Tosha Brown, 34 of Hiddenite
"A lot of people in Alexander County who worked in furniture had lost their jobs and were coming back to school. I talked to a couple of schools but I decided to come to CVCC because they had the graphic arts program I was interested in."
I am a mother of two, a 15-year-old girl and a four-year-old boy. I went straight to work in a furniture plant right out of high school. I was married and had my first baby. I worked in furniture for over 15 years and was laid off from my last job in June of 2007. They were replacing people with machines.
I knew I wanted to go back to school. A lot of people in Alexander County who worked in furniture had lost their jobs and were coming back to school. I talked to a couple of schools but I decided to come to CVCC because they had the graphic arts program I was interested in.
I didn't quality for any financial help the first year because my husband and I had made too much money the previous year. The CVCC financial aid counselors tried everything they could to get me aid the first year and worked and worked to get it for me my second year. Now I have the financial aid I need to finish school. I really appreciate how hard they worked for me.
I love the program so far! I really enjoy the curriculum, and I love seeing behind the scenes of the print industry. It's so interesting watching an idea go from just a concept all the way to print.
You know, it was really hard at first. I nearly quit when I saw how hard it was and I was really struggling with the classes and studying. But, CVCC instructor Brian Morris was the reason I stayed. He was so down to earth and so understanding about how hard it was for me to come back to school after so long. He has been the best instructor I have ever had. I work part-time in the (printing and graphics) lab as a work study student now with Mr. Morris.
I spend a lot of my non-school time working with the youth in my church in Alexander County. Several of the kids are just not ready for a four-year school. So I am talking to them about what they are interested in, and I recommend CVCC and the graphic arts program all the time.
I am CVCC.