At an early age, Hazel Perry became a single mother to four children and had to rely on Social Services to keep her family together. With no resources or tools to make her life better, she decided to check out RCC but was afraid she wouldn’t meet its standards.
She was surprised to meet so many encouraging people at RCC. Counselors were available to help with academics and class scheduling but also assisted her with personal life struggles. “They gave of themselves unselfishly. I remember I was in a dance class and I didn’t have the money to purchase my uniform, but the professor gave me the money to get my uniform,” Hazel explains.
Encouraged to Succeed
RCC gave Hazel the jump start to further her education. She says she was eager to learn more and more. “I came along during the era of Dr. Dorothy Cook and Ms. Saunders. They encouraged me to hang in there,” says Hazel.
Hazel studied nursing at RCC and graduated from the Nurse’s Aide program in 1984. She continued her education at Lafayette School of Nursing and received her diploma as a Licensed Practical Nurse. She was employed in the mental health field for more than 25 years and is working part-time as a home-health nurse. “I love what I do,” remarks Hazel.
Hazel is from Mathews and resides in Newport News.