North Carolina's community colleges are creating success for students across the state.
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
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
Before I began classes at Southwestern Community College, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life.
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
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
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.
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.
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
Karishma Desai came to RCC as a Rockingham County Early College High School (RECHS) student.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.