Haywood Community College

Haywood Community College

Kristen Mashburn

Kristen Mashburn, Haywood Community College, Excellence Award 2012

I started my journey at Haywood Community College when I was a sophomore at Tuscola High School.

Andrew Brewer

Andrew Brewer, Haywood Community College, 2015 Academic Excellence Award

My education at Haywood Community College started on a whim. I just transitioned out of the Marine Corps after 9 years of service and I received a flyer in the mail from HCC about upcoming registration for the 2012 fall semester.

Melvin Little

Haywood CC Academic Excellence Award Recipient Melvin Little

In the fall of 2010, I found myself being told that I would be laid off from a job that had

afforded my wife, son, and I, a comfortable living. I now was relying on unemployment

benefits, unable to pay my bills, and competing with many other unemployed people for very

Erin Bellavia, Haywood Community College

Erin Bellavia, Haywood Community College

Erin Bellavia, Assistant Manager of Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge in Louisiana, says “Nothing comes close to the quality of education I got at HCC.”

Nicholas Wilson

Nicholas Wilson, Haywood Community College, Excellence Award 2014

My success story begins with a year-long break from school, where I determined what I wanted to do with my life. During that break, I taught school children team-building skills as well as environmental education at the Betsy-Jeff Penn 4-H Center in Reidsville, North Carolina.

Roddy Ray

Roddy Ray, Haywood Community College, Excellence Award 2013

Roddy Ray, 1977 Haywood Community College Horticulture graduate, has a passion for growing plants that stems all the way back to childhood. She remembers working with both her grandmothers in flower beds and gardens.

Melody Chandler

Melody Chandler, Haywood Community College, Excellence Award 2013

Winston Churchill described tenacity by saying, “Success is the ability to move from failure to failure without losing momentum” (Bureau).  Though I have always had tenacity, it has not always been of an academic nature.