Lenoir Community College


Kayland Adams
Lenoir Community College engineering student Kayland Reid Adams has been selected as an Academic Excellence Award recipient, representing the college in the “Great Within the 58” in the North Carolina Community College System.

Adams is employed full time with the City of Kinston as a mechanic and is a full time student at LCC. Maintaining a 4.0 average, Adams plans to graduate in May and transfer to East Carolina University in Engineering.

He has also been nominated for the Jack Cooke Kent Scholarship.

“After I graduated from high school, I began a career as an automotive technician,” Adams said. “At first, I was satisfied with my career choice, and the fact that I never went to college. Over time, I realized that I did not want to repair and maintain vehicles for the rest of my life. I wanted to design and manufacture them, but that was going to require a college degree.”

Adams said he contemplated the idea of going back to school for years coming up with all kinds of excuses. “Then my wife informed me of LCC’s 2+2 Engineering transfer program, it was exactly what I had been looking for. I enrolled as soon as could,” he said. “I was somewhat intimidated at first, I had been out of school for several years and did not know what to expect, but everyone at LCC was so helpful and welcoming. I felt right at home almost instantly.

“The instructors at LCC are so knowledgeable in their respective fields. I feel that they have given me the necessary tools to succeed at the university level as I plan to continue my education, and obtain a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from East Carolina University,” he said. “LCC has allowed me to turn my dreams into realities, and for that I am grateful.”