NCC Employees Selected for Educational Leadership Academy

Nash Community College is breeding energy and excitement as it engages all employees to help students achieve success. A testament to this is the College’s Inaugural Educational Leadership Academy. Twenty-five participants completed the 2013-2014 Academy including faculty and staff from all disciplines with a variety of experience levels.

Throughout the year, Educational Leadership Academy members attended professional development led by David Pearce of Medwin Management, an international leader in educational change consulting. Learning sessions focused on topics related to enhanced academic strategies, communication, cross-disciplinary collaboration, team leadership and more. “At Nash Community College, it is clear; the faculty and staff have made a commitment to boost student learning and success by embracing a shared purpose (effective instruction) through effective leadership, collaborative activity and collective responsibility,” Pearce said.

 

The purpose of the NCC Leadership Academy is to set the tone on campus for leadership in the educational environment; setting and communicating clear expectations for student success; creating a cohesive collaborative team; providing constructive corrective feedback related to instruction and student success; and helping the Leadership Academy and the College to holistically work toward continual improvements in educational excellence.

 

Pearce, an author and keynote speaker from North Vancouver, British Columbia, has been working with Nash Community College for three years. In his book, Instruction Matters: one step at a time tells the story of one school districts’ plan to implement change, he explains how a local school district developed and implemented a seven-year plan focusing on instructional intelligence which became the channel for change throughout the school district.

 

“In a short three years Nash Community College has increased student success and retention through their entire campus commitment to professional improvement in instruction and educational leadership. They are making a difference in the community,” Pearce said. “Educational leadership at Nash Community College is creating improved settings conducive to individual learning, faculty sharing, student success and retention.”

 

Nash Community College’s Educational Leadership Academy participants are: Susan Barkalow, Gary Blackburn, Tammie Clark, Lisa Cooper, Kelley Deal, Carla Dunston, Stephanie Fisher, Deana Guido, Amy Harrell, Kimberly King, Mike Latham, Wendy Marlowe, Nathan Mizell, Chris Morgan, Karey Parker, Farley Phillips, Dina Pitt, Don Sexauer, Ginny Stokes, Cheryle Traish, Wil van der Meulen, Jonathan Vester, Katherine Wilder, John Winstead and Nancy Worsinger. In addition to the Academy, a Nash Community College Baton Group is being established that will train under the leadership of the Academy.

Workforce Training Initiatives Give Boost to Region’s Underemployed

In June of 2012, PNC Bank provided $175,000 in grants for two workplace development programs in the Twin Counties. Two years later, the programs are making progress in training the region’s unemployed with workplace skills most needed by employers in the region.

“As the economy has changed, it is more important than ever that the business community partners with the education community to ensure we have a skilled workforce available to help our companies succeed and grow,” said Paula Fryland, PNC regional president.  “These collaborative partnerships allow residents of the Twin Counties to gain the skills needed for current and future jobs right here in our region.”

Nash Community College (NCC) developed the “Workplace Skill-Up Project”, which has helped more than 150 local citizens gain a Career Readiness Certification, achieved through a customized series of modules training the students on the skills they require in reading, writing and math.  Participants work through the modules at their own pace in open lab environments.

The program allows undercredentialed, underemployed, and unemployed citizens to gain work-ready certifications in a much shorter term than a college degree.  A random sampling of participants showed an average test score improvement of 50 percent between the pre-assessment and the end of the semester.

“The PNC grant has allowed NCC to better meet the needs of the community by providing valuable resources and support,” Nash Community College Vice President for Instruction and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Trent Mohrbutter shared. “Participants in the Work Place Skill-Up program have built technical reading, writing, and math skills, received career and academic counseling, and have been able to attain a Career Readiness Certificate. The results have been very positive as many of the participants have found employment and others have continued on with their education at NCC.”

