Simpson recommends CSCC to every vet he knows

Posted 12/1/17

Antonio Simpson recommends CSCC to every veteran he knows in Bradley County, because of his experience while enrolled there. The Army vet graduated from CSCC in December 2012 with his associate …

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Antonio Simpson recommends CSCC to every veteran he knows in Bradley County, because of his experience while enrolled there. The Army vet graduated from CSCC in December 2012 with his associate degree in social work, before transferring to Southern Adventist University, where he completed his bachelor degree, also in social work. He went on to complete his master’s degree in social work with an emphasis in military affairs, also from SAU, which is located in Collegedale.

Of all Simpson’s memories of CSCC, he considers the times spent with Veterans Coordinator Ray Goad (now retired) his fondest. “These times were my favorite memories, because I was able to help other veterans and act as a mentor to them.”

CSCC has been voted a military-friendly campus by G.I. Jobs Magazine. Simpson said he agrees with this designation because of the caring faculty and staff. “I would recommend CSCC to anyone, not just for veterans or older students,” stated Simpson. “As a non-traditional student, it can be hard to transition back to school. CSCC’s faculty and staff are very nice, understanding and patient. They are always willing to help a student in need.”

Simpson said it is hard for him to pick a favorite instructor from his days at Cleveland State because he had so many — Dr. Wooten, Mrs. Hilliard, Dr. Mosley, and Jana Pankey, to name a few.

“Jana Pankey was more involved in my major, so she was probably my favorite She served as my mentor. She treats her students like family.”

Simpson attended Cleveland State as a non-traditional student. “I chose to attend CSCC because I had a family, and I was just starting to attend school again and did not want to be far from my children. CSCC was convenient and fit my needs.”

Beginning in fall 2018, students like Simpson can attend college tuition-free, with the Tennessee Reconnect program. Tennessee Reconnect covers tuition and fees after grant or scholarship programs have been applied.

For more information on Tennessee Reconnect, contact Natalia Williams, counselor/coordinator of Adult Student Services, at 423-472-7141, ext. 318, or email her at nwilliams@clevelandstatecc.edu

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