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Chad Stevens: From High School Equivalency Student to Elementary School Teacher… And He Never Left Caldwell County

“People don’t realize the opportunity we have right here in our own backyard. Now when the alarm goes off in the morning, I have something to get excited about.”Chad Stevens

Chad Stevens obtained his High School Equivalency from Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute while working as a furniture manufacturing employee, but he knew he wanted more – more education and a more fulfilling career. In 2005, he accepted a voluntary layoff, took advantage of federal assistance funds for workers in traditional North Carolina industries seeking education and enrolled again at CCC&TI but this time in a program that gave him hope of meeting his lifelong dream.

He started in the associate degree program and transferred to the Appalachian State University Center right on the CCC&TI campus. Chad, a former high-school dropout, a former furniture worker, and the father of five, will become an ASU graduate in elementary education in 2010…and he did it all in Caldwell County, close to home and family.