Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014

VCCS BlogJosh Abshire is built like a tank.  Although he’s never played football, people automatically assume he has because of his imposing size (6’1”, 275 pounds).  If you were a running back, you’d definitely want him clearing a path for you. 

But Abshire is laying the foundation for a different sort of career far away from the gridiron.

“I may come across as a big guy with a hard exterior, but I’m really just a person who desires to help people and that’s who I’m made out to be and that’s what’s driving my career choice in nursing.”

 A pre-nursing student in his second year at BRCC, Abshire is hoping to be accepted into the clinical portion of the program this spring and graduate with an associate’s degree in 2016.

Josh Abshire

“From there, I’m going to take my board exam to become licensed as an RN and then eventually, I want to use my degree from BRCC to attend a four-year university and get my BSN.”

The 28-year old Abshire, who has a 3.96 GPA and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, works full-time and has a wife and two children to support. “My kids look up to me because they think it’s cool because dad’s in school just like they are. Dad has classes and homework just like they do.”

The fact that BRCC has enabled him to take classes at night and online on the weekends, Abshire says, has been “life-changing.”

“It’s putting us in a better position as well as people that I’m going to be able to help and lend a helping hand to and make a difference with – it’s all going to roll up to BRCC in the end no matter where I end up because they’re the ones who enabled me to be able to do that.”

 Abshire would share that same message with state lawmakers during a visit to the state capital for Every Day Is Community College Day.

 Looking ahead, Abshire hopes his children will eventually come to understand the effort he’s put in and the sacrifices he’s made to realize his dream and achieve success while simultaneously providing for their future.

 “Hopefully, that’ll influence them as they get older; they’ll see what I’ve done and they’ll try to outdo me and blow me out of the water and be nothing short of excellent – the best they can be!”'

Craig Butterworth

A native of Richmond, Craig Butterworth is an award-winning broadcast journalist and communications professional. He has worked as a spokesperson, staff writer and editor for a variety of non-profit and for-profit organizations throughout the Richmond area.

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