Success Stories

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

Holly Bouldin, Alamance Community College, Excellence Award 2012

Since I began at Alamance Community College, I have noticed that the faculty and staff are always eager to help students succeed.

Terrie Crawley, Bladen Community College, Excellence Award 2012

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.

Charlotte Rapp, Blue Ridge Community College, Excellence Award 2012

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.

Douglas Fritchey, Brunswick Community College, Excellence Award 2012

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

Darren Stewart, Gaston Community College, Excellence Award 2012

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.

Christopher Price, Forsyth Technical Community College, Excellence Award 2012

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.

Glorygrace Dickinson, Fayettville Technical Community College, Excellence Award 2012

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).

Brooke Bissette, Edgecombe Community College, Excellence Award 2012

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

Gil Johnson, Durham Technical Community College, Excellence Award 2012

“I’m just so thankful for Durham Tech.  I got a new start.”

Ann Funk, Davidson Community College, Excellence Award 2012

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

Rachel Wheeler, Craven Community College, Excellence Award 2012

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.

William Norrell, College of the Albemarle, Excellence Award 2012

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.

Todd Gill, Carteret Community College, Excellence Award 2012

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.

Molly Swan, Coastal Carolina Community College, Excellence Award 2012

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

Leah Stain, Cleveland Community College, Excellence Award 2012

Coming to Cleveland Community College was a no brainer for accounting student Leah Stain.

Jessica Cooper, Central Carolina Community College, Excellence Award 2012

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.

Dillon White, Catawba Valley Community College, Excellence Award 2012

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.

Malik Abdul-Rashid, Cape Fear Community College, Excellence Award 2012

In 2007, I received a letter that would subsequently change my life.

Amelia Hawkins, Caldwell Community College, Excellence Award 2012

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.

Chelsea Smith, College of The Albermarle, Excellence Award 2013

I chose College of The Albemarle’s Associate Degree Nursing (A.D.N.) program because of its incredible reputation as one of the best in the state.  I packed up my life and drove 4 hours north to the tiny town of Elizabeth City with one thing in mind – doing whatever it takes to become an RN.  Sin


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