Alumni Association Spotlight: John Winstead

“My experiences in the NCC Emergency Management program allowed me to gain a more diverse perspective through interaction with the instructors and students throughout North Carolina.”

John Winstead
NCC Alumnus
NCC Director of Fire and Health Services

NCC Shows Blue Love

Nash Community College’s commitment to showing “blue love” has been especially apparent over the past few weeks. The term “blue love”, coined by a faculty member, refers to college employees’ earnest efforts to make every student feel welcome, to assist students in working toward their educational goals, to ensure proper advising and to help overcome barriers to learning that come with everyday life. In celebration of this blue love and spring semester advising, faculty, staff and students held a blue out on Thursday, November 7th marking their commitment.

Continuing in the same spirit, each year Nash Community College reaches out to the community to help those in need. To kickoff the campus’ season of giving, the NCC Student Government Association recently led a campus-wide food drive to benefit Edwards Middle School’s Backpack Buddies program. The campus collected 3,662 items weighing in at 907 pounds. Student leaders challenged student clubs to see which group would collect the most food. The Student Nurses’ Association won the competition.

The Backpack Buddies program provides a backpack filled with ready-to-eat food for students who are identified by the school who may not have adequate food to eat over the weekend. Edwards Middle School has 42 children who benefit from the program. The backpacks are distributed each Friday at the end of the day prior to leaving school for the weekend.