Daniel Dolcine

Paterson Campus' main entrance


Passaic County Community College
38th Commencement – May 20, 2010


Daniel Dolcine, A.S. Liberal Arts/Science
Class of 2010 – DARC Program



“I returned to college, because I want a better opportunity and a decent job,” said Daniel Dolcine who graduated from PCCC in the Class of 2010.  A resident of Orange, Daniel is one of the first PCCC students to graduate through the federally funded DARC program for adults who want to return to college to complete their degrees.

A graduate of St. Benedict’s Preparatory School in Newark, Daniel had been working in retail for the past few years, but felt dissatisfied. “It’s a dead end future,” he said. “I want a career where I can grow.”

Daniel had started his college education several years ago at Union County College and transferred to PCCC in 2000. Over the years, he attended college only sporadically while he worked and attended a technical school as well.  In spring of 2010, with encouragement from Joan Meeh, the DARC program coordinator at PCCC, Daniel returned to school, earned his last few credits, and completed his degree. “The (DARC) program was very helpful,” he said, expressing special appreciation for the book vouchers he received through the program.

Daniel graduated May 20 with an Associate of Arts (A.A.)degree in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Science and plans to continue his education at either Rutgers University or William Paterson University to earn a bachelor’s degree and pursue a career as a secondary school science teacher.

“I really enjoy biology and thought the science classes and professors at PCCC were excellent,” said Daniel. “I’ve decided to go into teaching because I think it’s a great avenue for helping others and making a contribution.”