History of NCC


1957

  • The Community College Act is passed by the North Carolina Legislature, providing an avenue for local governing bodies to establish an institution in their own communities.

1967:

  • The first Board of Trustees of the "Nash County Technical Institute Unit" is appointed.
  • Jack D. Ballard is hired as the first president of the institution.
  • Nash Technical Institute is established on September 7, 1967.

1975:

  • The new campus is formally dedicated.

1979

  • The college community is saddened by the untimely death of its first President, Jack Ballard.

1980

  • The second president of Nash Technical Institute is selected, Dr. J. Reid Parrott, Jr.

1982

  • The name is changed from Nash Technical Institute to Nash Technical College.

1983

  • The Nash Technical College Foundation is incorporated.

1987

  • The General Assembly gives authority to Nash Technical College to convert to a community college, enabling the college to offer the college transfer program and to change the name to Nash Community College.

1997

  • Nash Community College participates in the statewide effort of reengineering all of its curriculum programs.

1998

  • Nash Community College changes from a quarter system to a semester system. An evaluation of all curriculum programs and services was conducted to meet workforce training needs and to ease transfer of programs and courses within the community college system as well as to the four-year institutions.

1999

  • The Betsy B. Currin Child Development Center opens providing on-campus childcare and a model instructional laboratory for students enrolled in the early childhood and teacher associate programs.
  • The Business & Industry Center is completed that includes the Allen H. and Winnie E. Brown Auditorium, the Continuing Education Department, bookstore, and administrative offices.
  • Dr. J. Reid Parrott, Jr. retires as President of Nash Community College and is granted the title of President Emeritus.

2000

  • Dr. Katherine M. Johnson is selected as the third President of Nash Community College.
  • The Julian B. Fenner Memorial Clock is given to the College as the first historical marker from Skipper Fenner Parker in memory of her late husband Julian Fenner, who served as the first Chairman of the Board of Trustees.
  • North Carolina voters approve a 3.1 billion dollar Higher Education Bond Referendum providing funds for on-campus repairs, renovations and eventual construction of a science and technology building.

2001

  • The College receives a grant from the DeLeon Carter Foundation to construct the Myrtle Carter Henry Amphitheater.
  • Nash Community College purchases 9.2 acres of land adjacent to the campus to be used for the future site of the science and technology building.

2002

  • Reaffirmation of accreditation received by SACS.
  • Nash Community College celebrates 35 years of service and success.

2003

  • The Myrtle Carter Henry Amphitheater is dedicated on June 3, 2003.

2004

  • Nash Community College receives one million dollar EDA grant.
  • Groundbreaking ceremony for Science and Technology Center.

2005

  • Dr. Katherine M. Johnson resigns as third president of Nash Community College.
  • William S. Carver, II is selected as the fourth President of Nash Community College.
  • The Science and Technology Center is dedicated on October 26, 2005.

2007

  • Nash Community College celebrates 40th Anniversary
  • Nash Community College’s Betsy B. Currin Child Development Center (CDC) received accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

2008

  • Nash Community College Foundation celebrates 25th anniversary.

2009

  • Nash Community College Machining Department celebrates accreditation by the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS).
  • Public Safety Training Lab is installed.

2010

  • Nash Community College Medical Assisting program celebrates accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

2011

  • Nash Community College celebrates reaffirmation of accreditation by SACS.

2012

  • Nash Community College celebrates 45 years of teaching and learning.
  • Approved bond referendum for Continuing Education and Public Services Building.
  • Business and Industry Center expanded to include Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management classrooms.
  • Betsy B. Currin Child Development Center expanded to include Early Childhood Education classrooms.

2013

  • Road constructed to connect south campus to Eastern Avenue.