MCC alum receives national Outstanding Alumni Award from AACC

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 Metropolitan Community College alum, Hubert “Charles” Ahovissi, received an Outstanding Alumni award from the American Association of Community Colleges at the organization’s annual convention on April 16 in Orlando, Florida. At the convention with Ahovissi was MCC president Randy Schmailzl. 

“Charles embodies what Metropolitan Community College is all about. He wasn’t the traditional college age when he came to MCC, but he had a goal in front of him. That goal was to earn an education and share the passion for his culture through the organization he founded,” said Schmailzl. “We are extremely proud of him and hope that he inspires many others to earn their education and make a difference in our world.”

Ahovissi is a 2013 graduate from MCC, where he earned his associate degree in Liberal Arts. He is a professional artist, dancer, drummer, choreographer, educator, stage costume designer and tailor. Born in Benin, West Africa, Ahovissi is also an approved teaching and performing artist through the Nebraska and Iowa Art Councils. 

“MCC helped me a lot,” said Ahovissi in a 2018 Community magazine interview. “The professors appreciate the students and make them feel comfortable and welcome. I was touched by that. The degree helped me make sure I can express myself and communicate. Because of that help, I was able to create and lead. MCC will always be at the top of my list.”

He was also named the recipient of the MCC Distinguished Alumni Award last year, an honor given once a year to a former student of the College who has shown personal or professional achievement, gives back to the community and is involved with or supports MCC post-graduation. Ahovissi was one of three recipients of the national AACC Outstanding Alumni award, receiving the recognition alongside Kelly Suter of North Central Michigan College and George A. Kalogridis of Polk State College. 

“Community colleges shape the lives of millions of students, no matter their background, helping them reach their educational and career goals. The AACC Outstanding Alumni Awards honor just a few of those students who left our institutions and went on to make an impact on the world,” said AACC president and CEO Walter G. Bumphus. “This year’s Outstanding Alumni are as diverse as community colleges. From a successful businessman, to a selfless health care worker, to an immigrant sharing his culture with the Midwest, these alumni are truly deserving of the term ‘outstanding.’”