graduate needed routine and the right mindset to succeed
Community College GED graduate Johnnie King decided to pursue his
GED in June 2007 because he was in the public eye as a minister and
he “didn’t want to be a hypocrite.” With his wife encouraging him
and after telling his mother that he would go back to school, King
felt pressed to follow through on his education.
“I needed that routine and it was great to have that push…It was
great to have a second chance,” he said. King started the GED
program in September 2007 and graduated in May 2008. He had tried
five or six times over a span of 20 years to earn the GED. “My
mindset was not right then.”
King drives a truck for a living and is a minister at his church. He
originally grew up in Roanoke Rapids and has lived in Enfield since
1996. He has a wife and three children. “Earning the GED has greatly
benefited me. I am able to speak on education and know where I
stand.” In the future, King would like to study criminal justice or
basic law enforcement at HCC.
“Ever since I drove my first car, I’ve been interested in the
CC graduate helps customers at local business
Community College (HCC) graduate Laura Jenkins Padgett has been all
about cars for a while now. In 2007, as a first-year Automotive
Systems Technology student, Padgett was the only female in the
program. Now, she is a graduate of HCC, earning an Associate in
Applied Science—Automotive Systems Technology degree in December
2009. She received her GED from HCC in April 2007.
Recently, Padgett was selected from a field of 60
applicants as a service advisor at local car dealership, White
Motors. In addition to graduating and getting a job, Padgett got
married this year. Her husband, Leland, serves in the U.S. Navy. The
couple resides in Roanoke Rapids.
Although she has been on the job for a short time, Padgett likes
interacting with people who come into the service department. She
deals with customers on a daily basis and tries to help them better
understand their vehicles’ problems. “HCC training helps me with
that process,” said Padgett.
She added, “I was very shy before starting
college. I think being at HCC with all kinds of people, I got used
to it and now I’m able to communicate with different types of
people. It added to my confidence level.”