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PCC Offers Benton a Shot at Redemption

Mark BentonMark Benton’s educational journey began several years ago, when he made the choice to alter his life’s course by returning to school in pursuit of a career that would enable him to better provide for his wife and three children.

Since his wife had earned a degree in Respiratory Therapy from Pitt Community College, Benton said he chose to pursue a health care field as well. He ended up selecting PCC’s polysomnography program and went on to earn a degree from the college in 2010 with a 3.8 grade point average.

“Pitt Community College (gave) me the opportunity for redemption,” Benton said. “I did not fair very well when I went to college the first time; it seemed my mind was on a lot of things besides studying.

 “… The combination of not finishing college and the desire to make my parents proud haunted me for many years and this wonderful college (gave) me the opportunity for closure.”

Benton, who delivered his graduating class’s response speech, says PCC gave him the tools for a better life. He explained that in addition to polysomnography instruction, Pitt also provided him with opportunities to grow away from the classroom. He was president of both the college’s SLEEP Club, which promotes the benefits of polysomnography, and Gamma Beta Phi, an honor and service society.

“PCC has shown me the importance of community and has given me an opportunity to improve my family’s quality of life,” he said, adding that he truly believes PCC is “the best community college in the country.”