Virginia Western Community College invites the public to attend a free discussion, I Persist, where panelists will share inspiring stories of how they overcame obstacles to gain their education and build fulfilling careers and lives.

Members of the panel will share their journey, answer questions and interact members of the audience.  The purpose of the event is to motivate students early who may feel alone or contemplating whether or not school is for them. By connecting students with the panel of individuals who have shared similar experiences will encourage and provide the confidence to persist and overcome their challenges to succeed academically.

WHAT:

I Persist panel discussion

WHEN:

10 a.m., Monday, Feb. 5

WHERE:

Whitman Theater, Virginia Western Campus (Directions and parking)

PANELISTS:

Anita Price – Vice Mayor, City of Roanoke; Virginia Western Alum
Annette Lewis – School Board Member, City of Roanoke
Elvir Berbic – Students Affairs Manager, Virginia Tech; Virginia Western Alum
Tracey Giordano – Culinary Arts graduate and Military Veteran; Virginia Western Alum
Cheryl Cunningham – Educator, Staff Technologist at Carilion Clinic; Virginia Western Alum

MODERATOR:

Bianca Holman – WDBJ7 Reporter

For more information on the I Persist panel, please contact James Cabiness, Roanoke City CCAP Success Coach, at 540-857-6644 or jcabiness@virginiawestern.edu.