CCC&TI Instructor Caroline Landrum

“If it hadn’t been for CCC&TI, I don’t think I would be where I am today.”

Caroline Landrum, a Lenoir native, admits that she had a tough home life and was pretty much on her own by the age of 13. By 15, she had seen most of the United States by hitchhiking across the Caroline Landrumcountry and had dropped out of high school to get married. When Landrum was just 20 years old, a terrible accident changed her life forever, causing her to become paralyzed from the waist down. During her eight-month stay in the hospital, Landrum earned her High School Equivalency in only one day. Several years later, Landrum’s daughter came to CCC&TI as a college transfer student. “You know how teenagers are,” says the mother of three. “My daughter said, ‘If you’re so smart why don’t you come to CCC&TI with me!’ So I basically ended up coming to Caldwell on a dare from my teenage daughter.” Landrum says the care and nurturing she received from the faculty at CCC&TI gave her the confidence she needed to pursue her dreams.

Landrum earned her Associate in Arts degree from CCC&TI in 2003, and decided to pursue her bachelor’s degree in psychology at Appalachian State University. From there, Landrum landed a job teaching High School Equivalency classes part time at CCC&TI and is currently enrolled at ASU working toward her master’s degree in gerontology. Landrum says that the confidence she gained as a student at CCC&TI changed her life. “If it hadn’t been for CCC&TI, I don’t think I would be where I am today,” she says.