College Transfer

College Transfer

Dalton Brooks

Dalton Brooks, McDowell Technical Community College, 2015 Academic Excellence Award Recipient

Fearing I shall sound pretentious when others read this, I will begin by saying I am humbled with being selected out of so many, to receive this Award of Academic Excellence.

Nassar Ali Hill

Attending at Edgecombe Community College has been a wonderful experience for me.

Sean Ross

Sean Ross with Dr. Catherine Chew

Sean Ross, a student at Craven Community College (CCC), is the recipient of the 2014 Governor Robert Scott Leadership Award.

Alexis Kryssing

Alexis Kryssing, Mitchell Community College, 2015 Academic Excellence Award Recipient

I moved from New York to North Carolina, before my last year of high school, and I was unsure where I wanted to attend college. Starting in 2013, I chose Mitchell Community College because employees greeted me with kindness, and I could settle into my new surroundings.

Victoria Pait

Victoria Pait, Bladen Community College, Excellence Award

I would first and foremost like to thank my Creator for allowing me to have this chance to attend such a great school and for blessing me with amazing instructors.

Eric Walls

Eric Walls, Pitt Community College, 2015 Academic Excellence Award Recipient

Going back to school was a decision that was a long time coming for me. I was a bit of a rebel back in my youth and decided to forego college right after high school and instead entered the proverbial School of Hard Knocks.

Zaman Rashid

Zaman Rashid, Central Piedmont Community College

“I consider myself a servant student leader.

George Yandle

George Yandle, Richmond Community College, 2015 Academic Excellence Award Recipient

I am the type of person who is driven to succeed. Many people throughout my life told me I would never make it. In June 2011, I graduated from Richmond Senior High School with a GPA of 3.75.

Brian Pham

Brian Pham, Mayland Community College, Excellence Award 2013

To Brian Pham, one meaning of freedom is being able to pursue a good education. Pham, who was born in Vietnam and came to the United States in 1998 with his parents and sister. He is the 2013 North Carolina Community College System's Dallas Herring Award recipient. 

Kayla Wolverton

Kayla Wolverton, Roanoke-Chowan Community College, 2015 Academic Excellence Award Recipient

I arrived at Roanoke-Chowan Community College in 2011 at the age of fourteen as a college student and a full-time high school student. I quickly discovered a few challenges; such as the class sizes were different and I had to interact with more adults than teenagers.

Kaitlyn M. Raitano

Kaitlyn Raitano, Alamance Community College, Excellence Award 2013

After graduating from Chapel Hill High School in 2010, I took a semester off and worked at a local restaurant. While working, I volunteered with the NC Special Olympics and helped students with Intellectual Disabilities in the classroom.

Rachel Rena Maynor

Rachel Rena Maynor, Robeson Community College, 2015 Academic Excellence Award Recipient

Being born and raised in the state of Maryland for 12 years, moving to Lumberton, North Carolina was a difficult transition. I overcame my culture shock and learned to adapt to my new environment by keeping an open mind and building relationships with my new teachers and people in the community.

Olujimi "Jamir" Jumoke

Jamir Jumoke

Cape Fear Community College graduate Jamir Jumoke was selected as the recipient of the 2014 Dallas Herring Achievement Award by the N.C. Community College System.

Joshua Bradley Mesimer

Joshua Bradley Mesimer, Sampson Community College, 2015 Academic Excellence Award Recipient

Sampson Community College has named Joshua Bradley Mesimer to receive the 2015 Academic Excellence Award.

Brenda Lopez

Brenda Lopez

Brenda Lopez Benitez is the personification of Dr. Dallas Herring’s philosophy of “taking people where they are and carrying them as far as they can go.” Brenda is the ninth of eleven children and was born in Mexico, the daughter of a migrant farm worker.

Joshua Babb

Joshua Babb, Sandhills Community College, 2015 Academic Excellence Award Recipient

In 2005, at the age of sixteen, I became husband and a father. To this day, these are still my two greatest accomplishments. With that being said, my early start on adulthood did not leave me much time to think about my education.

Daniel Stickel

Daniel Stickel, Alamance Community College, 2015 Academic Excellence Award Recipient

Alamance Community College has had a tremendous impact upon my life.

