From Student to Successful Business Owner
Sep 11, 2012
Jamey Parks lived in California for nearly 23 years before deciding to move to the Lynchburg, Virginia area to be closer to his brother. An accident that caused him to lose his leg prompted his decision to move across the country and focus on his education and getting his life in order. His brother sent him information on National College to help him get started.
Upon his arrival in Virginia in January of 2000, Jamey nervously met with the admissions department, toured the Lynchburg Campus, and signed up for the computer applications technology associate’s degree program. Soon thereafter, he formed a new family of sorts at National College - friendships that helped him to overcome his anxieties and the physical challenges he faced. But his biggest benefit was the help and encouragement he received from his instructors to succeed. He learned how to study effectively and work hard for his new career goals. He graduated the following spring with a 3.83 grade point average.
After earning an associate’s degree and gaining confidence in his abilities, Jamey wanted to keep learning. He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in business from a nearby university. He has continued to stay in touch with Lynchburg Campus Director Bill Baker who encouraged him along in his path in education and the business world. Bill said, “[Jamey] is a huge asset to my campus and a total inspiration to all.”
Jamey is now using his education as the owner of a successful business – Parks Properties, LLC. He has also returned to the campus as an instructor. “My company continues to grow and prosper,” he said, “I cannot thank National enough for what it instilled in my life then and into the future for me and my family.”
National College was the stepping stone Jamey Parks (pictured) needed to build a better career.