Andy McCready

Where opportunity meets preparation

Danville, New River, Patrick Henry, Paul D. Camp, Thomas Nelson and Tidewater Community Colleges.  Howard A. (Andy) McCready, business owner and elected official in Pulaski County, can say he has attended them all. Oh, and don’t forget Radford University and Old Dominion University (ODU) on the list of this “lifelong learning” repertoire.  He holds degrees from three of these institutions – all earned within a five-year period.
How does a person earn three degrees in five years?  Some could say luck might have a hand in it, others like McCready would say, “It’s where opportunity meets preparation.” That’s one of his go-to phrases.

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Patrick Day Steven Cobbs Rod Reedy


NRCC graduate Patrick Day exemplifies perseverance

Preparing for college is hard enough with decisions to make, forms to fill out and events to attend, but it’s even harder when you have to consider things like the placement of your classrooms and what kind of assistance you’ll need to take notes and complete each assignment.
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Second time's the charm

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.
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Alumni Spotlight '75

When Rod Reedy graduated from high school in 1973, he had only one college in mind. He applied and was accepted. End of story, right? Not exactly.

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Jennifer Roop    


Graduation Stories -- 2011

When the furniture company shut down where Jennifer Roop had worked for 12 years, she did what anyone would do, she searched for another job – and searched, and searched, and searched. Continue reading...