MCC Graduate at Robertson Packaging
Brandon Whitson considered several careers before he decided to enter the business field. He credits his decision to enter this career field because of the diversity it offered.
Whitson also made the decision to start his higher education path at Mayland Community College. Whitson graduated from Mayland with his Associate’s Degree in Business Administration.
“I enjoyed attending Mayland,” said Whitson. “ I made a lot of friends, and was around a lot of positive people. Everybody at Mayland shared a good mindset and it’s contagious. I built good, lasting relationships while I was there.”
Mayland's Business Administration Program focuses on creating student success in the business world. Graduates are trained in a variety of disciplines that help them be successful in either working for or operating a business. Through these skills, students gain a sound business education base for lifelong learning. Graduates are prepared for employment opportunities in government agencies, financial institutions, and large to small business or industry.
“Mayland’s instructors are very passionate about what they do, believe in what they are doing, care for students, are there after hours, and are very active in helping their students learn,” said Whitson. “That kind of concern will help anyone achieve their goals.”
In Mayland’s Business Administration Program, students gain fundamental knowledge of business functions, processes, and an understanding of business organizations in today’s global economy. Classes in the program include business concepts such as accounting, business law, economics, management, and marketing. Skills related to the application of these concepts are developed through the study of computer applications, communication, team building, and decision-making.
After graduating from Mayland, Whitson began working for Robertson Packaging Supply, Inc., a distributor for industrial shipping, packaging and janitorial supplies located in Marion. He started working in the warehouse pulling orders, unloading trucks and making deliveries. As he gained more knowledge about the business, he moved into a sales position and currently serves as one of the company’s Vice Presidents.
“The diversity of Robertson Packaging Supply, Inc. helped the company survive during the economic downturn,” said Whitson. “When I got the opportunity to go out on sales calls I loved it and was able to help build up the company. It’s a really interesting job, and I feel blessed to have it.”
As Whitson worked, he also completed his Bachelor’s degree at Gardner Webb.
“Mayland’s classes were challenging,” said Whitson. “The courses and teachers helped me become better prepared for academic challenges that I faced while earning my four-year degree.”
Whitson says he is not finished with his education. He is applying to graduate programs looking to earn his MBA. He would like to eventually teach at the community college level and doing mission work to make a difference in the lives of others.
“I enjoy being around people and sharing knowledge with others,” said Whitson. “I like to see the light bulb go off when I am explaining something to someone and they understand the concept. I get enjoyment out of realizing that I am helping someone learn something that can help better enable their life.”
Learn more about Mayland Community College’s certificate, diploma and degree programs by visiting www.mayland.edu or by calling 828-766-1266. Mayland Community College is dedicated to creating excellence and opportunity for the service area.