2014

2014

Aimee Lessard

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.

Kayla Schliewe

Kayla Schliewe, Craven Community College, Excellence Award 2014

Deciding to come to Craven Community College has proved to be one of the best choices I could have made for myself and for my future. When I enrolled with Craven, my mother had just divorced my step-father, and my home life and finances were unstable.

Stacey Jones

Stacey Jones, McDowell Technical Community College, Excellence Award 2014

When I made the decision to return to school I was filled with excitement and trepidation.

Jamee Pelcher

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.

Derek Stewart

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

Jennifer Brown

Jennifer Brown, 2014 Excellence in Teaching Recipient

This past fall Biology instructor Courtney Kilgore nominated fellow Biology instructor Jennifer Brown for Robeson Community College's Instructor of the Year award.

Kristi Wallace

Kristi Wallace, Davidson Community College, Excellence Award 2014

In high school, going to college never crossed my mind. I made bad grades, bad choices, and at the age of sixteen, I was pregnant. Though difficult, I managed to graduate with my class of 2001. After graduating, I got married and my husband and I continued our family.

Marlene Clermont

Marlene Clermont, Mitchell Community College, Excellence Award 2014

Going back to school after 30 years was quite a daunting challenge for me. As a single mother of two teenagers, it was necessary for me to lead by example; therefore, failure was not an option.

Matthew Reese

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.

Michelle Leggett

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.

Ed Bowling, 2014 Staff of the Year

Ed Bowling, Guilford Technical Community College

Ed Bowling, executive director of Completion by Design at Guilford Technical Community College, has received the BB&T Staff of the Year Award from the State Board of Community Colleges.

Alexandra Cox

Alexandra Cox, Durham Technical Community College, Excellence Award 2014 recepient

When I transferred to Durham Tech from another university, I came with a low GPA and no plans to get involved around campus. I intended to keep my head down, do my work, and transfer to a four-year university as soon as I could.

Sydney Williams

Sydney Williams, Montgomery Community College, Excellence Award 2014

A student-friendly learning environment is why I chose to attend a community college. I wanted to be more than just a number on paper. I always thought I would attend a university after high school.

Michelle Goble

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.

Candis Parker

“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.

College of the Albemarle and Currituck County

Regional Aviation and Technical Training Center in Currituck County

College of The Albemarle and Currituck County have received the North Carolina Community College System prestigious Distinguished Partners in Excellence Award for their collaborative efforts and vision in building the Regional Aviation and Technical Training Center in Currituck County. Dr.

Nina Sinclair

Nina Sinclair, Edgecombe Community College, Excellence Award 2014

My experience as a student attending a NC Community College has been great. I am so grateful to have had such great teachers and students to be around while attending Edgecombe Community College.

Jessica M. Avila

Jessica M. Avila, Nash Community College, Excellence Award 2014

I am a first generation Hispanic college student working to obtain an Associate in Science degree at Nash Community College (NCC). My greatest career goal is to obtain a Ph.D. in Biology with a concentration in a medical or animal conservation field.

Frankee Gibbs

Frankee Gibbs, Pamlico Community College, Excellence Award 2014

"Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal."

Sheree Peters

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.

David Winger

David Winger, Wake Technical Community College

When ABB, an international leader in power and automation technologies, offered a co-op position to Wake Tech student David Winger, the company strengthened an already-powerful partnership.

Vickie Wilkinson

Vickie Wilkinson, Beaufort County Community College, Excellence Award 2014

Vickie Wilkinson is a School Age Education major. She will be graduating spring 2014 and as of now her cumulative grade point average is a 3.76. Vickie came to BCCC to pursue a School Age Education degree after working in the business world for 29 years.

Natalie O'Mahoney

Natalie O'Mahoney, Fayettville Technical Community College, Excellence Award 2014

In my youth, I attended college for a semester or two, but quit. I found myself in an abusive relationship, working in a series of unsatisfying and poorly paid jobs. Escaping that part of my life, my priorities changed when I became a military spouse.

Michael Zizzi

Michael Zizzi, Piedmont Community College, Excellence Award 2014

My decision to go back school and pursue a nursing degree at Piedmont Community College was rooted in my desire to help people. As a former Army combat medic, I was many years removed from direct patient care and had been in medical management in various capacities for years.

Rebecca Anderson

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.

