2012

2012

Glorygrace Dickinson

Glorygrace Dickinson, Fayettville Technical Community College, Excellence Award 2012

I am a military widow and the mother of five children. After my husband was killed in action in Iraq, I witnessed the lack of services for injured soldiers. Realizing how much I wanted to help others, I decided to go back to school to become a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA).

Amaris Marie Kirby

Amaris Kirby, Piedmont Community College, Excellence Award 2012

Piedmont Community College. Those three words have meant so much to me these past two years.

Sharon Lark

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.

Terrie Crawley

Terrie Crawley, Bladen Community College, Excellence Award 2012

I am a 43 year old, non-traditional student working toward an associate degree in nursing at Bladen Community College. I took college preparatory classes in high school. After high school graduation, I applied and was accepted to several universities.

Christopher Price

Christopher Price, Forsyth Technical Community College, Excellence Award 2012

On 4 August 2002 I left the only home I had ever known, in a small farming community in rural Kansas, to join the United States Marine Corps. I arrived in San Diego, CA and began my journey toward earning the title of Marine.

Tiffany Wright

Tiffany Wright, Pitt Community College, Excellence Award 2012

My encounters on the road to Pitt Community College have been a major factor in my success today.  After receiving a bachelor’s degree from East Carolina University in 2008, I lived in Beirut, Lebanon, for a year and traveled in the Middle East and Europe.  Upon returning home, I spent a year-and

Tiana Hundley

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.

Charlotte A. Rapp

Charlotte Rapp, Blue Ridge Community College, Excellence Award 2012

When I decided to return to school as a mother and working adult, I feared that I would be unable to keep up with the work. However, during my first semester at Blue Ridge Community College, I realized I had made the right decision.

Darren Stewart

Darren Stewart, Gaston Community College, Excellence Award 2012

I retired from the Marine Corps in 2009 and decided to further my education in pursuit of a different career.  I decided to pursue a career in Business with a concentration in Human Resource Management so I enrolled at Gaston College in the fall of 2009.

Jesse J. Bullins, Jr.

Jesse Bullins, Randolph Community College, Excellence Award 2012

I made the biggest mistake of my life when I dropped out of high school in 1994 simply because I hated school.  The faculty and staff of Randolph Community College have opened my eyes to a brighter and more successful future than I could have ever imagined.  I obtained my GED in 2006 from RCC and

Karen Peralta

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.

Douglas Fritchey

Douglas Fritchey, Brunswick Community College, Excellence Award 2012

Throughout my educational and professional career it has been my ultimate goal to learn something new each day, and to determine a potential success from this gained knowledge.  I not only want to retain information, but I want to practice the skills learned throughout my education.  The Professi

Darren Lipman

Darren Lipman, Guilford Technical Community College, Excellence Award 2012

I was never a leader. Working with others was never a strength of mine. Even starting a conversation was difficult. This all changed when I became a student at Guilford Tech.

Kimberly Harrelson

Kimberly Harrelson, Richmond Community College, Excellence Award 2012

I moved to Richmond County about 3 years ago.  I had been working the NC Army National Guard full-time.  For the first year I stayed at home with my 4 year old daughter.  Once she started school, I decided to go back to school myself.  I originally went to Richmond Community College to get Substi

Misty Davis

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.

Amelia Hawkins

Amelia Hawkins, Caldwell Community College, Excellence Award 2012

When I was in the eighth grade, I made the decision to apply to Caldwell Early College High School, a program in which students attend high school and Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute for five years.

Casey Baird

Casey Baird, Halifax Community College, Excellence Award 2012

My name is Casey and I am honored to represent Halifax Community College. Because I was raised to be a humble and simple person something of this degree is quite extravagant.

Montrell Cruse

Montrell Cruse, Roanoke-Chowan Community College, Excellence Award 2012

When I arrived at Roanoke-Chowan Community College in 2008, I was an introvert. As I began to socialize with the staff and faculty at the College, I started to become more of a social butterfly.

Mary Speight

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

Kristen Mashburn

Kristen Mashburn, Haywood Community College, Excellence Award 2012

I started my journey at Haywood Community College when I was a sophomore at Tuscola High School.

Ashley Driscoll Broadway

Ashley Broadway, Robeson Community College, Excellence Award 2012

Being a nontraditional student at Robeson Community College has been such a wonderful and rewarding learning experience.

Kristen Thompson

Kristen Thompson, Alamance Community College, Excellence Award 2012

Growing up as the daughter of an electrical engineer father and a draftsperson mother, Kristen Thompson had an obsession with floor plans.

So when she enrolled in the University of North Carolina at Charlotte as an accounting major, Thompson knew she was doing something wrong.

Todd Gill

Todd Gill, Carteret Community College, Excellence Award 2012

Aquaculture student Todd Gill, 30, has maintained a 4.0 grade point average while taking more than 24 hours of Aquaculture, Biology and other science courses at the college. This semester, Mr. Gill is taking 20 hours of science related courses.

