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).
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.