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DUBLIN – The North Carolina Community College System has awarded Bladen Community College student, Robin Novak, with an Academic Excellence Award. Students from all fifty-eight North Carolina community colleges are receiving awards.
Novak has an extensive background in medicine and is trained as a respiratory therapist, an EKG technician, and a medical transcriptionist, graduating from every program with honors. As a decorated Sergeant in the United States Army, Novak was introduced to computers when she was trained as a field communications security equipment repairer.
After leaving the workplace for several years to raise her son and recover from a debilitating illness, Novak visited a veteran’s counselor with the Employment Security Commission who offered her the opportunity to return to school under the VRAP program. In 2013, she became a student at BCC in the Computer Information Technology curriculum.
With a 4.0 grade point average, Novak is the treasurer of Sigma Kappa Delta and Phi Theta Kappa. She works in the Learning Enhancement Center, volunteering with the Upswing project, a virtual tutoring computer program. In 2014, she was selected as a BCC Ambassador, an honor achieved through a rigorous selection process. Novak remarks, “This is my first year as an Ambassador and I am honored to have been chosen for this position.”
Novak will graduate with highest honors on May 19th with an associate degree in Applied Science for Computer Information Technology and an associate degree in General Education. She is one of only three students at BCC who has certification in Microsoft Excel, Access, Word, and Power Point. She credits Bladen Community College with making her success possible. “BCC is an excellent college with a great campus, caring instructors, and many avenues offered to help students to succeed in their goals. It’s a wonderful experience!”
The NC Community College System President, Dr. Scott Ralls, agrees that community colleges offer education and skills that lead to opportunities. The Academic Excellence Awards are “a true celebration of community college excellence and the successes that happen every day on our campuses,” remarks Ralls.