2015-16 Student Ambassadors

Name: David Richards

Where I am from: Newark, NJ

Program: Culinary Arts

About me: I love the art of food and the masterpieces you can make on a plate.

Why I became a CPCC Student Ambassador: I became a Student Ambassador to strengthen my leadership skills and to also learn all I can from my peers.

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Name: Desi Thompson

Where I am from: I was born in Tyler, TX but raised in Charlotte, NC

Program: Dental Hygiene

About me: I'm in my second year at CPCC and perusing a degree in dental hygiene. I love art, movies, sports, and learning new things. One of my favorite quotes is; "If you want something you've never had, you must be willing to do something you've never done." -Thomas Jefferson

Why I became a CPCC Student Ambassador: I love to help other people to achieve their goals and to share my personal story as an example and encouragement. CPCC has made a huge difference in my life, and I want other students to have a positive experience and to realize their own potential through what the school has to offer.

Victoria Hoover

Name: DeVante House

Where I am from: Mt. Gilead, NC

Program: Associates in Arts

About me: I have been a student at Central Piedmont Community College for two years, and it has been the best decision of my life. Last year, I had the opportunity to serve as the President of Phi Theta Kappa, the honor society at CPCC. As a result, it has inspired me to become more involved. Currently, I am an active member of 8 different clubs. I have completed 100+ volunteer hours while working 20-25 hours a week at Brooks Brothers. My goal is to graduate with my Associates in Arts in Spring 2016, and then transfer to a four year university to obtain my BS in Sports Management. This summer I had the opportunity to volunteer at several Football/Basketball camps: Jonathan Stewart, A.J Green, Kemba Walker, and Kelvin Benjamin, to name a few. My long-term goal is to become a Head football coach in the NFL.

Why I became a CPCC Student Ambassador: Growing up, I was always taught that in order to be successful, one must know where to find resources. During my first semester, MAN UP was the vessel that provided me with my start, and the only thing they asked is that I pay it forward. Since then, I’ve yearned to put myself into a position in which I could make a difference.  The Student Ambassador Program has provided me with that opportunity. It has allowed me to foster relationships with students/staff that would not have been possible. It also gives me the opportunity to serve my community, which is a vital component in becoming a great leader.


Name: Emily Claire Wenzel

Where I am from: Garner, North Carolina

Program: Associates in Arts

About me: I'm 19 years old. I'm six feet tall (if you ever want to find me around campus, just look up. I'm the really tall, lanky one). I absolutely love school, and I love to learn. I speak Spanish fluently, and I want to use my bilingualism in my career as a psychologist. After a few years of that, I want to be a housewife and stay home with my kids. That is truly my passion. I'm far from perfect, but I'm blessed every day by God's unfailing love and His mercy. And the best part is that no matter how much I screw up, He is always there for me.

"But he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me." -2 Corinthians 12:9

Why I became a CPCC Student Ambassador: To be honest, I didn't even know about the program until I got an email asking me to apply. And due to some crazy circumstances, I almost didn't apply. But by the grace of God, I applied on time. And when I found out I was chosen, I was absolutely thrilled. I said yes because I am someone who loves people. I love serving people, I love working with people, and I love putting others before myself. I knew this program would be a challenge, but I also knew it was a once in a lifetime opportunity to be involved in my community and establish connections that could change my life. Walking into CPCC's doors one afternoon last spring was one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life, and I am so excited to see where I go from here as a student ambassador.

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Name: Jubia Howard

Where I am from: Charlotte, NC

Program: Business Management-Human Resources Management

About me: I wish to live out my 20's traveling and eating while experiencing different cultures.My interests outside of school include visiting new art exhibits, tasting new foods, and clearing my bucket list. I love spending time alone and shopping for new statement pieces for my jewelry collection. As I continue to come into myself and leave my mark in this world, I can only hope that my actions speak louder than my words.

"Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Mahatma Ghandi

Why I became a CPCC Student Ambassador: Central Piedmont assisted me in finding my way back to goals and I wanted to find a way to thank them for that. As I looked into some of the many programs I felt would fit me best that Central Piedmont has to offer, I came across the Student Ambassador Program. I wanted current and incoming students to hear my story; a students story. I want CPCC to be reflected in the positive light I've grown to view it in; becoming a Student Ambassador was the best way to do that. While a Student Ambassador I look forward to developing leadership skills, a stronger work ethic, and creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Name: Karen Granobles

Where I am from: Bogota, Colombia

Program: Associate in Arts

About me: I came to the US when I was six with my parents. Growing up I learned that I was very lucky to have free education as many other countries do not offer that to all students. I believe that every person should have equal opportunity to education and would like to teach younger generations to appreciate and love school.

