The Voice In His Head

The voice in his head said:

Community colleges are for people who are not smart enough to attend a university.

Community college is no fun.

A community college education will get you nowhere in life.

Emmanuel Wallace came to Cleveland Community College with these thoughts in his mind. “The thought of my friends going off to attend Duke, NC State, or Carolina as I was stuck in Shelby made me feel subpar.”

He hadn’t been a great student in high school, but instead of listening to that voice in his head or letting negative feelings take hold, Emmanuel decided to take advantage of the community college experience. With that decision made, he discovered that community college is a place where students can learn to lead, where instructors know their students by name and are willing to spend extra time with them, and where students can form lasting friendships.

At CCC Emmanuel found opportunities to grow as a student and a person. He got involved in CCC’s Student Government Association, eventually becoming president. He made friends, had fun and gained valuable leadership experience. He even had an opportunity to meet and work with the College’s leadership.

Emmanuel Wallace

Emmanuel Wallace

He took advantage of the opportunities and flourished. During his time at CCC, Emmanuel received multiple awards, won a NASA Space Grant scholarship, and earned an internship at a local company, with help from advisors and instructors who believed in him and were willing to help.

At the end of this semester, Emmanuel leaves CCC for the University of North Carolina at Charlotte to complete his bachelor’s degree in engineering.

As so many students before him, Emmanuel’s time at CCC helped him become a better student and find skills and talents he didn’t know he had. Now, he’s ready to tackle the big university with confidence because he’s done the work and put himself on the path to success.

This was Emmanuel’s way to an education; what’s your way? Find it at CCC. Contact Admissions at 704-669-4081 or admissions@clevelandcc.edu. Registration for spring classes is now open. It’s a great time to get started!


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