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College Was Meant For Me After All! - Rena Jackson
These are the words from Rena Jackson, a current full-time student at College of The Albemarle (COA). Rena came to COA through assistance from the Workforce Investment Act and Trade Readjustment Act as a dislocated worker from the George C. Moore Company in Edenton, NC. “I thought I wasn’t meant for college. Entering the doors of COA changed my entire life as I was given a positive outlook and a new start.”   Planning to graduate in May, 2010 with dual associate degrees in Computer Programming and Information Technology, Rena has been diligent in her course work. To ensure she is ready to graduate in May, Rena has spent time taking on-line classes at Pitt Community College and Central Piedmont Community College. Rena is also active in student life at the Edenton-Chowan Campus as President of the Collegians In Action (C.I.A.) student group, has been inducted into the National Society of Leadership and Success, and is a member of Sigma Alpha Pi. She plans to join the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society during the upcoming Fall Semester. “It was a pleasure working with Latisha Twine, Vice President of C.I.A, and Ashely Jourigan, Secretary of C.I.A, and all of the students who participated in all of our activities.”   Having College of The Albemarle close to home was also a benefit to Rena. “If you’re looking for a rewarding college experience that’s close to home with great instructors, an atmosphere that is just right, flexible seated and on-line classes and friendly students, then COA is the place for you.”  

When asked about her time at COA, Rena stated “I was concerned about returning to school after 20 years, but the classrooms are not so big that you can’t get personal attention. The instructors and advisors are willing to go far and beyond to help you and to make sure your needs are met. I want to give thanks to the very special women at the Edenton-Chowan campus for lending me their ears, shoulders to cry on, moral support, and for seeing the potential I had all along: Lynn Hurdle-Winslow, Dean of the Edenton-Chowan Campus; Advisors Betty Newman, Susan McCrae, Holley Wilson, and Michelle Waters; Stella Brothers of the WIA program, and my Elizabeth City advisor/instructor Jane Rossman. And last but definitely not least, I give Thanksgiving to God for putting these women in place at the exact time that I needed them along with my Mom and the rest of my family for inspiring me to be more.”

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