Sonny Baldwin

"The staff are so friendly and knowledgeable. They are always on hand to answer any questions you may have.”

Sonny Baldwin was a little nervous about going to college. A nontraditional-aged student, his fears were put to rest when he first registered for classes; the College’s staff helped ease his worries and really made him feel like family. He said his fellow students and professors also helped by being so kind and understanding.

Sonny decided to attend Harford for several reasons. He said, “First and foremost, the College is very close to home. The cost was just right, and I was able to get a Pell Grant.” He explained that the grant paid for almost all of his classes and books. “With a lot of classes being online, it was very easy for someone like me to attend.”

Sonny has always had a passion for computers and studying Information Systems Security seemed like a logical choice. “For anyone interested in computers, Harford has an award-winning cyber division!” (Harford Community College’s Information Assurance and Cybersecurity Program is designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.) Sonny continued, “To top it all off, Towson is right there – so when you’re ready for a four-year college, you don't need to travel any further!” Towson University in Northeastern Maryland is located on the grounds of Harford Community College.

When on campus, Sonny took full advantage of the pool and fitness lab. “I love both! The people in the fitness lab are always happy to help you with your workout and give fitness tips and diet plans,” he said.

“I would – and have – recommended Harford to others. The campus is beautiful and the professors are top notch!” Sonny said all of his instructors were very helpful, but two stand-outs were Paul Nesbitt and Ralf Fritze. “They are both amazing, and I can only hope to one day be as knowledgeable as they are.” He added, “I absolutely loved being at Harford Community College. The staff are so friendly and knowledgeable. They are always on hand to answer any questions you may have.”

Sonny recently earned an Information Systems Security Certificate and is currently pursuing an entry level position in ISS or a related field. He also plans to continue taking classes at HCC. “I will never forget my experience here at Harford, and I look forward to many new ones going forward!”