Success Stories

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

Durham Technical CC 2016 Academic Excellence Award recipient Yiu San Tung

Durham Technical Community College has become the place that I arrive early in the morning with the prospect of having new lessons on my favorite subjects, Chemistry, English, and Psychology.

Davidson County CC 2016 Academic Excellence Award recipient Shodeah Kelly

Clenching the straps of my book bag in sheer nervousness, I walked into the doors of Davidson County Community College. In an instant, I was in a class with adults who had full-time jobs, spouses, and children.

Craven CC Academic Excellence Award recipient Arodi Grullon Fernandez

I started at Craven Community College after I finished serving 12 years of service in the Marine Corps. My time at the college has been very high tempo, but also very rewarding. There have been many things I have done and accomplished, that I never saw coming.

College of the Albemarle 2016 Academic Excellence Award recipient Daniel West

College of The Albemarle has presented me with more opportunities than I could have ever imagined.  I started here in 2014 after being laid off for the first time in my life.  Truthfully, I am not sure how I found the courage to return to school after nearly 18 years, but I was encouraged because

Coastal Carolina CC 2016 Academic Excellence Award recipient Katelyn Lloyd

My interest in Coastal Carolina Community College began when I first heard of their Associate in Applied Sciences Emergency Medical Science-Paramedic Program.

Cleveland CC 2016 Academic Excellence Award recipient Emmanuel Wallace

Emmanuel S. Wallace of Shelby plans to graduate with an Associate in Applied Science in Electronics Engineering Technology and transfer to a four-year university to pursue a bachelor’s degree in engineering.

Central Piedmont CC 2016 Academic Excellence Award Recipient Seedy Njie

When I moved to the United States from Gambia, I was both nervous and excited about what the future had in store for me, so I used that as a fuel to succeed in every aspect of my life, especially in education.

Central Carolina CC 2016 Academic Excellence Award recipient Hunter Riggins

Since I was little, I have wanted to be a nurse.  The time I realized it the most, was when my great grandma became sick. I along with many other family members helped care for her around the clock.

Catawba Valley CC Academic Excellence Award Recipient Kim Lee Taylor

There are no words that can describe how I feel about the honor that has been given me though this award.  I thank God for the grace of giving me the ability to learn, the instructors for the encouragement they gave me and my family for the patience they have had when I could not do everything th

Carteret CC 2016 Academic Excellence Award recipient Lindsay Finn

Fresh out of high school, I joined the United States Coast Guard. Upon completion of my enlistment, I began to search for my next adventure. I knew I wanted to do something in the medical field but I was unsure exactly what that was.

Cape Fear CC 2016 Academic Excellence Award recipient Megan Lambert

“To be nobody but yourself-- in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else--means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight.”

Caldwell CC&I 2016 Academic Excellence Award recipient Callie Tester

Shortly after starting at CCC&TI in the Computer Technology Integration program, I joined several groups, including the Student Government Association, TRIO, and the National Society of Leadership and Success. Being involved has helped me accomplish my goals and benefit from new experiences.

Brunswick CC 2016 Academic Excellence Award recipient Kyle Mehl

Many things go through a first-year college student’s mind when walking into their first class. These fears can include: having trouble at making friends, embarrassing themselves, and even failing their class as if they are not prepared for it.

Blue Ridge CC 2016 Academic Excellence Award recipient Rachel Quinn

One of the hardest choices in life is choosing which college to attend. I could have gone to any college, but I started looking at community colleges for financial reasons.

Bladen CC 2016 Academic Excellence Award recipient Levy Pate

I began my journey with Bladen Community College during the summer of 2014.  After being homeschooled for 13 years, I was reluctant about how well I would do in a classroom setting.  That summer, I took two on-line courses and did well, which boosted my confidence in my ability to achieve in coll

Beaufort County CC 2016 Academic Excellence Award recipient Chris Atkinson

Attending Beaufort County Community College has aided in achieving my life's goal of becoming a law enforcement officer. I was raised in Kearney Park housing development, which is housing designed for low income families. The community was ridden with high crime, drugs and gang activity.

AB Tech 2016 Academic Excellence Award recipient Michelle Irwin

As a single mother of three children, I always knew that my high school diploma was never going to be enough. High school was always a challenge for me, so the idea of college was daunting.

Alamance Community College 2016 Academic Excellence Award recipient Melissa Dawkins

As a busy wife and mother of three, I attended classes at Alamance Community College for two years before obtaining my Associate in Arts degree in December 2015. Going to ACC positively impacted my family’s life.

Western Piedmont CC 2016 Academic Excellence Award recipient Kimberly Thompson

For many years I had an unrealistic fear of math and computers that locked me into believing I could never attend college.  I was terrified to even try the placement test, but a mentor, Mr. Charles Moore, said, “Face your fears,” and what sound advice that was!

Wilson CC 2016 Academic Excellence Award recipient Janet E. Joyner

My experience at Wilson Community College began in spring 2012 – 25 years after graduating from high school!

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