Denee Crumrine

Denee is extremely grateful for the amazing professors at Harford Community College.

When Denee Crumrine decided to attend Harford, she was feeling a bit left out as most of her friends were heading away to college. But that didn’t last long because of how much she loved being here.

A graduate of Harford Tech, Denee wanted to explore Mass Communications before transferring to a four-year institution and committing to a degree program. While at Harford, she wrote for Owl Magazine and was a cheerleader for the basketball team. Location and cost were other factors in her decision to start college here.

“I was fortunate enough to receive the Alfred C. O’Connell Scholarship. As a young person working a part-time, minimum wage job, it was extremely helpful in allowing me to focus my earnings on a much-needed laptop, books, materials, and transportation. Not having to worry about tuition was a huge blessing for both my parents and me. We were able to put that money toward my four-year degree at a private institution,” said Denee.

She said she was pleasantly surprised at the high level of expertise demonstrated by her instructors and professors at HCC. “I am extremely grateful for my time at HCC, and for the amazing professors, Mr. Hepler especially, who committed so much time and effort into making my studies valuable.” She said he was not only an amazing teacher, but also a mentor and friend. “My coursework more than prepared me to transition to the University of Delaware, where I was accepted into their highly competitive communications program, for which only 100 students are selected each year based on GPA.” Denee graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications.

“I would absolutely recommend HCC to others. It is simply a great place to learn and discover. It’s an affordable way to figure out your educational goals, to further them, or to just try something new.” She has taken continuing education courses at Harford as well. Denee also noted that the HCC campus was beautiful and well-maintained.

Denee was recently named the event and marketing coordinator for the Delaware BioScience Association in Newark, assisting her team in planning and executing various events that encourage networking and build partnerships among the life science professions. She also does HTML coding, graphic design, and provides membership support. Previously, she served as a Graphic Design and Technical Specialist for Harford County Public Schools, where she promoted HCPS through the development of brochures and web content, among other responsibilities.

She attributes her success to her work ethic, supportive family and friends, and positive educational and extracurricular experiences. “I attribute much of what I have in life to my faith. My parents have always been extremely supportive and encouraging. I am also lucky to have been employed by Preston’s Stationery during my time at HCC, which was flexible with my schedule regarding school and very supportive.”