Success Stories

Success Stories

Andrei Sokolov

Massage Therapy

Mermaid SPA (

Andrei Sokolov came to ASA College with knowledge and experience that he acquired while living and working in Moscow, Russia, but he needed more to achieve his ultimate goal of becoming a great Licensed Massage Therapist in New York City. While at ASA College Mr. Sokolov developed his communication skills and learned all he needed to earn an unreal 95 on the NYS Licensing Exam. Of his professors, he says, “They are not only top class professionals in their fields, but also very sincere, attentive and helpful people.” Likewise, his instructors could not be prouder of him and his will to build a new career in a new country after having done so much somewhere else. Mr. Sokolov found gainful employment with Mermaid SPA ( and Opulence Glamour SPA upon graduating, and now he has enrolled in a Master of Science in Acupuncture of Pacific College of Health and Science. The sky is the limit for Mr. Sokolov for whom no challenge is too big to overcome. ASA College takes great pride in being a school where people make the most of fresh starts.

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Clint Barret

Network Administration and Security

NYC Department of Transportation

With over seven years of experience in the field of IT, ASA College graduate Clint Barnett has built a strong career as a Quality Assurance Specialist for the NYC Department of Transportation.  Mr. Barnett sees his current success and future ambitions as springing directly from his time at ASA College where he earned his AAS degree in Network Administration and Security in 2013. He says that ASA’s teachers and staff helped him develop a new mindset, “I understood that my thoughts were powerful – how I think is who I am.” We were always impressed by the intelligence, reliability, and independence that Mr. Barnett demonstrated, and we are so proud that he has made the most of his talent. With hard work and the right degree all current and future ASA College students have the potential to follow Mr. Barnett’s example.

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Minire Seferaj

Criminal Justice

G. Oliver Koppell’s Law Firm

Career Services and our Alumni Association would like to present Minire Seferaj. In 2009, AAS Criminal Justice major Minire Seferaj was our Alumnus of the Year. During her time with ASA College, she was Student Government President, Criminal Justice Club President, Alumni Association President, and an Executive Assistant for the Chair of the Criminal Justice Department. A decade later Ms. Seferaj now oversees the daily operations of New York’s former Attorney General, G. Oliver Koppell’s law firm, which is located on Park Avenue. Her career success is a clear product of her proven track record, and she credits ASA College for giving her an opportunity to demonstrate her management abilities. “Working alongside Academic Affairs in Criminal Justice changed my life,” she says, “I will be forever grateful for the solid education, excellent hands-on-training, and work experience I received.” Every step of the way Ms. Seferaj has achieved and impressed – she is ASA’s Finest.  

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Eugene Slater

Middle School Teacher

“Attending ASA College has changed my life and given me the opportunity to improve the lives of others as an educator. I always intended to teach health education. Earning an MBA and MSHS degrees and teaching are the most rewarding characteristics of my professional career. My background is at the core of my distinctiveness as a middle school teacher. Without a doubt, I consider the success I have in the classroom as my single greatest contribution to the mission of my school. Enormous objectives and concrete outcomes guide my pedagogy. My focus is geared toward helping my students take self-control and ownership of their education. I see myself as a mentor and guide.” Thank you, Eugene, for sharing your story and letting us be part of your journey!

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Alvin Chingcuanco

Medical Assisting and Business Administration

Agency Project Manager at BNO Inc.

Alvin Chingcuanco (Valedictorian, Class of 2014) has demonstrated endless drive and a special talent for leadership throughout his business career, which has included work with companies like Verizon Wireless and Nestle Health Sciences. According to Mr. Chingcuanco, he nurtured these abilities at ASA College while earning two Associates in Occupational Studies – Medical Assisting and Business Administration. “ASA College opened doors to new opportunities that brought me where I am now,” he says. Currently, he holds an MBA from DeVry University’s Keller Graduate School of Management and works as an Agency Project Manager at the marketing consultancy BNO Inc. We couldn’t be prouder of Mr. Chingcuanco, whose guiding principles of passion and excellence were evident even as a one-time member of the Career Services Department. Alvin, you are ASA’s Finest!

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Marva Mariner

Medical Assistant

Case Manager at Heights and Hills

“I was fortunate to have started the journey of a thousand miles at ASA. With the needed support I was able to obtain an Associate Degree in Occupational Studies, which not only motivated me to complete a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Psychology from Mercy College, but also a master’s degree in social work (MSW) with a concentration in Advanced Generalist Practice and Programming from Columbia University School of Social Work (CUSSW).”

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Rondy Braxton

Network Administration & Security

Associate Tech Engineer at Stanley Health Care

Currently, Mr. Braxton is applying his tech-focused degree to care for company network devices that are used in hospitals across the North East. He spends his days actively troubleshooting, servicing, network monitoring and calibrating in a region that spans from New Hampshire to Pennsylvania. Though this work requires great mental fitness, it is not as physically demanding as the work of a field steam engineer. Through his ASA education, he was able to reinvent himself – “I chose a career that requires me to use my brain more than my physical strength” – and now he is working towards becoming a Data Security Analyst.

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Rohan Patel, CMAC

Certified Medical Assistant

Columbia University Hospital

I have always had a passion to serve people and contribute to their health and wellness. Pursuing my AOS Degree in Medical Assisting at ASA College changed my life and provided me with the opportunity to achieve this goal. I will be forever grateful for the solid education and  excellent hands-on-training I received.  Now I am certified, gainfully employed and extremely satisfied with my decision to attend ASA College.

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Catherine Smith

Pharmacy Technology

I’m very lucky and appreciative to have Mrs. Maria Sarmiento and Mr. Daaim Lewis as my Career Advisors to guide me along my career path, and I’m also thankful to have worked with Mrs. Lucretia Ursu, Coordinator of the Learning Center, and her staff.

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