Carroll Community College
Commencement 2006, No. 25


County Commissioner Julia W. Gouge to Deliver Commencement Address

College Team Places First in Spelling Bee

Returning Student Reflects on Her Carroll Education

Class of 2006 May Be College’s Largest

Today Newsletter Wins National Award

State Trooper Credits College With His Success

Medical School Graduate Received His Start at Carroll Community College

Andrea Roskam Named Student Commencement Speaker



Medical School Graduate Received His Start at Carroll Community College

At the age of 19, Silver Run, Maryland resident John Carty was completing his GED. Little did he know that at the age of 45, he would be leaving his hometown north of Westminster, and heading to Albuquerque, New Mexico for a four–year residency in psychiatry. Along the way, courses he took at Carroll helped him believe that becoming a doctor was within the realm of possibility.

Carty had originally dropped out of high school after a death in the family, and several family moves. After receiving his GED, Carty worked as a carpenter for about 12 years, and as a farmer for about another 12 years.

In the fall of 1996, Carty started attending Carroll full-time. Biology, chemistry and calculus were some of the courses he took. As a result, a childhood dream of starting a career in medicine was rekindled. At Carroll, he embarked on the path to fulfill his dream.

“Carroll helped me tremendously. Carroll gave me a chance to pursue my interests,” said Carty. “The college is well-prepared to assist the non-traditional student. The courses at Carroll prepared me to take the medical school entrance exam.”

After attending Carroll for about a year, Carty transferred to McDaniel College. He graduated in 2001 with a degree in biochemistry. He then attended medical school at the University of Maryland in Baltimore. He graduated in 2005.Thanks to the math and science classes he took at Carroll and McDaniel, the medical school entrance exam was not very difficult for Carty. He passed with flying colors.

Recently, Carty loaded his van with all his belongings to move to Albuquerque. He will begin a four-year residency at University of New Mexico Hospital.

“I feel the instruction I received at Carroll was excellent,” said Carty. “I still miss the teachers I had at Carroll.”

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