When people think about post secondary education, their first though is
"How do I go about trying to secure my future, career and education, and
what program area should I invest my time and energy in."
Well, to introduce myself, my name is Erik Parker, and I had similar
thoughts about my career in business, and I sought the help and assistance
of the Halifax Community College Business Administration program, under
the esteemed leadership and advisement of Mr. Lateef Balogun, Business
Department Head, Advisor, awesome instructor and good friend.
I had an opportunity to realize the very importance of what a Business
Administration Degree would mean to me. In my experience, a Business
Administration Degree from Halifax Community College is the foundation and
groundwork, to set the stage for your Bachelor and Master's level studies,
as well as set your footprints in a career driven path. Not only that, but
it gave me the motivation and necessary essentials associated with
starting my own business in the Roanoke Valley area, B.E.A.M. Enterprises,
an entertainment company, established 2001.
My personal experience and education resulted in life changing results.
There are times in the lives of many, including myself, when furthering
your education is very low on your to-do list. My experience at HCC
altered the way I viewed my education and career path, and set the stage
for me to go on to receive a Bachelor's Degree in Business from the father
of historically black colleges and universities in the South, the one and
only Shaw University (Shaw-U-Right, that's my copyrighted slogan!) in
Raleigh, N.C., and a Master's in Management from Cambridge College,
I have to attribute my academic and career success to those that paved
the way for me through career counseling, outside-the-box effective
teaching methods, and caring and concerned faculty and staff of Halifax
Community College. Honorable mention to Jim Skilton, whose selfless
sharing of the operations of his own business, sparked my inspiration.
Special thanks to my accounting instructor, Ms. Segars, who made
accounting so easy to understand. These people were in part, responsible
for me to pursue education far beyond my imagination, and I sincerely
thank them for changing my life.
I encourage anyone that believes in him or herself to give your local
community college an opportunity to set their lives in a path of education
and career advancement. If it worked for me, believe me it can for anyone.
Stay encouraged and help me, and HCC celebrate 40 years of excellent
educational services to the Roanoke Valley and surrounding areas.