MCC graduate highlights opportunities

December 2015

Pictured is MCC graduate Cherrie Patrick.

Cherrie Patrick highlights the opportunities that an education from Mayland Community College can offer. Patrick earned her High School Equivalency Diploma at MCC, and then continued her education in MCC’s Human Services Technology Program.

MCC’s Human Services Technology Program prepares students for entry-level positions in institutions and agencies that provide social, community, and educational services. Emphasis in courses is placed on development of relevant knowledge, skills, and attitudes in human services. Fieldwork experience provides opportunities for students to apply their knowledge and skills learned in the classroom. Graduates should qualify for positions in mental health, childcare, family services, social services, rehabilitation, correction, and educational agencies. Graduates can also choose to continue their education from a variety of transfer programs at public and private institutions.

Patrick graduated the Human Services Program and worked as a Student Support Specialist in the Adult Education Program. She is now the on-site manager for the Deer Park Apartments, a public housing complex in Spruce Pine serving over 150 residents. 

Having spent much of her childhood years living in public housing herself, Patrick says she can understand her residents and encourage them during their challenges.

 "I am grateful to have the opportunity to give back to others who are experiencing situations similar to what I experienced earlier in my own life,” said Patrick. “I have always wanted to serve the homeless in some way, and while I’m not exactly doing that, I know God opened this career door for me because I am getting to encourage and serve families looking for affordable, safe housing. Helping others in whatever way I can is what gives me happiness and fulfillment in my life, so I am very blessed to have a job I truly enjoy."

Patrick is the mother of four sons and the grandmother to two-year old grandson, Tyler.  Patrick also enjoys spending time helping care for her father. 

"I just love doing anything I can to help others; that's my hobby as well as my job,” said Patrick. “Helping gives me a lot of joy and happiness."

MCC’s Adult Education Program offers free classes to assist students in preparing for high school equivalency testing, including the GED® and the HiSET®. Students who successfully complete one of the approved test batteries earn the North Carolina High School Equivalency Diploma, allowing them to enter college, pursue further training, or obtain employment. MCC is also an official testing center, offering multiple testing opportunities to students each week during.