Success Stories

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

Surry CC 2016 Academic Excellence Award recipient Mackenzie Ammann

Throughout my journey to discover both myself and the opportunities that await after graduating from Surry Early College, I have found veracity in the words of Sidney Harris: “The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.” Essentially, Harris emphasized that mi

Stanly CC 2016 Academic Excellence Award recipient Katelyn Blythe

Two years ago, I made a decision that would change my life for the best.  I decided to go to Stanly Community College (SCC) to obtain my associate degree in Criminal Justice.  I am now in my last semester at SCC, and I have had a great experience thus far in my college career.  I have come a long

Southwestern CC 2016 Academic Excellence Award recipient Sophie Maxwell

Before I began classes at Southwestern Community College, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life.

Southeastern CC 2016 Academic Excellence Award recipient Stacy Pukl

When Stacy, a single mother of three boys, relocated to Columbus County a few years ago, she thought she would easily find work utilizing her bookkeeping and office administration skills gained in her previous employment, but quickly realized her opportunities were limited with only a high school

South Piedmont CC 2016 Academic Excellence Award recipient Daniel Steinberg

I am a nontraditional student in the sense that my pursuit of a degree at South Piedmont Community College is taking place much later in life than most students.  A few years ago I retired from a career in engineering, a career that was professionally satisfying and afforded me the opportunity to

Sandhills CC 2016 Academic Excellence Award recipient Lindita Oelfke

I arrived in the United States on December 31, 2013 with extremely limited English skills. Originally from Albania, I moved here to join my husband who I had met when he was teaching at a local University.

Sampson CC 2016 Academic Excellence Award recipient Johna Barbour

Johna Barbour enrolled at Sampson Community College in the fall of 2014, following a 16-year career as a Medical Transcriptionist. The shift from manual to automated transcription led to a decline in demand for transcription services, which resulted in a layoff in May of 2014.

Rowan-Cabarrus CC 2016 Academic Excellence Award recipient Thea Flynn

As I begin my final semester at RCCC, I am 100 pounds lighter and am astonished at my academic and personal growth.  I entered college with a love for numbers but am leaving with a much greater appreciation of who I am.  Throughout my journey, my instructors have introduced me to an eclectic worl

Rockingham CC 2016 Academic Excellence Award recipient Karishma Desai

Karishma Desai came to RCC as a Rockingham County Early College High School (RECHS) student.

Robeson CC 2016 Academic Excellence Award recipient Kenneth Jackson

In 2009, I dropped out of high school in the 11th grade because I simply lost interest in going. I began working here and there, never really being able to hold down a job.

Roanoke-Chowan CC 2016 Academic Excellence Award recipient Shirley Parker

I am a second-year student at Roanoke-Chowan Community College with plans to graduate in May 2016 with an Associate Degree in Business Administration. in 1976, I attended Roanoke-Chowan Technical Institute majoring in Executive Secretarial Science.

Richmond CC 2016 Academic Excellence Award recipient Jacob Newton

This is my fifth semester at Richmond Community College. When I first came here, my future felt uncertain. I was reluctant to return to a classroom setting after being homeschooled and self-taught for more than five years.

Randolph CC 2016 Academic Excellence Award recipient Avila Ponce

The success of Santiago Avila Ponce, a Radiography student at Randolph Community College, goes beyond his grade point average, which is excellent at 3.893. It shows up in various ways in the classroom and at clinical sites, according to his instructors.

Pitt CC 2016 Academic Excellence Award recipient Mary Gardner

When I started this higher education journey in spring of 2013 at 46, I really had no direction and was plagued by the fear that I would fail. I did not excel in high school and it had been over 18 years since I was in a classroom setting.

Piedmont CC 2016 Academic Excellence Award recipient Vivian Kpenosen

Living in Nigeria, I had a friend with Sickle-cell disease. This friend said that her nurse was a guardian angel. That nurse always put a smile on my friend’s face. It was then that I decided to focus on healthcare and getting a degree. My mother helped me get a Visa to come to America.

Pamlico CC 2016 Academic Excellence Award recipient Janna Raynor

My community college experience has been life changing. Upon graduating high school in 2014, I was far from eager to leave my comfort zone and attend college. My parents encouraged me to tour Pamlico Community College. From the very beginning, I was welcomed. My assigned advisor, Mr.

Nash CC 2016 Academic Excellence Award recipient Dana K. Wise

As a forty-something year old wife and mother of five, I got this crazy idea that I would like to be a Physical Therapist Assistant.  Thinking it was impossible, I told my husband so he could bring me back to reality.  Instead, he encouraged me to follow through.  I drove an hour from Mount Olive

Montgomery CC 2016 Academic Excellence Award recipient Tyler Thompson

My college experience began at the age of sixteen when I enrolled in the Career and College Promise program which allows high school students to take college classes. I enrolled in the Electrical Systems Technology program under my instructor Art Fur.

Mitchell CC 2016 Academic Excellence Award recipient Angela Johnson

I walked into my first class on shaking knees and sat down. It wasn’t long until I heard someone say "Who’s the old chick?" I looked around for a moment and realized that, at 42 years old, I am the old chick! So, I introduced myself to my younger classmates.

McDowell Technical CC 2016 Academic Excellence Award recipient Ashlee Wood

I was a junior in high school when I enrolled at McDowell Tech in the fall of 2013 as a dual-credit student.  I had known for a long time that I wanted to become a teacher, because I wanted to impact the lives of children and give them a great foundation of learning at an early age.

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