Wilkes Community College would like to recognize our student winners, Hazel Pasley and Shannon Bowlin, in the National Career Development Association’s (NCDA) Poetry and Art Contest. Both students placed in the state contest before proceeding to the nationals.

Hazel Pasley is a rising senior at Alleghany High School and is enrolled in Career and College Promise classes at the Alleghany Center. In the Adult Student Poetry Category, Pasley won 1st place in the state contest and 3rd place nationally.

Shannon Bowlin graduated from Wilkes Community College in May with a degree in Advertising and Graphic Design. In the Adult Student Mixed Media Art Category, Bowlin won 3rd place in the state contest, while also placing 3rd nationally.

Congratulations to our talented winners for representing WCC on the state and national levels! Their artwork and prose are now featured on the NCDA website https://www.ncda.org/aws/NCDA/pt/sp/ncdmonth.

Hazel Pasley


Shannon Bowlin

Each November, schools and colleges from across NC hold contests to celebrate National Career Development Month. Winners from these local contests are then forwarded to the state contest. The NCDA, a division of the American Counseling Association, sponsors the poetry and art contest to highlight the importance of life-long career development. Entrants are invited to inspire career development while emphasizing the national theme. This year’s theme was My Future Career—Imagine the Possibilities! Multiple divisions in the contest include grades K-12, adult student, and open adult categories.

For more information about the yearly contest, please contact Mike Roope, Career Counselor, in Student Services, at the Wilkes Campus at 336-838-6147.