NCC Meets State Performance Measures

Over Curriculum 3,100 students fill the classrooms, halls and parking lots at Nash Community College this fall as administrators, faculty and staff continue to ramp up their FOCUS on student success.

FOCUS, which stands for Fostering Opportunity Cultivating Unparalleled Success, is part of the College’s quality enhancement plan aims to improve student success, retention and the first year experience as a whole.

Prior to the fall semester, NCC faculty participated in professional development centered on learning styles and learned strategies to enhance the opportunities and outcomes of NCC students. Additionally, NCC will be implementing AVID for Higher Education, to provide faculty with more opportunities to sharpen their teaching practices and improve student learning outcomes.

New this semester, NCC implemented an English Studio, similar to the College’s Math Tank which opened last year. Both the English Studio and Math Tank feature new state-of-the-art instructional technologies, wireless control systems and high definition video distribution system in a modern, open and inviting environment. The goal of both learning labs is to enhance student learning in Developmental Math, English and Reading by allowing the instructors to provide more individualized attention to learning styles and progress. Students may use the equipment for individual tutorial assistance, computer access, instructional resources and monitored testing and assignments. Special lab features facilitate assessment and feedback of student work, which allows instructors to provide immediate feedback and guidance to the students, which allows the students to meet course learning outcomes more effectively.

During the first week of fall classes, faculty and staff were positioned throughout campus to help students find their way. “Whether our students are 19 years old and transitioning in from high school or they are 32 years old and have been misplaced from a job, this may be their first college experience,” NCC Vice President for Instruction and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Trent Mohrbutter said. “With the FOCUS initiative, part of what we are creating is a sort of a calming. We are excited to have them on campus and want them to know that.”

Recent North Carolina Community College System performance measures indicate the College’s FOCUS initiative is already paying off. The North Carolina Community College System Office’s Critical Success Factors report released this summer lists NCC as one of only 27 of the 58 North Carolina community colleges to meet or exceed the System standard on all seven performance measures according to the System’s recent Critical Success Factors report. The 2012 report measures data based on the previous academic year, 2010-11. The full report is available at http://www.nccommunitycolleges.edu/Publications/docs/Publications/csf2012.pdf.

For the 2010-11 academic year, Nash Community College’s performance was measured as follows:

• License/Certification Pass Rates: State benchmark: 80%; NCC: 82%.
• Performance of College Transfer Students: State benchmark: 83% with a 2.0+ GPA; NCC: 86% with a 2.0+ GPA.
• Passing Rates in Developmental Courses: State benchmark: 75%; NCC: 97%.
• Success Rate of Developmental Students in Subsequent College Level Courses: State benchmark: 80%; NCC: 85%.
• Student Satisfaction of Completers and Non-Completers: State benchmark: 90%; NCC: 99%.
• Curriculum Student Retention, Graduation & Transfer: State benchmark: 65%; NCC: 66%.
• Client Satisfaction with Customized Training: State benchmark: 90%; NCC: 95%.

“We understand that coming to college is a big deal and plays a vital role in a student’s future success,” Mohrbutter said. “We want our students to know that Nash Community College is all about their road to success.”

For more information on Nash Community College or the FOCUS initiative, call 252-451-8235.

**Network Outage Saturday, August 25, 2012**

NCC will be turning off power to Building A Saturday, August 25, 2012 to make an electrical repair. Due to the power outage, all campus network resources including servers, internet access, communication between local computers, the phone system and WebAdvisor will be unavailable from 8am until 12pm provided no additional down time is needed for repairs. The NCC website, Student Email, Moodle and Blackboard will be available during the outage.

NCC Nurse Aides Graduate

Nash Community College is pleased to announce its recent Nurse Aide I (NAI) and Nurse Aide II (NAII) graduates.

The Nurse Aide I course introduces basic nursing skills required to provide personal care for patients in a health care setting. “NAI students are often surprised at the range of topics the NAI course covers – everything from the legalities of healthcare to proper infection control techniques to how to deal with patients who are terminally ill,” Nurse Aide Program Coordinator Rita Joyner said. Once a student completes the NAI course and passes the state mandated NAI exam they are certified to work in a variety of healthcare setting and to function along with the nurse as a vital part of the healthcare team. “Many NAI graduates go on to nursing school. The NAI course gives them a solid foundation to further their education in healthcare,” Joyner said.