Turning Point Workforce Development Board (Turning Point WDB), is finalizing plans to pilot a “Workforce Simulation Lab”, a facility that will simulate workplace settings to teach employer-preferred skill sets for hard-to-employ citizens in the area. Turning Point WDB has collaborated with Edgecombe Community College, NCC, Rocky Mount Edgecombe Community Development Corporation and several major employers in the area to develop the lab’s training curriculum and functionality which will primarily focus on the region’s three leading job sectors: Advanced Manufacturing, Allied Health and Professional Office / Call Center.

Turning Point WDB is completing facility renovations, with an official lab unveiling planned for December. Training in the Allied Health profession is set to begin in August, and Advanced Manufacturing in spring of 2015.  It will also be available for local employers to use as a training center for process improvement and recruitment.

“The collaboration of these local institutions and employers to create and support this training program demonstrates our region’s ability to work together to provide hope to those who have been hopeless in finding employment with their current skills,” said Michael Williams, director of Turning Point WDB.

NCC’s Workplace Skill-Up program takes place on Nash Community College’s campus at 522 North Old Carriage Rd.  Turning Point WDB’s Workforce Simulation Lab is located at the Edgecombe County Business/Industrial Incubator at 110 Fountain Industrial Park. Both programs are free to residents of Nash and Edgecombe Counties. Interested citizens can learn more or enroll by contacting Nash Community College’s Continuing Education department at 252-451-8246; and Turning Point WDB at 252-443-6175.

Separately, PNC’s talent development organization called PNC University has also partnered with NCC to create a continuing education course called “Introduction to the Financial Services Industry“, to train participants in skills required for jobs available with PNC in the area.  Upon completion of the course, each student is offered an interview with PNC for the respective role, typically teller, lockbox specialist, or collections specialist.

State Employees Credit Union Awards Scholarships

Nash Community College recently announced the student recipients of the State Employees Credit Union (SECU) Continuing Education scholarships. The SECU Continuing Education Scholarship Program began in 2013. Pictured on the front row, from left: Nurse Aide students Tanicquhan Arrington of Rocky Mount and Sonya Smith of Spring Hope. Pictured on the back row, from left: NCC Foundation Executive Director Pat Ellis Daniels, Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) students Tory Williams of Nashville and Jerrick Staton of Rocky Mount and NCC President and SECU Advisory Board Member Bill Carver. Recipients not pictured: CDL student Joshua Boyette of Tarboro, CDL student Rayshawn Cobb of Goldsboro, CDL student Marcus McKinney of Rocky Mount, CDL student Kenneth Poole of Roanoke Rapids, Nurse Aide student Charlotte Richardson of Rocky Mount and CDL student Willie Worley of Nashville.

Nash CC Board Provides Scholarships

The Nash Community College Board of Trustees recently awarded scholarships to students Olvette Arrington and Stuart Ann Prince. Arrington of Rocky Mount holds a 4.0 GPA as a full-time Criminal Justice Technology student. Prince of Bailey is a part-time student planning to enroll in the Physical Therapist Assistant program. Established in 1984 to recognize academic achievement, the Board of Trustees scholarships are awarded annually to deserving Nash Community College students. Pictured from left, Olvette Arrington, NCC Board Chair Sam Dickens and Stuart Ann Prince.

Nash Community College and Barton College Partner on Transfer Agreements

NCC President Bill Carver (left) and Barton College President Dr. Norval C. Kneten establish two new articulation agreements making transfer from Nash to Barton seamless.

Nash Community College and Barton College are pleased to announce a partnership through the establishment of two new articulation agreements. The purpose of the articulation agreement is to promote a seamless pathway for qualified transfer students from Nash Community College to pursue a bachelor’s degree at Barton.

“We are excited that Barton College recognizes the value of the associate degree and how it blends smoothly into the baccalaureate transfer program,” said Dr. Bill Carver, president of Nash Community College. “This partnership provides a seamless transition from the associate’s degree to the bachelor’s degree. As we provide this level of service for our students, we know we are helping them prepare to take that next step in their education after graduating from Nash Community College.”

