RCCC graduate aims high after high school equivalency program – Salisbury Post

SALISBURY — Just over a decade ago, Daphne Moore hadn’t finished high school and was working in jobs that didn’t challenge her, barely paid the bills and offered few opportunities for growth.

“I remember thinking, ‘There must be something much better than this,'” she said.

She enrolled in the high school equivalency program at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, graduating from high school in 2013. From there, she graduated with honors with an associate’s degree in business administration. Affairs from Rowan-Cabarrus in the fall of 2016 and transferred to Meredith College where she earned a bachelor’s degree in political science with a concentration in public affairs. At Meredith, she became a campus leader, serving as President and Vice President of the Black Student Union, President and Senate Chair for Women in New Goal Setting, and Executive Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Student Government Association.

“When I started looking at community colleges, I read a lot of reviews and decided to visit on my own,” Moore said. “Once I entered the Rowan-Cabarrus campus, I saw a marked difference. It was quiet, without much ruckus, and the staff were more than helpful and walked me through step-by-step how to m signed up and got all the help I needed.

For many students, this first step toward earning a high school diploma leads to an unexpected love of learning and a lasting career path.

The Rowan-Cabarrus College and Career Readiness Program provides instruction at various levels to help students develop the skills they need to succeed in college, in their careers, and in their personal lives.

“Going back to school or starting college can be daunting, especially when students lack confidence in the basics like math and reading,” said Dr. Carol Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus. “Our programs are designed to meet students where they are and help them build skills in core subjects so they can continue to achieve their educational and career goals.”

At Rowan-Cabarrus, Moore found support, encouragement, and opportunity inside and outside the classroom. She served as secretary and vice president of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, served as public information officer and vice president of the Rowan-Cabarrus Student Government Association, and was inducted into the National Society of Leadership and Success. . She was also the first Rowan-Cabarrus student to earn her Scholar of Global Distinction degree through a partnership between the community college and UNC World View.

“One of the things that inspired me at Rowan-Cabarrus was the instructors and the staff that cared about me,” Moore said. “Barb Meidl, Director of Student Life and Leadership, asked me what I wanted to be and where I wanted to go. She invested herself in me. It’s been a few years since I graduated, and she’s always around me, encouraging me and giving me motivation.

While attending Meredith College, Moore worked in Senator Erica Smith’s office and interned under Rep. Kelly Alexander. His interest in politics blossomed, eventually leading to his current position in Governor Roy Cooper’s office on his North Carolina Commission on Volunteer and Community Service. Moore also graduated as part of the first cohort of the Meredith College Voices of Change Political Institute, which seeks to close the representation gap for Black women and people of color in power by creating an informed community to support future candidates.

“Ultimately, I’m looking to run for office in North Carolina because I want to be in a position where I can make a difference,” Moore said. “I would like to run for a seat on the North Carolina State Council because I see a lot of need. Politics is something that is very important to me. I don’t think people realize how much this affects our communities. .

When she reflects on her journey, Moore credits Rowan-Cabarrus with “igniting her spark.”

“It’s amazing to think that I went from not even having a high school diploma to working in the governor’s office. There really are no words for it,” she said. “If I could go back and talk to Daphne back then, I’d say, ‘Go ahead, be confident and build the character to get where you’re meant to be. “”

“One of the most important things I’ve learned in my educational journey is to take initiative,” she added. “Make up your mind and start. Whatever you put in is what you get out of it. My father often reminds me of what my late grandmother used to tell him: “A decision made will take you far.

To learn more about the Rowan-Cabarrus High School Equivalency Program, please visit www.rccc.edu/precollege/about-the-abe-hse-programs. For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu or call 704-216-7222.

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