Justin Stocker

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

Haywood Community College Computer Information Technology and Networking Technology student, Justin Stocker was selected to receive the 2010-11 Academic Excellence Award. The Academic Excellence Award is an opportunity for the North Carolina Community College System to showcase its students and their academic achievements and to highlight the work that the colleges do every day. One student is selected from each community college in the system. Recipients of the award must be currently enrolled, have completed at least 12 semester hours, and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25.

Stocker was home schooled growing up which means he was used to personal, one-on-one attention. He was unsure of how the transition would be to another learning environment. When he came to HCC, he entered the GED program and then became a full-time curriculum student. Stocker found the same kind of attention at the college that he had at home.

“The faculty and staff of Haywood Community College have made me feel comfortable and have made this a very positive experience that I will remember for years to come,” Justin explains. “The faculty and staff provide the help students need to succeed.”

Stocker says he has always loved working with computers, taking any opportunity he could to learn every aspect of what makes them work and how to fix them. This is what led him to enroll in these two programs.

“Both these programs enable students to research problems and solutions and learn about things you will run into in jobs,” Stocker says.

In addition, Stocker works as a work study student and as a part-time Computer Technician on campus with the Information Technology Services Department. This allows real job experience and the ability to learn things he may not encounter in the classroom.

Recently, Stocker helped start a Technology Club on campus. He serves as president. In his spare time, besides working on computers, he enjoys playing video games and reading old classics, science fiction, and history.

Stocker was recognized as part of The Great Within the 58 celebration in Raleigh.

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