Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Submitted by Sara Fairchild & Pat Bussard, Southwest Virginia Community College Public Relations

Tyler Ball

Like thousands of other Virginians across the state, Tyler Ball will graduate from his community college in May 2018. The Southwest Virginia Community College science major, pre-med specialization student already has the next step of his college education set; he will attend the Appalachian College of Pharmacy in the fall.  

Ball, who lives in Bluefield, Virginia, was senior class president and a member of Future Business Leaders of America when he graduated from Graham High School in 2016. At that time, he already knew he wanted to be a pharmacist. He had made that decision after a friend graduated from West Virginia University (WVU) and became a pharmacist at Duke University. “That career path offers so much opportunity,” said Ball. “Not only does a career in pharmacy provide an amazing salary, it also allows you to work just about anywhere. No matter where you go in the world, they need pharmacists.”

Ball was also accepted into WVU but thought the school was too big and impersonal for him. After talking with SWCC Professor Georgia Householder, he chose SWCC. “I think I received as good an education here as I would have at WVU; it is all in how you apply yourself,” he said. He went on to note that the cost and quality of education were big factors in his decision to attend SWCC. “My community college was the best value for a quality college education. All of the faculty are amazing. They want the best for you and do everything they can to help you.”
The admiration is not one-sided. Ball is a gifted student with a bright future, who is highly regarded among his peers and faculty. “Mr. Ball is an excellent student who is goal-oriented,” said Professor Householder. “He is always courteous and helpful to others, whether in the classroom or volunteering in the community. He maintains a positive attitude and an air of calm confidence. It is my pleasure to have Mr. Ball as an advisee and a student. I am very proud of his acceptance into the Appalachian College of Pharmacy.”
To hear from Mark directly about his SWCC experience, check out this video.'

Virginia's Community Colleges

Created more than 40 years ago, the VCCS is comprised of 23 community colleges located on 40 campuses across the commonwealth. Together, Virginia’s Community Colleges serve about 400,000 students a year in credit and workforce courses.

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