Catawba Valley Community College student Gianluca Graziano recently became the latest recipient of CVCC School of Workforce Development and the Arts (WDA) student incentive funding.
The award will cover Fall semester 2021 textbook and course materials for Gianluca as he completes his Associate in Fine Arts in Music degree at CVCC.
Graziano was nominated for the award by CVCC AFA in Music Director Caroline Simyon.
“Gianluca is an accomplished musician with a personality to match, and he has his ‘eyes set’ on a career in the music industry,” said Jeff Penley, CVCC School of WDA Special Advisor and Senior Professor for Technical and University Transfer Programs. “I have every reason to believe he will be successful. Gianluca performed in Maine this summer, and he was well-received by the ‘Pine Tree State.’ To realize that CVCC was so well-represented this summer so far away is very gratifying. Stretching our geographic boundaries is what it takes to deliver the message that CVCC is one of the best community colleges in the United States.”
Those attending the ceremony to recognize Graziano included Simyon, Penley and School of WDA Dean Gary Muller.
“Gianluca is a well-deserving recipient of this award,” Muller said. “The fact that Gianluca has qualified for School of WDA Student Incentive Funding is our way of proclaiming that he is among the best that Catawba Valley Community College has to offer. With his tremendous skills and talents, I have every reason to believe that Gianluca’s music career will be a very successful one, and I hope he will ‘spread the word’ that it all started here at CVCC.”
For more information regarding this initiative and the CVCC School of Workforce Development and the Arts and its programs, please contact Dean Gary Muller at firstname.lastname@example.org
or Senior Professor and Student Advocate Jeff Penley at email@example.com
Note: The photograph accompanying this article was taken in full recognition of COVID-19 safety protocol, and all participants voluntarily removed their masks for only a few seconds for the purpose of having the photograph taken.
From left, Jeff Penley, CVCC School of WDA Special Advisor and Senior Professor for Technical and University Transfer Programs; CVCC music student Gianluca Graziano; Caroline Simyon, CVCC AFA in Music Director; and Gary Muller, School of WDA Dean.
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