Olivia Denton Smith

Prior to joining the President’s Office at VHCC, Olivia Denton Smith dry cleaned clothes, baked biscuits, led fitness classes, owned and operated a tanning salon, sold cosmetics, helped in a daycare center, worked for engineers and city leaders, and played... Continue Reading →


Rebecca Pippin

The unique necklace of freshwater pearls and iridescent beads looped around Rebecca Pippin’s neck is much more than a fashion accessory. This treasured piece of jewelry was created by artisans from the remote Bwa G’Naw region of Thailand and, for... Continue Reading →

Daniel Lee

If you ask Daniel Lee about his hobbies, his interests, or his plans for the future, he will likely engage you in a powerful conversation about his love for all types of music and his passion for learning new things.... Continue Reading →

Ben Casteel

If Ben Casteel invites you over for a home cooked meal, ask him to serve eggplant parmesan. He grows the main ingredient himself and considers the dish one of his specialties. If he offers to play you a song, request... Continue Reading →

Ben, Jeremy, Joseph & Johnnie

When Jeremy Sizemore enters his classroom each day, he feels like he’s stepping onto the set of the television series “How It’s Made.” “If you like that show, you’ll like this class,” he said, referring to the show on Science... Continue Reading →

Chris Robertson

Chris Robertson wants to change the Constitution. Not the U.S. Constitution, but rather the principles that guide the VHCC Student Government Association. The move is needed, he explained, to establish a food pantry on campus that will be maintained by... Continue Reading →

Courtney Blankenbeckler

Courtney Blankenbeckler is a material girl. Not the type that’s focused on the finer things in life, but rather the kind that enjoys shopping for a unique piece of fabric, then transforming it into a one-of-a-kind garment with her trusty... Continue Reading →

Brotherhood of VHCC Welders

The toy department of a busy retail store seems an unlikely place for a college exam, but 11 young men in VHCC’s welding program said they completed one of their most important tests of the semester there. With $325 of... Continue Reading →

Erick Farris

By the time Erick was 14, he was already saving to buy a Volkswagen Beetle, much like the one featured in the 1968 film The Love Bug. By the time he had enough to buy a 1973 model – nicely equipped with a lifetime of rust and a family of rodents – he had convinced his father to help with the restoration project.

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