Moraine Valley wasn’t part of Melissa Kennedy’s original plan, but as we all know, plans change.

“I heard so many good things about Moraine Valley that I moved into the district,” said Melissa, who earned an associate’s degree from Moraine Valley and her bachelor’s degree from Columbia College Chicago. She now works as promotions manager for WBBM Newsradio 780.

Her success in a fast-paced career comes as no surprise to those who knew her as a student at Moraine Valley. Staff comments depict Melissa, who was named the 2007 Pacesetter Award recipient, as hard-working and dedicated, traits she has carried into her professional life. While at Moraine Valley, Melissa worked as a reporter, features editor and editor-in- chief for the Glacier student newspaper. “I went to the Glacier office for a meeting, and I never left,” she said.

Melissa believes Moraine Valley was the right choice for the foundation of her college education. “People genuinely cared about me succeeding,” she said. “The faculty-they’re like cheerleaders for us. This college is worth its weight 10 times over. It’s a tremendous school.”

“One of the best things about Moraine Valley is the general attitude throughout campus that makes students succeed,” she said. “Staff members want you to leave school with the tools you need to have a great life.”

And that does appear to be the case for Melissa in her marketing career. “My job is the best,” she said. “I work with a great group of people and there’s always something new happening. Plus, I’m a news junkie, and my office is across the hall from one of the most respected newsrooms.”