The Mitchell Community College Continuing Education Division has established a scholarship in memory of Beverly Hedrick who died in October after battling cancer. The scholarship, made possible by $15,000 in donations from family, co-workers and friends, will provide funds for individuals seeking job training both now and in the future.
Hedrick believed in the importance of adult education and was an advocate for the unemployed and underemployed. She began her career at Mitchell in 1992 as a part-time Basic Skills instructor and last served as the Director of Occupational Extension and Special Projects. Hedrick’s leadership and passion instilled confidence and inspired students to achieve beyond their expectations. During her tenure, she was instrumental in securing funding to aid the unemployed and underemployed.
In 2006, Hedrick led Mitchell’s implementation and rollout of the Career Readiness Certification (CRC), a national program that helps job applicants demonstrate competence in key foundational skills. Businesses use this certification today to help qualify job applicants for openings.
In 2009, she played a key role in securing $250,000 from the state for JobsNOW training and a $177,500 grant from Duke Energy to fund an integrated manufacturing systems lab. These initiatives provided access to quality training at a critical economic time in Iredell County.
Mitchell received additional job training support in 2012 when Hedrick helped secure a $453,000 Back-to-Work grant and a $418,700 Golden LEAF Foundation grant. Through the process, Hedrick and other Mitchellrepresentatives worked with area businesses to identify critical skills necessary to qualify for job openings then developed programs to address those needs. The grants opened more opportunities for area residents to retrain or upgrade their skills.
“Beverly found the vocation that she was meant to have. Her career let her blend her love for learning and her true gift for helping people,” said Carol Johnson, Mitchell’s Vice President for Workforce Development and Continuing Education. “She believed that education is the key to changing lives. She cared about people, all people. The life she lived served as a shining example for others.”
Beverly’s husband Ed has been touched by the outpouring of compassion and generosity. “She was a very special lady! We are so glad that her legacy will continue through the students who will benefit from these scholarships.” A former student sent Ed a note of thanks to Beverly “for taking the time to listen to my plight, and for helping me to get on and stay on a meaningful career path.”
For information on applying for a Beverly Hedrick Memorial Continuing Education Scholarship, call (704) 978-5439. Individuals interested in making additional contributions to the scholarship fund should contact the Mitchell Community College Development Office at (704) 878-4321 or firstname.lastname@example.org.