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FastForward, G3 and Other Skilled Trade Success Stories from Virginia’s Community Colleges

There is nothing we love seeing more than when a student succeeds in their program of study. We all have our own reasons and motivations for pursuing a certificate or degree program, and for these four students, we know their future will be bright.

⭐️Student Spotlight⭐️ Meet Abbey Middleton. She graduated from the Lineman Program here at MECC! She is currently employed by Scott County… | Instagram

Abbey Middleton graduated from the Powerline Worker program at Mountain Empire Community College. Graduates of the program leave with both the powerline worker certification and a CDL-A. She is currently employed by Scott County Telephone.

Tuesday night we took time to congratulate Noah McAdams for receiving the Malco Tools “Head of the Class” award. Noah will be completing… | Instagram

Noah McAdams received the “Head of the Class” award as he works to complete the HVACR program this fall at Eastern Show Community College. At only 17 years old, Noah is very knowledgeable and has a bright future.

A basketball injury and Camp Community College have changed Timothy Worrell’s life. The Boykins resident, a graduate of Camp Community… | Instagram

Timothy Worrell is another HVAC graduate but from Camp Community College. After graduating from Camp, he opened TZT HVAC, LLC (named after his children) and began offering HVAC services to the Hampton Roads area. He currently works for Sunday Morning Services HVAC in Portsmouth.

At Brightpoint, Heilie Sheppard positioned herself for a job she loves in machining and career advancement in mechanical engineering.… | Instagram

At Brightpoint Community College, Heilie Sheppard loves machining and mechanical engineering. She landed a new machining job her first semester and is on her way to earning a machinist journeyman card, completing an apprenticeship and earning a bachelor’s degree.

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