Catawba Valley Community College alumna Carla L. Deal was recently recognized at the Newton-Conover Rotary Club for receiving the first Dr. John F. Sinnett Scholarship given through the CVCC Foundation, Inc.
Deal was recognized as part of chapter member Teresa Biggs’ presentation on the history of the Dr. Sinnett Scholarship and the Dr. William T. McLauchlin Award. Biggs serves as executive director of the CVCC Foundation, Inc.
Deal worked for a dentist in Newton as a certified dental assistant when she learned about CVCC’s then new dental hygiene program. A coworker who knew she had the aptitude for the work encouraged her to apply. Deal began attending CVCC part time at night in 2000 to complete prerequisites. Two years later, she graduated with honors and now works as a dental hygienist for Dr. Michael Cordora in Hickory.
“My CVCC experience was life changing,” said Deal, who expressed her appreciation to members of the Newton-Conover Rotary. “It helped me financially raising three children and care for my mother. It gave me a more flexible work schedule to attend school functions with my children. I’m so thankful I was able to pursue this career.”
Deal also enjoys the direct patient contact her career provides. “Although the doctor supervises my work, I get to educate my patients; they definitely depend on me to care for them.”
Deal was recognized by Mary M. Reynolds, director of CVCC’s Alumni Association, and presented her an official CVCC alumni lapel pin.
Deal and her husband, Justin, have three children. Their youngest child, Jaycey(sic), recently started Alexander Early College at the CVCC Alexander Center for Education in Taylorsville. She will be among the first class to graduate with a high school diploma from Alexander Central High School and a CVCC associate in arts degree in 2020.