he proceeded to educate himself and advocate for a bill that would allow in-state tuition for all in Massachusetts.
“While this position would not benefit him directly, he knows the transformative power of education,” said Velez. “Juan Jose understands how important education is and how a more educated population can make the world a better place.”
Carrión-Almeida will attend the University of Massachusetts’ Isenberg School of Management.