“I’d like to create a learning environment for minority students- teach them financial skills, life skills like helping them raise their own food.”
Spend any time on campus and you can’t miss Corey Fletcher. You may see him in the midst of spring workouts as a member of the track team, escorting visitors around campus as an admissions ambassador, or meeting with students on the first floor of Bogue Hall where he is a residence hall assistant. You might even hear Corey before you see him—his distinctive tenor voice often rings across campus when he’s walking to morning class.
“Next semester I’ll join the chorus,” Corey says.
Corey has big dreams. A business major and an education minor from Philadelphia, he wants to open his own school someday, featuring the same kind of experiential learning he’s encountered at GMC.
“I’d like to create a learning environment for minority students—bring them out of their situation and teach them financial skills, life skills like helping them raise their own food. It’s important for them to learn about their heritage—not just the Eurocentric history most people learn. It’s vital to learn about your own history and where you come from.”
After graduating from Charter High School for Architecture and Design (CHAD), Corey was set on entering University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. Then his high school’s college placement director asked him a favor for his twin brother Kharee. “He was trying to get Kharee to apply to GMC. He thought if I applied, it might help him get his app in on time.”
As it turned out, Corey submitted his application to GMC and was accepted. It was a difficult task to sell his parents on the idea of attending school in Vermont, but eventually they relented. When Corey arrived at GMC just before first-year orientation he knew he had made the right choice.
“I love the fact you can put your knowledge to use right away here,” he said. While at GMC, Corey launched his own line of clothing called the Exponent Clothing Collection. A skilled illustrator, he designed the product logos himself. The experience was not without setbacks. “I learned I was great on the creative side but I needed to be more disciplined in finance. I’ll take those lessons with me.”
Among his goals for this year: he is determined to improve on his record 100-meter time (11.34 seconds) this spring. And he is more committed than ever to create change by educating future generations about sustainability, creativity, and the importance of communication.