LaShonda M. Caine

A stay-at-home mom for many years, I returned to school for a decent paying job and to take some of the burden off my husband. With four of seven children living at home, and grandchildren, I needed to return to the workforce. Once beginning my studies, I was introduced to genetic research and opportunities to explore a new direction, finding my passion in lab work, specifically DNA analysis. 

Nash Community College (NCC) provided an atmosphere where personal growth and success go hand-in-hand with academic success. I excelled in academics by earning a 3.912 GPA. I served as a tutor in the Peer Assisted Learning (PAL)/ Supplemental Instruction (SI) program, was the lead researcher on two independent research projects, am a laboratory technician in the Biology Department, and President of the NCC Math and Science Club.

Each opportunity allowed me to develop skills to help further my studies at Fayetteville State University to earn a B.S. degree in Forensic Science with a Chemistry concentration, and when accepted at George Washington University to earn a Master’s degree in Forensic Science with a Molecular Biology concentration.  I am confident the skills learned at NCC have prepared me for an outstanding career in forensics.