Haywood Community College has selected three students to represent the college as Student Ambassadors for the 2013-2014 academic year. As student ambassadors, Mordecai Howard, Diane Phillips, and Ashley Schick will act as liaisons between HCC and the community and in return receive wages and invaluable experience that will help them in their future professional endeavors. The Student Ambassador program is made possible this year with funding from the HCC Foundation.   

The student ambassador activities are varied and include conducting recruitment activities such as campus tours, participating in special campus events, making presentations at local high schools, speaking to community businesses, and assisting during registration. In addition, ambassadors are active in making contact with the college’s alumni. 

Howard is enrolled in the Associate in Science program. He lives in Clyde and plans to transfer to a four year school after graduating from HCC. He plans to continue his education to pursue a Doctorate and eventually teach at a college or university. He plans to study Microbiology and work in bacterial research. He actively volunteers with the Fines Creek Community Association and service projects for churches. His hobbies include reading, hiking, stitch binding, and calligraphy.

Phillips is enrolled in the Business Administration program and she plans to also pursue an Accounting degree. She lives in Lake Junaluska and came to HCC after working for several years as a teacher assistant. She completes classes online while working full-time. Phillips answers REACH hotline calls and volunteers at church and as a tutor. She enjoys crafts, reading, hiking, and traveling.          

Schick is enrolled in the Criminal Justice program. She lives in Clyde and would like to be a State Trooper and eventually an undercover CIA Agent. She is involved in church, mission trips, and volunteers at a women’s shelter. She enjoys reading, writing, singing, four wheeling, camping, and traveling.  

The student ambassador program offers potential students and members of the community a first-hand perspective of the college and student life. In addition, the ambassadors learn a lot along the way.