Community college was not part of the original plan for Veronica Bumpus. She had initially attended a four-year university but had to leave for personal reasons. When she was ready to return to college, they required her to complete a semester at BridgeValley Community and Technical College (BVCTC). Her unplanned detour proved to have a silver lining, one that eventually led her to Washington, D.C., to advocate for all of the nation’s community college students.
BridgeValley Community and Technical College (BVCTC) alumna Maryam Rose was ready to start a new life in the United States. At the age of 25, the Iranian immigrant left her home in Shiraz, Iran and moved by herself across the world to W.V. with a dream in her heart: to go to college, sharpen her English skills and work toward becoming a nurse.