Success Stories

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

Sharon Callender, Brunswick Community College, Excellence Award 2014

Like so many others, the downturn in the economy made it necessary to take a second look at how my husband and I were going to survive the second part of our lives.

Joao Bezerra, Blue Ridge Community College, 2014 Academic Excellence Award

I am Joao Washington Bezerra, and I am originally from Brazil. All my life, I was taught to be involved and help people. In Brazil, I served as a volunteer at a school in a poor community.

Victoria Pait, Bladen Community College, Excellence Award

I would first and foremost like to thank my Creator for allowing me to have this chance to attend such a great school and for blessing me with amazing instructors.

Vickie Wilkinson, Beaufort County Community College, Excellence Award 2014

Vickie Wilkinson is a School Age Education major. She will be graduating spring 2014 and as of now her cumulative grade point average is a 3.76. Vickie came to BCCC to pursue a School Age Education degree after working in the business world for 29 years.

William K. Riddle, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community Colleges, Excellence Award

Upon receiving my acceptance letter into the Radiography program at AshevilleBuncombe Technical Community College (A-B Tech) I instantly knew that my life, as well as the lives of my family, had positively been changed for the better. That letter was the ticket to a new start.

Carrie Parker, Alamance Community College, Excellence Award

Alamance Community College has had a tremendous impact upon my life. The faculty, students and sheer love resonating from everyone has helped me to blossom into a successful woman who will continue to journey forward after college. Through ACC, I learned that everything is possible.

Sean Ross with Dr. Catherine Chew

Sean Ross, a student at Craven Community College (CCC), is the recipient of the 2014 Governor Robert Scott Leadership Award.

Regional Aviation and Technical Training Center in Currituck County

College of The Albemarle and Currituck County have received the North Carolina Community College System prestigious Distinguished Partners in Excellence Award for their collaborative efforts and vision in building the Regional Aviation and Technical Training Center in Currituck County. Dr.

Ed Bowling, Guilford Technical Community College

Ed Bowling, executive director of Completion by Design at Guilford Technical Community College, has received the BB&T Staff of the Year Award from the State Board of Community Colleges.

Jennifer Brown, 2014 Excellence in Teaching Recipient

This past fall Biology instructor Courtney Kilgore nominated fellow Biology instructor Jennifer Brown for Robeson Community College's Instructor of the Year award.

Erin Bellavia, Haywood Community College

Erin Bellavia, Assistant Manager of Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge in Louisiana, says “Nothing comes close to the quality of education I got at HCC.”

Peter Crawford and Katherine Smart

In 2005, engineer and inventor Peter Crawford was on his way to Cape Lookout, N.C., in his sailboat, being buffeted by 30-knot winds.

Andrew Marshall, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, Excellence Award 2013

Inspired by my mother's success, I chose Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College (A-B Tech) because I needed an affordable way to find my path in life. Here, I met supportive, caring teachers who encouraged me to pursue psychology and creative writing, my two greatest passions.

Kaitlyn Raitano, Alamance Community College, Excellence Award 2013

After graduating from Chapel Hill High School in 2010, I took a semester off and worked at a local restaurant. While working, I volunteered with the NC Special Olympics and helped students with Intellectual Disabilities in the classroom.

Brian Pham, Mayland Community College, Excellence Award 2013

To Brian Pham, one meaning of freedom is being able to pursue a good education. Pham, who was born in Vietnam and came to the United States in 1998 with his parents and sister. He is the 2013 North Carolina Community College System's Dallas Herring Award recipient. 

Zaman Rashid, Central Piedmont Community College

“I consider myself a servant student leader.

Brett Ange, Beaufort County Community College, Excellence Award 2013

Beaufort County Community College student Brett D. Ange has been chosen to receive the prestigious Academic Excellence Award for the 2012-13 academic year. He is one of 58 award-winners statewide and will be recognized at a ceremony on the BCCC campus later this year.

Sara Dir, Central Piedmont Community College, Excellence Award 2012

My time spent as a student at Central Piedmont Community College has proven to be one of my greatest adventures. Before I started attending CPCC I was a student fresh out of high school in Toronto, living on my own, and working part-time.


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