Guiding the road to student success

The newest advisor at Marshalltown Community College has a goal to provide a path to student success.

It’s a path he’s already traveled. Aaron Freland started last week as a student success specialist at MCC.

He is a 2007 Marshalltown High School graduate and moved on to get a degree from MCC, and bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Iowa State University.

Before landing the job at MCC, Freland worked in the admissions office at ISU.

Freland was one of the early graduates from the Marshalltown Education Partnership program, which provides partial MCC scholarships to first generation students.

“I kind of grew as a result of being in the program,” Freland said.

In his new job, he will help students in areas such as admissions, advising, testing and financial aid.

“I’m there to guide them along with the college process but also let them grow and develop on their own,” Freland said. “I’m really here for them and passionate about their success.”

Robin Lilienthal, provost at MCC, said she was excited about this new hire for the college.

“Having Aaron here is a really wonderful example of coming full circle from MHS to MCC and is also a testament to the MEP program.” Lilienthal said. “We’re super excited to have him join our team.”

For Freland, his higher education journey started at MCC, and he’s eager to help others on their journey now at that same place.

“I think MCC is doing a lot of great things,” Freland said. “The staff is very dedicated to serve the students. I’m very excited to be on board.”