08 April 2014
Some people may think attending a community college is a step down from a four-year institution.
But for Jolene Hamm, it was just the opposite.
It was a step up.
The 1999 Fluvanna High School graduate took dual enrollment classes at Piedmont Virginia Community College while still in high school.
She now holds a doctorate and is on the president’s staff at PVCC.
“There are so many advantages at Piedmont,” Hamm said. “In my biology class at Piedmont there were 20 students. At Virginia Tech there were 398. My Virginia Tech professor called me “Number 157.”(My PVCC biology professor) Miss Franklin called me ‘Jolene.’ That’s the difference between a community college and a four-year college. It’s not less than, but greater than because it really is about the community.”