NCC Employees Publish Best Practices in Higher Ed

Deana Guido, Dean of Transfer and Learning, Nash Community College

Articles written by two Nash Community College (NCC) employees have been published in national trade publications. The goal of both pieces was to provide lessons learned at Nash Community College that can be shared and adapted by other colleges.

In the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development’s (NISOD) Innovation Abstracts, Nash Community College’s Dean of Transfer and Learning Resources shared the college’s professional development experiences and instructional strategies. The article titled “If You Feed Them, They Will Come: Ten Commandments of Successful Professional Enrichment” explains NCC’s professional development experiences, Blue Love, the 10 Commandments instructional strategy and an AVID snack-and-share.

“Two years ago Nash Community College embarked on a campuswide, strategic professional development plan via AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination),” Guido wrote. “This comprehensive professional development included instructional activities that helped change the culture of the entire campus.” She described being part of this paradigm shift as one of the most significant and rewarding endeavors in her career. “Bringing faculty together from across the campus on a regular basis to identify barriers and build toward student success altered the trajectory of this campus, and the best is yet to come,” Guido continued.

NISOD was established in 1978 with grants from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Fund for the Improvement of Post-secondary Education. The organization is a consortium of two-year colleges sharing a philosophical commitment to excellence in teaching, learning, and leadership.

Guido holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in music history and theory from State University of New York at Geneseo, a Master of Science in library science from The Catholic University of America and a graduate certificate in counselor education from North Carolina State University. She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy degree in educational evaluation and research from North Carolina State University and has been employed at NCC since 2010.


Kelley Deal, Senior Director of Marketing and Communication, Nash Community College

Kelley Deal’s article, “Tried-and-True Strategies for Single-Handedly Managing Social Media,” ran in the National Council of Marketing and Public Relations’ July 2014 40th Anniversary edition of Counsel magazine and provides best practices for college social media managers. She recommends colleges use social media for customer service, and that they not try to have a presence on every channel, but to master where they are. “Social media should be used for more than one-way communication,” she wrote. “Sure, it serves as a medium by which we post announcements and share updates, but it is far more than that. Students should be engaged and feel informed because of the way you talk with them, not at them.” Deal serves as Nash Community College’s Senior Director of Marketing and Communication. “Being seen with only one follower and a couple of year-old posts can hurt your online clout as prospective students and donors may see this as an indication of your passivity in other areas,” she wrote. Deal joined the college in 2007 and holds a Bachelor of Art’s degree in communication from East Carolina University. She plans to complete her Master’s degree in communication at ECU this fall.

Both articles address the rapidly changing nature of higher education as an opportunity for community college leaders to be change agents. “Our prospective students’ world is instant and spontaneous. Today’s students are going to choose a college that aligns with their way of thinking, like it or not,” Deal said. “Millennials bring a different expectation of learning to campus,” Guido wrote. “Bringing faculty together from across the campus on a regular basis to identify barriers and build toward student success altered the trajectory of this campus, and the best is yet to come.”

Alumni Association Spotlight: Grant Sherrod

Grant Sherrod

Grant Sherrod, NCC Alumnus

“I have made many careless decisions in my life; however, choosing Nash wasn’t one of them. After graduating high school, I decided to complete my first two years at Nash as a College Transfer student. This decision provided the foundation for a great future. For me, I chose Nash because of the minimal cost and the small class size.

Nash Community College students are provided with instruction which promotes success in the classroom. When I talked to friends who went to other schools about how things were going and what classes they were taking, they all seemed to have the same response – they felt lost. This is a problem I never endured at Nash Community College. One of the hardest classes I took was college level general chemistry; however, with assistance from my instructor I found success.

My instructors were willing to provide assistance when it was needed. Of all the instructors at Nash, no one comes close to my math instructor Mrs. Dina Pitt. She is an extraordinary person who cares about every one of her students and their future. Mrs. Pitt was in tune to her students and ready to assist with any issues that were hindering success. She always had that saying, “We Appreciate You at Nash Community College. I genuinely felt appreciated.

After completing my AA degree this summer, I can finally say that in the fall of this year I will be attending East Carolina University. My goal is to complete two degrees; B.A. in Accounting and B.S. in Economics. Eventually I would like to attend graduate school. Looking back I am thankful for the decision to attend Nash Community College my first two years. Through my experience Nash provided the opportunity to learn, meet new people, and find out lessons to enable me to be successful. My name is Grant Sherrod and I’m proud to say, I Chose Nash!!”

