Get to Know Director of Financial Aid Justin Clarke

Learn some trivia about the ACMC staffer who’s served the campus the longest

On August 3rd, American College for Medical Careers presented Justin Clarke, Director of Financial Aid, with a token of recognition and appreciation for his six years of service. “Justin is our longest-tenured employee here at ACMC, and a great asset to the Orlando Team,” says Marsha-Ann Burrell, Campus Director.

In his role, Justin oversees the entire student finance operation at the ACMC campus. We decided to help you get to know a little more about him, by asking him a few questions:

How long have you been at ACMC?
I started with ACMC in May of 2011. It just so happens that my hire date was within a week of my birthday!

Where were you born?
Brooklyn, NY

Where did you go to school?
I attended a Christian private elementary school, and then went to an art school (Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts), where I studied trombone and saxophone. Later I went to Riverside Military Academy , a military-based college preparatory school in Gainesville, GA.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
First a dentist, then a firefighter; and last a pilot. Ironically, I grew up not liking mouths, and as an adult I fear the pain of heat and am extremely afraid of heights!

What 3 words would you use to describe yourself?
Reliable, confident, and intelligent.

What is your favorite food?

What is your perfect Sunday?
A relaxing day.

What is your favorite meal to make at home? 
I love to grill steaks and chicken.

What is your favorite movie?
I’ll never forget when I saw Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade in theatres when I was 7.  (I just knew him choosing that fancy cup was the wrong choice!)

What’s your secret talent that nobody knows about?
I have several. I know how to play the trombone and saxophone. I played varsity basketball, and I was the captain of my tennis team in high school. I competitively speed skate and am very familiar with trick street skateboarding. I owned my first personal computer in the ‘90s, when I was younger than 10, which has provided me with a clear and early understanding of computers and their operating systems.

What is your favorite thing about your career at ACMC? 
Helping students reach their goals is one of the most fulfilling experiences one could imagine. Prospective students enter school with fear and uncertainty, and often are accompanied by a family and/or support system that’s also skeptical. My favorite thing is helping the prospective student and witnessing their metamorphosis into a confident graduate—with a very proud family.

The next time you see Justin around campus, you can ask him about something you might have in common!

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