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Kelley Deal: Career program benefits students

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Kelley Deal is dean of marketing at Nash Community College.

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By Kelley Deal
Nash Community College

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Future Success, Career Born at Nash Community College

Hope Brindle Myers began her college education while she was a high school student. Dual enrollment, also known as the Career and College Promise program, allowed her to enroll without the cost of tuition.

By high school graduation, the Nash County native had completed her first year of college classes and enrolled full time in the Associate in Arts College Transfer program at Nash Community College.

“I knew I would eventually end up at a university, however, I was much happier going to a local school and making connections close to home. As a dual enrolled student, I had such a positive experience that I didn’t even question pursuing the first two years of my undergraduate degree at Nash,” Myers said.

Myers enrolled at Nash Community College because of its great reputation and strong transfer program. Like many college students, in the beginning she did not know what career she wanted to pursue.

“My instructors helped me realize the areas of my education in which I was most talented and interested, and took the time to encourage me to pursue those goals,” she said.

While serving as a Student Ambassador, she realized her deep passion for the Communication and Public Relations field. “This, along with reassurance from some very influential instructors, helped me mold my career path. I love what I do, and I believe I owe a lot of that to Nash.”

Hope Myers graduated from Nash Community College in 2012 and transferred to Fayetteville State University to pursue her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication. Through scholarship assistance, financial aid, and working full time, she was able to complete her undergraduate degree while remaining debt-free.

Myers began her journalism career as a newspaper reporter and freelance writer. Today, as Digital Content and Social Media Specialist for Fayetteville Technical Community College, Hope Myers tells others about the important role of community colleges. She also owns HMM Portraits LLC, which specializes in boutique engagement and fine art photography.

“The true sense of community I felt at Nash Community College remains unparalleled, and I feel I owe much of where I am today to the wonderful instructors and staff who took the time to get to know me, believe in me, and invest in my future,” Myers said. “I always felt like I belonged at Nash, and I am proud to be an alumna.”

Interested students should meet with their high school counselor or home school principal to identify and establish a College Transfer or Career and Technical Education Pathway. Counselors should work with students to submit their NCC application, call 252-451-8244 or email dlguido744@nashcc.edu for assistance.

Did you know … On average, in-state tuition and fees for one full-time community college student are approximately $1,240 per semester. Four-year colleges and universities charge, on average, $7,200 per semester. NCC awards over $200,000 in scholarships each year. High School Career and College Promise students earn tuition-free college credit for Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees. These degrees will seamlessly transfer to participating colleges. Students should take advantage of college credit earned while in high school, making sure credit is applied to an appropriate program by contacting a NCC counselor to explore all available options.

For more information, call 252-451-8244.

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