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RCCC students serve state-level association

AHOSKIE – Two students from Roanoke-Chowan Community College were appointed to the executive board of the North Carolina Comprehensive Community Colleges Student Government Association (N4CSGA), which is the organization that represents student government associations throughout the North Carolina Community College System.

Jonathan Smith of Ahoskie and Nakeshia Bradshaw of Gates, president and vice president of RCCC’s Student Government Association (SGA), were appointed as assistant treasurer and eastern division chair, respectively.

Graduating with Beta Honors from Hertford County High School in 2001, Smith joined the United States Marines.

After four years of service, he was honorably discharged in August 2005 and he enrolled in RCCC’s Criminal Justice program.

Smith was enrolled in 26 semester hours of credit (a full load is considered 12 semester hours of credit) during the 2005 Fall Semester.

Also, he is registered for 23 semester hours for the 2006 Spring Semester.

He is maintaining a 4.0 grade-point average.

After graduating from RCCC, Smith plans to earn his baccalaureate degree then attend law school at North Carolina Central University.

The father of 2-year-old Amani, Smith wants to “help others see that they can achieve their goals and dreams.”

Not only does he maintain a heavy course load, he is a player on RCCC’s basketball team; is actively involved in the College’s SGA; attends his father’s church, Ahoskie Christian Center; and serves as ex-officio member of the Board of Trustees.

As eastern division chair, Nakeshia Bradshaw serves as liaison to all the College’s in the eastern division, handles meetings and roundtable discussions and maintains contact with all the college’s SGA advisors in the division.

After graduating from Gates County High School in 1994, Bradshaw went to the Portsmouth School of Beauty Culture (in Virginia) and earned her license as a Professional Cosmetologist and Nail Technician.

She opened her own hair and nail salon, Creative Cutz and Nails, four years ago.

Bradshaw enjoys her work in the salon, but she realizes that her success and income potential are dependent on her building and maintaining a strong client base, which can vary from one day to the next and is one of the main reasons she decided to go to RCCC–to develop skills that would help her earn a higher income and open up more opportunities for her.

Bradshaw was enrolled in 12 semester hours of credit during the Fall Semester 2005, and she was able to maintain a 4.0 grade-point average.

This spring, she is enrolled in 15 credit hours.

The first-year Associate Degree Nursing student wants to continue her education at a four-year institution and earn a baccalaureate degree.

Bradshaw’s ultimate goal is to enroll at Eastern Virginia Medical School and become a dermatologist.

She believes that college makes a person more well-developed and marketable, and she wants her children to see they can do all things through Christ, including furthering their education.

Maintaining a full course load and running a business, Bradshaw finds time to be a member of

New Gospel Temple COGIC, a wife and a mother of three children – Nadia Boone (11), Calvin, Jr. (4) and Cierra (2).

Both Smith and Bradshaw are proud to represent RCCC at the state level.

They believe that every opportunity they are presented with at RCCC is a learning experience.

Also, both students like the close knit feeling they experience at RCCC. They feel that the smaller class size makes for a better learning environment.

The appointment of Smith and Bradshaw to the N4CSGA Executive Board represents the first time that RCCC has had two students on the Board at same time.