GTCC Success Stories

People come from across the Triad to find success at GTCC. Click below to read some of their stories.

Age, Pandemic Haven’t Slowed Non-Traditional Student Walson As She Chases Her Passion At GTCC

Published on June 29, 2021

For decades Edith Walson has worked with preschool age children. It has been a lifelong passion for her, a passion she fueled by volunteering in her church and with refugee children in the AmeriCorps program. Now, with her own children grown and out on their own, the 61-year-old Walson has embarked on the next step in pursuing her passion: the Early Childhood Education program at Guilford Technical Community College.

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With Undergraduate Degree In Hand, Robinson Passes On Law School And Joins GTCC Welding Program

Published on June 28, 2021

When Holland Robinson graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 2019, her sights were set on becoming a lawyer. With a major criminology with a concentration in criminal justice and a double-minor in campaign management and prelaw, it seemed natural. It turns out, she’s pretty much a natural at welding, too. She just didn’t know it at the time.

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Graham Earns Employee Of Month Honors For Hard Work In Keeping Two Departments Running Smoothly

Published on June 28, 2021

Sierra Graham has two job titles at Guilford Technical Community College, but she has many more jobs. Graham is the administrative assistant for the dean of human services and public safety division as well as the fire occupational extension and fire academy. For her diligent work to keep both areas running smoothly, Graham has been named Guilford Technical Community College employee of the month for May.

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Davis Selected GTCC March Employee Of Month For Stellar Performance Under Pandemic Pressure

Published on April 26, 2021

Tracey Davis has one of those jobs that is vital, but in normal times, unheralded. The past 18 months have not been “normal times,” and as the manager of student accounts at Guilford Technical Community College, Davis and her position have been center stage. First there was the pandemic, which is still a part of our everyday life. Then there was the data breach at GTCC.

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GTCC Paralegal Instructor Keynote Speaker For National Webinar

Published on April 12, 2021

With most of her classes held virtually for the past year, Pam Hollern has grown very accustomed to communicating via Zoom and other virtual platforms. But these days the program director of paralegal technology at Guilford Technical Community College finds herself on a larger virtual stage.

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Teachers’ Encouragement Has GTCC Student Thinking Bigger

Published on March 30, 2021

When Michelle Bowden enrolled at Guilford Technical Community College two years ago, she planned on earning an associate degree and continue her work in a childcare center. But that was two years ago, before she stepped on campus and experienced the culture of GTCC.

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GTCC C-STEP Program Keeps Student’s Dream Of UNC Alive

Published on March 24, 2021

Sophia Wilkins always dreamed of going to the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Now, thanks to Guilford Technical Community College’s C-STEP transfer pathway, that dream is on the verge of reality. The C-STEP transfer pathway is a partnership with UNC Chapel Hill that guarantees a student admission to the four-year institution upon completion of the C-STEP associate degree program at GTCC.

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Two Curriculums, Two Jobs, And A Child Don’t Slow GTCC’s Boston

Published on March 8, 2021

As a non-traditional student, Courtney Boston knows she has to take a less traveled, more difficult route to reach her dream of becoming an attorney. If that means enrolling in two curriculums simultaneously at Guilford Technical Community College, working a fulltime job as a paralegal for a law firm and a part-time job as a weekend manager at a restaurant all while rearing a three-year-old boy, well, that’s just fine with her.

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McCauley Earns Top Employee Honors For Grace Under Pressure

Published on March 2, 2021

Faced with a campus-wide academic schedule that was totally disrupted by COVID-19, Tiffany McCauley did what she always does: she performed flawlessly under pressure. Which is why she was recognized as GTCC’s January employee of the month.

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GTCC Instructor Keeps Students Moving In Virtual Setting

Published on February 24, 2021

Shannon Burghart has always believed in lots of physical activity in her classes at Guilford Technical Community College. The associate professor of early childhood education understands that physical movements stimulate the brain.

