Success Stories

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

Isaac Phillips, Central Carolina Community College, 2015 Academic Excellence Award Recipient

At the age of 31, I decided to become a civilian and leave my Army life behind. Unfortunately, my skills at firing missiles were not in demand outside of the military. I needed more education and training to achieve my goal of becoming a biomedical engineer.

Chanda Sherrill, Catawba Valley Community College, 2015 Academic Excellence Award Recipient

When I graduated from high school in 1989, going to college was not an option because I was pregnant with my son. I had to put my educational dreams on hold and go to work so that I could take care of him. The majority of the jobs I have had were factory jobs.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Amaris Kirby, Piedmont Community College, Excellence Award 2012

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

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