“Barton College welcomes collaboration with Nash Community College through these new articulation agreements,” said Dr. Norval C. Kneten, president of Barton College. “The connectivity we share through these partnerships broadens the multitude of educational opportunities for students regionally. It is gratifying to see Nash Community College and Barton College students, energized by their collegiate experience, seeking opportunities to continue their education at the baccalaureate and graduate levels.”

Both presidents agree that their respective schools are committed to their communities and to the region at large. They emphasized that this new partnership will only strengthen their institutions’ educational commitment to Eastern North Carolina.

The first of two articulation agreements focuses on Nash Community College students who have completed their Associate in Arts degree or Associate in Science degree with a 2.0 GPA or higher. Having met all standard admission requirements, these Nash Community College graduates may transfer to Barton College at the junior level with all baccalaureate general college core requirements satisfied, with the exception of the junior level general education capstone course (GEN 301) that will be completed during the Barton Experience.

The second articulation addresses Barton’s bilateral agreement with Nash Community College to ensure that those students successfully completing the Human Services Technology Associate in Applied Science degree at NCC may transfer with ease into the Social Work program at Barton College to complete a Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) degree.

Any student who enrolls full time in the Barton College day program under these agreements with Nash Community College will qualify for an additional tuition scholarship.

“Our focus on meeting the needs of our students where they currently are academically means their enthusiasm builds as they imagine their next level of achievement,” explained Dr. Trent L. Mohrbutter, vice president for instruction and chief academic officer. “Part of our role is to make sure those doors of opportunity are open for our students to continue their educational pursuits through partnerships like this one with Barton. These partnerships are better for the students, better for Nash Community College, better for Barton College, and better for the community. At the heart of our institution is the innate desire to develop lifelong learners, learners who are excited about what comes next after they graduate from Nash Community College.”

This collaboration between Nash Community College and Barton College supports both institutions’ commitment to academically prepare students to be successful and productive leaders in their chosen professional fields.

“Barton has a long tradition of welcoming transfer students to the college,” said Dr. Gary Daynes, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Barton College. “These agreements strengthen that tradition by smoothing the transition to Barton for students from Nash Community College. The agreements acknowledge our common interest in ensuring that students think critically, communicate effectively, and find meaningful careers.  And, they demonstrate how public and private institutions of higher education can work together for the good of Eastern North Carolina’s communities.”

Southern Bank Presents Gift to Nash Community College

Southern Bank Senior Vice President Charlie Wells and Vice President and NCC Foundation Director Kim Sutton present Nash Community College President Dr. Bill Carver, NCC Foundation Executive Director Pat Daniels and NCC Foundation Board 2014 Campaign Chair Jake Parrott a $5,000 gift. The contribution is part of the bank’s $25,000 pledge to provide the Southern Bank Classroom naming in the College’s Continuing Education and Public Services Building. The classroom, which will be located in the Corporate Training Wing, will provide state-of-the-art technology and instructional equipment for local citizens continuing their education.

College Names Excellence in Teaching Recipient

From left, J. Edgar Moore, NCC Math Professor Dina Pitt and NCC Vice President for Instruction and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Trent Mohrbutter

Nash Community College Math Professor Dina Pitt of Rocky Mount is the recipient of the 2014 J. Edgar and Peggie T. Moore Excellence in Teaching Award.

The Excellence in Teaching Award nominees are chosen through a peer and a student evaluation process from all full-time faculty members each year. There is a well-defined set of criteria developed to identify and reward quality teaching. The recipient is chosen by secret ballot by the full-time faculty and represents the best in community college instruction.

I would like to think I have contributed to the culture change at NCC, not just in math, but across campus. Not realizing the full virility it could have, I helped create a phenomenon called ‘Blue Love’ that embodies our commitment to the success of our students. All I knew was the difference a little love made in the students’ lives I had touched,” Pitt said.

As the 2014 recipient of the award, Professor Pitt received a cash award from Ed and Peggie Moore of Rocky Mount and served as Faculty Marshal for the College’s spring graduation programs. She will also represent NCC in the statewide North Carolina Community College System’s Excellence in Teaching Award process.

