Success Stories

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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, 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

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, 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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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