Maggie Reich: Leading students from HCC and the Western Division
Maggie Reich, HCC’s Student Government Association President and student in the Networking Technology program is making a difference in the lives of students on campus as well as around the western division. She has worked to resolve many student issues on campus and as Western Division Chair for the North Carolina Comprehensive Community College SGA, she is working to resolve issues facing the 18 colleges she represents.
Maggie brings 20 years of management history to her roles, as well as strong leadership and communication skills. Growing up with a father in the Army, she spent a lot of time traveling and lived 3 ½ years in Europe. Maggie believes this background makes her more willing to accept different cultures and diversity and also made her a well-rounded person.
As SGA President, Maggie strives to break any barriers that may exist between Haywood Early College and traditional students. She plans and sponsors all student events on campus. “We try to plan the events around the culture and lifestyle of the area,” Maggie explains. “These events bring all curriculums together. It’s a way to socialize and meet students you may not normally meet.”
Maggie says SGA is a great way for students to voice their concerns and ideas on campus.
After graduation, Maggie would like to be a network engineer for a hospital or corporation. She plans to move to the Raleigh-Durham area or Charlotte to work. “I have always fixed computers for family and friends,” Maggie explains. “I enjoy it and it is a marketable skill in our economy.”
Maggie chose HCC because it was local to her community and she loved the campus when she visited. “The hands-on learning at HCC is very beneficial,” Maggie says. “In one of my classes, we set up an active website for a non-profit agency. This gave me a real life taste of what it takes to design a website. It really prepares you to go into the workforce.”
As Western Division Chair, Maggie is trying to incorporate the use of the Information Highway to enable more participation and to cut down and travel and expense.
Maggie is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and is president for the National Technical Honor Society. She was recently nominated for PTK All-USA Academic Team. If selected, she is automatically nominated for a scholarship and would attend the international conference that will be held in Phoenix. Maggie was also nominated for Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges.
Maggie has a son and a daughter. She enjoys hiking, bicycling, and making crafts. In the past, she volunteered for the American Red Cross for blood drives, computer work, and setting up shelters.More Student Stories