NAII students are often seasoned in providing direct patient care and wish to expand their knowledge. Having a NAII certification often helps graduates secure a promotion in the field. “It is rewarding to see the students develop and expand their skills as they prepare to enter, or progress, in the field of healthcare.” NAII graduates are eligible to apply for the North Carolina State Board of Nursing NAII credential.

Nurse Aide I: Front Row (left to right): Kristy Jones of Spring Hope, Lenora Williams of Hollister, Stacy Stewart of Middlesex, Beverly Burkhart of Wendell, Brenda (Katie) Patton of Louisburg, Shalee Lynch of Rocky Mount and Adrianna Greer of Louisburg. Back Row: Danny Walker of Rocky Mount, Kameshia Lynch of Rocky Mount, Brittani Blanchard of Tarboro, Elaine Harris of Rocky Mount, Jason Peace of Youngsville, Maria Antunez of Bailey, Jazmin Castillo of Rocky Mount, Zorma Hines of Nashville and Gregory Harris of Rocky Mount. Not Pictured: Maria Avila of Rocky Mount.

Nurse Aide I: Front Row (left to right): Caitlin Hinkle of Bunn, Jennifer Lewis of Nashville, Amber Winstead of Nashville, Nyeishia Hedgepeth of Rocky Mount, Danielle Yates of Nashville and Brenda Katrice Horne of Nashville. Back Row: Tia Rasmussen of Tarboro, Hassan Alexander of Nashville, Justina Lynch of Holister, Candace Daughtridge of Nashville, Chastity Hedgepeth of Rocky Mount and Yvonne McLeod of Rocky Mount.

Nurse Aide I: Front Row (left to right): Chelsea Hutsell of Rocky Mount, Ashley Lynch of Hollister, Nikeshea Nelson of Nashville, Audrey Garrett of Rocky Mount and Brittany Barefoot of Willow Springs. Back Row: Ashely Perry of Rocky Mount, Latifah Spearman of Rocky Mount, Tim Igleman of Wake Forest, Norma Garrett of Rocky Mount and Deborah (Susie) Rice of Battleboro. Not Pictured: Shanika Barnes of Hollister, Maggie Harrison of Rocky Mount.

Nurse Aide I: L to R: Qutaya Cooper of Nashville, Katie Boykin of Spring Hope, Hayley Finch of Bailey, Jennifer Harrell of Nashville, Amber Winstead of Rocky Mount. Not Pictured: Amanda Eley of Rocky Mount, Christopher Erb of Rocky Mount, Bryan Ferrell of Rocky Mount, Kristin Taylor of Rocky Mount, Kiwanya Richardson of Nashville, Mickey Richardson of Littleton and Amber Winstead of Rocky Mount.

Nurse Aide I: Front Row (left to right): Makayla Butler of Nashville, Qui’shonta Arrington of Rocky Mount and Witney Horry of Rocky Mount. Back Row: April Henson of Rocky Mount, Amy Faircloth of Nashville, Victoria Frazier of Nashville. Not Pictured: Chelsie Cooper of Rocky Mount, Brittany Fowler of Zebulon, Mahala Tant of Louisburg, Tanisha Lee of Littleton, Miriam Luviano-Serrano of Elm City, Jennifer Peacock of Rocky Mount, Jessica Smith of Nashville, Amber Snow of Nashville, Jordan Thomas of Nashville, Ashley Walls of Rocky Mount, Anna-Kathryn Walston of Rocky Mount, Elizabeth Walston of Rocky Mount and Vicky Winstead of Spring Hope.Nurse Aide II: Front Row (left to right): Shonda Lewis of Nashville, LaDonna Lisa Hart of Rocky Mount, Tonya Thorne of Rocky Mount and Christy Jones of Spring Hope. Back Row: Kimberly Hufton of Elm City, Carrie Delbridge of Roanoke Rapids, Helen Nunnery of Louisburg, Shanda Marks of Nashville,  Daniel Hall of Rocky Mount. Not Pictured: Carol Alston of Nashville, Jessica Hobson of Rocky Mount, Julie Jenkins of Middlesex, Rhonda Johnson of Rocky Mount, Lekether Lucas of Rocky Mount, Martha Scott of Pleasant Hill and Margaret Tant of Rocky Mount.

