NCC Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony

NCC Trustees, Nash County officials and special guests break ground during a recent ceremony signifying the beginning of construction for the new Continuing Education and Public Services building.

A groundbreaking ceremony held at Nash Community College on Tuesday, October 22nd marked the beginning of the new Continuing Education and Public Services building construction project. This expansion process started in 2010 with the purchase of 25 acres of adjacent property. The architects and the contractors were selected and building plans were completed. The college expansion features a repeat team of Oakley-Collier Architects, PA and W. M. Jordan Company/Bordeaux Construction Company, a joint venture and a partnership proven during the construction of Nash Community College’s Science and Technology building.

“This is an exciting time at the college. The future is being shaped here and growth is apparent. The new building will offer 78,000 square feet and 400 parking spaces. It will re-purpose 30,000 square feet of current space to accommodate more students and more programs. Our county leaders helped to make this a reality,” NCC President Bill Carver shared. The Continuing Education facility will enhance the College’s ability to meet the growing needs of the community and assist in enhancing local economic development through continued industry and customized workforce training. It will allow the college to continue providing high levels of preparation of area law enforcement agencies, fire departments, emergency medical personnel and other training that evolves with an expanding and aging population and disaster response. The college will deliver adult education, basic skills, special needs, and literacy programs in the new Continuing Education and Public Services building. This continued education is a critical for NCC to serve complex business sectors, and provide the best workforce and economic development resources.

“Students enter the campus from all walks of life. They leave as your firefighters, police officers, nurses, detention officers and emergency medical personnel. The community college graduate is likely to be your neighbor. I often say, community is our middle name. This building will belong to the community and will serve Nash County, and especially those citizens who voted yes for education as a result of the May 2012 bond referendum,” Carver said. Many Nash Community College graduates help to ensure critical lifesaving public service roles are filled, responding as local heroes in times of peril. The college tailors its offerings to meet the complex demands of a modern workforce and is prepared to meet the needs of the local citizens and of those who entrust their education and future with NCC.

 

NCC Purchases Line Truck with Progress Energy Foundation Grant

Nash Community College Electric Line Construction students will gain new skills and experience to prepare them for careers in the electrical utility field. This is due to a grant from the Progress Energy Foundation that allowed the college to purchase a Polecat line truck for the program. Students will have the opportunity for hands-on practice and most importantly, supervised “real-world” training in safety procedures while working up to 30 feet above the ground.
“Line construction can be physically challenging,” said NCC President Bill Carver. “Graduates of the program keep our lights on, our homes comfortable, and our schools and companies operational. Our students deserve to be prepared with the knowledge of how to do their jobs efficiently and safely. Progress Energy Foundation’s support ensures that NCC’s unique Electric Line Construction program continues to provide employers with workers who possess the skills and training to be productive from the very first day on the job.”

 

The experience of instructors Bob Schubauer and Larry Blair, along with the new line truck, adds a new area of training to NCC’s Electric Line Construction program which trains over 100 students each year for careers in the preparation and repair of electrical utility service. Operating and working in an aerial platform like the line truck requires specialized qualifications, knowledge and safety practices.

 

“Students have the opportunity to practice job skills through the controlled environment of the classwork under the eye of experienced instructors,” instructor Bob Schubauer said. “Safety habits form now, before the student is hired and has to perform under the intense pressure of something like the aftermath of a hurricane,” Larry Blair explained.

 

“Nash Community College does an outstanding job of training the next generation of line technicians, and we are proud to partner with them to help acquire the equipment they need to prepare students for such an exciting and challenging career,” Duke Energy District Manager Tanya Evans said.

NCC Foundation Hosts 24th Annual Student Scholarship Golf Classic

The 24th Annual Nash Community College Foundation Student Scholarship Golf Classic was held at Benvenue Country Club in Rocky Mount on October 17, 2013 with 132 golfers participating.

