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STUDENT SUCCESS SPOTLIGHT - June 2010

Linda Charlene Jayne

Electrical/Electronics Engineering Technology

 

Linda C. Jayne

As a female in a primarily male-dominated field, Linda Charlene Jayne of Ringgold, feels right at home. That’s because Jayne has her priorities firmly in place as she seeks a career in electrical/electronics technology.


“I have always liked electrical/electronics. I used to help my sister (Donna Talbott) with her homework when she was at the (Pittsylvania County Career and Technical Center),? Jayne says.


The 43-year-old daughter of Donald and Martha Jayne has had an interesting path on her road to DCC. She graduated from Dan River High School in 1985, and left the area to join the U.S. Air Force, initially stationed at Seymour Johnson AFB in Goldsboro, NC. She also had duty assignments in Germany, Denmark and Spain.


“I was the only female in my shop for five years while I was in the Air Force, so it doesn’t bother me to work around all men,? she says, explaining that one of her responsibilities in the military was to paint camouflage on the F-4 Fighter Phantom and F-15 Strike Eagles.


She remained in the Air Force until 1990, when she returned to the area. Jayne worked in several textile companies and each time, she was laid off from her job.


“After getting laid off (the last time) from Hanes Brands (in Eden, NC), I decided I needed to go back to school and get an education in a field where I would not be laid off again,? she adds.


There was one problem, Jayne says. It had been 25 years since she was in a classroom, and she wondered if she could do it. She chose DCC because of its good reputation for technical programs and it was close to home. She finally enrolled in May 2009, and now eagerly awaits graduation in May 2011.


Jayne, one of three females in her Electrical/Electronics classes, has consistently maintained an “A? average, and been placed on the President’s Honors List for each semester. She regularly helps her classmates with their studies when needed. Jayne says her goal is to work for a power company.


“I always wanted to go back to school, but I never took the chance,? she notes. “I would like to continue school and get a degree in electrical engineering.?


Jayne encourages others to get an education. Her nephew, Michael, who lives with her, is enrolled in DCC’s Middle College, a grant-funded program that offers an opportunity for area residents to obtain their General Educational Development Certificate and develop career readiness skills.

 

“I have tried to be an influence on my nephew to get him to continue his education because you aren’t going to get anything without an education,? she says. "I had a high school diploma and military experience and I still couldn’t get a decent job. I encourage anybody I talk to, to get an education!?


For more information about the Electrical/Electronics Technology program, contact the program office at 434.797.8456, 800.560.4291, ext. 8456; or click here.

 

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