Michelle Leggett, a nurse on the second floor of Vidant Beaufort Hospital, said it was her daughter’s illness that led her to leave a successful business career and pursue a career as a nurse. But she credits Beaufort County Community College for helping her succeed in her new career. “The program at Beaufort County Community College is rigorous,” she said. “But the instructors prepare you well.” After a 20-year business career, Leggett graduated from BCCC with an associate’s degree in nursing in 2012 and has worked at the Washington-based hospital for more than a year. Before enrolling in BCCC, Leggett was employed with Triangle Planning Services, Inc., where she served as Vice President of the Blue Cross/Blue Shield Insurance Brokerage.
In February 2008, Leggett discovered a lump in the shoulder of her then-nine-year-old daughter, Kathryn. In March 2008, the family learned that the lump was not an infection but a rare form of cancer. As her daughter was being treated for cancer at Duke University Hospital, Leggett discovered that she had a talent for nursing. She chose BCCC’s Associate Degree Nursing Program based on its reputation and convenience to her daughter’s school. “Everybody says BCCC has the best nursing program in eastern North Carolina and I saw first-hand how well-respected the students were who came out of the program,” she said. While at BCCC, Leggett was an active member of the Beaufort County Association of Nursing Students, serving as an officer in the club, and Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society. “I could not have made a better choice,” she said. “BCCC reworked me - made me a better adult and fully prepared me to be an entry-level nurse.”