Business Administration Alumni

Name: Darrah Horton
Hometown: Waynesville, NC
Degree Program: Business and Accounting
Graduation Date: May 2005
Primary Email Address: darrahleigh@gmail.com
Your work experience:

I am currently the Catering Sales Manager at the Crowne Plaza Resort (manage an array of events booked at the Resort). I am studying to take the Certified Meeting Planner exam next year. I also work on the side planning weddings and other social events.

How did your degree program at Haywood Community College prepare you for your current job?
I attended HCC to complete my Accounting degree and Business Administration degrees, during that time my goals morphed into furthering my education at Appalachian State University to get my CPA license. While at ASU I learned that accounting was not my passion so I got my Hospitality Management Degree. HCC and the instructors gave me the push I needed to crave a higher education. The amount of support I received even after pursuing my bachelors was instrumental in finishing up at ASU. My accounting and business background has helped not only in doing my own events outside of the Crowne Plaza but in streamlining the amount of time I must spend in helping my clients budget for their events.

Name: Deborah H. Keifer
Hometown: Belleville, IL
Degree Program: Business Administration
Graduation Date: May 2010
Primary Email Address: myyeshua2@yahoo.com
Your work experience:
I have been an office manager, administrative assistant and a paralegal through the years. Early in my working career, I managed fitness centers and for 12 years, was the athletic trainer for my husband’s football teams. I have also worked in retail, the restaurant business and in school systems.
How did your degree program at Haywood Community College prepare you for your current job?

I feel very fulfilled with my degree in Business Administration, although it is not utilized to its fullest potential in my current job as the office assistant of The Open Door soup kitchen. My experience at Haywood Community College was a great one. The instructors were the best I’ve had and taught me things in some areas that I didn’t think I could learn!

In the near future, I plan on pursuing my Paralegal degree and then pursue the state certification for Paralegal.


Name: Kitina Houck
Hometown: Haywood County
Degree Program: Business Administration
Graduation Date: May 2003
Primary Email Address: Kitinahouck@att.net
Your work experience:
Currently working for Haywood County in the Land Usage Department.
How did your degree program at Haywood Community College prepare you for your current job?

Business Administration at Haywood Community College is a great program to take. It prepared me for my job by giving me the knowledge of how business works and the professionalism that I needed to get the job. I owe a lot to Haywood Community College and the teachers for helping me succeed in the Business Program. The staff and teachers are wonderful and I enjoyed having each one of them.


Name: Kathy Brooks
Hometown: Concord, Virginia
Degree Program: Business Administration & Accounting
Graduation Date: May 2003, May 2004
Primary Email Address: kbrooks@haywood.edu
Your work experience:
I am currently the departmental assistant for Business & Entrepreneurship and Small Business Center at Haywood Community College. My previous background consist of clerial and managerial positions.
How did your degree program at Haywood Community College prepare you for your current job?

Business Administration prepared me to use the concepts learned in class on a daily basis from time management to professionalism. The Accounting program prepared me for many aspect related to my position in regards to contracts and spreadsheets. The instructors at Haywood Community College are the very best in their positions. A student could not ask for a more attentive group of knowledgeable instructors.


Name: Peggy Cope
Hometown: Haywood County
Degree Program: Business Administration
Graduation Date: June 2002
Primary Email Address:
Your work experience:
2002- worked at Blue Ridge Paper as Accounts Payable Specialist.
2005- worked at Town of Clyde as Assist. Clerk
2009-Currently working at Haywood County Finance as Accounts Payable Manager.
How did your degree program at Haywood Community College prepare you for your current job?

When I started the Business Administration degree program at HCC I was thirty years old, married and had two children. Without my degree from HCC in Business Administration I wouldn't be where I am today. The education I received at HCC provided me the means to apply for work that I otherwise wouldn't have even considered. The faculty and staff at HCC are wonderful and extremely helpful. They taught me all I needed to be competitive in today's job market. The education I received was the beginning of financial stability and growth for my family.


Name: Jeanette Craig
Hometown: Clyde, North Carolina
Degree Program: Business Administration
Graduation Date: TBA
Primary Email Address: jmc_2117@yahoo.com
Your work experience:

I work for a local general contractor, Clark & Leatherwood, Inc., as the office manager, and have been with them for 11 years. I started out as an Accounting Clerk, and have been given the opportunity to learn and grow into the position I currently hold.

How did your degree program at Haywood Community College prepare you for your current job?

I started out in the Business Administration program at HCC 20 years ago. While taking classes, I realized I really enjoyed the accounting aspect of the Business program. At the time, HCC did not have an accounting program, but I was able to take all my core classes here, close to home. I then transferred to SWCC to complete my accounting degree. A few years ago, I decided to go back to HCC and complete what I originally started. I have my Business Admin. Certificate from HCC, but it is important to me to finish the AAS program.

I commend HCC for their commitment to non-traditional students. I have a full-time job and a family, but night classes and on-line classes made it possible for me to pursue my degree. I have 1 semester to complete. Without HCC I would not have been able to work and be successful in the field I am in.