NCC Student Leaders to Host Guest Speakers

Nash Community College’s Men Achieving Leadership and Excellence (M.A.L.E) program is pleased to announce two guest speakers on Monday, April 21st from12-1pm in the college’s Brown Auditorium. In an event for Nash Community College students, faculty and staff, Odell A. Bizzell, II and Vincent K. Harris will present “What does it take to achieve your dreams?” Immediately following the presentation, a special workshop will be offered for M.A.L.E students to have the opportunity to speak one-on-one with the presenters. NCC’s M.A.L.E  program engages male students through monthly speakers, community service activities, group trips, seminars and mentoring.

Odell A. Bizzell

Odell A. Bizzell, II is a trained Toastmasters International facilitator, a successful entrepreneur and an author of five books. He has been featured in USA Today, Yahoo! Finance, CNBC.com and over 200 media outlets. His speaking style has been described as “inspirational comedy.” Odell holds a Master’s degree in Management & Leadership from Liberty University, a Bachelor’s degree in Communication from North Carolina State University, and specializes in motivational speaking, leadership and staff training. Odell has presented on the same stages as Super Bowl winning coach Jim Caldwell, Senior Political Advisor for the Obama administration Dave Axelrod, and many others.

 

Vincent K. Harris

Vincent K. Harris is an entrepreneur, speaker, author and investor and developed The Monopoly System Principles. He also is the Founder of Generation Wealth Revolution and Dynamic Mindset. Vincent’s products have proven to enhance cash flow and the mindset of businesses, authors, experts, consultants and speakers across the nation, producing a number of successful entrepreneurs, in conjunction with his mentorship. Vincent holds a business degree from North Carolina A&T State University.

 

For more information about this event or the Nash Community College M.A.L.E program, please call 252-451-8264.

College Names 2014 Outstanding Alumna

2014 NCC Outstanding Alumna
Lyn C. Brown

Nash Community College has awarded the 2014 Nash Community College Outstanding Alumna Award to Lyn C. Brown of Rocky Mount, recognizing her achievements as a past graduate to provide inspiration for current students. She was selected for the College’s highest alumni honor for her excellence in leadership and service, and dedication to lifelong learning.

 

Lyn Brown’s service extends throughout the community and the State. For years, she has shown her commitment through her unparalleled dedication and passion for helping others. Whether managing IT projects, leading a professional board, raising money for education, or volunteering at her church, service is what Lyn Brown is known for.

 

Lyn Brown began her career as an Administrative Assistant with Rocky Mount Developmental Evaluation Center in 1976. She served with the State for 31 years, becoming a clerical supervisor, and leading staff as a member of the management team. During her tenure, she implemented new computer technology and executed successful projects locally and statewide.

 

Lyn enrolled at Nash Community College during her career with the State. She graduated with an Associate in Applied Science degree in Microcomputer Systems and was promoted to Local and Wide Area Network (LAN/WAN) Manager for North Carolina’s Developmental Evaluation Center Programs in 1997. In 1998, she graduated from NCC with an Associate in Arts – College Transfer degree and continued her education at North Carolina State University where she was a member of the Golden Key International and Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Societies. In 2004, Lyn graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management.

 

Upon her retirement in 2005, Lyn was presented The Order of the Long Leaf Pine by North Carolina Governor Mike Easley. Among the most prestigious awards in North Carolina, the honor is bestowed upon individuals who have a proven record of extraordinary service to the State. Lyn is also a recipient of the Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce Woody Brown Volunteer Award.

 

Lyn Brown currently serves as Financial Account Development Officer/Information Technology Officer at Providence Bank in Rocky Mount. She is actively involved with the Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce, having served as the Board’s Vice Chair for Membership Services and a Chamber Ambassador. Lyn also is a member and Past Vice President of the Women’s Professional Networking Group, and a member of Rocky Mount Business Builders, the Rocky Mount Rotary Club and is a sustaining member of the Junior Guild of Rocky Mount.

 

As the 2011-2012 NCC Foundation Board President, Lyn provided exemplary leadership to Nash Community College and the student scholarship program and she remains active as a NCC Foundation Board Member. She is the Altar Guild Co-Chair at Saint Andrews Episcopal Church in Rocky Mount.

 

Lyn Brown has two adult sons, Wesley (wife, Heather) and David (wife, Claire) and two grandchildren.

NCC to Host Summer Kids Camps

Nash Community College is hosting two summer science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) camps for rising 6th-12th grade students. The first session is June 16-20, 2014 and the second session is June 30-July 3, 2014, from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm daily. Students will participate in laboratory experiments and activities related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

 

Nash Community College has conducted similar STEM camps, biotechnology camps, and other science camps. Both sessions will focus on careers in biotechnology, zoology, human and molecular genetics, wildlife biology, statistics, engineering, pharmacy, and nutrition. Although some content may be similar, each camp will have different activities. During the camps students will participate in many hands-on activities including animal dissections and bridge building.

