Nick Prush would be lying if he said it was not luck how he earned his new job.
“It’s kind of funny how it worked out,” he said.
The 31-year-old Wyandotte native was leaving his part time job at Oakland Community College when he ran into Dr. Cynthia Roman, dean of the Health Sciences Division.
“I handed her my business card,” he said.
The two met in a parking lot and the rest is history; Prush is now the instructor and director of Clinical Education, Respiratory Therapy at MCCC.
He will be taking over for Jack Woltmann, who is retiring.
Prush attended Henry Ford Community College and Sienna Heights University. He received his Associates Applied Science (AAS) in respiratory therapy from HFCC and his Bachelor’s in Applied Science (BAS) in respiratory therapy from Sienna Heights.
When Prush is away from his office, he likes to spend time with his family at his home in Carleton. He is married to Angela Prush and has two daughters Alexa, 2, and Ella, 8 months.
This new MCCC faculty member will not be easy to miss; Prush stands about 6 feet 3 inches tall.
“Yeah I guess I am pretty tall,” he said with a smile.
The new MCCC Nursing professor believes her job here isn’t a fluke or wave of good luck.
“I think it was one of those meant-to-be things,” she said.
Giacomini, 44, is married to John Giacomini and has two daughters, Sabrina and Gina. She displays her family in a picture frame on a filing cabinet in her office.
Growing up in a military family, Giacomini moved several times, but spent her senior year at Roseville High School. She attended Macomb County Community College, Wayne State University, and Eastern Michigan University.
Giacomini has taught in the Eastern Michigan University nursing program in the areas of obstetrics, fundamentals, and medical/surgical. She also has taught in the nursing program at Schoolcraft College and worked at Madonna University.
Her staff nursing experience includes nine years of obstetrics and two years in the Progressive Care Unit at St. Mary’s Hospital.
Her bachelor’s degree is from Wayne State and her master’s degree is from EMU. She also holds a Graduate Certificate in Teaching in Health Systems from EMU.
At age 18, she was certified to teach fitness, which she did for 10 years. However, being a nursing professor is what she’s always wanted to do.
“I’ve always loved teaching,” she said.
Before being hired at MCCC, Giacomini had two full-time job offers, but she decided to take a chance in winning the opening at MCCC.
“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do,” she said.
The drive from Plymouth takes 45 minutes, but Giacomini does not mind it.
“I love it out here,” she said.