SANFORD - Three Central Carolina Community College students have been chosen for the Duke University Accelerated Nursing Program.
The students are Erin F. Britton of Spring Lake, Anna Spivey of Sanford, and Elise Staub of Pittsboro.
"As a faculty member, there is no greater satisfaction or joy than seeing your students achieve the goals that they have made for themselves. Having three Central Carolina Community College students enter the Duke University Accelerated Nursing Program at once is amazing. I was certain that all three students would be accepted, and I know that they will be successful in their educational endeavors," said Dr. Terry Miller, CCCC Lead Instructor, Mathematics and Sciences.
"All three came to Central Carolina Community College to pick up courses that they needed to be eligible for the program. They were focused, worked hard, and earned their acceptance into Duke University," said Dr. Miller. "It demonstrates the American dream, in that if any person wishes to attain excellence the pathway is still there. I am so proud of them, not because they were accepted into Duke, but because their efforts were rewarded. All three are not only fine students, but fine people. Being able to assist students along their journey toward their career goals is one reason why I love being a community college instructor. On behalf of the biology faculty at Central Carolina Community College, we congratulate them."
Erin F. Britton came to Spring Lake last year from Marietta, Ohio. She attended the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science degree. While at Ohio State, she was a member of the women's varsity rowing team.
Britton said she has been interested in medicine since a young age, as her grandfather was a physician and her grandmother was a nurse. She would eventually like to pursue a Master's degree in Nursing and becoming a Nurse Practitioner.
She chose CCCC to complete her prerequisites for the Duke University School of Nursing, "specifically because I knew I would receive a quality education right here at home; CCCC holds their curriculum, students, and staff to the same high standards as well-known colleges and universities. The economic value, quality of education, and ease of transferability due to state education standards all allowed me to complete my prerequisites at a fraction of the cost without sacrificing the education I received."
Anna Spivey, a graduate of Southern Lee High School, said she always knew she wanted a career in the medical field but did not figure out her specific path until she took a Certified Nursing Assistant course through CCCC.
"I have been working at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst for just over two years now and I can confidently say I know nursing is the career I belong in. The patients I have met and had the privilege to take care of during my time as a CNA have challenged me and proven to me over and over how important good nurses and nursing assistants are," said Spivey.
Spivey, a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, said she came back to CCCC to complete the rest of her required classes for the ABSN program "because I thoroughly enjoyed the instruction and class structure of this first class."
Elise Staub is a graduate of Central Carolina Community College and Appalachian State University.
She was influenced by her mother and father-in-law, who she says are "amazing nurses." "They inspire me every day to learn all that I can to attain my goal to becoming a nurse," said Staub.
Staub said she enjoyed CCCC's small class ratio and amazing teachers. "Each teacher that I have had at CCCC cared for their students and wanted their students to succeed," she said.
What are her future goals? "Once a nurse, I would like to work in Oncology Pediatrics and NICU," she said. "Once I gain experience, I would like to further my education to become a Nurse Practitioner."
Three Central Carolina Community College students - left to right: Erin F. Britton, Anna Spivey, and Elise Staub -- have been chosen for the Duke University Accelerated Nursing Program.
These Central Carolina Community College students - left to right: Erin F. Britton, Anna Spivey, and Elise Staub - visit the Duke University School of Nursing.