Attending a community college prepared me to enter my four-year institution. I was able to become acclimated with college work, gain professional development and transfer my credits...
Attended Halifax Community College
As the first person in his family to have the chance to attend college and a real standout in his rural northeastern North Carolina community, Demetrius Deloatch had a strong desire to do everything in his power to do something big. “You have to take advantage to every opportunity. It’s not very hard to find trouble to get into. But if you choose the right path and do what you’re supposed to, there’s no limit to how far you can go,” Demetrius asserts.
After graduating high school a semester early, Demetrius was faced with two options: to start earning college credit or get a job until school started in the fall. So, at the age of 16, he opted to get a head start taking courses at Halifax Community College (HCC). It didn’t take long at HCC to confirm that this step had been just what Demetrius needed. There, he was able to develop strong relationships with his professors and receive one-on-one time with them. “As a first-generation college student, attending a community college prepared me to enter my four-year institution,” Demetrius said. “I was able to become acclimated with college work, gain professional development and transfer my credits from HCC to Elizabeth City State University.”
Before graduating with his bachelor’s degree early, in true Demetrius style, Demetrius got an internship working for Senator Gladys Robinson from Guilford County in the General Assembly. That’s when he decided to pursue his master’s degree at UNCG. During that time, Demetrius interned for Representative Ed Hanes from Forsyth County, which meant driving 86 miles one way every day, so he could work in Raleigh while taking classes in Greensboro. The farther Demetrius pushed himself (both literally and figuratively) the closer he was to the career he wanted as a lobbyist.
After spending one year lobbying at a private law firm and two year lobbying for the 552 cities and towns across the state, Demetrius recently took on a new role as a consultant at a global advisory and advocacy communications firm in their Raleigh office. He regularly visits his hometown of Conway, NC where he enjoys spending time with his family and speaking to individuals and groups about the power of community college—both as a stepping stone and a destination. As a mentor for small-town students and students of color, Demetrius says, “Whatever wisdom you gain, pass it on to others” and reminds students and adults that “Their current situation does not have to be their final destination. You can always strive to do better and be better”.