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  • Jasmine Brown
    Economic Developer; Owner, 8th Avenue Collective Group, Wilmington, Del.

    ​"My experience with the AAP created a long-lasting foundation for me. During my time there, it taught me not to rush into anything, and take my time getting to know myself. The AAP gently introduced me into college life, instead of having to be thrown in to a whole new world without the tools to succeed. I do not believe I would have been as successful had I gone straight to main campus. 

    Because of the program, I was better equipped to handle UD's colossal main campus as well as see familiar faces from time to time. I really liked how some of the students in the program, including myself, became close and helped each other out once on main campus. We were sort of like a family — meeting at Morris Library to study, the dining halls for meals, Trabant and Perkins to hang out, and much more. 

    Since graduating from the program, I went on to continue my studies on main campus as a Health Behavior Science major and Public Health minor and graduated from the University in spring 2016. After graduation, I started interning and working in one area of my studies as a (drug and alcohol) prevention specialist, and I also started a business. Currently, I am working full time as an economic developer for a local community development corporation and running my business, 8th Avenue Collective Group. It is a creative agency for local artists, makers and doers in Wilmington that provides resources, connections, and a platform to create and showcase. 

    My experience with the program was so life changing, it convinced my younger sister to attend UD, but do the AAP first!"

                                                                         — Jasmine Brown

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  • Delano Smith
    Correctional Officer, Delaware Dept. of Correction

    ​​​Delano Smith, an alumnus of the Wilmington campus, received his associate's degree from the AAP in 2014. While continuing his education at the Newark campus, he minored in Spanish and legal studies and worked as a teaching assistant for Dr. Ivan Sun's Problems of Policing class. In the course of earning his bachelor's degree, Delano also interned with the Delaware Division of Youth Rehabilitative Services, which provides detention, treatment, probation, and aftercare services to Delaware minors who are referred by Family Court. In spring 2017, Delano completed the Delaware Dept. of Correction's nine-week Correctional Employee Initial Training program (CEIT). He joined 16 fellow correctional officers in receiving a DOC assignment and taking the oath of office at the CEIT swearing-in ceremony held in July 2017. 

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  • Casey Osmundson
    Social Sciences Instructor

    Casey Osmundson is a proud 2007 graduate of University of Delaware's Elementary Education program. She started her career teaching fifth-grade students in the Smyrna school district, and is now thrilled to be teaching as a Social Sciences adjunct on the DTCC Owens campus where she first started her journey as an ETE student in the AAP. Casey continues to use much of what she learned from UD in her daily teaching practices, working to engage her students in the classroom and help them connect with their community through charitable service. While at UD, Casey served as a tutor for the Social Sciences department. Now that she is an instructor, she continues to mentor many of her students, helping them overcome both personal and academic challenges so that they can work to their full potential and find success in their schooling and future careers.

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  • Thomas Cody Prang

       Thomas Cody Prang, a graduate of the Wilmington campus of the Associate in Arts Program, is now pursuing his Ph.D. at New York University. An anthropology major while at UD, Prang is now affiliated with NYU's Center for the Study of Human Origins and the New York Consortium for Evolutionary Primatology.  ​

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  • Jon Garcia
    Electrician; UD Engineering Major

    ​Jonathan Garcia, a 2013 alumnus of the AAP, earned his associate's degree in 2013. He is currently majoring in electrical engineering at the main campus in Newark and is also working as an electrician. A talented musician, Jon credits the AAP for both fostering his love of music and helping him discover his passion for engineering. "The AAP was a great experience for me — being at home while also close to college, meeting many people, and making friends," Jon said. "It helped me figure out what I really wanted to be. Although the AAP itself doesn't have an engineering program, it made me realize what I was capable of doing, besides having talent in music. The AAP helped develop the other hidden potential in me: electrical engineering." Jon expects to earn his Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree in fall 2017.

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  • Samantha Constantine
    Graduate student, World History; Instructor

    Samantha Constantine, a 2013 alumna of the AAP, earned her associate’s degree in 2013 and went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in History Education from UD in 2015. She is currently a UD graduate student in World History and a writing tutor on the Georgetown campus. Sam plans to teach history and hopes to inspire students the way her teachers and professors have inspired her. "The AAP pointed me in the direction of my history major, which I would not have discovered otherwise," Samantha said. "It introduced me to people who continue to inspire me every day."

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  • Tianna Hutchins
    Case Assistant, U.S. Dept. of State; Graduate student, History

    Tianna Hutchins, a former student of the Georgetown campus, graduated from the AAP in 2013. Since then she has earned a B.A. in history from Lee University and is currently in the history M.A. program at American University. Hutchins' area of interest is primarily in U.S.-Soviet relations and the perceptions and stereotypes each society held of the other. In addition to taking graduate classes, she is also working in the U.S. Department of State as a case assistant in the Office of Children's Issues dealing with international parental child-abduction cases. 

    "I feel that the Associate in Arts Program helped me transition from high school into the rigor of collegial studies because of its closeness to home," Hutchins said. "But, more importantly, I value my time spent in the program because of the wonderful, brilliant faculty and the nurturing environment they provide that enables students to grow."

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