By BLAKE STOWERS
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
PRINCETON — A grandmother and granddaughter who are earning their associate degrees at New River Community and Technical College Campus in Princeton plan to graduate together this coming May.
Ewilda Bay raised Elizabeth Martin most of her life, and the two have always been close. “We’re best friends,” Ewilda Bay said.
“We do everything together,” Elizabeth Martin said.
New River Community and Technical College Public Relations Manager Jenni Canterbury said the duo does everything together. “From trips to Disney World to hobbies including scrapbooking, cake decorating, singing and playing guitar, to taking college classes together, the grandmother and granddaughter duo really do everything together,” Canterbury said. “Martin went to cosmetology school after graduating from Pikeview High School. She completed the program and worked in the field for a year before deciding to return to school with the goal of teaching. She loves kids and has taught Sunday School at her church since she was 16.”
Martin said an Educational Outreach Counselor recommended New River Community and Technical College for her general education classes because of the affordable tuition and ability to transfer classes to many four-year institutions.
“Bay followed her granddaughter after being out of school for 48 years,” Canterbury said. “She had wanted to go to college prior, but the opportunity had not presented itself before.”
Ewilda Bay said the two sat side by side when they first started classes. “We started out in the same classes and sat side-by-side,” Bay said. “Now, we’re finishing up taking classes online, she helps me with the computer but we don’t have classes together anymore.”
Canterbury said the two are doing well in their…