2013 Tournament Chair Lank Dunton of Southern Bank thanks the golfers for their support as NCC Board Chair Sam Dickens and NCC Chief Academic Officer Dr. Trent Mohrbutter look on.
Members of the golf committee coordinating the event were 2013 Committee Chair, Lank Dunton, Vice President, Southern Bank & Trust Company; Jeffrey Batts, Attorney, Batts, Batts & Bell; Cam Blalock, Sr. Vice President Corporate Services, Nash Health Care Systems; Bill Carver, President, Nash Community College; David Combs, Broker/Owner, Century 21/The Combs Company; Pat Daniels, Executive Director, Nash Community College Foundation; Phil Dixon, Director of Sales and Training, Construction Imaging by Viewpoint; Annette Dishner, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Nash Community College; Trent Mohrbutter, Vice President for Instruction and Chief Academic Officer, Nash Community College; Scott Rogers, Assistant Emergency Services Director, Nash County; Joe Saputo, President, Carolina Eagle Budweiser, Inc. and Morris Wilder, CPA, Business Consultant.

This year’s grand tournament sponsors were Autumn Care of Nash, Cummins Rocky Mount Engine Plant, Oakley-Collier Architects, P.A., MBM, Sandy Cross Consultant Service, Inc., Wells Fargo, McLane and North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives. Golf carts were sponsored by Franklin Street Partners and Nash Health Care Systems. 2013 Hospitality/Event Contributors were Benvenue Country Club, Canteen Vending Services, Carolina Eagle Budweiser, Inc., Davenport Autopark, Speight’s Trophy Shop and SunDrop Bottling Company of Rocky Mount.

Championship Division – Tournament Champions

The first place team in the championship flight was UR.stocks.R.up with a total net score of 49. Team members included (from left): Gray Daughtridge, Phil Dixon, Jamin Dixon and Wes Ballance.

Championship Division – Runner Up

In second place was the Teeny Weeny Cleaning Service team with a net score of 50 . Team members included (from left): Graham Campbell, Al Godwin, Johnny Poland and Bob Norman.

First Division – Champions


The first flight winner was the Wells Fargo team with a net score of 54. Team members included (from left): Grant Everette, Bryan Williams, Tem Myers and Frank Harrison

First Division - Runner Up


The second place winner in the same flight was the Cummins Rocky Mount Engine Plant team with a net score of 54. Team players included (from left):  Ed Willburn, Monte Tippette, Elliot Canupp and Charles Harris.

Second Division – Champions


The City of Rocky Mount team sponsored by Texican Natural Gas was the second flight winner with a net score of 58. Team members included (from left): Rusty Owens, Aubrey Hilliard, Ricky Proctor and Rich Worsinger.

Second Division – Runner Up


The second place winner in the second flight was the Oakley-Collier Architects team with a net score of 59 with team players (from left): Matt Oakley, Franki Joyner, Tim Oakley and David Griffin.

Contest Winners

Closest-to-the-hole contest winners were: Kevin O’Conner on hole 2, representing the MBM Corporation team, Phillip Manning on hole 9 representing the Danco Builders team, Tim Sasser on hole 13 representing Team Harris and Linda Amerson on hole 17 representing the President’s Team. The men’s longest drive winner was Terry Coppedge of Nash Health Care Team and the women’s longest drive winner was Rhonda Williams from the North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives team. Kenney Baker with the Sandy Cross Consultants Team won the Acer Tablet raffle.

On behalf of Nash Community College students, thank you for your support of the 24th Annual NCC Foundation Student Scholarship Golf Classic!

Science Students Meet Acclaimed Scientist

The Nash Community College Math & Science Club recently welcomed Jason Brown, a postdoctoral fellow at Duke University, during Meet the Scientist Day. Brown studies ecological, genetic and geospatial analyses to address evolutionary and conservation questions along with behavioral ecology, evolution and systematics of South American poison frogs. Brown shared about his scientific work in the tropical rainforests of Peru and how his academic path and interests led him to become a scientist. He spoke with the students about their academic goals and interest in careers in science. He and his research have been featured by the BBC, The Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, and National Geographic.

NCC Marketing Team Recognized by National Council

NCC Director of Media Production Andrew Small, left, and Senior Director of Marketing and Communication Kelley Deal, right, receive awards from the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations.

Nash Community College’s Marketing was recently recognized by the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) Southeast United States district for its marketing collateral. The NCMPR is an organization for marketing and public relations professionals at community colleges and technical colleges across the United States.

 

The College’s Marketing team, which includes Senior Director of Marketing and Public Relations Kelley Deal and Director of Media Production Andrew Small, received bronze awards for their 2012-2013 Community Report, the Industrial and Advanced Manufacturing Academy Video and the First Day Matters campaign in the categories of “College Annual Report,” “College Promotional Video” and “Successful Recruitment Marketing Campaign” respectively.

