I was academically suspended from ODU in 2007 after trying my hand at mechanical engineering and business administration without a clear plan or a college-level work ethic. In the spring of 2008, I enrolled at TCC as a liberal arts major to restart my college career on a more manageable basis.
After two semesters as a liberal arts major, I began researching job prospects and potential career paths and decided to change my major to electrical engineering. In my first semester as an EE major I found unexpected success, earning all As and Bs. TCC’s small class sizes and hands-on approach helped greatly. I eventually earned my AS in 2010 with a 3.4 GPA that allowed me to transfer to the University of Virginia. Read more of Daniel Salmon's story…
Daniel Salmon, Tidewater
Paul D. Camp has given me the flexibility I needed to be successful by offering an array of night classes. My professors have not only been encouraging in the classroom but have been supportive on a personal level as well. I have had the one-on-one assistance I needed after being out of school for more than 15 years. I am proud to be a part of a community college that cares and wants to see me strive no matter the age. I am motivated to keep going!
Wendy Green, Paul D. Camp
Thomas Nelson Community College gave me a second opportunity at succeeding in education. In high school, I performed poorly and didn’t have great prospects of going to a four-year college. But Thomas Nelson gladly accepted me and was there for me every step of the way. I’m now a proud member of the Phi Theta Kappa chapter and vice president of the Student Government Association. Without Thomas Nelson, I wouldn’t be as confident and as competitive as I am today as I apply to numerous four-year schools across the commonwealth for transfer!
Jack Bowden, Thomas Nelson
I was told by one of my teachers in high school that I would not make in college. As someone with a couple of different learning disabilities, I was determined to prove many people wrong. I started at Lord Fairfax Community College in the fall 2008 and this spring I am graduating with honors and a 3.5 GPA. Halfway through my degree, I started getting involved in Student Government as a senator and this spring as president. I am also involved in two other organizations on campus. Lord Fairfax Community College has shown me that I can do anything I decide to do and I have grown so much from the experience over the last eight years. I do not think I would have completed my degree without the support of the school. Lord Fairfax Community College has helped me grown into someone ready to take on the world.
Ariel Bridges, Lord Fairfax
I went to TCC and as a single mom, I did most of my classes online, as well as a few in class. I learned so much at TCC and was able to easily transfer to Virginia Wesleyan College, where I just graduated in May 2015. I loved being able to go to community college and get myself ready for a four-year college!
Lily Kunda, Tidewater
I lived within three miles of Dabney S. Lancaster Community College for 15 years before I awoke to its existence and became a student at age 41. I took one class, and within one semester went from feeling like the scarecrow of Oz who didn’t have a brain to the goal of teaching college English. I didn’t make that goal but I’m a happy employee of DSLCC. What a blessing for personal growth and catalyst for prosperity this small college has been for thousands of people.
Kathie Clarke, Dabney S. Lancaster
The training I received from Dabney S. Lancaster Community College enabled me to further my education beyond the community college level. I graduated from Dabney with an associate degree in Computer Information Systems in 1998; a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management and Development from Bluefield College in 1999; and a master’s degree from Averett University in 2001. Not only did my job prospects improve, but for a number of years, I have been teaching most of the computer courses for the Workforce & Community Education program at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College. The community college program enables students not only to achieve their educational goals, but to make their hopes and dreams a reality.
Edward Mays, Dabney S. Lancaster