Contributed by: Grant Sherrod, NCC Alumnus

New NCC Trustees Bring Extensive Public Safety Leadership Experience

Nash Community College’s leadership is poised to steer continued growth in public safety training. Two new recent Board of Trustees appointments bring decades of experience in first responder and emergency management leadership to the College’s governing body. Both community college alumni, James A. Mercer of Nashville and Chief J. Keith Harris of Rocky Mount, will serve four-year terms. Mercer was appointed by the Nash County Board of Commissioners and Chief Harris was appointed by Governor Pat McCrory. With the addition of the new Continuing Education and Public Services Building slated to open on the south end of campus next spring, the new NCC leaders will enhance the College’s ability to meet the needs of the public services sector, and the local and regional communities.

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James A. Mercer

Mercer completed his Associate in Applied Science degree in Criminal Justice at Nash Community College, and transferred to Shaw University to earn his Bachelor of Science degree in Behavioral Sciences. He has 25 years’ experience in fire service and emergency management, including North Carolina certifications as Emergency Management Coordinator Type I, Certified Hazardous Material Responder, Certified First Aid Instructor, Level II Fire Service Instructor, Fire Service Methodology Instructor, Level II Fire Inspector and has had extensive Incident Command and Hazardous Material (HazMat) training.

Mercer is a 30-year veteran of the United States Army, North Carolina National Guard and the United States Army Reserves having served in the United States Army during combat in Iraq. He is the Senior Army Instructor for the JROTC at Wallace-Rose Hill High School in Teachey, North Carolina. His professional experience also includes service as a police officer and firefighter in Rocky Mount and Director of Emergency Services for Edgecombe County. He led Edgecombe County’s emergency response and disaster recovery during Hurricane Floyd in 1999 and has held the positions of Director of Emergency Management for the City of Raleigh, and Director of Public Services for Nash Community College during his career. In 1999, he received the Emergency Manager of the Year ‘Edward Griffin Award’ from the North Carolina State Emergency Management Association and was named Nash Community College’s Outstanding Alumnus in 2003.

Keith Harris

Chief J. Keith Harris

Chief J. Keith Harris worked in the fire, rescue, and emergency medical fields for over 31 years and retired as the Rocky Mount Fire Chief in April 2010. From 1999 until 2003 he served as Rocky Mount’s Hurricane Floyd Flood Recovery Manager. He has assisted in many other areas of North Carolina as well as other states aiding in recovery from disasters, including the Gulf Region following Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Throughout his career Chief Harris was involved with local and state-level emergency management and homeland security programs, federal disaster response, and recovery, mitigation, and preparedness programs. He has lectured nationally and provided training on emergency preparedness, severe weather and flooding at many venues across the United States. Chief Harris assisted the National Weather Service in the development of nationwide hurricane drills, and served on numerous local and state committees associated with emergency management and homeland security. In 2011 and 2012, Chief Harris served as the North Carolina Long Term Recovery Manager for the American Red Cross, helping communities throughout North Carolina recover from the 2011 tornado outbreak and damages sustained down east from Hurricane Irene.

He is a strong proponent of regionalized approaches whenever possible, and he is most proud of working relationships forged between city, county, and state agencies following 9/11 and during his tenure as Rocky Mount Fire Chief. Harris earned an Associate in Applied Science degree in Fire Protection Technology from Wilson Community College and completed the Municipal Administration Program through the University of North Carolina School of Government.

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NCC Practical Nursing Recognition Ceremony

NCC Practical Nurses graduated on Tuesday, August 5, 2014. The three-semester diploma program prepares individuals with the knowledge and skills to provide nursing care participating in assessment, planning, implementing, and evaluating. Photography by NCC Director of Media Production Andrew P. Small

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NCC Medical Assisting Pinning Ceremony Photos

Nash Community College is proud to announce 11 graduates of its accredited Medical Assisting diploma program. The program, accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), prepares health care professionals to perform administrative, clinical and laboratory procedures. The Medical Assisting curriculum includes anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, medical law and ethics, psychology, communication, medical assisting administrative procedures and medical assisting clinical procedures. Photography by NCC Director of Media Production Andrew P. Small

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