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A graduation for one at Surry Community College

Surry Community College is set in picturesque Surry County. The main campus is located in Dobson, which is a 45 minute drive northwest of Winston-Salem. We had the opportunity to visit with President David Shockley and his leadership team recently. Shockley reminded us ahead of the visit that Surry Community College’s mission is “to promote personal growth and community development to a diverse population through excellence in teaching, learning, and service.”

Shockley spoke to the full range of students who attend Surry Community College, from a father-son duo who drive up from Fayetteville to take their violin-making class to the students who enroll in their viticulture and enology program. Watch the video below to hear about one student who excelled despite numerous challenges.

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Nation Hahn

Nation Hahn is the chief of growth for EducationNC.

Robert Kinlaw

Robert was director of multimedia for EducationNC. He is a journalist and award-winning documentary filmmaker in the Triangle. Robert attended both public and private grade schools in North Carolina and graduated from the Media and Journalism school at UNC-Chapel Hill. He has produced video content for The News & Observer, ABC11-WTVD, UNC-Chapel Hill, The News Reporter and more. His short documentary Princess Warrior received an Excellence in Filmmaking award at the 2017 Carrboro Film Festival. Visit his website at