Alumni - Michael Porada

Michael Porada


Class of: 2011
Degree Program: Elementary/Secondary Education

What factors led you to decide to attend Hudson County Community College?

As a Jersey City native, the affordability and convenience near Journal Square station led me to decide to attend Hudson County Community College. Although I enrolled with a preset major in mind, I knew there was a vast array of programs and majors Icould have chosen from.



What is your favorite memory of the College, in or out of the classroom?

My favorite memory of college was the simplicity of choosing classes and networking with friends from diverse backgrounds and skillsets. On a weekly basis, there was always an event to attend which allowed you to expand your outlook on different topics. From guest speakers to social events, the opportunities were endless.



How did you become interested in education?

My entire life I wanted to become a teacher. I have a strong passion for teaching others and although I chose to become an entrepreneur and start my own business, I hope to use the fundamental teaching skills I learned in HCCC combined with my entrepreneurial background to inspire and guide young entrepreneurs.



How did your time at HCCC prepare you for your career/ life now?

I learned the importance of punctuality, how to gather and research resources to solve a problem, and how to network with others.



What is a typical work day for you?

A typical day of work is planned out the evening before. I create a list of all my appointments and tasks that need to be addressed. I always say “A goal without a plan is just a wish. I spend my day executing my list and most importantly accomplishing onesmall goal each day that moves me forward towards a greater achievement.



What has been the most memorable project you have worked on?

Immediately after graduating HCCC, I founded “New Bridge Laundry,” which is a pickup and delivery service in Hudson County. I focused on branding, customer service and quality consistency; by my second year of business, I was the most well-known and respected service in my industry. Shortly after my third year, my company was purchased and merged with another laundry service just as I took over operations of “Gold Coast Property Maintenance,” a property maintenance company and “LocalADshare,” an ad agency for small businesses.



Who are your biggest inspirations that have impacted your work in some way?

One of my biggest inspirations are my brothers, Steven and John. For us, every accomplishment is looked at as a stepping stone – a culmination of previous knowledge which perpetually evolves into something far more superior than the latter until you’re satisfied. But an entrepreneur is never satisfied so you just keep going. “If you’re not moving forward, you’re falling behind.



What advice would you give to recent HCCC graduates?

I would advise that recent graduates of HCCC should apply to all jobs related to their career. Even a position that may be perceived as low level can gradually lead to the dream position as long as you consistently offer the best version of yourself. Remember: those who do more than they are paid, will soon be paid for more than they do.



What advice do you have for those students who are just starting their college careers?

Follow your heart and do what YOU love, it’s your life. Don’t make a mountain out of an ant hill; life isn’t complicated unless you make it. HCCC helps keep it simple.