 

“Participants in this camp will perform many hands-on laboratory and field activities that allow them to use advanced tools, equipment and technology while learning about different fields and careers in science and math. One of our goals is to spark students’ interests in science/math as well as introduce them to the community college setting,” NCC Instructor Reggie Cobb said.

 

The college provides students the opportunity to conduct biotechnology research with university level students and professors while completing their first two years of college without leaving the area. The NCC Mathematics and Sciences Department is growing and encourages people of all ages and backgrounds to become educated in the fields of biology, mathematics, and engineering.

 

The camp costs are $100.00 per participant for session one and $80.00 per participant for session two. Payment is due at the time of registration. Also, several forms must be completed while registering in order for the student to attend. Space is limited to the first 40 participants per session. Since different activities will be conducted during each session, participants may register for one or both camps. Participants are asked to bring their lunch each day. The deadline to register is Friday, June 13, 2014. Registration is in the NCC Continuing Education Department located on the second floor of the Business and Industry Center Monday-Thursday, 8 am-4:30 pm and Friday 8 am-3:30 pm. Space is limited to the first 40 participants per session. Supplies for the lab activities were funded through a grant from the Nash Community College Foundation.

NCC Celebrates Advanced Manufacturing Week

North Carolina Community Colleges are celebrating Advanced Manufacturing Week Monday, April 7th through Friday, April 11th. Nash Community College has planned a week of awareness in partnership with the Nash-Rocky Mount Public School System, local manufacturing companies, and community leaders to ensure the promotion of future advanced manufacturing career opportunities to young students. Efforts to bring awareness to the need and demand for workers will create the pipeline of employees needed in the future to continue to support advanced manufacturing in North Carolina as it is projected to grow.

 

NCC offers degrees, certifications, and diplomas in advanced manufacturing fields such as computer-integrated machining, electronics engineering technology, tire manufacturing, welding, pharmaceutical manufacturing, and other engineering and manufacturing technology disciplines preparing students through career training and industry partnerships.

 

Although, Advanced Manufacturing Week is celebrated annually, Nash Community College exposes local students to the industry and careers in the field year-round. Last October, NCC hosted successful events such as the Industrial and Advanced Manufacturing Academy Parent Night with over 125 participants and the Career and Technical Education (CTE) which had 1,000 attendees including parents and students. In November, NCC presented information about exciting advanced manufacturing careers to 1,400 middle school and high school CTE students. This year, the college has offered parent and school staff awareness sessions to promote the Industrial and Advanced Manufacturing Academy.

 

To celebrate Advanced Manufacturing Week April 7-11, NCC has coordinated events in the Nash-Rocky Mount area. At the first event, being held on Monday, Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools (NRMPS) Industrial & Advanced Manufacturing Academy students will tour Cummins-Rocky Mount Engine Plant, one of Nash County’s largest employers. Students will observe high-tech manufacturing and interact with various department leaders. They will also learn about the Cummins Work Study Scholarship Program (WSSP), an initiative providing scholarship opportunities for students as they work part-time and attend Nash Community College to pursue their Associate’s Degree in Computer-Integrated Machining, Electrical Systems Technology or Industrial Systems Technology.

 

On Tuesday, April 8 and Wednesday, April 9, NRMPS Industrial & Advanced Manufacturing Academy Welding students and Nash Community College Welding students will tour Edwards, Inc. in Spring Hope to observe how various welding techniques and fabrication skills are applied in the field of industrial services.

 

Through the Industrial and Advanced Manufacturing Academy at Nash Community College, high school students can fast-track into careers by completing as many as 19 hours of college credit during high school. With the Academy, offered through support of the North Carolina Advanced Manufacturing Alliance, students explore highly employable career pathway options in fields offering competitive salaries. For more information, contact NCC Recruiter Elizabeth Wall at ewall@nashcc.edu or 252-451-8206.

Alumni Association Spotlight: Robin Latham

In 1984 after finishing high school Robin’s journey with Nash Community College began. Receiving the Gamma Beta Phi scholarship to attend Nash confirmed her desire to start her college career at Nash. “I was not totally certain of my career path, so attending the community college made sense. I also chose Nash because of its location and the availability of general education classes which would transfer to a four-year college.” Robin worked as a tutor for Student Support Services and a teaching assistant in the English Department while attending Nash – experiences which helped her decide to pursue a teaching degree.

