WPCC is a Family Affair for WPCC Alum


Photo of Jamie Griffin.

Jamie Griffin, a graphic designer with Carolinas Healthcare System Blue Ridge attributes his love of the arts to his time at Western Piedmont Community College, where he met his future wife and where two of his children competed programs.

May 15, 2018 – Western Piedmont Community College (WPCC) is a family tradition for WPCC alum Jamie Griffin, a graphic designer with Carolinas Healthcare System Blue Ridge. Griffin met his wife Cindy, of 25 years, in the WPCC cafeteria as they were working on their associate art degrees before transferring to East Carolina University.

Now, two of their four children will also carry the WPCC alumnus status as Foster, a Career and College Promise (CCP) student, received an associate degree in science and will start the chemical engineering program at North Carolina State University this summer.  Amos, also a CCP student, will finish his program work this month and will return to WPCC in the fall to pursue an associate degree in science.

“WPCC is definitely a part of our family,” said Griffin.  “It’s been a great place for each of us to begin our studies and pursuit of a college degree.”

After completing his associate’s degree at WPCC, Griffin transferred to East Carolina University and earned a bachelor’s degree in communication art.  He credits WPCC for helping him find success in graphic design, and helping him achieve his goal of becoming a designer.

“As a student, WPCC provided me a valuable foundation to expand my creative skill and knowledge of communication art,” he said.  “For me and my family, the college also offers an outstanding value for higher education and is ideal for college transfer student.”

During his time as a student, trips to New York City and Baltimore to visit art galleries helped Griffin appreciate the world of art and gain a better perspective of what artists from around the globe were doing. His visual arts instructor, Raymond Goodfellow, led students on these influential trips, which made a lasting impact on Griffin as he has progressed in this career.

When asked why he chose WPCC, Griffin commented on the convenience and cost savings.

“I could run to college from my home and stay in shape while saving money,” said Griffin with a smile.

During Griffin’s time at WPCC, he met people along the way that influenced his life and career decisions. He credits those people with helping him grow as a student and into the professional he is today.

“I met so many amazing and inspiring people who helped me grow professionally,” he said, including Sarah Garrison who worked with marketing for WPCC at the time.  “She was the first person to encourage me toward a career in graphic design”.

His advice for students thinking of continuing their education at WPCC is simple.

“If you are undecided about a career path or need a few years to work and save money, consider pursuing your education with Western Piedmont Community College and you will also find your way!”

Western Piedmont Community College Associate in Arts (AA) and Associate in Science (AS) degree programs are guaranteed to transfer to any University of North Carolina (UNC) system school, in addition to a large number of in-state independent schools. The degrees are designed in compliance with a Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA) between the North Carolina Community College System and the constituent institutions of the University of North Carolina. To learn more, visit www.wpcc.edu/transfer or contact Dakota Williams, Admissions Coach, at (828) 448-3161 or by email at dwilliams@wpcc.edu.

Western Piedmont Community College is located in the rolling foothills of picturesque Morganton, N.C., and proudly serves the local area by providing accessible, high-quality education that improves lives and promotes growth in the community. The college is one of only five colleges in the North Carolina Community College System achieving an “excellence” level in four of seven mandated performance measures and is guided by the College’s five-year strategic plan focusing on student success, employee development, workforce development, community engagement, and institutional enhancement.   For more information, visit www.wpcc.edu or provide feedback to the College by visiting www.wpcc.edu/feedback.