Sometimes a big setback leads to an even bigger comeback. This was the case for Cedric Hawkes whose rebound has landed him in the cool job of teaching at Nottoway Middle School where he impacts lives.
Dixie Walker, who has a cool job as the new Tourism Coordinator for Brunswick County, took such a journey in her educational pursuit.
Lannie Hales’ job is cool because she gets paid to attend sporting events. As the athletic trainer for East Carolina University’s Cross Country/Track and Field team, she attends events in the fall, winter and spring to keep her athletes healthy throughout their seasons.
Steven Stanley’s job is cool because he is in the business of creating positive memories for the guests who choose to stay in the hotels he manages. “In my business, I am not really selling material goods, I am selling memories, communicating with people from all walks of life and having meaningful relationships with guests that last a lifetime,” he said.
This guy’s job is so cool that he was among those called to help people recover after a natural disaster. Hurricane Irma devastated Florida and James L. Ozmar III, a native of Jarratt, is a graduate of the Southside Virginia Community College Power Line Worker Program who joined the long line of power and construction workers to help rebuild in that state.
Stuart Bowen’s job is cool because he makes safety a priority for the citizens of the area. Bowen is Chief of Police for the town of South Hill, Virginia, a job he began in July of 2016.
James Branch’s cool job is so cool, he has no plans to quit working until he cannot work anymore. His cool job is as a mechanic maintaining fire and rescue vehicles for the city of Hopewell, Virginia. His work ethic and determination have served him well since he dropped out of high school at 16.
Will Daniel’s cool job allows him to work outside, doing what he loves. Growing up on a farm in Lunenburg County, Daniel liked the land, growing plants, raising animals and being outside in any weather. Thanks to an Associate’s degree in Agribusiness from Southside Virginia Community College, he is able to do what he loves and love what he does as a Farm Supervisor for the Virginia Department of Corrections.
Saving lives and helping the sick and injured is a cool way to spend your working days. Being an emergency room physician is the cool choice for Michael Cieslinski who started his higher education path at Southside Virginia Community College.
Shanetta Beck has a cool job because she is doing what she loves to do. Beck is owner of her own business, Baskets by Occasion. She started this as a cottage industry on a part time basis and now has transformed her hobby into a prosperous business.