In 1975, I completed my AS degree at MCC and was accepted as a transfer student into RIT's School of Photographic Arts and Sciences. Originally, I had enrolled into the Professional Photography program, but by the end of the first year I was pretty sure I didn't want to end up working in a studio shooting products. I transferred to the Photo Illustration program which widened the scope of classes I could take, in addition to film and animation. Design, Art History and Human Perception being among them.
The cost of tuition, living expenses and photo materials required me to find a better paying job. Luckily, I found a summer job working at the Kodak Marketing Education Center, which was halfway between where I was living and the RIT campus. At the end of the summer I asked if I could stay on through the school year. Even as a maintenance technician (janitor), Kodak would help pay for most of my RIT tuition. Working full time evenings and attending classes during the day. I completed my BFA in 1980.
I'd like to note here regarding the Kodak Marketing Education Center, my father, Jim, established the Marketing Education Center in 1971 and was it's first director. I would work there at three different times during my Kodak career.