HAMLET — Montgomery Community College accounting instructor Wendy Pope-Gossage started her pathway to becoming a teacher many years ago by completing the GED program at Richmond Community College.
“While I was in the GED program in 1980 at RichmondCC, a seed was planted. I was shown through the power of education that my family and I could have a better life,” Pope-Gossage said. “This made me want to continue my education and get a degree from Richmond Community College.”
Pope-Gossage earned her Associate in Accounting in 2002. While she was at RichmondCC, she was a student tutor helping others who were struggling in their classes. One of the students she tutored mentioned the idea to her that she would make a great teacher.
“So again, the seed was planted by one of those students I tutored while I was a student myself,” Pope-Gossage said. “Because of that seed, I have been an accounting instructor for 12 years.”
After graduating RichmondCC, Pope-Gossage continued her education at Gardner-Webb University, where she received both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in accounting.
“RichmondCC’s partnership with Gardner-Webb University helped make my transfer seamless,” she said. “What was even better was that Gardner-Webb held its classes on RichmondCC’s campus, and very little travel was required on my part.”
The Rockingham resident said that RichmondCC helped her build a better life and gave her a great educational foundation.
“I am so thankful for the instructors at RichmondCC. They had a helping hand in my success as a student and now as an accounting instructor,” said Pope-Gossage. “I would recommend RichmondCC because it has a great campus; there are many programs to choose from; and the college has many caring instructors and support staff who are there to guide you along the way through your educational journey,” she said.
For more information about business programs at RichmondCC, transfer opportunities or fall semester enrollment, call 910-410-1700 or visit www.richmondcc.edu. New students are now being accepted for fall semester. The college is hosting a Financial Aid, Scholarship and Scheduling Day on July 18 to help people get enrolled and receive the financial assistance they need to start college this fall.
Kacie Hamby is assistant director of marketing and communications for Richmond Community College.