“Not only does Mrs. Pitt care about her students, she cares about every soul in our building. I have witnessed her approaching students that she has never met before to ask them what they want to do in life. With a light push of encouragement, many students find the strength they need to succeed through her. Anyone on campus will agree that she is the funniest and most uplifting instructor they have ever had,” NCC Associate in Science student Jessica Avila said.

With Professor Pitt’s leadership, the Math Department implemented the Developmental Math redesign in fall 2013 and increased student success from 53 percent in fall 2012 to 73 percent in fall 2013.

Professor Pitt holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Mathematics Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Arts degree in Mathematics from Campbell University. She began her career at Nash Community College in 2000.

NCC Student Selected for Leadership Program

From left, Vice President for Student and Enrollment Services Larry Mitchell and NCC College Transfer Student Chris Mercer. Mercer was selected to participate in the NC Community College System Student Leadership Development Program.

Nash Community College Transfer student Christopher “Chris” Mercer is attending the North Carolina Community College System Student Leadership Development Program being held the week of June 1, 2014 at William Peace University in Raleigh.

 

Mercer began as a student at Nash Community College in the fall of 2012 and has earned a 3.3 GPA in addition to the respect of many faculty and staff members. As a supplemental instructor in psychology through the Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) program and a tutor in the English Studio, Chris helps his classmates achieve academic success. Upon graduation from Nash Community College, he plans to attend North Carolina State University to earn undergraduate and graduate degrees in Psychology and to pursue a career as a clinical psychologist and possibly teach in high school or college.

 

Thirty North Carolina community college students were selected for the Student Leadership Development Program, and will participate in hands-on, educational leadership training three times throughout the academic year. In addition to the six-day session in June, Chris will attend two-day mini sessions during the fall and spring semesters.

 

During the training, participants will add to their resumes by learning fundamentals of leadership including communication skills, decision-making strategies, and how to work well in teams through daily workshops, speakers, interactive seminars and activities, and individual and group projects.

 

Following the training, Mercer will share the leadership skills he has learned with the Nash Community College campus through workshops, meetings and other events, to help prepare his peers with skills that will provide a smooth and successful transition into the workforce or as they transfer to a university.

 

 

NCC to Offer STEM Camp for Girls

Nash Community College is offering a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) camp for rising fourth and fifth grade girls Monday, July 28- Thursday, July 31 from 9AM – 4PM each day.

At Girls Outdoors! Natural Science Camp for girls, campers will participate in experiments, games, crafts, and activities designed to enforce STEM concepts, model an active lifestyle, and inspire girls to develop further interests in science and the natural world. The camp will include daily hikes on the Nash Community College campus Live Well and Learn Trail, which winds for over two miles through a wooded area of campus. Each day, a woman engaged in a science career from forestry services to biomanufacturing will join the campers for part of the day to participate in an activity and talk about her career. Campers will complete the camp with a journal of their experiences.

Participants will develop an increased awareness of the world around them, spend at least four hours each camp day engaged in physical activity, interact with females in science careers, and gain confidence in their ability to use STEM knowledge and skills, inspiring them to pursue physical activity and set long-term STEM-related educational goals.

Each day, activities will center around a natural science topic. For example, the topic for day one is Water and Water Quality. Activities include building a rain stick, Secchi Disk Construction, pond sampling, macroinvertebrate survey, microscope use, The Incredible Journey Game, and a visit from a biologist with SePRO. Campers will illustrate how rain and the water cycle have been incorporated into different cultures, discuss adaptations of organisms, follow procedures in water quality analysis, use college lab equipment, and explore a science career. As a result, they will gain knowledge of connections with the natural world, learn STEM concepts, and gain confidence in their STEM abilities. The other topics which will be covered during the camp are wildlife, weather, soil and fossils, and forestry.

The cost of the four-day camp is $100 per participant. To register, visit the NCC Continuing Education Department located on the second floor of the College’s Business and Industry Center. For more information, please call 252-451-8216.