HCC student receives Academic Excellence Award
Haywood Community College Fish and Wildlife Management Technology student Alex Wilson is the recipient of the 2014 Academic Excellence Award. The Academic Excellence Award is an opportunity for the North Carolina Community College System to showcase its students and their academic achievements and to highlight the work that the colleges do every day. One student is selected from each community college in the system. Recipients of the award must be currently enrolled, have completed at least 12 semester hours, and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25.
Wilson started his journey at HCC after spending a year of teaching school children team-building skills and environmental education at the Betsy-Jeff 4-H Center in Reidsville.
“My education at HCC has been the most influential event in my life so far,” said Wilson. “Every day I get to experience hands-on learning that directly translates to the field of natural resources management. For the first time in my life, I know exactly what my goals are and how to accomplish those goals.”
Wilson says his education has not stopped with classroom learning. He also volunteers with local wildlife management professionals. He has devoted numerous hours studying the American kestrel and assisting N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission personnel with banding, nest box surveys and data collection on this species.
In addition, Wilson serves as president of the HCC Student Chapter of the Wildlife Society. After graduation, he will continue his education to get a bachelor’s degree.
“Through these experiences I have expanded my knowledge and abilities even further, gained real-world work experience, and developed networks with possible future employers,” said Wilson. “I credit much of my success and love of learning to the tremendous experiences I have had as a student at Haywood Community College.”