Belinda Dickerson grew up near Emporia, Virginia helping her grandparents farm tobacco, peanuts, corn and cotton. She dropped out of school at the age of sixteen. But, after much pushing and encouragement from a brother, she returned to school at the age of thirty to earn her GED.
Caleb Thomas, originally from South Hill, Virginia, was enrolled in Southside Virginia Community College's Associate of Arts and Science in General Studies in preparation for transfer to a four-year university.
Due to her father's occupation, Stephanie Sanders' family moved several times during the course of her childhood, but spent most of her youth in Wisconsin. Stephanie successfully completed her GED and enrolled in Southside Virginia Community College. She received a Career Studies Certificate in Gaming Technology and earned her Associate of Applied Science in Information Systems Technology from SVCC.
Caitlin Crowder grew up in South Hill and graduated from Park View High School. She earned her Associate degree in Registered Nursing from Southside Virginia Community College. Before becoming a Registered Nurse, Caitlin made such a good impression while doing clinical time for an Introduction to Health Professions course, that she was offered her first job in the healthcare field as an Emergency Department Technician at Community Memorial Healthcenter (now VCU-CMH).
Michael Luongo, originally from Freehold, New Jersey, was enrolled in Southside Virginia Community College's Associate of Arts and Science in General Studies in preparation for transfer to a four-year university.
Cecelia Gregory, who is known as "CC', grew up in Chase City and graduated from Bluestone High School. She earned her certificate in Practical Nursing from Southside Virginia Community College.
Jasmine Ramirez says she has always been a grandpa's girl....and she is following in the footsteps of her grandfather, Henry Ramirez.
Jordan Miles was raised in a small log cabin in the woods in Glenmore, Virginia, a small town in Buckingham County. He graduated from Buckingham County High School, where he also got an early start on his college career through courses in Southside Virginia Community College's dual enrollment program.
Candice Perry Townsend, a Brunswick Senior High School graduate, earned an associate’s degree in computer science from Southside Virginia Community College.
Originally from Bristol, VA where she graduated from Virginia High School, Deanna Schwartz earned an Associate of Arts and Sciences in Education from Southside Virginia Community College. She then transferred to Randolph Macon Woman's College (now Randolph College), studied in England her junior year and received her Bachelor of Arts in English creative writing. She went on to attend Longwood University, completing a Master of Arts in English Literature.