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Chris Witherspoon

When Chris Witherspoon arrived at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute in 2010, he had a long-term goal in mind but achieving it still was out of his reach.

Angela KirkWitherspoon had attended Davidson Community College and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University before finding the help he had been looking for through CCC&TI’s Minority Male Mentoring program.

“I received tutoring and mentoring that helped me focus and stay on track towards getting my degree,” said Witherspoon, who recently earned a full scholarship to play basketball at Winston-Salem State University and continue pursing his goal of earning a four-year college degree.

Elaine Setzer-Maxwell, who directs CCC&TI’s Minority Male Mentoring program, said in the beginning Chris lacked mature study habits and had a difficult time staying focused.

“I have seen him evolve into being more confident in himself and what education can do for him,” she said. “I’ve seen him grow in the mentoring program – and that’s the goal.”

In addition to finding success in the classroom, Witherspoon also sharpened his focus on the court. Last season he finished second in scoring among National Junior College Athletic Association Division III players and earned an honorable mention All-America honor.