Nico Reyes

Nico Reyes, Southeastern Community College, 2015 Academic Excellence Award Recipient

A bag packed with books, pens and pencils ‐ an epitome of normalcy for an average college student.

Elizabeth Bullock

Elizabeth Bullock, Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute, 2015 Academic Excellence Award Recipient

Throughout middle and high school, “school” became a word that struck fear in my heart. As a child I was labeled as a dyslexic who struggled with reading and writing. I was told I would amount to very little in life and that college was not for everyone.

Xee Cindy Xiong

Xee Cindy Xiong, Stanly Community College, 2015 Academic Excellence Award Recipient

When I was in the eighth grade, I made the decision to apply to Stanly Early College High School.  Never before did I understand how big of a decision it was nor how greatly it would impact me down the road until now. 

Isaac Phillips

Isaac Phillips, Central Carolina Community College, 2015 Academic Excellence Award Recipient

At the age of 31, I decided to become a civilian and leave my Army life behind. Unfortunately, my skills at firing missiles were not in demand outside of the military. I needed more education and training to achieve my goal of becoming a biomedical engineer.

Rebecca Williamson

Rebecca Williamson, Tri-County Community College, 2015 Academic Excellence Award Recipient

Tri-County Community College has been a positive, life-changing experience, but the journey hasn’t been easy. Being an only child and homeschooled, I had never been in a public classroom until my first day at Tri-County.

Anastasia Izvekova

Anastasia Izvekova, College of The Albemarle, 2015 Academic Excellence Award Recipient

College of The Albemarle gave me so much, I don’t even know where to begin. I came all the way from Russia to realize my dream of studying in the USA. I am so fortunate that I chose to go to the College of The Albemarle first before going to a four-year school.

Geoffrey Arnott

Geoffrey Arnott, Vance-Granville Community College, 2015 Academic Excellence Award Recipient

I was homeschooled for grades 1-12.  I was given an excellent education by my parents, but I had never attended a class with more than a few students.  I had no idea what to expect from college.

Hallie Frency

Hallie French, Craven Community College, 2015 Academic Excellence Award Recipient

Craven has proved to be an incredible stepping stone. When I began my time at Craven I was unsure of myself. I knew that I wanted to study English, but I lacked direction. Craven has provided me with priceless opportunities that I would not have been afforded otherwise.

Korey Marie Butler

Korey Marie Butler, Wake Technical Community College, 2015 Academic Excellence Award Recipient

I am a thirty-year-old, married, mother of two who is actively engaged within the community.

Thus, while researching options of where to attend college, I knew I needed a flexible and transitional environment. Therefore, attending Wake Technical Community College was my only option.

Mitchell Cleary

Mitchell Cleary, Davidson County Community College, 2015 Academic Excellence Award Recipient

In high school, I had a hard time understanding not only what the point of learning was, but what the point of life was. I felt like I was playing a game where everyone understood the rules except for me. I dropped out and fell into a deep depression.

Stella Galyean

Stella Galyean, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, 2015 Dr. Dallas Herring Achievement Award Recipient

Stella Galyean has been named the statewide winner of the Dallas Herring Achievement Award from the North Carolina Community College System for her accomplishments at A-B Tech Community College.

Shantel Richardson

Shantel Richardson, Durham Technical Community College, 2015 Academic Excellence Award Recipient

After graduating high school, I moved in with my sister in North Carolina. I began a gap year working retail and volunteering at a local nursing home. Though I was busy working, traveling and volunteering, I knew I wanted more – to continue learning.

Tammy Small Cox

For Tammy Small Cox her biggest regret was not going to college.  She didn't think that it was possible to pursue her degree until she received a little encouragement.  That encouragement came from her daughter, and with a little research, Cox realized that her regret could finally become a reali

Becky Leon

Becky Leon, Lenoir Community College, 2015 Academic Excellence Award Recipient

Ever since I was a little girl, my dream was to become a doctor. I did not know what kind of doctor I wanted to be. All I knew was that I wanted to help someone and maybe even save a life or two, or three, or even a hundred.