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2018

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25 Connecting to Students Connects Them to Success For six decades, Wayne Community College has trained the workforce and provided quality education for the residents of Wayne County and the surrounding area. Recent WCC success stories range from Emergency Preparedness graduate Brian Parnell who N.C. Emergency Management's Area I Coordinator to Associate in Arts graduate Alma Islas who is a Business Development Consultant at Oracle. Others include • Early Childhood Education graduate Jessica Cole who was hired as a Head Start lead teacher within months of graduation; • Business Administration graduate Emory Gibson who is a Section 8/Housing Choice Voucher Program Coordinator at Goldsboro Housing Authority; • Associate in Arts graduate Curtis Alonzo Perry who is a successful Social Media Entrepreneur with a nearly two million viewer YouTube channel ("Alonzo Lerone"); • Mechanical Engineering and Computer-Integrated Machining graduate Scott Schinsky who is the Lead Thermoforming Manufacturing Engineer at RapidX Engineering; and • Automotive Systems graduate Isabelle Flock who is the Service Manager at JC Harris Cadillac; to list just a few. What is it that sets WCC apart from other colleges? • A history of strong, solid leadership • Talented faculty and staff, many with advanced degrees • Strong partnerships with local schools, other institutions of higher education, industries, businesses, governments, and non-profit organizations • A diverse student body • An impressive workforce-building track record that includes awarding more National Career Readiness Certificates than any other county and a role in the county earning the state's first "Work Ready Community" designation • A tradition of providing cultural opportunities for the community • Commitment to building not only the future workforce, but the future leaders of this county • Respect of industries and businesses that look to the college to provide skilled workers and keep the workforce trained • A range of educational programs that provide traditional skills with a high-tech focus, such as computer-integrated machining, or a new twist, like sustainable agriculture, or a simple grounding in the basics, as in the Associate in Arts degree PROFILE: WAYNE COMMUNITY COLLEGE Education • High graduation and retention rates • Well-equipped, accessible facilities • Scheduling that meets the needs of students with classes taught in the day, evening, weekend, on-line, and in the community • Affordable tuition and fees The most important factor in WCC student success is the connection between a student and faculty and staff which helps the student feel valued and comfortable in his learning environment. Candace Jones, a WCC and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill graduate who recently completed her master's degree in Higher and Postsecondary Education at Columbia University, explained how WCC made a difference in her educational career. "All of you, every single one of you, believed in me and my goals when I didn't even believe in myself. And although you did not know me, my story, or my aspirations, you gave me the resources I needed to have a life that I never imagined would be possible for myself," she said. (919) 735-5151 | www.waynecc.edu

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