 

Deal serves as NCMPR’s North Carolina state representative for the Southeast US district. She joined the NCC staff in 2007 and was recently named the College’s 2013 Ambassador Award recipient. A graduate of East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication, she is currently a Master of Arts degree candidate in the East Carolina University School of Communication.

 

Andrew Small was a presenter at the conference held in Hilton Head, South Carolina, leading a session titled “Design Asylum” highlighting strategies for marketing professionals and creative professionals to work effectively as a team. Small has been employed with Nash Community College since 2010. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Auburn University and was selected as the College’s 2013 J. Edgar and Peggie T. Moore Staff Award recipient.

 

For more information about Nash Community College, please call 252-451-8235.

NCC Child Development Center Five-Star License Renewed

The Nash Community College Betsy B. Currin Child Development Center recently received an unannounced, random observation by the North Carolina Rated Licensing Assessment Project as a part of center’s three-year review process. Following the review, the Center’s Five-Star license was renewed. In the picture, the Nash Community College Drama Club provides an interactive performance of the stories from the books Where the Wild Things Are and The Biggest Pizza Ever for the children at the NCC Betsy B. Currin Child Development Center. The Child Development Center opened its doors in August 1999 and serves children from birth through five years old from families of college employees, students and the community.  For more information about the Child Development Center, call 252-451-1388 or visit www.nashcc.edu/cdc.

NCC Receives $5,000 Grant to Support Workforce Training Curriculum

The 7×24 Exchange Carolinas Chapter recently presented $5,000 to three North Carolina community colleges, including Nash Community College, Wake Technical Community College and Cleveland Community College. On the same day, $23 million in US Department of Labor funds were awarded to three N.C. community colleges, UNC Charlotte and Moultrie Technical College in Georgia for the development of Mission Critical Operations training. The grant, totaling $15,000 will support marketing and recruitment efforts of the new program.

The growth of Mission Critical Data Centers in the Mid-Atlantic region has created increased demand for operations personnel to maintain the dependability, reliability and energy efficiency of such facilities. In response to that demand, 7×24 Exchange International’s Carolinas Chapter, the leading knowledge exchange for those who design, build, use and maintain mission-critical enterprise information infrastructures, agreed to support a consortium of higher education institutions, led by Cleveland Community College. Cleveland Community College agreed to develop, equip, staff and scale curriculum programs to train and educate the workforce needed for these large data companies and users.

“The Mission Critical Operations skill train has arrived at the station. Those departing (retiring) are taking with them decades of formal and on-job-training skills. Yet, the individual skill sets of those waiting to embark are significantly less than is required by the Mission Critical Industry,” said Paul Marcoux, Senior Vice President of BB&T and the chapter’s Education Chair. “Mission Critical is not just about data centers, it’s about the thousands of people behind the scenes keeping critical support functions operating, 24-7, 365 days a year, including hospitals, critical manufacturing process, 911 call centers, bio manufacturing and hundreds of other critical industries, all facing the same skill shortage.”

Pictured from left: 7×24 Carolinas Membership Chairman David Knight, NCC President Dr. Bill Carver, NC Community College System President Dr. Scott Ralls, 7×24 Carolinas Education Committee Chairman Paul Marcoux, 7×24 Carolinas President Tom Jacobik and 7×24 Carolinas Advisor Robin Aron.

Communities in Schools Eighth Graders Visit NCC

Nash Community College Vice President for Instruction and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Trent Mohrbutter welcomed approximately 40 eighth graders from Parker and Edwards Middle Schools for a College Prep Tour at Nash Community College this week. The students are participants in the Communities in Schools College Access Program which identifies students, beginning in the seventh grade, who show potential for academic success. These students continue through the program until high school graduation. Upon graduation, they receive a last dollar scholarship to continue pursuing their education.

“The goal of the visit was to urge students to begin thinking about which path they might take as they begin high school next year,” NCC Director of Admissions Stephanie Brown said. Students experienced Nash Community College programs through presentations in the Medical Assisting, College Transfer, Biology, Basic Law Enforcement Training, Manufacturing and Cosmetology programs and a tour of the NCC Library. “We want them to begin dreaming big and we encourage them to make higher education part of that dreaming and planning.”

Nash Community College offers a variety of degree, diploma, certificate and Continuing Education options. For more information, or to schedule a tour as an individual or group, please call 252-451-8235. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/nashcommunitycollege.