Johna Barbour enrolled at Sampson Community College in the fall of 2014, following a 16-year career as a Medical Transcriptionist. The shift from manual to automated transcription led to a decline in demand for transcription services, which resulted in a layoff in May of 2014. The Workforce Investment Act program enabled Johna to further her education in Business Administration and Accounting.
During her time as a student, Johna has successfully balanced her responsibilities as a wife and mother of two sons, with the demands of being a student and working part-time. She has maintained a 4.0 GPA and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa. Her dedication as a student has entitled her to receive two state scholarships and three institutional scholarships.
When asked about her success, Johna says, “The teachers, staff, and fellow students have provided me with a high level of encouragement and support. Trying to balance school, work, family, and home is sometimes difficult; however, with dedication and hard work it can be done successfully. I am extremely honored to be the recipient of this award.”
Barbour is currently employed part-time as an Accounts Payable Administrator with a local construction company that supported her in allowing a flexible schedule while completing her degrees. This also provided the advantage of receiving on-the-job training in conjunction with her education. Barbour is looking forward to being employed with the company full-time upon graduating in May.