By Chris Forton, Coordinator, Alumni and Student Relations

Growing up in a household where there was no expectation to go to college, Chana made a decision for herself; a decision that she is extremely proud of. Upon graduating high school, Chana chose to attend Piedmont Community College (PCC).

Neither of Chana’s parents had been to college, and there was never any pressure on her to study beyond high school, but Chana’s Grandmother noticed something special about her granddaughter. The elder could tell that Chana’s calling was to help others and brought this to her attention.

With the desire to make her parents proud, and in hopes of pursuing her “calling”, Chana began her journey at PCC. In 2010, Chana graduated with an Associate in Applied Science degree in Medical Office Administration with a final grade point average of 3.875. She continued her schooling, and in 2011 completed her second Associate in Applied Science degree in Office Administration, earning a 3.831 grade point average.

Chana Clark with her Dad at GraduationHer two degrees secured Chana a new job at North State Medical Center.

“I am happy that my life’s educational journey has led me to my current place of employment. I have gained extensive medical knowledge, and no one can ever take that away from me.”

Chana credits this knowledge to several of her PCC instructors who made a tremendous impact on her educational success. “They truly care for their students,” she says of her instructors. “They go above and beyond the call of duty to provide a solid education that enables students to get the most out of their time at PCC.”

Without those instructors, without her determination and drive “to have an opportunity for a better quality of life”, and without perseverance, Chana feels that she would not be where she is today. We cannot put into words how happy we are to call Chana a Pacer!
Remember, as soon as you successfully complete ONE class at PCC, you are officially alumni! Visit to learn all about becoming an official member of the Alumni Partnership at PCC!

To share your story, contact Chris Forton at or (336) 322-2103. #pccpacerpride

PHOTO: “I’ll never forget the smile on my Dad’s face when I graduated. Some things are truly priceless.”

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