Xia Vang

When I made the choice to further my education I chose to attend a community college for financial reasons but I wanted one that was welcoming and showed dedication to their students by providing motivational staff, faculty and easily accessible resources. Western Piedmont ensured I could achieve my educational goals because they cared about my success from the beginning and exhibited all those things so important to me. I began WPCC in 2011 as the single mother of a two-year-old and found that managing work, parenthood and a full load of classes was very challenging. I found the support I needed every step of the way from Student Services staff, my instructors and wonderful tutors in our Academic Success Center.

All of this led me to want to give back to students and my time here has been additionally rewarding as an elected member of the Student Government Association. In the spring of 2013 I was appointed Parliamentarian. I liked it so much that I decided to put myself out there and run for a higher office. I had the great honor to be elected to represent our students as President for this 2013-2014 academic year. My confidence as a public speaker has grown as I represent students on our College Board of Trustees and on various standing committees throughout the campus. The leadership workshops at N4CSGA Conferences taught me important skills and gave me wonderful opportunities that carried over to my pursuit of a Business Administration degree here and my desire for a higher degree at Appalachian State University. I am proud to say that when I graduate from WPCC this spring, I will be able to use the skills and discipline that I have attained to form a future that enables me to achieve my goal of a rewarding career and a bright future for myself and my son.

I used to think knowledge equals power, and power equals money but I was so wrong. One thing I have learned by attending WPCC is that knowledge is empowering.