Why I became a CPCC Student Ambassador: I became a Student Ambassador because it is a great opportunity to improve my professional skills. I get to meet so many students from a variety of different backgrounds and help them be successful. This program has given me an opportunity to help my community by helping students achieve their dreams.

Name: Ka'Rin Long

Where I am from: Charlotte, NC

Program: Associate in Arts

About me: This will be my second year at CPCC my goal is to obtain my associates in arts then transfer to a 4 year university for sports and event management. I enjoy working and giving back to the community. On my down time I watch Netflix  and I love anything that is sea salt caramel.

Why I became a CPCC Student Ambassador: I became a Student Ambassador to be more active in school with an opportunity to represent my talents, showcase how wonderful CPCC is and to be a testimony to others who are considering  community college. Also, it is a way to for me to work on my professional/leadership skills.

Name: Kayleigh Walker

Where I am from: Claremont, NC

Program: Interior Design

About me: I'm currently working on my second year in the Interior Design program and I love it! I received my Bachelor's degree two years ago in Psychology and Sociology and decided that I wanted to pursue another program of study after graduating. I am 24 and have lived in Charlotte for six years. I hope to graduate in May and find a career in commercial interior design.

Why I became a CPCC Student Ambassador:

I became a Student Ambassador because CPCC has become one of the best decisions I could make for my education and future career. I have had such a great experience here and want to be able to help other students feel the same way. I also think I could relate to many students and would love to be able to help in any way I can.

Name: Lindsay Hoffman

Where are you from: Johnstown, Pennsylvania

Program: Dental Hygiene

About you: I have lived in Charlotte for 10 years. This is my fourth year as a student at CPCC and I will be graduating from the Dental Hygiene Program this fall.

Why I became a CPCC Student Ambassador: I enjoy being a student ambassador because I love opportunities to help others.  Through this program, I am able to meet and interact with many types of people and I look forward to growing as a student and member of the CPCC community.

Name: Michael Dickson

Where I am from: Longmont, CO and Concord, NC

Program: Geospatial Technologies

About me: I find myself lucky to be working towards exactly what I want to be doing in life. GIS is a field where I can play with maps, analyze spatial data, and advocate for a more balanced and sustainable world. I enjoy various outdoors activities including finding waterfalls with my wife and little dog. There have been many different versions of me: I used to be in a sketch comedy group, and I have followed hippie bands around the country. My goals include eventually becoming a GIS manager or developer, learning and bettering myself, and visiting all 50 states and the 6 populated continents.

Why I became a CPCC Student Ambassador: Even if I was not fortunate enough to be chosen for the program, I feel as if I already was an unofficial ambassador to CPCC. As someone who did not take college seriously during my traditional college years, I have had many unfulfilling jobs. Thanks to the affordability and inclusiveness of CPCC and the North Carolina community college system, I can now access opportunities beyond what have been previously available to me. I hope to reach out to others like me and show them that there are paths out of underemployment and disappointment. I am honored to be a part of this program.

Name: Sache' Thomas

Where I am from: Alabama

Program: Accounting

About me: I am entering my last year at CPCC as an accounting student and I couldn’t be happier to continue on with this program for another year. After graduation I plan to join the Peace Corps, study abroad, or work abroad, whichever comes first. Hopefully, this last year will give me memories I can cherish throughout the next part of my journey.

Why I became a CPCC Student Ambassador: I started this program to gain confidence, experience, and a chance to know more about the college. I’m continuing this because it is a joy to work with the staff and students on difference assignments. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the Ambassador program.

Name: Velma Timmons

Where I am from: Staten Island, NY

About me: I love the "Arts"! Any given weekend you can find me at a museum. theater or playhouse. Sometimes I may be a part of the production, most often I may not but just want to be in the atmosphere. I am a huge basketball fan and I genuinely never met a stranger and random acts of kindness are a part of my daily life.  I am a firm believer that " What you make happen for others: God will make happen for you".

Why I became a CPCC Student Ambassador:I believe there has been a fallacy as to the quality of education received at  community colleges through out the country. I would like to be a part of dispelling that falsification. As we celebrate CPCC being among the top ten community colleges in the nation. I want   actively engaging with students and assist them with the many resources available  as they make their decision to make CPCC the place they begin their college career. While reaching out to the community and building my leadership skills.