Michelle Lopez

Michelle Lopez first graduated from CPCC with an associate degree in 2010. So when she found herself underemployed after returning from a tour of duty with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan and wanting to make a career change, she turned to her alma mater for a solution.

She knew she wanted to pursue an information technology career and the college’s REACH IT scholarship program gave her the opportunity to earn an IT certification in a short amount of time, at a fraction of the cost.

At CPCC, Michelle thrived in the college’s small class sizes, which allowed her to connect to the faculty. She absorbed the experiences of her instructors and peers, who had been where she was, and learned that she was not alone on her career journey.

As a result, she excelled in the classroom and became equipped with the knowledge needed to earn an IT certification. The certification qualified her for a PC technician position with Carolinas HealthCare System, a position she holds today.

“In less than four months I earned a certification and got a job,” explains Michelle. “Every day I use the skills I learned at CPCC. I wouldn’t be able to perform my job as a technician if it were not for my certification and CPCC education.”

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