A Push in the Right Direction

Virginia Brodie

Wake Tech Class of: 2010


“My education has given me skills and employability, I’ve gained financial stability, and I’ve found peace of mind.”

    — Virginia Brodie

We’re downsizing. You’re being laid off in 30 days. For Virginia Brodie, these words were especially difficult to hear after 28 years in manufacturing. But instead of letting this unwelcome “nudge” get her down, Virginia decided to think of it as an opportunity.

She had always loved learning. In her manufacturing job, Virginia had taken advantage of company-sponsored training whenever possible, learning teambuilding and problem-solving skills. Although she enjoyed these avenues for professional growth, she’s quick to acknowledge that the layoff provided the push she needed to pursue something more.

Virginia turned to Wake Tech, where she earned an associate’s degree in Office Systems Technology and found doors opening. She accepted a job at Wake Tech as a Records Technician and enrolled at Shaw University, where she graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in 2007. Now, she’s taking graduate courses towards her next goal: a master’s degree!

For Virginia, the closing of one door opened many others. “Wake Tech gave me the opportunity to look forward – to have a future,” she says. “My education has given me skills and employability, I’ve gained financial stability, and I’ve found peace of mind.”