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CFCC student earns associate degree to continue teaching career

Christina RiveroAfter relocating from California to North Carolina, Christina Rivero sought employment with the public school system. Despite 20 years of experience in elementary education, Rivero discovered that she needed an associate degree to work as a teacher assistant in the state of North Carolina. Disappointed but not discouraged, she enrolled at CFCC to pursue her degree.

“I was already familiar with CFCC because my son was a dual enrollment student,” commented Rivero. “He loved it, which was such a good experience for him. I decided to put on my big girl pants and make it happen!”

Rivero will be accepting her associate degree at the Summer 2022 commencement ceremony. She is excited to have reached this goal and grateful for the incredible experience.

Flexibility as an Adult Learner

As an adult learner, Rivero was concerned about returning to school. However, she found CFCC a comfortable place to begin her education journey.

“Classes are small and pleasant, and the instructors are approachable,” Rivero shared. “I could stop an instructor in the hallway to ask a question I forgot to ask in class. They always made themselves available.”

CFCC’s multiple campuses, centers, and online courses also made it convenient for Rivero to attend. As a Hampstead resident, she could take all her seated classes at either CFCC’s North Campus or Surf City Center.

“Because CFCC is smaller, instructors get to know you and what you’re capable of doing,” Rivero said. “They offered great feedback, which helped me do better. It has been a blessing for me.”

Rivero has already accepted a position at Surf City Elementary as a teacher assistant. She is happy to be back in the classroom where she can continue her work with exceptional children in kindergarten through second grade.

When asked for advice to anyone considering Cape Fear Community College, Rivero simply says “just do it.” She pointed out that communication from faculty and staff, academic recognition, and notes of encouragement kept her motivated.

“If you are not quite ready for the four-year college,” Rivero stated. “Start at CFCC to explore what you want to do and then spread your wings.”

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