Carroll Community College Student Morgan Barton Receives Nomination for Newman Civic Fellowship

Release Date
2020-02-03
Contact
Trish McCarthy Carroll, Chief Communications Officer, Carroll Community College, Work: 410-386-8184
Press Release

Westminster, Md., February 3, 2020— Morgan Barton, a student at Carroll Community College who is pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Education, has been nominated for the 2020 Newman Civic Fellow program. Barton was nominated by College President Dr. James D. Ball for this prestigious program conducted by Campus Compact, a national organization that advances the civic purpose of more than 1,100 colleges and universities by deepening their ability to improve community life and to educate students for social responsibility.

The Newman Civic Fellowship was created in honor of Frank Newman, one of Campus Compact’s founders and a tireless advocate for the role of higher education in preparing students for active and engaged citizenship. The prestigious designation provides students access to exclusive virtual and in-person learning opportunities during the 2020-2021 academic year for the duration of the one-year fellowship term. They are also invited to attend the 2020 Newman Civic Fellows National Conference this November.

Once Barton completes her Associate’s Degree at the College, the 31-year-old Manchester resident plans to transfer to a four-year college to complete her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. Currently a childcare profession at Almost Family Child Care Center in Hampstead, MD and mother of a 10-year-old son Logan, Barton aspires to teach within the Carroll County Public School system or a private institution in the area.

“We could not be more proud of Morgan Barton and of her many outstanding achievements,” said Ball. “Her passion for learning, leadership and making a difference in the lives of others has had a positive impact at Carroll Community College and our local community. She exemplifies the goal for our students to ‘be the change’ they want to see in the world.”

Barton’s journey at Carroll has been non-traditional, as she is attending the College for a second time after taking a nine-year break from higher education to raise her son. A single mother who was raised by a single mother, she overcame a household with a history of abuse to pursue her dream of becoming a teacher. She demonstrates her advocacy for children through her academic pursuits, professional accomplishments, student leadership, and community service.

“I am honored to be nominated for the Newman Civic Fellowship,” said Barton. “Without the inspiration of my mother, who filled our household with pride in my accomplishments, this wouldn’t have been possible.” Barton refers to her mother’s support as “light bulb moments, those little sparks that light up when you accomplish something you’ve struggled with,” adding that “through my teaching and mentoring, I strive to facilitate light bulb moments for my students and others in my community.”

Carole Williamson, a professor in the College’s education department, describes Barton as “an example for our students every day to show them that there is no one kind of college student and everyone has the potential to do great things,” adding that “through her mentorship to other students, particularly parents, she teaches them that whatever challenges one faces, determination and persistence makes dreams possible.”

Barton’s leadership and community involvement have also been recognized in Maryland, having been selected as the Student Speaker for the Maryland Association of Community Colleges’ Student Advocacy Day in Annapolis in February 4, 2020, where she will represent nearly 500,000 community college students across the state.

Barton actively seeks a leadership role in her co-curricular activities and volunteer obligations. On campus, she is president of the Early Childhood Education Club (ECE Club). She was responsible for organizing a Domestic Violence Information Event and a showing of ‘No Small Matter,’ a film that promotes how much the little things matter to children. She is a part of the Lynx-to-Lynx Mentor Program, helping fellow students who need an extra leg up. She, along with other ECE Club members, volunteered at the College’s annual Penguin Random House Book Fair and the College’s Invincible Summer Music Concert, both events benefitting student scholarships.

In addition to academic pursuits and campus involvement, Barton has spent countless hours volunteering in the community. She collaborated with a local charity to hold a Carroll Baby Diaper Drive and is collaborating with McDaniel College students to launch a Head Start Sensory Room and Playground Initiative. She also worked with the St. Jude’s Bike-A-Thon this past summer and interned with the local Head Start program.

“I have seen hundreds of light bulb moments, but I know there are more out there that have yet to be ignited. If I can give just one spark, I can help someone else find his or her moment,” said Barton.

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Carroll Community College’s mission is Empowering learners. Changing lives. Building community. Carroll Community College (Carroll) provides accessible, high-quality educational opportunities to advance careers, enrich lives, and strengthen the community we serve. Carroll offers academic and career preparation leading to transfer to four-year colleges and universities, and for direct entry into professional opportunities. Personalized learning, small class size, individualized attention from expert faculty, affordability, a convenient location, and customized training and services to the business community all make Carroll a popular choice. Since 1993, the College has served more than 136,000 students of all ages and backgrounds. Carroll Community College is located at 1601 Washington Road, Westminster, Md., 21157. Visit us on our website at www.carrollcc.edu.