We Are Virginia College


At Virginia College, we join students on their journey toward a new career. Our staff and instructors are by our students’ sides as they take on challenges and celebrate successes. And that support doesn’t end after graduation.

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The We Are VC project aims to illustrate what it means to be a part of Virginia College. Through photos and interviews with our students, staff and graduates, you’ll learn what motivates them to succeed and how they’ve overcome obstacles along the way. Check back often for new photos and interviews, whether you’re looking for a little motivation yourself, or just enjoy a good story.

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Calvin, Birmingham“I’ve been out of high school for 36 years.”

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Kennedy, Huntsville“Cosmetology is always something I’ve liked since I was little.”

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Brian, Huntsville“Hardcore rock and roll musicians and time management don’t really go together.”

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Are you a Virginia College student, graduate or staff member?We’d love to hear your story!

“I worked as a hairstylist for over 30 years and a licensed cosmetology instructor for 23 years. I know that hard work pays off in the long run.”

Meshandra, Macon Instructor

“My motivation is my six-year-old daughter. To know that this little person is depending on me for everything makes me want to work that much harder and strive that much more for success.”

Lakesha, Savannah Student

“I wanted to do something with my life that would make both my children and my mother proud.”

Jasmine, Spartanburg Student

“I wanted better for my children and to show them there’s always something to learn.”

Laura, Jacksonville Student

“As a single mother, I wanted to show my son it wasn’t too late to get my degree! I finished knowing I could start a career and provide for him and give him the life I never had.”

Chelsea, Birmingham Graduate

“I am motivated by the students. I am constantly reminded that everyone is reaching for something.”

Kelly, Pensacola Instructor

“I kept telling myself I was going to do this but never did it. Last year, I put my foot down and told myself that I am going to finish school.”

Kerpernia, Mobile Student

“I was 34, a single mother of three. I worked full-time and was a full-time student. My life was nonstop for two years. As time went on it became a lot easier and a lot more fun.”

LaTasha, Augusta Graduate

“I chose the field I am in because I have always wanted to help people who are sick feel better.”

Kennesha, Huntsville Graduate

“I am the oldest of five kids. At a young age my mother got sick, and I had to step up to the plate.”

Lauren, Austin Student

“I love everything about cosmetology — hair, makeup, nails, everything!”

Camell, Columbia Student

“Never let anyone stop you from becoming a greater person in life. No matter what, keep going!”

Allison, Columbus Student

“I have been told by some family members that I do not have what it takes to become a nurse; they have motivated me to prove them wrong.”

Caitlin, Montgomery Student

“I’m a 37-year-old proud mother of three children and three stepchildren, a full-time student with a 4.0 GPA, and working full-time.”

Virginia, Lubbock Student

“There was a time in my life when I was sickly. One day, my husband took me to get a makeover. The transformation was phenomenal. I want to make people feel the way I felt that day.”

Sable, Columbus Graduate

“The proudest moment in my life is that after I had my son, I returned to finish my schooling.”

Ryan, Charleston Student

“It’s never too late to go back and finish your degree!”

Almarina, Shreveport Graduate

“Being a chef is a dream of mine. I don’t want to think about what could have been. I had to take the chance.”

Fred, Richmond Student

“I gave up partying late at night to study late at night. And all the hard work paid off.”

Yesica, ChattanoogaGraduate

“I didn't choose cosmetology, it chose me!”

Kumesia, Jacksonville Graduate

“I have completed eight years with two deployments in service to my country.”

Eric, Jackson Student

“I chose Business Administration because I wanted to fully understand owning and operating a business. I am very independent and very curious.”

Cronyn, Charleston Student

“My husband passed away in February 2017. I chose the medical assistant field because of taking care of him and my elderly parents.”

Janet, Knoxville Student

“I am scared to death to leave my classmates and teachers when I graduate because I love them and have become attached.”

Kelsey, Baton Rouge Student

“I’m not a person that gives up easily on myself or others.”

Christine, Savannah Student

“I want my son to know that you are never too old to accomplish any of your dreams and you can do anything you set your mind to.”

Jessica, Knoxville Student

“Before enrolling in school, I never really felt like I was doing what I should be doing.”

Bonnie, Florence Student

“Being in the military and seeing a lot of people sick, it gave me the motivation to do something challenging and be better.”

Jamar, Savannah Graduate

“I am 53 and decided to start over in my career.”

Tammy, Augusta Student