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STUDENT SUCCESS SPOTLIGHT - April 2009
Jeffrey N. Owen
Computer-Aided Drafting and Design


Jeffrey N. Owen


A drafting career was the farthest thing from Jeffrey N. Owen’s mind when he first enrolled in the class by chance during his senior year at Halifax County High School. However, he discovered that the course didn’t require a background in art and that it was actually “fun? to design buildings.

“I thought it required a talent for art or at least knowing how to draw,? Owen says. “Instead it requires the ability to use mathematics to plan your designs.?

That experience, a high school visit from DCC’s drafting and design professor Rob Huffman, and a subsequent trip to tour the College’s facilities convinced Owen that a career in drafting was for him. In August 2008, he enrolled at DCC, making the daily 30-40 minute commute from his home in South Boston. He says he is most impressed by the small class sizes and the fact that everyone makes him feel welcomed.

“DCC is very ‘welcoming’. If you come here and don’t know anybody, you will feel welcome,? Owen explains. “The instructors do their very best to really help you. That’s a plus.?

Owen, the son of Ronnie and Linda Owen, says while he knows several classmates from HCHS who are attending DCC, his part-time job working in the DCC Bookstore has helped him to meet lots of other students.

“When you work in the Bookstore, you get to meet everybody. Just from the types of books they are buying you know which program they are enrolled,? Owen says.

When he’s not into his books, Owen can be found honing his musical talent and playing golf. He and several friends, who comprise “The Band?, recently took first place honors at DCC’s Apollo Theatre-styled talent show. A musician and keyboardist, Owen plays for three churches in the Halifax area --- County Line Baptist (his home church), New Life and Fellowship Baptist Churches. He also works with the youth (ages 4-12) choir at County Line Church. He says he developed his talent naturally since his father is also an accomplished musician.


After he completes his studies at DCC, he plans to move to the Norfolk, VA area and seek an apprenticeship at the Newport News Ship Yard and/or attend Old Dominion University to major in civil engineering.

“I really like the idea of designing ships and planning how the wires will run throughout the ship,? Owen explains. “Either way, whether I go to ODU or get a job first I would like to design ships.?

Owen notes that DCC is preparing him for the challenges ahead.

“DCC is not too easy, and it’s not too hard. It gets you prepared for life,? Owen adds. “DCC is not a big school; but it has big opportunities for you when you leave here.?

For more information about the Computer-Aided Drafting and Design program, contact Cathy Pulliam, Coordinator of Recruitment and Enrollment Management, 434.797.8538, or click here.

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