After graduating from Nash Community College in 1986, Robin attended Greensboro College. Majoring in Early Childhood Education, she graduated with her bachelor’s degree in 1988. Robin taught in the public school system for a few years, but Nash Community College had her heart. When the opportunity presented itself for her to come to work at Nash, she was up for a new challenge and the chance to make a difference.

In 1993, she began her journey as a full-time employee of Nash Community College in Student Support Services while also teaching for the College part-time. Over twenty years have passed, and Robin now works as a full-time faculty member and advisor. Robin has a Master’s Degree in Adult Education and a Graduate Certificate in Multicultural and Transnational Literatures.

When asked why she came back to Nash Community College to work she said, “I had the desire to explore higher education as a career field and I have passion for Nash Community College. It is here that I feel connected and that I can help change lives.”

Robin also contributes annually to the NCC Foundation Scholarship Fund because, having received several scholarships while in school, she understands firsthand the importance of financial support for student success.

NCC Presents Godspell

Nash Community College students presented a compelling, joyous and quite entertaining production of Godspell last weekend offering a dinner theatre and two show-only performances. Based on the Gospel of Matthew, Godspell presents a unique and revealing look at how community forms around a charismatic leader, and what that community can accomplish together. The exciting update of the classic rock musical by Stephen Schwartz brought to Rocky Mount a story of community that has endured for more than 40 years.

 

Kudos to the following fabulous cast, musicians and crew members! Producer: Lisa Cooper, Director: David Nields, Choreographer: Patricia K. Bradshaw, The Cast: Sam Hattaway (Jesus), Matt Reda (John/Judas), Tucker Bass, Brianna Bennett, Ashton Bulluck, Andrea Dickens, Jaron Fields, Dana Hood, Rachael Mikell, Samuel Overman, Paige Price, Hannah Slaughter, Shelby Spencer and Courtenay Well. The Musicians: Amanda Pauley (Musical Director/Keyboard), Perry Currin (Guitar), Andrew Small (Guitar), Nathan Pauley (Bass) and Ivan Price (Drums). The Chorus: Kelly Harris, Ryan Medlin, Ashleigh Moore, Debbie Lee, Sonya Small and Dr. Keith Smith. The Production Crew: Tameka Wright (Stage Manager), Scott Loveless (Set Construction), Jessica Gay (Costumes, Hair/Make-up, Production Leader), Ashleigh Moore (Chorus & Production Assistant), Darlene Williams (Properties & Costumes), Caitlyn Van Order (Production Assistant), Tristan Hunter (Production & Technical Assistant), Shiloh Burch (Production Assistant & House Manager), Venus Andrews (Hair Stylist Cosmetology Program), and Cosmetology Program Hair Stylists: Jveshia Nicholson, Kaya Cutler, Touche Foster, AKeila Sullivan and Vee Wiggins. The Graphic Designers: Taylor Bowman, Jonathan Davis, Joe DeLoach Brandon Fitch, Tony Johnson, Karla Lilley, Jan Shearin, Stephen Vassalo and Chalea Warth.

 

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Nash Community College annual dinner theatre with a menu consisting of a 70′s flair in honor of Godspell’s original release. The production was a collaboration of the NCC drama production class, Culinary, Hospitality Management, Advertising & Graphic Design, and Cosmetology programs.

Photo Credit: Andrew P. Small, NCC Director of Media Production

Rocky Mount Luncheon Pilot Club Awards Scholarship

Nash Community College nursing student Angelica Williams of Spring Hope has been awarded the Jean Wynne Memorial Scholarship funded by the Rocky Mount Luncheon Pilot Club. The scholarship is awarded annually to a student with academic merit. Since its charter in March 1975, the Rocky Mount Luncheon Pilot Club, Inc. has served community organizations in the Rocky Mount area by raising awareness of brain disorders. Pictured from left, Rocky Mount Luncheon Pilot Club President Loretta Turner, NCC Nursing student and recipient of the Jean Wynne Memorial Scholarship Angelica Williams, Rocky Mount Luncheon Pilot Club Fundraising Chair Elaine Rose and NCC Foundation Executive Director Pat Ellis Daniels.

 

 

 

NCC Assists Students in Test Preparation

Eduardo Ortiz was the first NCC student to complete a module of the high school equivalency test in the new computerized format.

The workforce has changed, and so has the General Educational Development (GED) test. The GED test is now known as the high school equivalency test. The handwritten test has been replaced by a computer-based high school equivalency test. Scores on GED tests taken before December 31, 2013 have expired. Nash Community College wants to help students better prepare to face the future by completing the high school equivalency test.

Earning a high school equivalency will show that students are prepared for the next step whether that is a better job with higher earning potential or a college education. High school equivalency recipients are likely to make $115 more each week than individuals without a high school education. What this means is having a high school degree can translate to increased earnings throughout your career. Students can begin working today toward a higher earning potential.

