Above, “Russian Holiday” designed by Nash Community College Advertising and Graphic Design Student Ekaterina Belaya-Sykes
Nash Community College is a longtime supporter of the United Way Tar River Region. Through payroll deduction and a variety of campus-wide fundraising efforts, the college’s 2012 campaign raised $18,564.73. This represents a 99.6 percent increase from campus contributions in 2011. Gifts to the Rocky Mount Area United Way remain local, and fund programs and services that reach thousands of people in the Rocky Mount/Nash County area each year. The gift reflects Nash Community College’s commitment to the community. Above, NCC employees support United Way during the jeans days Fridays fundraiser.
The Nash Community College Student Government Association (SGA) led efforts this holiday season resulting in a campus donation of 75 Angel Tree stockings for the Salvation Army and 814 non-perishable food items for United Way. Pictured on the front row, from left: NCC Dean of Learning Resources Deana Guido, NCC SGA President Jordan-Justice Stallings, NCC Accounting student Ramieka Peebles, NCC Assistant Registrar/Interim Student Activities Coordinator and SGA Advisor Kara Deans and NCC Computer Engineering Technology Student Tynesha McGee. Back row, from left: SGA Activities Committee Member Jimmy Horne, SGA Publicity Committee Member Taylor Morgan and NCC Vice President for Student and Enrollment Services Larry Mitchell.
The holiday season is a time of giving and a time for reflecting on the blessings we enjoy. Students, faculty and staff at Nash Community College are appreciative of the many loyal supporters who have demonstrated their generosity this year. Nash Community College students are the direct beneficiary of the community’s investment in the future.
For those considering a year-end charitable gift, please consider the “gift of education” and be assured of making a lasting impact. Donations of any size can be made in honor or in memory of a special friend or family member. The NCC Foundation will send a personalized notice informing the person of the thoughtful gift.
“As an alumnus of Nash Community College, it is an honor to thank you for your consideration of supporting the Nash Community College Foundation. I know firsthand how important you are to the students whose lives are impacted by your dedication and commitment to their success,” 2012 NCC Foundation Board President Lyn Brown said.
Nash Community College employees this year gave back to students in need during the NCC Foundation’s annual Campus Fund Drive by donating at total of $34,236, a 38 percent increase in employee giving from the previous year.
“I have chosen to support Nash Community College because I know the difference the institution makes for the students and our community. Your willingness to provide this gift will make a positive impact for the students. On behalf of the NCC Foundation Board of Directors, I extend our deepest appreciation for your support and commitment to the Nash/Rocky Mount area,” Brown said.
The College will close for business December 19, however, mail and phone messages will be checked periodically during the holiday break. For more information or to make a donation, please call 252-451-8329 or visit www.nashcc.edu/giving to donate online. You can make a difference in the success of students who choose Nash Community College.
The Nash Community College Continuing Education Department held an open house this week for members of the community to sample course offerings and learn more about classes. The Continuing Education Department provides adults with quality and convenient learning opportunities consistent with identified student needs. Courses are designed to assist in the following areas:
- Upgrading or retraining employed individuals
- Providing cultural awareness
- Preparing for entry into an occupation
- Providing self-improvement opportunities
The broad areas of Continuing Education are Adult Education, Workforce Development, Small Business Center, Public Safety Services, Occupational Skills Training, and Professional Training.
Nash Community College was recently ranked #21 among the top 50 Fastest-Growing Public Two-Year Colleges in the United States for Fall 2010 to Fall 2011 percent change in headcount for schools with enrollments of the same size. From Fall 2010 to Fall 2011, Nash Community College experienced a six percent growth in head count.
The college is experiencing growth for a variety of reasons. “Nash Community College does not focus on just one area of study. All of the college’s offerings are relevant and balanced. The college strategic plan examines all programs of study and resources aimed at growth, including equipment, and allocates across the curriculum based on employment opportunities in the service area,” Nash Community College President Bill Carver said.
Nash Community College stands ready to meet local demands at all times including when a company experiences a mass layoff or goes out of business by assisting on a rapid response team to address affected displaced workers. As local citizens are faced with the challenges of unemployment and begin filing for benefits, Nash Community College is there to work closely with the Division of Workforce Solutions, the local workforce development board, the NCC WIA Program and the Workforce Development Center.
Moreover, recent campus expansion makes available an advanced manufacturing lab with real-world robotics, mechatronics and computer-integrated machining training scenarios that assist in developing a local skilled workforce for expanding manufacturers. New areas of campus including an English Studio and Math Tank support the college’s continued focus on student completion.
As a result, the college’s curriculum graduation rates continue to rise. From Fall 2010 to 2011, the number of graduates increased by 16 percent. In the last year, the college’s number of fall graduates has increased 40 percent. The recent implementation of Advancement Via Individual Determination, or AVID, in the classroom enhances student learning and performance resulting in student success.
“Recent visits by the State Board of Community Colleges, North Carolina Community College Leadership Program and Bloomberg News are evidence that people are taking notice of our unique instructional talent and innovative methodologies,” Carver said.
For more information on Nash Community College, call 252-451-8235 or visit www.nashcc.edu.
Nash Community College’s Gamma Beta Phi Chapter recently inducted 45 new members for the 2012-2013 academic year. Gamma Beta Phi is a non-profit, co-educational, honor and service organization for students in colleges and universities. Its objectives are to recognize and encourage excellence in education, to promote the development of leadership ability and character, and to foster, disseminate, and improve education through appropriate service projects. To be eligible for Gamma Beta Phi, students must hold a 3.0 or higher cumulative grade point average and must have earned 12 or more semester hours in a major at Nash Community College.
From left to right: First Row: Kristie Agee of Lucama, Howard Barwick of Rocky Mount, Kandice Batts of Rocky Mount, Gwendolyn Blackwell of Battleboro, Teresa Brooks of Rocky Mount, Anna Brown of Rocky Mount, SheldonCarter of Wilson, Jessica Combs of Middlesex, Amanda Cryer of Rocky Mount, Jessica Daniel of Nashville, Ronetta Hendrix of Rocky Mount, Sophia Dunn of Nashville and Loretta Earp of Rocky Mount. Second Row: Dillon Becker of Rocky Mount, Robert Bosley of Bailey, Tremell Cooper of Bailey, Brian Eskew of RockyMount, James Ford of Bailey, Brenda Hardy of Nashville, Tony Drake of Louisburg,Tabatha Holmes of Nashville, Jamille Jordan of Enfield, Joshua Lee of Bailey and Sandra Lucas of Elm City. Third Row: Charity Mitchell of Rocky Mount, Anna Owens of Elm City, Ramieka Peebles of Rocky Mount, Kimberly Sparks of Nashville, Brittany Shearin of Spring Hope, Aaron Thomas Pike of Nashville, Deborah Staton of Pinetops, Zontrey Thomas of Nashville, Brittany Winstead of Nashville, Emily Williams of Bailey and Kimberly Worley of Enfield.