BEAVER, W.Va.] In early December, Timothy “Timmy” Drafton received the good news he had been waiting for. He had been accepted at Louisburg College in Louisburg, North Carolina, and earned a Great Future Scholarship.

This holiday season is much brighter than his life a year ago. Drafton had hoped to attend an out-of-state school after graduating from Liberty High School in 2016, but his plans didn’t work out.

“I came to New River Community and Technical College because it was close to home, offered affordable tuition and the opportunity to really focus on my grades,” Drafton explained. “I wanted to do well in general education classes, so that I could transfer later on.”

He was thankful to be close to home last November when his mother had heart surgery.

“I remember being at the hospital with her last Thanksgiving,” he recalls. “Then she needed rehabilitation, and it was hard going through the week without seeing her. She was home for Christmas, but it didn’t feel like Christmas.”

This year, Drafton’s mother is healthy and doing well, and he’s excited about spending the holiday season with his family before moving to North Carolina in January. His focus on school has paid off, even while holding a job at Kroger at Beckley Crossing.

Drafton plans to continue his education to study sports medicine and physical therapy.

For information on admissions and the programs offered at New River CTC, email admissions@newriver.edu or call 866-349-3739 <(866)%20349-3739>.

New River Community and Technical College serves nine counties in southeastern West Virginia from the Greenbrier Valley Campus (Lewisburg), Mercer County Campus (Princeton), Nicholas County Campus (Summersville) and Raleigh County Campus (Beaver/Beckley).

Last updated on: Dec 22, 2017

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