Nash Community College staff will provide assistance at no cost as students prepare to take the high school equivalency test. Individuals interested in completing their high school equivalency exam are invited to one of the following spring orientation sessions:

April 7, 8, and 9th: 1:00-5:00 PM and 5:00-9:00 PM
April 4, 11: 9:00 AM-1:00 PM

Invest in yourself and your future. Call 252.451.8246 to schedule an orientation session and learn more about this program.

Foundation Launches Campaign to Help Students Continuing Education

Pictured from left: Nash Community College Foundation Executive Director Pat Ellis Daniels, Nash Community College Foundation 2014 Campaign Chair Jake Parrott of Battle, Winslow, Scott & Wiley P.A. and Nash Community College President Bill Carver in front of the Continuing Education and Public Services Building construction site which will open in mid 2015.

The Nash Community College Foundation 2014 Campaign will begin on March 25th under the leadership of the Board of Directors to help meet the needs of the College and to provide support for students continuing their education.
“Generations of students have depended on Nash Community College as they pursue a degree or develop a skill-set to better themselves and improve the quality of life for their families. Many of these students graduate and contribute to the local workforce and economy and are where they are today because of donors’ support,” NCC Foundation 2014 Campaign Chair Jake Parrott said. “Gifts from individuals and organizations ensure that resources are available to help students take advantage of the quality instruction and higher educational opportunities the College provides,” Parrott continued.
“Because of receiving a scholarship, I was able to take more classes this year and will graduate in the spring with Associate in Science and Computer Engineering Technology Degrees,” student Omar Allen of Middlesex said. “My dream of going to NC State is realistic because I can transfer there in the fall of 2015. The scholarship means everything,” Allen said.
In addition to the scholarship program, there are many ways in which donors can be an important part of the Continuing Education and Public Services building which will open in mid 2015.  Contributions will be used to provide state-of-the-art equipment and instructional support. Building, classroom and lab naming opportunities exist.
“2014 is an exciting time for the college as we add to the footprint of the campus to meet the complex demands of a modern workforce,” President Bill Carver said.  “Students come to us from all walks of life.  They leave as our community’s firefighters, police officers, nurses, and emergency medical personnel.  The College continues to meet the needs of local business and industry sending graduates back into the community ensuring these critical, lifesaving roles are filled. Training students for relevant careers, or helping individuals transition to a four year college or university is a high priority.”
College officials are often at the table along with the North Carolina Department of Commerce, area Chambers of Commerce, the Carolinas Gateway Partnership and other organizations when critical considerations are being made by industry seeking a new place to grow and prosper. Several factors are examined by companies during this decision-making process and education and available training are undeniably key. Nash County is an attractive area for industry and that is partly because of responsive educational opportunities and advanced industry training.
Thank you for your consideration in helping support a vibrant community college through your investment in education.  Gift options are available that may be an advantageous way of giving to the NCC Foundation. Your support will make a difference in our community and in the lives of its citizens every day.  For more information about making a contribution, please contact Executive Director Pat Daniels at (252) 451-8329 or email pdaniels@nashcc.edu.

Alumni Association Spotlight: Donna Reams

“I started out working for a local physician’s office as a secretary, and then went to work at the hospital as a Physical Therapy Technician. It was then that I realized I wanted to pursue a career in the healthcare field,” NCC Alumna Donna Reams remembers. It all started for Donna in 1992 when she enrolled at Nash Community College in pursuit of an Associate Degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant.

 

Donna chose Nash Community College because of its location and the flexibility it offered, allowing her to take care of her family. While at Nash, she was a member of Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society, serving as secretary of the Physical Therapist Assistant Student Organization, and was named to the Who’s Who Among American Junior College Students. After a lot of hard work, she graduated with honors as a Physical Therapist Assistant in 1997.

 

“I have been employed with Nash Health Care Systems for seventeen years, serving in a variety of roles including Physical Therapist Assistant, Unit Coordinator, and currently the Rehab Supervisor in the Acute Care Setting,” Reams said. “I love my job, and Nash Community College helped me to achieve a priceless gift. My respects are given to the instructors in my program. It was tough, but they prepared me for the workforce and have played a major role in my success.”

 

Since graduating from Nash Community College, Donna’s daughter also graduated from Nash Community College with an Associate’s Degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant. Just like her mother, Heather has gone on to find success within her own career. “Nash Community College, and my decision to return to school had a major impact on my daughter’s decision to go into the field.”

 

Donna offered these simple words of advice for all: “These blocks on life’s journey can be either building blocks or road blocks; it is your choice.” – Author Unknown