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At Western Piedmont Community College, we’re proud of the success of our graduates. They have stories to tell, and we are sharing them with you on this page. From your next-door neighbor to business executives, WPCC makes a difference. We invite you to learn more about these special people, their careers, lives and education.   […]

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Success Stories: Kelly Yelton (Geomatics Technology)

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WPCC’S Kelly Yelton: ‘WPCC Career Prep Better Than Four-Year Degree’ Morganton, NC — As a surveying intern, Kelly Yelton spends his career outdoors, and that suits him just fine. “I love being outdoors and enjoying the four seasons,” he said. “It’s been my dream to advance in my career while being outside.” He works as […]

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Success Stories: Anita Sutton (Therapeutic Recreation Assistant)

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Anita Sutton Found A ‘Perfect Fit’ at WPCC Morganton — Anita Sutton radiates confidence and compassion when she speaks. It’s hard to believe that just a few short years ago, she felt like a failure. Her career began as a secretary for Longview Elementary School in Catawba County where she remained for seven years until […]

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Success Stories: Leslie McKesson (Business & Public Service)

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Western Piedmont Instructor & Alum Now An Author Morganton — Leslie Dula McKesson, Western Piedmont Community College’s (WPCC) Dean of Business & Public Services, learned through researching her heritage that life is seldom as simple as black or white. As the great-great granddaughter of a white Caldwell County landowner and a black slave, Ms. McKesson […]

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Success Stories: Cheryl Fulbright (Early Childhood Education)

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WPCC’S Cheryl Fulbright Finds the Right Connections Morganton, NC — Cheryl Fulbright’s life is about making the right connections. A native Floridian, Cheryl made a visit to a family member in Burke County 20 years ago and she never went back to Lakeland. With a firm connection to the area, Connelly Springs became her home […]

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Success Stories: Barbara Erwin (WPCC Programs)

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Bank VP Says “WPCC Is My True Alma Mater” Morganton, NC — A wise person once remarked that energy and persistence conquer all things. Western Piedmont Community College (WPCC) alumnus Barbara Erwin is certainly testament to that philosophy. Now a Community One Bank vice president, Barbara’s educational career that began at WPCC set her on […]

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Success Stories: Jo Curtis (Transfer Programs)

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WPCC Opened Doors to the Future for Area Educator Morganton — Jo Curtis always wanted to teach. But after graduating at the top of her class from Gamewell High School in Caldwell County, Ms. Curtis began a career as a self-employed hairdresser. She enjoyed that profession for the next 17 years. And yet, it was […]

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Success Stories: Tonya Coates (Accounting)

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WPCC’S Tonya Coates: A Woman of Numbers Determined to Grow Morganton, NC — Tonya Coates’ life is powered by two concepts that seem so very different from one another: the desire to grow and the career of accounting. As a Western Piedmont Community College (WPCC) accounting instructor, Tonya’s goal in her personal and professional lives […]

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Watercolor Class Offered This Summer!

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Morganton, NC – Western Piedmont Community College’s (WPCC) Workforce and Professional Development division will offer a new personal enrichment Watercolor Class.   In this class designed as an introduction to the basic methods and techniques used in watercolor, students will learn about color, surface qualities, and composition through the medium of watercolor.  In addition, attendees will […]

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Small Business Center Celebrates National Small Business Week

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Morganton, NC –Western Piedmont Community College’s (WPCC) Small Business Center (SBC) is an accessible, valuable community resource for individuals who are beginning a new business venture, expanding an existing business, or need help with a business plan. Along with the U.S. Small Business Administration, the College’s SBC celebrates National Small Business Week in May. For […]

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