“TCC students come from such a wide array of circumstances, and in spite of whatever difficulties they may be experiencing, they continue to try to improve their lives through education,” he says. “TCC, the VCCS and the community college in general are such good starting points. I feel fortunate to be a part of this system that offers such a multitude of opportunities, ranging from technical schools to academia to a culinary school.”
Vega will graduate in May 2014 with an eye toward transferring to Columbia University, the University of Chicago, the College of William and Mary or the University of Virginia. He plans to pursue his master’s in business administration with hopes of working for a multinational.
As thrilled as Vega was with the financial part of the Protein Valleys program, he was equally excited about the leadership opportunities.
“I’ve gotten to be with all the other fellows, and we’re all like-minded people,” he says. “This program has people who give back to the community, which to me, are awesome, amazing people. It’s a privilege to be around them.”