HCC Success Stories

Harford Community College alumna Efia Ofosu-Ntiamoah has been selected as a member of the 2018 All-Maryland Academic Team.

Currently an accounting major pursing a bachelor’s degree at University of Maryland, College Park, Efia has a fully paid summer externship at PricewaterhouseCoopers at Disney World as well as an internship in the summer of 2019.

She was invited to the Harford Community College Board of Trustees meeting in June. HCC President Dr. Diana G. Phillips presented Efia with a medallion in recognition of her scholarly achievements. The award is presented by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society.

Efia said that HCC gave her a solid foundation to succeed at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park. “The difference between HCC and the University of Maryland is the ease of access to instructors and ease of access to vital resources.”

The only child of two well-educated parents, Efia is originally from Ghana, West Africa. Her mother, Faustina Ofosu-Ntiamoah, sacrificed her job to move to the United States when Efia was 16 years old. She graduated from St. Louis Senior High School there in May 2016, and three months later she enrolled at Harford Community College as a freshman in both a new school and a new country. Her father, who remains in Ghana, chose HCC for Efia after doing considerable research on American colleges.

At Harford, she was a business administration major enrolled in the Honors Program. Efia demonstrated her natural leadership abilities as Vice President of Public Relations for Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society, the international honor society for two-year colleges. In this role, she promoted HCC’s chapter events by developing promotional materials, overseeing the chapter’s social media presence, preparing and maintaining the chapter’s scrapbook for regional and international conventions, and drafting press releases for area news outlets. She also served as the chapter’s official photographer. She received the PTK Hallmark Award for Distinguished Chapter Officer. Recipients are selected based on their demonstration of leadership, promotion of Honors in Action and other engagement in the Society, and enthusiasm for the Society's Hallmarks. In addition, Efia was a member of the National Society for Leadership & Success, Math Club, and My College Success Network; she said Academic Success Coach Jenny Jakulin was her biggest support throughout her time at HCC. Efia was also employed as a peer tutor in the Learning Center at HCC.

Efia is also active in the community. A youth volunteer at Grace Assemblies of God since August 2016, she assists in organizing programs, fundraisers, and yard sales. She has also served as a youth volunteer since December 2016 at City Beat Baltimore, where she has provided assistance for homeless children and adults in Baltimore.

“Efia Ofosu-Ntiamoah truly is an amazing young woman, in a myriad of ways,” stated Courtney Gurrera, PTK, Rho Beta Chapter Advisor.

The Maryland All-State Academic Team Recognition Awards Program was introduced in 1995 as a way to recognize the scholastic achievement and leadership among the students in Maryland’s community colleges. Students who are nominated for the All-USA Community College Academic Team are automatically placed on the All-Maryland Academic Team. The All-USA Academic Team program is annually presented by Phi Theta Kappa and USA TODAY, and is presented by Follett Higher Education.