Success Stories

North Carolina's community colleges are creating success for students across the state.

“My experience at Wake Tech was life changing. The college helped me figure out exactly what I wanted to do.”

At 30, Candis Parker is enjoying a new career – one that she was surprised to find she wanted! Candis was an event planner and interior designer when she came to Wake Tech in 2011.

Michelle Leggett

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.

Derek Stewart was enrolled in the Stanly Community College Electrical Lineman program that began December 9th, 2013.  The following Monday after completing the course, he began employment with Utility Line Construction Services to pursue a career in the electrical service field.  His prompt emplo

Courtney Carawan, College of the Albemarle

When Courtney Carawan was a student at Gates County High School, she took a few early childhood education classes during her junior and senior year which gave her a chance to interact with the students at her local elementary school.

The Treadways, College of the Albemarle

Ann Treadway has a priceless selfie she took on the first day of her physics class at College of The Albemarle.

Donald McCoy graduated from his Elizabeth City high school four decades ago, but can still easily recall that warm June evening like it was yesterday.

Jeremy Jackson, Asheville-Buncombe Community College, Excellence Award 2014

As a child in Texas, Jeremy Jackson was designated as a special needs student. He graduated high school and came to Asheville not knowing what his future held.

Sharon Maitland, Beaufort County Community College

Washington County business owners Sharon and Billy Maitland had a dream - they would open an upscale restaurant in an abandoned grocery store on Main Street in Creswell.

Daniel Triplett, Wilkes Community College

Daniel Triplett’s applied engineering students at Wilkes Community College were challenged by Meadow Mills in Wilkesboro to find a solution to a design flaw with a grain mill, and they did it!

Denise Jordaon, Wilson Community College, Excellence Award 2014

Since graduating high school in 1988, I dreamed of furthering my education by going to college and pursuing a career of my choice. Instead I married, had children, divorced, and became a single mother. My personal dreams faded in exchange for creating a life built around others' needs.

John Welborn, Wilkes Community College, Excellence Award 2014

I enrolled at Wilkes Community College two years ago to pursue the Architectural Technology degree. It only took one drafting class in high school and I was instantly hooked.

Xia Vang, Western Piedmont Community College, Excellence Award 2014

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.

Nathan Trent, Wayne Community College, Excellence Award 2014

Wayne Community College has helped me work on completing my current goals and strive for success. The teachers, staff, and other students have been a pleasure to work with and made this learning experience the best possible.

Kumar Chandrashekaran, Wake Technical Community College, Excellence Award 2014

I am one of those old generations moving forward to achieve my goals and a new career through the NC Community College System.

Rebecca Anderson, Vance-Granville Community College, Excellence Award 2014

My name is Rebecca Anderson, and as a freshman and sophomore, I have attended Vance-Granville Community College. By the end of this spring semester I plan to have completed my Associate in Science Degree.

Sheree Peters, Tri-County Community College, Excellence Award 2014

I have a thirst for knowledge and an innate love of learning. I am a voracious reader and have always dreamed of going to college. Due to family issues, my educational career came to an abrupt halt, and I was forced to stop attending school in the sixth grade.

Michelle Goble, Surry Community College, Excellence Award 2014

Michelle Goble had a revelation in 2011. For a little more than a year, she had worked at Westfield Elementary School, helping kindergarten through fifth grade students with their classroom studies and then with second and third graders who needed help with reading.

Matthew Reese, Stanly Community College, Excellence Award 2014

When I made the decision to return to college at age 41, it was not without trepidation.

Jamee Pelcheer, Southwestern Community College, Excellence Award 2014

It would be an understatement to say that I was terrified to return to school after 27 years. Unexpectedly, I found myself having to close my business and facing surgery that would leave me with a long recovery.

Aimee Lessard, Southeastern Community College, Excellence Award 2014

I had desired to go back to school for years and it was my children, now two, four, and 10 years of age, who were my motivation to do so. I wanted to prove to them, and myself, that it is never too late to better yourself.

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