CCR Graduates Set Example for Others

It’s never too late. That’s the message Crystal Jacobs likes to convey when she reflects on her completion of Sampson Community College’s College and Career Readiness program. Jacobs was one of more than two-dozen graduates this week from the program.

“My experience started with my kids,” says Jacobs, who was chosen as speaker for the group at this week’s graduation ceremony. “I am in this program to show my children that you can do anything once you put your mind to it. No matter the age or how long it takes you should always reach for your goals.”


This year’s CCR graduates include Lesly Herrera Hernandez, Emily Arellano, Constance Vargas, Enereida Capistran Flores, Alby Perez, Blanca Martinez Albarenga, Glenda Estrada, August Nanch, Dania Marquez Cruz, Tyrell Hall, Daniel Verdugo Hernandez, Nathan Headley, Belkys Miguel, Fatima Cedeno Vazquez, Lamon Boykin, Jermaine Justice, Tyanna Scott, Amanda Alejandro, Dalia Benita Bustos, Ariel Dail, Jennifer Jaramillo, Jeffrey Rouse, Wesley James, Ingryd Diaz Castellon, Jonah Jackson, Koby Pegues and Brittany Howard.

Being college and career ready means that students graduate from the program prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary opportunities—whether college or career. Students who complete the program are prepared to transition into the college or career options of their choice.

They learn mastery of knowledge and skills in core academic disciplines, including English language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science. Skills in mathematics and literacy are foundational to the study of all other disciplines, and high school graduates are often asked to demonstrate competency in these subject areas by successfully meeting the state’s testing guidelines before they enroll into post-secondary study, enter certain job training programs, or pursue the military career of their choice.

Jacobs, who now works at Sampson Regional Medical Center and is currently pursuing a career in nursing, can’t speak highly enough of the program and how it has helped her. “I always told myself I was going to go back to school and get my diploma,” she says. “When I had my children, I knew I needed to set an example for them. I wanted them to know that they can put their mind to anything and accomplish it. I knew I wanted to have better job opportunities as well and getting my diploma has helped with that.”

For information about SCC’s basic adult education programs, contact LaVoice Faison-Stevens. Director of College and Career Readiness at or at 910-900-4071.