Networking Technology 2011
Field Engineer with HSM (Hickory Springs)
In the networking industry, there are three requirements to getting hired: experience, industry certifications and a college degree. When Scott was laid off from an IT job, he had all but the degree. So he turned to CVCC.
Scott combined the training he received through Old Dominion University while in the Navy with CVCC credits to complete an associate degree. The job market was still tight when he graduated, though, so he engaged his entrepreneurial propensity and did freelance computer engineering work for a couple years.
Keeping in touch with his industry contacts, he landed a progression of IT jobs. Today, he’s a field engineer for HSM (formerly Hickory Springs) and enjoys traveling across the country doing location-based IT work.
Associate in Arts '11
A single mother of two, I enrolled at CVCC because I wanted a better life for my children. While attending CVCC, I found out about Appalachian State’s bachelor’s in social work taught at the East Campus. Once I had enough transfer credits, I enrolled at ASU. It took 6 years to finally finish college on my 5th attempt in 2012. I am so blessed and thankful to be a social worker for Child Protective Services in Caldwell County’s Department of Social Services.
Microcomputer Technology '97
I grew up in the Ridgeview community, attended CVCC and graduated from Mercer University. I work for a large accounting firm in Atlanta as a technical project manager, but my passion is motivational speaking, team building and leadership coaching. I started my own leadership training group and have authored a book on leadership. I tell people, “You can be from a small town and grow up to work for a Fortune 500 company making six figures.”
Advertising & Graphic Design '08
I grew up with dreams of becoming a filmmaker, singer or artist, but I failed to follow those creative dreams. Instead, I pursued a steady income for 22 years. During what I call my own personal midlife crisis, I started my formal education at CVCC in order to pursue a creative career. CVCC gave me the technical skills that I needed to apply my creative skills. I quickly discovered a particular love for book cover design. Today, I am a self-employed graphic designer and award-winning book cover designer.
Amelia "Amy" Kennedy
Office Administration Technology 2012-13
I was a stay at home mom until my daughter turned 12 and I decided to enrolled in computer classes at CVCC’s East Campus. After I started working part-time in CVCC’s Office of Multicultural Affairs, I enrolled in college credit classes and finished my first year of college. Today, I am a Deputy Register of Deeds for Catawba County and was elected 4th Vice Chair of the Catawba County Republican Party. I also formed an advocacy organization called Leaderes Comunidad of NC that educates, integrates and empowers our Hispanic Community.
Associate in Arts
I grew up in a Hmong family where traditional family values were stressed over education. I married immediately after high school and had a daughter. Yet I “always wanted to do something special,” so I enrolled at CVCC and began what would be a 15-year educational journey. I earned a bachelor's in psychology at Lenoir-Rhyne University, teaching credentials at UNC Charlotte and ultimately a master's degree in school counseling at Appalachian State. I taught at Bandys High School and Riverbend Middle until I became a counselor at Webb A. Murry Elementary where I serves as a role model for students who also “want to do something special.”
Turfgrass Technology '90
I have worked in professional sports field construction around the world, including the St. Louis Cardinals, Seattle Mariners, Houston Astros, Florida Marlins and Pittsburgh Pirates. In 2000, I started SEP International, a full service firm that specializes in consulting, design, construction, renovation and facility management for sports fields/facilities. I recently launched Five-Tool Baseball/Softball Academy, a training facility for youths and adults in Morganton.
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