Carolina Career College Spring Open House A Huge Success
When Carolina Career College student Nick Schwab (right) began telling his story at the Open House on April 21st, he talked about working at Hardee’s while he was in high school. “Cutting onions,” Schwab explained. “You just can’t get the smell of them out of your hands.” Setting the stage for what he would do after graduating as a high school honors student, Schwab was honest about his parents’ reaction. “They were skeptical, they wanted me to go to NC State.” How about now? “Now they are ecstatic.” They should be, as Nick started working at the worldwide headquarters of Cree, one of the world’s largest LED manufacturers, just 4 months after enrolling at Carolina Career College.
Christy Long’s story has been well documented – after 8 years in the military as a Flight Medic, she moved to Raleigh from Fayetteville, started working at a roller rink, and after an unfortunate car mishap she took the bus everywhere – including to Carolina Career College three nights a week. Today Christy is a specialized engineer at Cisco. “I was underweight, had no job, and no computer experience. If I can do it, you can do it.”
Bob Stone, parent of 2003 graduate Jason Stone, brought tears to some attendees’ eyes when he relayed the story of how he had spent over $80,000 on his son’s education. Jason had changed majors multiple times. “First it was Architecture, then he wanted to write the next great symphony with Music Theory, then it was Psychology. We were paying for everything with a 26-year-old living under our roof. Today, Jason proudly says he works at Duke Med thanks to Carolina Career College.”
Wil Singley, a professional recruiter with Insight Global, brought an employer’s perspective to the event, explaining why he enjoys hiring Carolina Career College graduates. “They are prepared and their resumes are really well done thanks to a Career Services department that prepares them for the real world.” Singley discussed the appeal of IT certifications in the hiring process and the growing cybersecurity field. “The breaches at Target, Home Depot…the demand will only continue to grow.”
Thanks to our presenters and attendees for a great Spring Open House!
Carolina Career College offers IT certification training and Career Placement. Call 919-336-1000 or contact us to schedule a tour!