A Day in the Life of a CCC Student

What’s it like to be a student at Carolina Career College (CCC)? When are the classes? How much time will I need to study? How can I balance school with my work and family obligations? What will a typical day look like?

A “day in the life” of a CCC student will vary, of course, depending on each individual. However, those considering enrollment at the school can benefit from learning what current and former students have to say. This article summarizes interviews with several of them. While we’ve changed their names for this article, their stories offer honest insight into the real world of a CCC student.

Alex, for example, heard about Carolina Career College from a friend. Despite working 60 hours a week between two jobs, he decided that he wanted to make a change in his life. He enrolled at CCC in March of 2018, attending class every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 6:00 to 10:00 pm and studying every free moment in between. In 10 months, Alex completed his CompTIA A+ certification, validating his understanding of business software and hardware and his capability of supporting complex IT infrastructures. With the help of CCC Team Member, he is currently working in IT and is currently interviewing with multiple local employers for the next step in his career.

Declaring that he’d rather “choke on greatness than nibble on mediocrity,” Larry started at CCC while still enlisted in the Army. For the first six months of school, a typical day for Larry started with a 5:00 am to 3:00 pm shift at Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, followed by a 90+ minute drive to Durham, followed by CCC classes from 6-10 pm, followed by the drive back to base… a routine further complicated by flooded roads when Hurricane Florence slammed into the area. No longer in the military, Larry continues his training and purchased a new house in anticipation of his wedding in May. He expects to complete several other certifications in the months to come.

Air Force veteran, Macgyver, began working on a 4-year college degree in 2014 with the goal of becoming an FBI agent. Upon completion of his B.S. degree in Cybersecurity in 2018, he decided that IT certifications would make him more marketable in civilian life and enrolled at Carolina Career College. While attending CCC, Macgyver would typically leave for school at 4:45 pm, attend classes from 6:00-10:00 pm, sleep in his car in the parking lot for a few hours, then work the night shift at CISCO from 1:00 am-8:00 am. Somewhere in between, he also managed to study two hours a day and earn the title of “Student of the Month.”

With a B.A. in Art Management, Zach’s initial career plan was to be a gallery manager. After several years working in the field, he decided to become a veterinary assistant. Finding this work lacked career potential, he explored other career choices that might be more lucrative and fulfilling. Through a family friend, Zach discovered Carolina Career College and the unparalleled potential of a career in information technology. Today, he works from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm during the week, drives for Uber on the weekends, attends class three nights a week at CCC, and studies independently whenever he can. He is about to make his transition into his first job in IT, and opportunity he received from a CCC team member.

In general, CCC students fall into four categories: (1) Those who are entering the job market after graduating from high school or college, (2) those who are leaving the military for civilian jobs, (3) those who want to change careers, and (4) those already in IT jobs who want to advance their careers. All are adults. All have other responsibilities outside of class including working one or two full-time jobs. Many have spouses and children.

Balancing classes, tests, jobs, and family is a challenge for all CCC students. Returning veterans and career changers may have particular difficulty in changing their lives so completely. Those used to more structured environments may struggle with an education based on self-discipline, dedication, and effective time-management.

As John Lennon once said, “Life is what happens when you are making other plans.” That applies to CCC students too.  In addition to their “regular” responsibilities, students also must cope with illness, family crises, auto repairs, doctor appointments, and every other detail of modern life while they’re trying to learn and support themselves.

All of us at Carolina Career College – instructors, team members, and administrators – recognize the daily stresses that our students face. We know they have conflicting priorities and only so much time and energy. That’s why we offer flexible scheduling, financial aid, personalized instruction, job placement guidance, and caring hearts for everyone willing to invest in their future.

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