|TCCC Provides Opportunity for Brown
After being laid off from her job and looking for direction as to her next step in life Christy Brown considered enrolling in Tri-County Community College (TCCC).
“I had been out of school for nearly 20 years and I thought I was going to be the oldest student enrolled in classes,” said Brown. “I soon found out that was not the case. What I did find out was that I had a handful of cheerleaders in the form of the faculty and staff.”
Soon after enrolling in her first semester Brown found out she was pregnant. She decided that with a baby on the way it would be better if she withdrew from classes.
“I began to panic after becoming pregnant,” said Brown. “Classes had just begun and I just knew I had to quit, but the faculty said that quitting was not an option. It was only through the encouragement from everyone at the college that enabled me to complete my degree.”
While enrolled at TCCC Brown proved she was in it to succeed. Not only did Brown give birth while earning her degree, she also accepted a work-study position, tutored students, and later worked part time at TCCC all while earning her degree.
TCCC not only helped Brown earn her degree but also had a hand in helping her land a job immediately following graduation.
“My employer called the school looking for talented accounting graduates and the school referred me,” said Brown. “Three weeks after graduating I had a job.”
Now employed with Turner, Ennis, and Hatchett accounting firm in downtown Murphy, the success continues to fill Brown’s life.
“After being here for three weeks and proving myself, I was offered a big promotion to office manager,” said Brown. “TCCC is the reason for all my success.”