Wishing you joy & cheer!

Nichelle, a JNCG student, designed our 2020 Holiday Card

This year, we asked one of our amazing CISNC students to create our holiday card. Nichelle, a senior in our Jobs for North Carolina’s Graduates program, has inspired us with her story & her talent. And she’ll be attending the Savannah College of Art & Design after graduation!

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Nichelle’s Story

Nichelle, a senior at Henderson County Career Academy, was struggling to adapt both socially and emotionally to a new school until she met her JNCG Specialist, Virginia Haynes. Virginia quickly realized that the best way to boost Nichelle’s confidence – and thus improve her academic experience – was to focus on her love of and talent for art!

With Virginia’s encouragement, Nichelle joined the school’s Art Academy. She also took on a leadership role in the JNCG program and made great friends. Nichelle would be the first in her family to attend college and wasn’t sure how to begin the process of applying to university. Virginia helped Nichelle research colleges, and – in the process – Nichelle discovered the Savannah College of Art & Design was offering online classes for high school students. Virginia encouraged Nichelle to register for a class so she could get a feel for college work while also expanding her knowledge of art.

Nichelle fell in love with the SCAD program and, with Virginia’s help and direction, applied to SCAD and was accepted; she will be attending SCAD in the fall of 2021! Virginia is now beginning to coach Nichelle on the process of filling out a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and applying for school and local scholarships.

“Nichelle is an outstanding young lady,” JNCG College and Career Specialist Virginia Haynes said. “She is the dream student who asks questions, completes assignments on time and defends her beliefs in a mature and respectful manner.  Her artistic ability and her drive and determination to reach her goals has inspired me to push other students and myself.”

“(With Virginia’s help) I pushed myself to do art, regardless of what other people thought about it.”