For more information on Nash Community College’s Nurse Aide program, call 252-451-8352.

Free Small Business Seminars

The Nash Community College Small Business Center is offering the following free seminars this fall. To register or for more information, call 252-451-8233.

Dynamite Marketing on a Firecracker Budget
August 23, 2012, 6-9 p.m.

Bookkeeping and Taxes for Small Businesses
August 28, 2012, 6-9 p.m.

Effective Leadership for Managers
September 11, 2012, 1-4 p.m.

Time Management for Managers
September 19, 2012, 1-4 p.m.

Best Business to Start Now
September 19, 2012, 6-9 p.m.

Grant Writing
September 20, 2012, 6-9 p.m.

Improve Your Credit Score to 740+ Get Business/Personal Loan
September 27, 2012, 6-9 p.m.

How to Protect Your Non-Profit Finances & Prevent Embezzlement
October 4, 2012, 6-9 p.m.

Creating Marketing & Branding For Your Hometown
October 9, 2012 1– 4 p.m.

Writing a Successful Business Plan
October 11, 2012, 6-9 p.m.

Understanding  Different Generations
October 18, 2012, 1– 4 p.m.

Obtaining a Loan for Your Small Business
October 18, 2012, 6-9 p.m.

How to Start a Successful Business
October 25, 2012, 6-9 p.m.

Dynamite Marketing on a Firecracker Budget
November 1, 2012, 6-9 p.m.

Bookkeeping and Taxes for Small Businesses
November 6, 2012, 6-9 p.m.

Customer Service
November 15, 2012, 1-4 p.m.

Things to Consider Before Starting a Commercial/Residential Cleaning Business
November 15, 2012, 6-9 p.m.

Social Media for Business
November 29, 2012, 6-9 p.m.

QuickBooks
December 7, 2012 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

NCC FOCUSes on Student Success

NCC students were welcomed back to campus this week as the fall  semester began Wednesday morning.

As part of the College’s FOCUS initiative, faculty and staff were positioned throughout campus to help students find their way.

“Whether they are 19 years old and transitioning in from high school or they are 32 years old and have been misplaced from a job – this is their first day on a college campus,” NCC Vice President for Instruction and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Trent Mohrbutter said. “With the 
FOCUS initiative, part 
of what we are creating is a sort of a calming. We are excited to have them on campus and want them to know that.”

FOCUS, which stands for Fostering Opportunity Cultivating Unparallelled Success, is a program which aims to improve student success, retention and the first year experience.

“We understand that coming to college is a big deal, and so that is what the FOCUS T-shirts are all about,” Mohrbutter said. “The students can ask us anything they need. We want them to understand that Nash Community College is all about their road to success.”

The College’s new Culinary Arts, Hospitality Management and Early Childhood Education spaces opened this week alleviating needed classroom space throughout campus. NCC enrollment has grown to more than 3,100 students this semester.

Free Printing!

FREE PRINTING – Syllabi, schedules and other course related material 8/15/12 – 8/21/12.

S&T Bldg. Rm. 7109

M-Th: 9am-6pm, F: 9am-2pm

NCC Library

M-T: 7:30 am-9pm, W-Th: 7:30 am-8pm, Friday 7:30 am-4pm

NCC Employees Extend Learning with International Travel

Nash Community College faculty and staff travel at times internationally. This is not sightseeing. They are integrating their experiences into curriculum programs and the fulfillment of the College’s mission.

Humanities Professor Marbeth Holmes was accepted for study and research in “Transformations Within the New South Africa,” a course she attended in South Africa in May. The competitive enrollment selection included 20 students from seven universities across the United States.

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Tar River Reads: One book, one community

Tar River Reads is a community-wide reading program designed to inspire as many people as possible in the Twin Counties to read a selected book during a given period of time.

During the month of September 2012, we’re encouraging students, faculty, staff and community members to read Walking Across Egypt by Clyde Edgerton, to participate in related discussions and activities.

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