Nate DeGrandpre

Nate DeGrandpre, Isothermal Community College, Excellence Award 2012

In looking back on the last two years at Isothermal Community College I am simply amazed. I am not only amazed at what I have accomplished, but I am also amazed at the tremendous support that has brought me to this point.

Rochelle Nicole McCain

Rochelle Nicole McCain, Rockingham Community College, Excellence Award 2012

My experience at Rockingham Community College (RCC) has been an astonishing journey. Attending RCC has not only helped me to identify myself, but it has also aided in pursuing and achieving my goals. As a Fine Arts major, I have learned so much about leadership, relationships, and uniqueness.

Kit C. Campbell

Kit Campbell, Beaufort County Community College, Excellence Award 2012

After working in the construction industry for some years, Kit C. Campbell enrolled in the Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) program at Beaufort County Community College with the goal of serving as a reserve law enforcement officer.

Dillon White

Dillon White, Catawba Valley Community College, Excellence Award 2012

I had never planned on being an academic individual. When I first came to Catawba Valley Community College I was only looking to earn a certificate, graduate, and find a better job. There was no master plan, and far less, the dream of graduating with an Associates of Science degree.

Ashley Rabon

Ashley Rabon, James Sprunt Community College, Excellence Award 2012

Fresh out of high school, I became a wife and a mother or two. My husband started his own business a year after we were married and I became a stay-at-home mom. After being home for four years, I wanted to do something to help support my family.

Dane Hendrickson

Dane Hendrickson, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, Excellence Award 2012

When it came to choosing a college for the first time, there were many important factors to consider. For example, the most important item to consider was the college’s offering of programs. Another factor involved “fit”.

Amber Glancy

Amber Glancy, Carteret Community College, Excellence Award 2012

As a first-year college student navigating her way through an unfamiliar college process, Amber Glancy has had no trouble defining her success – and her future.

Jessica Cooper

Jessica Cooper, Central Carolina Community College, Excellence Award 2012

Since I was seven, I wanted to attend college. Growing up in a family of nine children gave me a strong desire to set a positive example. Due to financial constraints, it seemed less feasible I could attend college.

Sara Dir

Sara Dir, Central Piedmont Community College, Excellence Award 2012

My time spent as a student at Central Piedmont Community College has proven to be one of my greatest adventures. Before I started attending CPCC I was a student fresh out of high school in Toronto, living on my own, and working part-time.

Nathaniel Jones

Nathaniel Jones, Johnston Community College, Excellence Award 2012

I chose to go to JCC right after high school not because it was my only option but because it just made practical sense.

Steven L. Vernon

Steven Vernon, Sampson Community College, Excellence Award 2012

Steven Vernon had worked in manufacturing for over thirty-two years when he learned his job would be terminated.  Five short days later, he was unemployed.  Through the Trade Readjustment Act, Steven was given the opportunity to go to college, get a degree, and make a career change.

Shane Cooper

Shane Cooper, Catawba Valley Community College, Excellence Award 2012

As an entrepreneur breaking into an unconventional industry, Shane Cooper has stopped nothing short of putting the pedal to the metal – literally.

Leah Stain

Leah Stain, Cleveland Community College, Excellence Award 2012

Coming to Cleveland Community College was a no brainer for accounting student Leah Stain.

Angela Patton

Angela Patton, Lenoir Community College, Excellence Award 2012

Since I was twelve-years-old, I have wanted to work in the field of law. Although I have changed my mind a few times, I have more or less stayed with my goal.

Charles Oliver

Charles Oliver, Sandhills Community College, Excellence Award 2010

I came to Sandhills Community College in 2010 when I entered the polysomnography program.  Due to the downturn in the economy, I was a displaced worker.  SCC provided me with a fresh start and a new beginning.  As I began taking courses, I became aware of a passion that I did not know I had.  I r

Ruben O’Neal

“I am determined to succeed at Edgecombe and in life.”

Ruben O’Neal, a Collision Repair and Refinishing student at Edgecombe Community College, is taking advantage of every opportunity to learn. In addition to his course work at Edgecombe, he works as an intern at Doug Henry Ford, an auto dealer in Tarboro, N.C.

Molly Swan

Molly Swan, Coastal Carolina Community College, Excellence Award 2012

After twenty years in the Navy, I wasn’t sure what direction my life was going.  I always wanted to go to college, but as a Navy Air Traffic Controller and single mother, I could find neither the time nor the dedication necessary for academic success.  After retiring from the Navy, I struggled wi

Ivan Norman

Ivan Norman, Martin Community College, Excellence Award 2012

After graduating from Creswell High School in 1977, I continued my education at Martin Community College (MCC) where I received a diploma in Carpentry. I did well in my program, and the staff and faculty at MCC helped me locate a job at Robersonville Products Company.

Leyna Crane

Leyna Crane, South Piedmont Community College, Excellence Award 2012

I had never really considered a community college before. I’ve always been interested in the big well-known schools, such as Chapel Hill and NC State.

