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Nicki Spurling at graduation

Cancer diagnosis didn’t stop Spurling from finishing her degree

Nicki Spurling transferred her job from Georgia to Tennessee to be with her husband. After a few years, however, she felt she’d been putting her education on the back burner for too long, and it was time to go back to school. “I really want to do it,” she told her husband, who… Read More »Cancer diagnosis didn’t stop Spurling from finishing her degree

Tina King in cap and gown

King’s pursuit of management degree helps her move up the ladder at TDOT

After sending her daughter off to college in 2014, Tina King started having her own aspirations to return to school.  “Why not? I didn’t get to finish college when I first started in 1993, so I think I’ll give it a shot,” Tina recalls.  A longtime employee of the Tennessee… Read More »King’s pursuit of management degree helps her move up the ladder at TDOT

Brandon Ball in cap and gown - December 2022

U.S. Army veteran finds strong support system at Pellissippi State

Brandon Ball, a veteran of the U.S. Army, enrolled in college right out of high school, but put his academic journey on hold to help financially support his family after his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer.  After serving in the military for four years, Brandon applied to Pellissippi State… Read More »U.S. Army veteran finds strong support system at Pellissippi State