Angela Durant graduated from Lugoff-Elgin High School in 2008. Like many high school seniors, she was uncertain about attending college due to the financial burden that can follow. After attending a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) workshop hosted by Central Carolina Technical College, she realized that financial options were available for her. Following high school, she enrolled at CCTC. After spending a brief semester in the Nursing Program, she finally found her place in Human Services. “I always liked helping people,” Angela explained. “That’s what attracted me to nursing, but my heart wasn’t in it. Then I discovered Human Services, and it felt like home.”
Human Services Adjunct Instructor Wendy Cunningham speaks highly of her former student, “Angela is never afraid to take charge of a situation, to ask the hard questions, to be honest and even apologize when she’s wrong. These are all characteristics of a strong leader.” In her internship at the Kershaw County Solicitor’s Office, it is no surprise that she did excellent work. Angela recently graduated from CCTC as a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society with a Human Services Associate Degree in Applied Science, cum laude.
Angela exemplifies and models the caliber of great students that CCTC both attracts and produces. She has worked hard and overcome personal barriers to complete her degree: working full-time, getting married and becoming a mother all while attending evening classes. Her story is an inspiration to persevere toward a goal even in the midst of life’s challenges. Next up for Angela is a bachelor’s degree from Coker College. She is still deciding between Criminology and Social Work, but one thing is for sure, the foundation she received at CCTC has prepared her for a successful future.
Central Carolina Technical College is proud of its partnerships with local businesses and industries. It’s because of these partnerships that many students gain on-the-job experience while still attending CCTC. Ultimately, these local businesses and industries also employ many CCTC graduates.
Matthew Catoe graduated from Lugoff-Elgin High School in 2012 and immediately enrolled in Central Carolina Technical College. During his time in high school, Matthew took advantage of the Applied Technology Education Campus (ATEC), available to all Kershaw county students enrolled in tenth through twelfth grades. At ATEC, Matthew took classes in precision metal working. His interest in CCTC’s Mechatronics Program developed during an Industrial & Engineering Technology tour of the college. Following graduation from high school, he enrolled at CCTC and during his second semester interned at Coca-Cola in Bishopville, where he was offered part-time employment. Wanting to stay closer to home, he declined the offer and later interviewed at Invista in Lugoff. He was offered full-time employment. Matthew graduated from CCTC in 2014 with an Advanced Mechatronics Technology Certificate and immediately started working at Invista. His supervisors speak highly of his skills and his eagerness to learn.
Through educational and community partnerships, Matthew’s journey from high school to workforce was nearly seamless. Kershaw County Economic Development Director Peggy McLean recognizes the benefits of these partnerships, “Central Carolina Technical College’s Mechatronics program produces work-ready, eager and skilled graduates. These graduates are especially important to our local industries as they are the workforce needed by our manufacturers today and in the future.”