Student Stories

Heather Tomlin

A knack for fixing things and a love of computers steered Heather Tomlin toward a career in Networking Technology. Photo of Heather Tomlin

Susan Beck

Medical Assisting student and student ambassador, Susan Beck, made the decision to become a full-time student after taking a phlebotomy class. Photo of Susan Beck

Mary Batten and Jim Bowls

Husband and wife team, Mary Batten and Jim Bowls, hope to one day own a small organic and sustainable farm. Photo of Mary Batten and Jim Bowls

Justin Lawrence

Justin is a Student Ambassador and served as the Student Government Association’s Public Information Officer for 2010-2011. Photo of Justin Lawrence

Justin Stocker

Justin Stocker was selected to receive the 2010-11 Academic Excellence Award. Justin Stocker in front of a computer server.

Jiangli Cairnes

In China, Jiangli completed high school and was taking college classes but chose to pursue a GED from HCC to acclimate her to a U.S. classroom. A photo of Jiangli.

Onezean (Tay) Ravenell

Onezean hopes to one day run a quail plantation in South Carolina.

Wendy Rector

Wendy Rector plans to give back to the community with a nursing degree from HCC. A photo of Wendy outside smiling at the camera.

Shane Baker

Shane Baker reinforces what he learns in the classroom by volunteering. A photo of Shane outside smiling at the camera.

Justin Hatherlee

Justin Hatherlee is receiving plenty of training on leadership and teamwork at HCC which will serve well in the field of criminal justice. photo of Justin Hatherlee

Kim Carver

Kimberly Carver knew within the first weeks of class that she made the right choice in coming back to school. Photo of Kim Carver

Dawn Salley

A love of the outdoors prompted a career change for Dawn Salley and led to her success as a Forestry student. Photo of Dawn Salley

Julie Merrill

Julie Merrill has travelled far and wide but finds she likes the small classes at HCC. Julie Merrill standing outside on main campus.

Stephanie Costa

Stephanie Costa is finding ways to bring sustainability into the fiber program. Stephanie Costa standing in weaving department.

Penny Jewett

Penny Jewett, HCC Professional Crafts-Wood student, has found the perfect complement to her rustic home and garden accessories business. Photo of Penny Jewett at her work bench in the Professional Crafts Wood Department

Stephen and Rachel Skinner

Stephen and Rachel Skinner decided to put their children first by coming back to school. Stephen and Rachel Skinner in a classroom.

Bill Sweeney

Bill Sweeney was recently elected as the national Society of American Foresters Student Congress Chair. Head shot of Bill Sweeney  in front of main campus road.

Joeleyn Trahan

This Associate in Science student brings a unique and varied background to her studies and future aspirations as a teacher. Joeleyn Trahan standing in front of the frozen waterfall in front of 200 building.

Naomi Ernst-Smith

HCC Nursing student, Naomi Ernst-Smith is exchanging years of experience as a CNA for a career as a Registered Nurse. Naomi is standing in front a group of medical cabinets.

Maggie Reich

Maggie Reich is making a difference in the lives of students on campus as well as around the western division. Maggie standing in a computer lab

Michael McCoy

With the skills learned through HCC’s Film and Video Program, Michael McCoy is determined to direct a feature film one day. A photo of Michael McCoy with video camera

Brooke Duvall and Krystal Webb

These Medical Assisting students say the drive to HCC is worth it. Brooke Duvall and Krystal Webb standing in front of medical cabinet.

Shelia Wilke

Early Childhood Education-Teacher Associate student Shelia Wilke enjoys watching children learn. Shelia standing in front of brick building

Scott Messer

By completing HCC’s new Entrepreneurship program, Scott Messer is hoping to enrich his business. By completing HCC’s new Entrepreneurship program, Scott Messer is hoping to enrich his business.

Skye and Ryan Richards

Skye and Ryan Richards plan to use their education in Nicaragua for mission work. Skye and Ryan Richards standing next to the 100 Building

Seth Brown

HCC Fish and Wildlife student Seth Brown spent the summer as an intern in the Cataloochee Valley. Seth Brown standing in front of a wooden structure and two grazing elk

Mary Jenkins

HCC Cosmetology student Mary Jenkins puts her creativity to use in the cosmetology field. Mary Jenkins standing in front of the fountain at the 200 Building

DeeDee Small

HCC Accounting student DeeDee Small lands job as result of Co-op Experience. DeeDee Small standing in front of the 200 Building