Gordon Plouffe

Gordon Plouffe

Gordon Plouffe has emerged as a role model for non-traditional aged students and has become a mentor for many students over his two and half, life-changing years at Manchester Community College (MCC).

He graduated with a medical insurance specialist certification from MCC’s Business Office Technology (BOT) program. His credits will roll into an associate degree program which he will continue to pursue.  Plouffe was also the first recipient of the Vickie J. Rice Memorial Award created by the Administrative Professionals Club on campus.

Plouffe has come a long way since 2007, when he was out of work and practically out of hope. The once active 30-year restaurant industry veteran was  slowed by an illness, bedridden and fighting for his life

Then he saw an advertisement for Graduate CT, an organization that reached out to former students who had been away from school. Bess Lewis in MCC’s Adults in Transition program assured him that going back to college was an excellent bridge to a new career, while his BOT program advisor Carla Adams sent him down a career path that will eventually allow him to support himself again.

Plouffe originally came to MCC in 1980 after graduating from Manchester High School. He returned to MCC with some physical limitations, saved to buy a computer, and taught himself Microsoft Office.

"I have a strong desire to get an associate degree because I know how important it is, but at the same time, I'm actually prepared to get a job in the medical billing and coding field right now,” said Plouffe. “ I can support myself and save money to continue taking classes while working in a career that MCC prepared me for."

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