Wendy Stephens

Wendy Stephens

Wendy Stephens has been an office manager, a stay-at-home mom, and a church volunteer. Now, she can add chef to that list. Wendy is the newest pastry chef at The Matthews House special event venue and Patisserie Catering in Cary.  “I’ve always loved baking,” she says.

Joao Bezerra

Joao Bezerra, Blue Ridge Community College, 2014 Academic Excellence Award

I am Joao Washington Bezerra, and I am originally from Brazil. All my life, I was taught to be involved and help people. In Brazil, I served as a volunteer at a school in a poor community.

Samantha Sharp

Samantha Sharp, Forsyth Technical Community College, Excellence Award 2014

Attending Forsyth Technical Community College was a lifesaver. In 2008, I hit an eighteen wheeler head on with my motorcycle that left me in a very dark place for years. One day I saw an ad for Forsyth Tech online.

LaQuon Rogers

LaQuon Rogers, Pitt Community College, Excellence Award 2014

When I graduated from Ayden-Grifton High School, I was excited to be college bound but apprehensive about the transition. After a very rewarding senior year as President of the Senior Class, Governor at Tar Heel Boy's State, and more, I had no idea what to expect at college.

Kumar Chandrashekaran

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.

Olujimi "Jamir" Jumoke

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.

Sharon Callender

Sharon Callender, Brunswick Community College, Excellence Award 2014

Like so many others, the downturn in the economy made it necessary to take a second look at how my husband and I were going to survive the second part of our lives.

Marjorie Heidi

Marjorie Heidi, Gaston Community College, Excellence Award 2014

Being healthy and physically fit is essential to performing the duties of a firefighter safely and efficiently.

Ivy Marie Lindsey

Ivy Marie Lindsey, Randolph Community College, Excellence Award 2014

As a college student, I have strived to set a good example of what a good student should be. I would like to think that my efforts have not gone unnoticed because all of my children are well on their way to a good college education.

Nathan Trent

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.

Katie Riddle

Katie Riddle, Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute, Excellence Award 2014

The traditional path is to begin with community college, then transfer to the university to complete a Bachelor's degree.

Dustin Darnell

Dustin Darnell, Guilford Technical Community College, Excellence Award 2014

Before attending GTCC, I was a college dropout without a purpose in life. Stubborn and naïve, I believed that life consisted of what I saw on the Real World, which of course set me up for more failure. I used materialism, intimate relationships, and drugs to fill the void I felt within myself.

Scot Shields

Scot Shields, Richmond Community College, Excellence Award 2014

My path to Richmond Community College has been interesting and the timing could not have been better.

Xia Vang

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.

Tria Brown

Tria Brown, Caper Fear Community College, Excellence Award 2014

My name is Tria Brown and I started my academic career at Cape Fear Community College in the spring of 2010; I am now a senior in the Surgical Technology program.

Georgiana Couden

Georgiana Couden, Halifax Community College, Excellence Award 2014

As a mature student looking to re-tool and refresh, I enrolled in Halifax Community College with a plan. My plan was to take some classes and graduate. Sounds simple doesn't it?

Michael Joyner

Michael Joyner, Roanoke-Chowan Community College, Excellence Award 2014

I came to Roanoke-Chowan Community College in 2011, and my time here has been amazing; I've learned much and have met some amazing people. However, my road to success hasn't been easy.

John Welborn

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.

Allison Gay

Allison Gay, Carteret Community College, Excellence Award 2014

My daughter and I are originally from Beaufort County, but moved to Carteret County in 2011. I have always known that I wanted to work in the medical field, but I had to search to find my niche.

Nicholas Wilson

Nicholas Wilson, Haywood Community College, Excellence Award 2014

My success story begins with a year-long break from school, where I determined what I wanted to do with my life. During that break, I taught school children team-building skills as well as environmental education at the Betsy-Jeff Penn 4-H Center in Reidsville, North Carolina.

June Edwards

June Edwards, Robeson Community College, Excellence Award 2014

The year 2012 was my year of second chances. I was informed in December 2011 that the company I had worked at for the last thirty-four years was closing and all manufacturing was moving to either Mexico or China. My job would end on March 31st 2012.

Denise Jordaon

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.

Michael Wilkins

Michael Wilkins, Catawba Valley Community College, Excellence Award 2014

Keeping my CVCC Success story under 200 words may be one of the most difficult challenges I have had to face since beginning my journey here.

