Nicole Fogle: Dreams Are Possible

“In a world where all things are possible, nothing is impossible. Community colleges help others accomplish their dreams.”

When Nicole Fogle of Lenoir was laid off from a local company after five years, she found herself choosing her next career sitting in a nail salon. Nicole first enrolled at CCC&TI in 2002 and months later had become a licensed nail technician (manicurist), tying first in her class. A yearNicole Fogle later, her life came to a screeching halt when she was diagnosed with an abscessed tumor. Major surgery was a wake-up call for her. “I lost that day, and it made me think more about my life,” she says. Nicole had always dreamed of going to college and with some previous experience in banking and retail management, a career counselor encouraged Nicole to go into Business Administration.

The mother of two graduated with her associate’s degree from CCC&TI in 2006. While enrolled, she coordinated the first TRIO alumni organization, launched a multi-cultural group and is now an active member of the college’s Global Diversity Committee. Having completed her bachelor’s degree at a nearby university, she shows no signs of stopping. Working in CCC&TI’s Department of Institutional Effectiveness for four years, Nicole plans to pursue her MBA and eventually a doctorate in business. One day she hopes to work as a senior administrator or instructor at a community college. As a first-generation college student, Nicole has seen her experiences impact others in her life as well, like her sister, cousins, daughter, who each realize – “If she can do it, I can, too.”