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Halifax Community College held its Fifth Annual Alumni and Friends Presidential Breakfast today.

The master of ceremonies for the program was Northampton County Schools Superintendent Monica Smith-Woofter, who attended HCC in the 1986-87 school year. Smith-Woofter was studying to become a medical secretary when one of her instructors convinced her to begin tutoring in the college’s math lab.

“When I started tutoring, I realized how much I enjoy teaching,” she said.

Upon discovering her love of teaching, Smith-Woofter decided to transfer to Virginia State University and pursue a math education major.

“I would not have done so without the guidance of the instructors here,” she said.

The program proceeded with speeches from HCC alumni, speaking on the effect the institution had on them, as well as musical selections by 2003 alum Michael Hawkins. Belinda Jones-Hill, class of 1988, gave the welcome after Smith-Woofter opened the program and spoke about the college’s place in the community.

“Halifax Community College is a place to start or start again and became a beacon of hope and pride for our community,” she said.

Columbus Jeffers, who attended the college when it was still Halifax Technical Institute, referred to his time at the institution as some of the best years of his life before segueing into the discussion of forming an alumni association to aid the community.

“Let’s take a different look at what our association can mean to you and the community,” he said.

The latter part of the program was filled with alumni testimonials. One alumnus was Pauletta Smallwood-Broadnax, a teacher at Gaston Elementary School and 2010 graduate.

“This is our home here at HCC,” she said.

Smallwood-Broadnax was a childcare instructor and received her associates degree in early childhood education from the college. She…

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