• After Graduation

  • Funeral home management was recently rated as the number one management job for the coming years because of job security, reasonable salaries for the educational requirements, and an increasing need for managers as the baby boomer generation retires. Also, because of corporate acquisition companies, management opportunities have increased in recent years.

    For the past ten years or more, there have been significantly more employment opportunities in the Great Northwest than there have been qualified employees. Other parts of the country vary as to the availability of employment.

    Making a Promise

    Angela McKenzie-Tucker
    Angela McKenzie-Tucker

    Angela McKenzie-Tucker found her calling in life at a fairly young age and decided to set her sights on a career in funeral services. Her decision was driven by wanting “to serve and support others during one of life’s most fearful and stressful times,” she explains.

    While living in rural Montana, she researched funeral service programs and found that MHCC has one of the best in the country–including those found at four-year universities.

    She enrolled at MHCC in 2003 and says, “In MHCC I found a special place where I felt I belonged, with small class sizes, motivated students, accessible faculty and relevant and affordable courses.”

    After graduating in 2005, she immediately went to work at a local funeral home and was later promoted to general manager of three sites. “Every day, I sit across from bereaved families and I see that their world has just fallen apart. I will not let them down. My promise to these families is that the service to honor their loved one transpires perfectly.”

    As a way to give to back to the college, she is a volunteer member of the MHCC Foundation Board, which provides scholarships and resources for students so that they may have an opportunity to pursue their passions, achieve their dreams and obtain jobs in the careers they love, just as she did.

    National Board Examination pass rates, graduation rates, and employment rates for this and other ABFSE-accredited programs are available at abfse.org. To request a printed copy of this program’s rates, go to the funeral program office, room AC1554, or by e-mail at doug.ferrin@mhcc.edu, or by telephone 503-491-6940.

    MHCC Funeral Student Graduation completion, employment figures, and NBE pass rates can be found at: