When Kim Carver, 2010 Haywood Community College Associate in Arts graduate, finished the GED, she decided to continue her education at a small school for a big value. This led her to HCC where she found small classes and great preparation for a larger school setting. Never did she realize that in a short time, she would be studying at some of the oldest libraries in the world.

After graduating from HCC, Carver continued her studies at UNCA where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Art History. During her time there, she had an internship with Western Regional Archives, the Western North Carolina branch of the State Archives. Currently, she is enrolled in a Library and Information Science Master’s program at the University of Southern Mississippi. As part of her studies this summer, Carver studied abroad in England and Scotland taking two British Studies in Librarianship classes.  

For someone who had never even flown before, Carver calls her experience intense but a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. She stayed in a dorm at King’s College in London. She visited several libraries, some of which include:  the Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford, the Library at St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Archives of the British Museum, the Maughan Library & Special Collections at King’s College, the National Art Library at the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Barbican Library in London, and the Central Library in Scotland.

“In just a few years, I’ve had the opportunity to do a lot of cool stuff,” Carver says. “I found that education is a natural fit for me.”

In addition to her studies, Carver helps students at HCC from all programs of study. She is the Tutoring Technician for Learning Support Services. “Every day at HCC is different. I enjoy being supportive and being part of the HCC experience for these students. They are capable of more than they realize.”

Carver shares her educational story with as many students as she can to help them understand that education changes everything.