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Steven Cobbs – second time’s the charm

Steven Cobbs

Convenient classes, cost-effective tuition and a campus close to home – three things that Steven Cobbs says helped sway his decision to give NRCC a try. Cobbs had tried college once before, but things didn’t quite go as planned, so he took a couple years off before deciding to give it another chance. Reflecting back on his initial entry into NRCC, he simply calls it “a really good move.”

Cobbs, a New River resident, entered NRCC’s paralegal studies program after a suggestion from his mother, a teacher at Dublin Middle School. In a field that requires extensive knowledge of legal subjects that could boggle the mind, Cobb says he has “really enjoyed learning laws, learning Virginia code and researching law.”

He’s also looking forward to the opportunity to work in an office environment, after spending considerable time working in the fast food industry and other manual labor-oriented jobs.

Cobbs’ dedication was put to the test as he maintained classes, a job at a Fairlawn restaurant and worked as an assistant football coach at Pulaski County High School. One thing Cobbs says helped him keep it all in balance was the ability to take courses online. “I really like being in the classroom, but the online classes gave me the flexibility I needed to coach, work and be in school at the same time,” he says. He also lauded NRCC’s online course management system, Blackboard, for helping him keep up. “The format was perfect. Someone was always putting up announcements and you always knew what you needed to do.”

Even with all his extracurricular activities, Cobbs proved to be an exceptional student. He was named as one of two outstanding students in paralegal studies for the 2011-2012 school year. Cobbs returned the praise, noting that his instructors, particularly assistant professor of paralegal studies Tommy Baker, were instrumental in his success. “Mr. Baker took his life experiences and brought them into the classroom – that really helped me learn and made things exciting,” he says. “The professors are all outstanding and I got a lot of one-on-one help when I needed it. That’s one of the best things about NRCC.”