College Destinations was founded by Mike Perron.
For over twenty years I have worked with thousands of college-bound students of all backgrounds, financial means and abilities. My career includes working at a private nationally-recognized college, a public inner-city high school, and private residential school for students with learning differences.
I spent sixteen years working in college admissions for Becker College in Worcester, Massachusetts. For ten years I served as the Director and then Dean of Admissions for undergraduate, graduate, transfer and international applicants.
We enrolled a record number of students from around the world as we guided
students through the application and enrollment processes. During that time Becker became a nationally
and internationally-recognized college including being selected as one
of Princeton Review's "best colleges" in the country. Unfortunately Becker could not maintain
this success as it closed three years after I left.
Since leaving Becker in 2018 I have been teaching at my alma mater high school in Worcester. My teaching background includes a wide array of classes such as Advanced Placement Government & Politics, US History I and II, Intro to Law
and Intro to Psychology. While teaching I continue to advise many college-bound seniors on personal
essay topics, college interview questions & preparedness, applying for & appealing financial aid packages,
and how to determine the right "fit" for college. Prior to joining Becker College I worked at Eagle Hill
in Western Massachusetts. As a residential counselor I lived with eighteen high school junior and senior
students who had a variety of learning differences including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder,
Tourette's syndrome and dyslexia.
Traditional and non-traditional-aged first year students, transfers, athletes,
homeschooled students, international students: my varied educational and professional experiences
have given me the tools to help you and your student navigate the challenging
college enrollment process. Together we will find the best academic, social and financial fit for your student!
Education & Certifications
Bachelor of Arts: History, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts
Master of Science: Non-Profit Management, Worcester State University, Worcester, Massachusetts
Certificate: Inaugural class of the Enrollment Leadership Academy, New England College Board
Certificate: Tomorrow’s Skills for Today’s Managers, Human Resources Training Committee of the Colleges of the Worcester Consortium
Endorsement: Sheltered English Immersion through the state of Massachusetts
Certified Teaching License from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education
Associate Member, Independent Educational Consultant Association
Community Involvement, Recognitions & Selected Presentations
Board of Directors member for the Holy Cross Alumni Association
Volunteer mentor for the Holy Cross men's track & field teams and young HC alums
Member of the Worcester and Wachusett Area Chambers of Commerce
Finding & Financing Your College Education, Worcester Rotary Club: Worcester, MA, August 2023
Preparing for Graduate School, College of the Holy Cross Non-Profit Careers Conference: Worcester, MA, January 2016, January 2017, & January 2019
Overcoming Obstacles in Enrolling U.S. and International Students, The Future of College Enrollment in the Digital Age sponsored by CollegeFindMe, MindBridge Partners and Zulama: Cambridge, MA, September 2016
What Is Your Data Telling You?, NEACRAO Annual Meeting: Newport, RI, November 2013
Territory Management, NEACRAO Annual Meeting: New Castle, NH, November 2012
Territory Management, NEACRAO Annual Meeting: Newport, RI, November 2011
Committee Member, 2014 Reverse College Day Co-Chair for annual New England Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers event