North Carolina's community colleges are creating success for students across the state.
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.
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?
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.
Being healthy and physically fit is essential to performing the duties of a firefighter safely and efficiently.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I began my COA career as a dual-enrolled high school student in Fall 2008. After graduation I came to COA full-time.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The traditional path is to begin with community college, then transfer to the university to complete a Bachelor's degree.