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 RIT. 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, however, I had to work full time evenings and attend school during the day. Even so, I completed my BFA in 1980.
A bit of a side note here regarding the Kodak Marketing Education Center, my father, Jim, helped establish the Marketing Education Center in 1971 and was it's first director. I would work there at three different times during my Kodak career.