Getting a Start to a Rewarding Career at Cumberland

Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Anthony Chesebro is accustomed to having a lot on his plate.

The 20-year-old recently earned three associate degrees – in Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science – as a member of Cumberland County College’s Class of 2016.

Prior to attending Cumberland for two years, Chesebro received a homeschool education from his parents using curriculum developed by the California-based Mother of Divine Grace School. His two younger sisters are also homeschooled by his parents.

Interested in all things mechanical since early childhood, Chesebro credits homeschooling for giving him a good background to pursue his interests.

“Being homeschooled, I was unsure how well I would fit into a college environment,” he said.

It didn’t take long, however, for Chesebro to become a familiar face on campus. The Millville resident quickly immersed himself in college organizations such as Student Senate, fencing club, math club, and computer science club, as well as induction into the Phi Theta Kappa, Mu Alpha Theta and Alpha Beta Gamma honor societies, and continuing his studies in piano and violin.

Somehow, Chesebro also found time to tutor fellow CCC students. “Tutoring gives me an opportunity to share what I have learned with others,” he said.

“One of my most rewarding experiences while attending Cumberland was participating in SPLI (Student Pathways Leadership Institute). The program helped me to become more involved in the community and made me realize that education is more than just my courses.”

Chesebro said he chose to attend Cumberland County College because it was close to home and familiar, as his father taught computer courses for the college’s Workforce and Community Education division.

“Being in groups in high school prepared me for college,” Chesebro added. His high school activities included church youth group, an online Latin Club for homeschooled students, and playing violin in the Rowan University Youth Orchestra.

“My first job was a two-year period playing violin in the pit orchestra at Sacred Heart high school,” he said proudly.

A college physics class reinforced Chesebro’s decision to go into the engineering field by demonstrating how theory blends with application. And the use of discreet math skills made him decide to add a major in math.

In September, Chesebro will pursue a bachelor’s degree as a Biomedical Engineering major, concentrating in Neural Engineering, at Columbia University. He explained that neural engineering uses engineering techniques to study, and possibly repair, the body’s central nervous system circuitry and disorders of the brain.

“Cumberland County College has been changing the perception of where students can go after attending a community college,” said CCC President Dr. Yves Salomon-Fernandez. “What we know is that financially savvy students start at Cumberland then go on to elite universities, including Ivy League schools. We are very proud to count Anthony among our alumni and are certain that he will thrive at Columbia.”

“There is always time to become more involved because by joining with others in common endeavors, it enhances one’s own experience,” Chesbro said. “Everyone reaches their destination richer than when they began.”