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GTCC Truck Driving Training Program ‘Life-Changing’ For Former Chef

Published on February 4, 2021

Troy Singley had been a chef for many years. But when his restaurant job disappeared last spring as the COVID-19 pandemic began to rage, he was at a crossroads. The 55-year-old New Jersey native knew he needed to find a more storm proof-career and he began to explore the options. A new Guilford Technical Community College program caught his eye and it put him on the road to a new livelihood, both figuratively and literally.

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‘Never Give Up’ Is More Than A Motto To Adult Education Student Kelly

Published on February 1, 2021

When she was 16, she was forced to leave high school to help care for her six siblings. A decade later, she enrolled in Guilford Technical Community College’s adult education program, only to be blindsided by life. But today the 36-year-old Kelly is immersed in GTCC’s adult education program again and is on course to complete the program this spring.

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Balogh Has Traveled The World, But GTCC Is Her New Home

Published on January 12, 2021

She was born in Germany and has lived in Spain, Florida, Georgia, St. Maarten, Israel, and California. These days Greensboro is home. Guilford Technical Community College is like a second home for the 40-year-old Balogh as she utilizes the college’s Adult Education Program to help her switch gears in life

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Determined Mohamed On Way To Nursing Degree At GTCC

Published on January 12, 2021

When Rabila Mohamed came to the United States three years ago, she spoke only a few words of English, but she was armed with a fierce determination to succeed. With that determination and the help of Guilford Technical Community College, she has never looked back as she works her way toward a career as a registered nurse.

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Extra GTCC Hours Paying Dividends For High School Senior

Published on January 12, 2021

Sarah Oakley figures working a little overtime in the classroom now is going to save her a lot of time down the road. The 17-year-old Oakley is a senior at Southwest Guilford High School and will graduate in the spring. But she is also on schedule to graduate from Guilford Technical Community College this year. She enrolled in the college’s Career and College Promise program in 2019 and since has simultaneously taken both high school and college classes.

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GTCC Graduate Finds Connection in Online Degree Program

Published on December 9, 2020

Wilson earned her associate’s degree in Medical Office Administration – Medical Billing and Coding through the GTCC’s eDegree program. She chose the online learning platform because of the convenience and the security it offered her.

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Plumley Helped Lead GTCC Back From Cyber Incident

Published on December 1, 2020

Guilford Technical Community College faced an unparalleled emergency last fall when it was hit with a cyberattack. Countless staff members stepped to the fore to aid in the recovery, but none was more vital than network administrator Jeremy Plumley. Which is why he was recognized as GTCC’s November employee of the month.

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Berri Cross Patiently Helps Students Through Difficult Times

Published on November 2, 2020

Regardless of the question or problem or dilemma a Guilford Technical Community College student presents Berri Cross, she patiently and calmly finds the correct answer or points them in the right direction. Which is why she was recognized as GTCC’s October employee of the month.

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Titan Link Continues Assisting Students in the Wake of COVID-19

Published on April 3, 2020

Transitioning from in-class to distance learning can be challenging. Especially if you don’t have a reliable computer or electronic device. Titan Link, GTCC’s services support program that helps students with life issues that arise outside the classroom, recognized there would be a need among students as the college prepared for remote learning in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak last month.

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GTCC Student Represents United States at WorldSkills Competition

Published on October 16, 2019

“Having the opportunity to represent the United States on the global stage at WorldSkills was not only an honor but also a privilege. To be able to do something I love just makes it that much more enjoyable,” says GTCC student Alex Millikan who represented the United States at the WorldSkills Competition in Kazan, Russia.

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For Josh Hudson, Entrepreneurship is a Driving Force

Published on July 12, 2019

“I’m passionate about the trade and the craft. I want to be the best and inspire others to go after their dreams,” says Josh Hudson, a GTCC graduate who owns and operates Greensboro-based Hudson Autoworks. Hudson earned his associate degree in Collision Repair and Refinishing Technology from GTCC in 2012.

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GTCC Student Draws on Life Experiences to Shape Career Goals

Published on December 6, 2018

It is often said that what influences people the most are the experiences they go through in life. For Guilford Technical Community College student Casey Trivette, the saying holds true. Trivette, who will graduate with an associate degree from GTCC’s Medical Assisting program in 2019, has used her personal experiences, as well as those around her, to shape her career goals.

