Donated photo. Brandon Arrington, 2018 Haywood Community College Associate in Arts graduate, now attends NC State University where he is pursuing degrees in history and education. He is pictured enjoying his time at a study abroad trip through HCC in Nicaragua during this past spring semester.

When Brandon Arrington, 2018 Haywood Community College Associate in Arts graduate, started classes at the College, he also held down a full-time job with Haywood County Schools as a custodian and bus driver. From this job came his motivation to become a middle school social studies teacher.

“I would begin my bus route at 5:15 in the morning and go to class at HCC around 8 to 11 a.m.,” Arrington explains. “Then I would work as a custodian and bus driver until late in the evening. My days were long, but being there for the students and helping with their educational success also motivated me to complete my education and pursue my aspirations as a teacher.”

Not a stranger to work, Arrington also worked all through high school, which meant attending the Haywood County Alternative Learning Center (now called Haywood Community Learning Center) to complete his high school diploma.

Arrington says he chose HCC for the first step in his higher education journey because it seemed like a good fit for him. “It was local, much cheaper and offered smaller class sizes. When I was ready to transfer to a four-year school, HCC was a great help with the transfer process.”

Now, Arrington is attending North Carolina State University where he is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s in education. He estimates to finish both in three years because of the articulation agreement in place between the two schools.

Arrington says his time at HCC made a tremendous impact on his life. “The advisers and instructors were great. I am really thankful for them. They are just outstanding people.”  

For more information about HCC or the programs of study available, please visit haywood.edu or call 828-627-2821.