Success Stories

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

Katelin Rae Colvin, Carteret Community College, 2015 Academic Excellence Award Recipient

My journey through the Carteret Community College has been a very rewarding experience.  Through the Radiography program, I have found a love and passion for a career and I have gained experience from opportunities I never knew I would be a part of.

William Koch, Cape Fear Community College, 2015 Academic Excellence Award

My true measure of success comes not from my personal successes, but from the success of the many students I have had the privilege of mentoring while on my college journey. As a U.S.

Elizabeth Bullock, Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute, 2015 Academic Excellence Award Recipient

Throughout middle and high school, “school” became a word that struck fear in my heart. As a child I was labeled as a dyslexic who struggled with reading and writing. I was told I would amount to very little in life and that college was not for everyone.

Marley Templeman, Brunswick Community College, 2015 Academic Excellence Award Recipient

My journey at Brunswick Community College started after serving as an Intelligence Specialist in the United States Navy, and it has been a successful one thus far, but not without some adversity.

Shanita Jackson, Blue Ridge Community College, 2015 Academic Excellence Award Recipient

Aside from my mother, education has been the only constant in my life. My mother and I were homeless for a year. I began my senior year living out of a motel. I walked to restaurants to turn in homework assignments. I sacrificed. I cried.

Robin Novak, Bladen Community College, 2015 Academic Excellence Award Recipient

In pursuit of advanced academic training for better career opportunities, Robin Novak enrolled in the Computer Information Technology program at Bladen Community College. A veteran of the United States Army, Ms. Novak suffers from Cervical Dystonia.

Danielle Williams, Beaufort County Community College, 2015 Academic Excellence Award Recipient

Two years ago, my husband and I became licensed foster parents.  Since then, we have fostered three children and have learned a great deal from each one. Through my experiences with foster care, I was informed about the Guardian ad Litem program which is a child advocacy program.

Daniel Stickel, Alamance Community College, 2015 Academic Excellence Award Recipient

Alamance Community College has had a tremendous impact upon my life.

Paulette Gardner, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, 2015 Academic Excellence Award Recipient

When I was expecting my second child, I looked at my life and wanted more for my children. I decided to go to A-B Tech. I knew the only way I would be able to give them the life they deserved was by going back to school.

Dr. Adriane Leché, 2015 Staff of the Year Award Recipient

Halifax Community College (HCC) Dean of Institutional Effectiveness, Planning and Assessment Dr. Adriane Leché is the recipient of the 2015 Staff of the Year Award. 

George Fouts, 2015 I.E. Ready Award Recipient

George Fouts is the recipient of the 2015 I.E. Ready Award, the highest honor bestowed on an individual by the Board.

Brenda Lopez

Brenda Lopez Benitez is the personification of Dr. Dallas Herring’s philosophy of “taking people where they are and carrying them as far as they can go.” Brenda is the ninth of eleven children and was born in Mexico, the daughter of a migrant farm worker.

Jamir Jumoke

Cape Fear Community College graduate Jamir Jumoke was selected as the recipient of the 2014 Dallas Herring Achievement Award by the N.C. Community College System.

Katherine Shanley, Tri-County Community College, Excellence Award 2012

When I began at Tri-County in 2010, I had no real direction.  I was 61 years old, my job had just ended, and thinking about a career change at this point was not very realistic.

Sharon Lark, Vance-Granville Community College, Excellence Award 2012

My journey to higher education began, like most, with a desire to obtain a degree. I had attempted to pursue a degree several years earlier, but life got in the way. Divorce and illness put a fork in the road. My journey was derailed, but I never lost the hunger.

Tiana Hundley, Wake Technical Community College, Excellence Award 2012

During my senior year of high school, I had such a strong desire to be accepted into a University that would help me succeed in the path of entering the medical field as an Orthopedic Surgeon.

Karen Peralta, Wayne Community College, Excellence Award 2012

A traditional student I am not! I am a displaced worker who found myself at Wayne Community College at age 52, learning how to be a medical assistant. My college experience has turned out to be much more than academics, but also inspiration and fulfillment.

Misty Davis, Wilkes Community College, Excellence Award 2012

I began my working career in high school and after 15 years of employment, found myself to be a dislocated worker without a college degree.

Mary Speight, Wilson Community College, Excellence Award 2012

In October 2009 I lost my job due to the company moving overseas, and they gave their employees the opportunity to go back to school.  The thought of going back to school being 40 years old was very scary, but I realized it was something that I always wanted to do.  Therefore January 2010 I enrol

Ethan Brown, Surry Community College, Excellence Award 2012

My early education took place at home. Being homeschooled prepared me for my college education which began at Surry Community College when I was a junior in high school. My transition to SCC was smooth since I had been dual enrolled.

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