Higher Education Summer 2015

Student Profiles

The Center interviewed students at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College and College of The Albemarle to learn more about their experiences with mentoring and college completion programs at their schools. Read about some of the students in the profiles below.

                                                   Jeremy Jackson,

Jeremy Jackson

Jeremy Jackson

          Minority Student Leadership
                       Academy Alumnus

      Jeremy Jackson, a graduate of the Minority Student Leadership Academy at Asheville- Buncombe Technical Community College, enrolled in 2010 at the community college. Identified as a special education student in high school, he tested into developmental courses at AB Tech. A first generation college student, he explained that “he didn’t know how to be a student” when he got to college.

      He joined the Academy soon after he started classes, which helped him concentrate his focus and decide on physical therapy as a profession. Jeremy graduated with two associate degrees in May 2013 and was working toward a third in the therapeutic massage program at AB Tech when I met him.

      In summing up the importance of the Academy personally, Jeremy explained that he didn’t have a father growing up and the program acted to “bring him up in the college realm.” “It really changed my life,” he said.

      Now an Exercise Physiology major and transfer student at East Carolina University, Jeremy is working to graduate with his bachelor’s degree in 2016 and become a Physician assistant.                                                                                                                                                                       


Men of Excellence and Distinction in the Albemarle (M.E.D.I.A.),

Christian Fernandez, Emmanuel Moss, & Leon Davis
Christian Fernandez, Emmanuel Moss, Leon Davis (l-r)

      College of The Albemarle


Christian, originally from Florida, now lives in Hertford County, and continues to take courses at CoTA to work toward an associate’s degree.

Emannuel says that the M.E.D.I.A. program helps him from getting “side-tracked.” He hopes to become an E.R. nurse.

Leon, originally from New Jersey, is studying audio broadcasting at CoTA. He explains that the “M.E.D.I.A. programs provides confidence” and helped him adjust to the new school.


Dakeem Lumsden and Maenecia Cole
M.E.D.I.A. program graduate, Dakeem Lumsden, and Maenecia Lewis Cole, former director of M.E.D.I.A.

      Dakeem participated in the M.E.D.I.A. program at CoTA and transferred     to Elizabeth City State University to work toward a four-year degree.




For more posts in this multi-part series on educational attainment:

A Strong Economy through Post-Secondary Education

Introduction         Part One         Part Two        Part Three        Part Four

Promising Programs Statewide: Fayetteville State University 

Promising Programs Statewide: Elizabeth City State University

Promising Programs Statewide: College of The Albemarle 

Promising Programs Statewide: Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College

Promising Programs Statewide: Bladen Community College 

Snapshot: Veteran and Military Students

Promising Programs Statewide: UNC-Greensboro

Promising Programs Statewide: Bennett College

Promising Programs Statewide: University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Promising Programs Statewide: University of North Carolina at Pembroke

The N.C. Center for Public Policy Research is grateful to numerous, generous supporters. Major funding for this project is provided by the Lumina Foundation for Education, with additional funding from  the James G. Hanes Memorial Fund, and the Hillsdale Fund.


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