Chad Pettit

Chad Pettit, Isothermal Community College, Excellence Award 2014

“It's not a job, it's an adventure.” That used to be the recruiting slogan for the Army. After ten years and multiple deployments, including two combat tours to Iraq, I can say it truly is an adventure. Unfortunately, that adventure left me ill-prepared for civilian life.

Phillip Brooks

Phillip Brooks, Rockingham Community College, Excellence Award 2014

Phillip Brooks, of Eden has been selected as the 2014 Academic Excellence Award recipient for Rockingham Community College. Brooks, whose academic average is currently a 4.0, is on track to earn an Associate in Science in computer information technology this summer.

Daniel Triplett

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!

Scott Butcher

Scott Butcher, Central Carolina Community College, Excellence Award 2014

Unfortunately, due to the economy I lost my job of 8 years and have been unemployed since 2012. This is when I started looking at returning to school not only for more job opportunities but as a life lesson for my children. I wanted to show my children how turn a negative into a positive.

Brianne Fawe

Brianne Fawe, James Sprunt Community College, Excellence Award 2014

I am currently a student of Duplin Early College High School and will complete both my high school diploma and Associate in Arts degree in 4 years, graduating in May 2014.

Tim Wilson

Tim Wilson, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, Excellence Award 2014

After falling short of receiving my diploma from East Gaston High School, my grandmother offered me new home and a fresh start a few counties away to restart my academic career.

Anza Abbas

Anza Abbas, Central Piedmont Community College, Excellence Award 2014

Most students who have traveled thousands of miles for the sake of education come with a determined mindset of succeeding. I, belonging to this category, undoubtedly believe that getting exposed to a variety of academic fields is immensely important for such students.

Margaret Raynor

Margaret Raynor, Johnston Community College, Excellence Award 2014

After 18 years of working in the airline industry, Margaret Raynor decided to retire in 2005. She tried several different jobs over the next six years, but she still wasn't fully satisfied.

Shonita R. Vann

Shonita R. Vann, Sampson Community College, Excellence Award 2014

Sampson Community College student, Shonita Vann, has been chosen to receive the Academic Excellence Award for the 2013-2014 academic year. Mrs. Vann is currently enrolled in Sampson Community College's School-Age Education program.

Jeremy Jackson

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.

Anna Marie Vagnozzi

Anna Marie Vagnozzi, Clevland Community College, Excellence Award 2014

As a homeschool student who graduated high school early, Anna Marie Vagnozzi says Cleveland Community College seemed like the best way to pursue her passion for learning.

Kayland Adam

Kayland Adam, Lenoir Community College, Excellence Award 2014

After I graduated from high school, I began a career as an automotive technician. At first, I was satisfied with my career choice, and the fact that I never went to college. Over time, I realized that I did not want to repair and maintain vehicles for the rest of my life.

Joseph Max Harris

Joseph Max Harris, Sandhills Community College, Excellence Award 2014

In 2012, I graduated high school with a GPA of 2.0 and made some poor life choices. I can only describe myself as a disenchanted teenager who fell between the cracks. With my bad grades and unruly conduct, I came to feel like a failure.

Alexandra Reinhold

Alexandra Reinhold, Coastal Carolina Community College, Excellence Award 2014

In January of 2011, I attended a women's conference that was hosted by a local church in town. When the Guest Speaker described the different places she had traveled to, I was shown images of people who looked different than me.

Sayra Alexander Delgadillo Chavarria

Sayra Alexander Delgadillo Chavarria, Martin Community College, Excellence Award 2014

Martin Community College has given me a great opportunity to further my education. I am a freshman and this is my second semester at Martin Community College. I feel that since the first semester I have learned tremendously from all my classes.

Amy Morrison

Amy Morrison, South Piedmont Community College, Excellence Award 2014

After working at a financial institution for over 11 years, I realized that it was time for a change in my life. My position as an Assistant Manager required more education to advance, and I had just found out I was pregnant with my third child.

Amanda Everett

Amanda Everett, College of the Albemarle, Excellence Award 2014

I began my COA career as a dual-enrolled high school student in Fall 2008. After graduation I came to COA full-time.

Timothy Wyatt

Timothy Wyatt, Mayland Community College, Excellence Award 2014

Timothy Wyatt has been selected as Mayland Community College's Academic Excellence Award recipient for 2014.