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SUCCESS STORY: Rita Campbell
A Veteran Accomplishing Education One Step at a Time
Like many West Virginians, Rita Campbell left the state for a few years, but discovered that her heart was really back home in the mountains. She grew up in White Sulphur Springs and after high school joined the U.S. Navy, where she served for more than a decade as a pharmacy technician.
Then, after marriage, three children and a divorce, she returned to West Virginia in 2006 to live in Summers County where her parents had settled. She began working as an aide in an elementary school and realized she wanted to return to school to pursue a degree in education.
Campbell says that she was unsure whether she could handle going back to school at age 40. She decided to take the plunge and enrolled at New River CTC in the fall of 2011. New River CTC proved to be a great choice for her, and she excelled in the classroom, even as she held down a part-time job while she was in school.
Rita Campbell holding her Paraprofessional Education degree with Dr. Lucie Refsland, Professor of Mathematics.
“I was comfortable going to classes in Greenbrier County where I grew up, and I found instructors like Judy Stennett, Dr. Lucie Refsland, and Joe Massey who were very supportive. They were with me every step of the way,” she said.
Campbell graduated with honors in May 2014 with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Paraprofessional Education. She was honored as the outstanding student in the program and was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa, the academic honor society for two-year colleges.
She plans to continue her studies by pursuing a bachelor’s degree after a time out to build a new house. In the meantime, she is working full time as an aide at Talcott Elementary School, a job she particularly enjoys because it is close to where her youngest child, Chase, attends school.
Campbell is interested in making New River CTC’s programs more accessible to students in Summers County and has approached the College about establishing a satellite center in Hinton similar to the One Room University in Marlinton where students can attend distance learning or traditional classes. She is working with local business leader Ken Allman to lobby support for the project in the county.
“I would like to turn things around so that we can keep young people here,” she said.
Asked if she has any advice for others who decide to return to college many years after high school, she responded, “Don’t second guess yourself. Set small goals and accomplish them one at a time and it will be possible.”