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Alexander County Resident Tosha Brown Earns PICA Award

Tosha Brown of Taylorsville was one of several Graphic Arts and Imaging Technology students at Catawba Valley Community College who took home 12 awards during the recent PICA (Printing Industries of the Carolinas) annual student competition.
Brown won the Best of Show award, which is the top honor bestowed in the competition. Brown was recognized among 275 total entries. This is CVCC's first Best of Show award in seven years of competing.  Brown attended the annual PICA banquet as a guest of honor to receive her award.
Each year, CVCC students compete against other two- and four-year colleges in North and South Carolina, including Clemson, Appalachian State University, Central Piedmont Community College, and many others.
The mother of two children, Brown was laid off from a furniture industry job she held for 15 years.
"A lot of people in Alexander County who worked in furniture had lost their jobs and were coming back to school," she said. "I talked to a couple of schools but I decided to come to CVCC because they had the graphic arts program I was interested in."

Going to college was exciting, but not easy, she explained.

"You know, it was really hard at first. I nearly quit when I saw how hard it was and I was really struggling with the classes and studying. But, CVCC instructor Brian Morris was the reason I stayed. He was so down to earth and so understanding about how hard it was for me to come back to school after so long. He has been the best instructor I have ever had."

She also works with youth at her church. She encourages them to check out CVCC and what it has to offer.

Other winners include Dallas Dean Ramsey of Hickory-PICA Foundation Twin Oaks Scholarship.
Best of Category-Tosha Brown, Lue Vang of Hickory and Pipier Lynn of Hickory.
Special Judges Award-Michael Wilson of Taylorsville and Dean Ramsey of Hickory.
Award of Excellence-Ashley Fancher of Dallas, Sandi Biddix of Hickory, James Earls of Taylorsville, Magan Hamby of Granite Falls and Philip Cook of Taylorsville.
For more information about CVCC's Graphic Arts and Imaging Technology program, contact Brian Morris, dpartment had, 828-327-7000 ext. 4383, or

Pictured (left to right) Jeff Stoudt, President PICA, The Printing Industry of the Carolinas, Inc.; Tosha Brown, Taylorsville; Dean Ramsey, Hickory; Pipier Lynn, Hickory; Michael Wilson, Taylorsville; Brian Morris, CVCC Department Head, Fine and Applied Arts.

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