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Student Success Spotlight
Caroline T. Wood
Liberal Arts


Caroline T. Wood

Although at first she was unsure of an academic major, Caroline T. Wood, a 2009 graduate of George Washington High School, decided to enroll in Danville Community College to complete the basic courses she needed for transfer to a four year university.

Now two years later, the Danville resident and daughter of Paul and Deneen Wood is planning to graduate from DCC in May 2011 with an Associate of Arts and Science Degree in Liberal Arts. She plans to continue her education at James Madison University.

“After contemplating what career I wanted to devote my time and energy to, I decided on social work because I understand how important it is to have someone to talk to and help you through your struggles,? Wood says.

She adds that after a year of attending classes at the community college and listening to her professor describe the real life experiences he has faced in the field of social work, she was convinced that was the career for her. That teacher was Henry Fierro, an adjunct instructor in the Arts and Sciences Department, who teaches psychology courses.

“My goal is to become a clinical social worker and counsel those in need of help for their problems, Wood explains, noting that she will attend JMU and pursue a bachelor’s degree in social work.

Wood, 19,  says financing her college education has been her greatest concern. She is one of four children. Her sister, Meagan Wood, and an uncle, Joshua Wallace II, also attended DCC. However, she says attending a community college has helped eased some of the financial burden.

“The biggest obstacle I face concerns finances,? she says. “I must work a part-time job and maintain my grades in the hopes of receiving financial aid. Although it is intimidating to face the challenges of paying for my education, I realize that obtaining a degree is one of the most important goals in my life.?

Wood has received three scholarships from the DCC Educational Foundation, including the Joe and Ellen Stendig Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship and the Wyatt-Benton Endowed Scholarship. She also received the URW (United Rubber Workers) Community Federal Credit Union Educational Scholarship. In addition to receiving scholarships based on her academic achievement, Wood says she also received the Federal Pell Grant and she works part time at Lunar Mini Golf.

By choosing to attend a local college, Wood explains she was able to continuously receive the support and encouragement from her friends, parents, and her boyfriend who all live in the area.

“There is not anyone in my life who has not encouraged me to attend college, but they (friends, parents and boyfriend) have provided the extra support and encouragement when I have needed it the most,? she adds.

For Wood, DCC is the place to be because of its location, and the fact that the tuition is affordable. She also says that the library, small class sizes and the caring faculty and staff are among the things she likes most about DCC. She is consistently on the President’s Honors or Vice President’s Honors Lists and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two year college students.

“You don’t get lost in the crowd at DCC,? she adds. “There is no doubt that I would encourage others to attend DCC. Knowing that you are on the path to a great future is very exciting and satisfying.?

For more information about Liberal Arts or other college transfer programs, contact
Cathy Pulliam, Assistant Coordinator of Recruitment and Enrollment Management, at 434.797.8538, or click here.


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