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GTCC Small Business Center Provides Springboard to Success for Female Entrepreneur

Published on October 29, 2018

Standing at the crossroads of a career she knew and a desire to blaze her own path, Diane Summerville chose the road less traveled when she started her own business. With coaching from Guilford Technical Community College’s Small Business Center, she founded New Day Transitions, Inc., a move management firm that helps seniors transition from the homes they have known and loved to a smaller home or retirement community.

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Global Scholars: Three GTCC Students Take the Trip of a Lifetime

Published on October 22, 2018

Three Guilford Technical Community College students joined others from Davidson Community College and Forsyth Technical Community College on an adventure they won’t soon forget. Through a partnership with Universidad Nacional de Villa María in Argentina, eight area community college students spent two weeks in Argentina as part of a faculty-led study abroad program.

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GTCC By Train: For Jared Ranes, It’s Worth the Trip

Published on October 19, 2018

His mornings begin at 5:30 a.m. but Jared Ranes says he wouldn’t trade the long days for the world. He uncommon commute takes from his home in Clayton, North Carolina, to GTCC’s High Point campus where he is enrolled in the concert lighting and sound program.

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Mike Blanke - GTCC graduate

My GTCC Story: Mike Blanke

Published on September 10, 2018

Mike Blanke was standing in an empty hangar when it happened. The moment he became fascinated with flight. An airshow and 1940s swing dancing lessons brought him to Monroe, North Carolina. He didn’t realize it then but that afternoon would have a profound impact on his trajectory.

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My GTCC Story: Matthew Lomas

Published on August 16, 2018

Matthew Lomas goes the extra mile on campus, has a plan for his future and uses his strengths to propel himself toward his goals. But, it wasn’t always this way.

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My GTCC Story: Brian Wilson

Published on July 24, 2018

New technology has increased the demand for skilled machinists. Most machinists work in small machining shops or in manufacturing firms but you’ll also find metalworkers like GTCC graduate Brian Wilson in industries like jewelry.

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Chris Wright

My GTCC Story: Chris Wright

Published on July 16, 2018

Originally planning to study history, a back injury that nearly left him paralyzed inspired Chris Wright to pursue a career where he could serve others.

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Scholastica Nwaokeke

My GTCC Story: Scholastica Nwaokeke

Published on July 9, 2018

Scholastica Nwaokeke works third shift at FedEx Ground in Greensboro, N.C. After moving to the Triad from New Jersey, she realized her interest in global logistics could turn into a career.

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Jeff Duncan GTCC Graduate

My GTCC Story: Jeff Duncan

Published on July 3, 2018

Guilford Technical Community College welcomes many veterans on campus and offices specialized resources to help them succeed in their coursework and pursue meaningful careers. This is something that doesn’t go unnoticed, especially by Army veteran and recent music business graduate, Jeff Duncan.

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My GTCC Story: Stephanie Jarrell

Published on June 20, 2018

Stephanie Jarrell (’18) seized the opportunity to return to school after 15 years to achieve her dream of becoming a registered nurse.

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My GTCC Story: Claimon Tyler

Published on June 11, 2018

When Claimon Tyler first enrolled at GTCC, he was homeless, working minimum wage and had just spent the last eight years of his life in prison. He was committed to making a change and was ready to put in the time and effort necessary.

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My GTCC Story: Katelynn Purcell

Published on June 4, 2018

For GTCC graduate Katelynn Purcell, it has been a long road to her dream career. Her journey began in 2011 when she was still in high school and has been littered with trials and tribulations.

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My GTCC Story: Spencer Moore

Published on February 28, 2018

The Sky’s the Limit for Aviation Program Graduate -- Spencer Moore likes to be challenged. When the East Davidson High School graduate spotted an ad in the newspaper for Guilford Technical Community College’s aviation program, he was intrigued.

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My GTCC Story: Nick Dasnoit

Published on February 1, 2018

GTCC student finds opportunity, employment through local program: Nick Dasnoit (’17) knew he wanted to major in Information Technology. It appealed to him as a stable and growing industry.

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