Stories from Campus
Hurdles push student to work even harder: Kristie, a 34-year-old Wyoming County native, is a full-time student at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College. She's also a full-time single parent of two girls, ages 13 and 16. She started working toward a psychology degree at an online college several years ago, but an automobile accident set her back.
Single mom continues pursuing career dream: Irene was born in Michigan and adopted at age 5. Her family relocated to Logan, WV, which is where she still lives today, as a single parent of two children. Having several years of experience, she worked as a certified nursing assistant at a nursing home. But Irene wanted more for herself and her children.
Training helps graduate in professional and personal life: Greg Castle planned to go into nursing or occupational therapy because he wanted to help people. His wife was a nurse, and with the stability of both of them working in the allied health field, they could build a secure financial future for their family of five.
Single parent starts rewarding nursing career: Brook first came to West Virginia Northern Community College in 2014 to attain a certificate as a Certified Medical Administrative Assistant. She graduated in the fall of 2015 and decided that she wanted to expand her education and pursue a degree in nursing.
First-generation college graduate remains dedicated: Edna Baisden from Logan is a single mother of five sons, and a proud grandma as well. Her path to a fulfilling career started at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College two years ago - and she hasn't looked back since.
Student's passion for Sign Language continues from high school to college: Jamie Watts' interest in American Sign Language began when she was in high school, which is where her dual enrollment began. In her sophomore year, she noticed a young man who was sitting with a girl and he didn’t talk. He used his hands to communicate. This piqued her interest. She wanted to learn how to talk with him.
Donald & Justin Kenneda
Father and son complete program together: Donald Kenneda and his son Justin recently completed New River Community and Technical College’s Electric Distribution Engineering Technology program, along with 30 other students including another father and son.
Student becomes teacher: As a student in West Virginia Northern Community College’s welding technology program, Brandy Killeen found herself studying alongside men twice her age. Now, the student has become the teacher. The college recently hired Killeen as its first female welding technology instructor.
Justin & Cecil Lester
State program helps student learn and earn: Justin Lester started as an EDET student in the Learn and Earn program through New River Community and Technical College and Pike Electric. This state initiative allows students to intern and receive paid work experience and college credit. After his father, Cecil Lester, found himself unemployed from the utility industry, he enrolled in the accelerated EDET program offered over the summer
Baldev & Karanveer Rathore
Community college helping brothers achieve American Dream: Despite a language barrier, a heavy work load and a midnight shift at Wal-Mart, brothers Baldev and Karanveer Rathore still managed to make the Pierpont Community & Technical College’s President’s and Dean’s list. The brothers, who emigrated from India in 2015, came to Fairmont to study information technology, which they both major in. They said that their stay in America has been great, with each day bringing new surprises.