Raeca Mary Igno

Raeca Mary Igno, James Sprunt Community College

Raeca Mary Igno has overcome language and cultural barriers to succeed at getting an education at James Sprunt Community College. Originally from the Phillipines, Reaca followed her parents to the United States in June 2008.

William Norrell

William Norrell, College of the Albemarle, Excellence Award 2012

I love College of The Albemarle. During my first year at COA, I was able to make the President’s list each semester, while also serving as a member of the COA Baseball Team and as Vice President of the PTK Honor Society.

Austin Elkins

Austin Elkins, Mayland Community College, Excellence Award 2012

My success cannot be accredited to me only, first and foremost I must thank God Almighty for allowing me the great privilege to achieve the grades and accomplishments that He has so blessed me with.  If it had not been for the loving support of my family, church, and the learning atmosphere of th

Tyler Drew

Tyler Drew, Southeastern Community College, Excellence Award 2012

Tyler Drew was initially drawn to Southeastern Community College by the opportunity to play on the College’s intercollegiate baseball team, but he had misconceptions about the academic rigor of community-college classes.

Raymond Howard

Raymond Howard, Lenoir Community College, Excellence Award 2012

Raymond Howard of Kinston is a 2005 Lenoir Community College Human Services graduate. He started his first day at work as a Health Care Technician I at Caswell Center a couple of years ago.

Rachel Wheeler

Rachel Wheeler, Craven Community College, Excellence Award 2012

After a five year hiatus from my first college experience, I began attending Craven Community College because I was ready to seriously pursue getting a degree. However, I found myself unsure of what direction I wanted to take.

Marc Cook

Marc Cook, McDowell Technical Community College, Excellence Award 2012

After two semesters at a four-year institution, Marc realized that the college he chose was not a good match for him and went home to work in the family business while attending community college with the intention of going back to a four-year school.

Darrin Bark

Darrin Bark, Southwestern Community College, Excellence Award 2012

As a student here at Southwestern Community College, I have been liberated from my inadequacies. My instruction here has given me the necessary skills and self-assurance to continue in discovering my strengths.

Jammie Wacenske

Jammie Wacenske, Nash Community College, Excellence Award 2012

Nash Community College graduate Jammie Wacenske is headed to law school.

Since she was five years old, Wacenske, of Nashville, N.C., has wanted to be a lawyer. And this fall, she will begin making that dream a reality.

Ann Funk

Ann Funk, Davidson Community College, Excellence Award 2012

My time at Davidson Community College has been a very fulfilling experience for me.  I have seen myself grow not only in knowledge but also in confidence and ability.  I owe most of this to the instructors, staff, and students at Davidson County Community College.  Their influence has allowed me

Jennifer Lippel

Jennifer Lippel, Mitchell Community College, Excellence Award 2012

Earning a college degree has always been a goal I hoped to achieve and with help from the excellent faculty and staff at Mitchell Community College I am about to see that goal realized. Not only have I gained intellectual growth while studying here, I’ve also grown as a person.

Ellyn Gallagher

Ellyn Gallagher, Stanly Community College, Excellence Award 2012

Throughout my childhood I suffered from school-related anxiety.  As I got older it became worse, until the point that I had to be home-schooled in high school.  During my home-schooling I had one goal, just to finish.  I did the bare minimum I could to get my high school diploma; I had no intenti

Jonathan Gass

Jonathan Gass, Southwestern Community College, Excellence Award 2012

The same month Jonathan Gass graduated from Southwestern Community College with an associate degree in electronic engineering technology he started working full time at Duke Energy as a distribution engineering associate.

Gil Johnson

Gil Johnson, Durham Technical Community College, Excellence Award 2012

“I’m just so thankful for Durham Tech.  I got a new start.”

Jerie Anne Schwehm

Jerie Anne Schwehm, Montgomery Community College, Excellence Award 2012

My maxim is “knowledge is power.” I believe all experiences throughout life provide knowledge that will be empowering for future events. Always strive to seek out new knowledge, gain new insights, and explore new opportunities.

Ethan Brown

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.

Ana Soto

Ana Soto, Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College, Excellence Award 2012

As a young adult fresh out of high school with the dwarfism condition known as spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia congenita, I was uncertain of my future.

Brooke Bissette

Brooke Bissette, Edgecombe Community College, Excellence Award 2012

Brooke Bissette will graduate this May with an Associate’s Degree in Historic Preservation Trades from Edgecombe Community College.  She grew up in Wilson, NC where she now lives and works as the Children and Youth Coordinator for First Christian Church.  Prior to attending ECC, Brooke lived in W

Alex Barnhill

Alex Barnhill, Nash Community College, Excellence Award 2012

After twenty years in the workforce, a downturn in the economy led to my being laid off. I decided to turn a negative into a positive and go back to school. I chose Nash Community College because of the variety of programs available.

Katherine Shanley

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.

Holly Bouldin

Holly Bouldin, Alamance Community College, Excellence Award 2012

Since I began at Alamance Community College, I have noticed that the faculty and staff are always eager to help students succeed.