NCC Medical Assistants Earn Diplomas

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Nash Community College recently held a pinning ceremony to recognize eleven graduates from the medical assisting diploma program. Each individual completed the academic and clinical work required to become Medical Assistants as determined by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA). According to program director Nancy Worsinger, “Some have chosen to enter the workforce at this time, while others have returned to campus this fall for additional coursework leading to an associate’s degree in applied sciences.” All of the graduates are eligible to take the national certification exam that will earn them the credential of Certified Medical Assistant, or CMA.

 

This is the seventh class of diploma students to reach this milestone since the Nash Community College program began in 2007. The college developed the program in response to the needs of the surrounding health care community and since that time, the demand for qualified medical assistants has continued to grow. The National Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 29% increase in employment for medical assistants over the next 10 years and we have seen that reflected locally in the excellent job placement rate of our graduates.

 

“The list of required courses for the diploma is very long – totaling 45 credit hours – and requires an overload every semester if completed in one year,” Worsinger said. “Since many of our students are adults with families and part-time or full-time jobs, time management skills are critical to success. I’m continually in awe of what our students are able to balance. And for many, it is the support and understanding of family and friends that make their success possible.”

 

Pictured on the front row, from left to right: Anna Owens, Elm City; Morgan Willcox, Rocky Mount; and Jessica Winstead, Wilson.  Second row: Janicia Rover, Roanoke Rapids; Maria Caudle, Rocky Mount; and Melanie Craft, Rocky Mount. Back row: Janet Silver, Louisburg; Elizabeth Hernandez, Bailey; and Shonlel Evans, Rocky Mount. Not pictured: Amber Crocker, Rocky Mount and Sonal Rathod, Rocky Mount.

Alumni Association Spotlight: Heather Perry

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NCC Alumna, Heather Perry

Graduating from a small Christian school made the decision to attend Nash Community College easier. When I started my college experience, I was introduced to the most amazing faculty and staff. Their genuine support, accessibility, and expertise made the transition smooth.

 

While at Nash, I participated in the work study program. I worked in the Public Relations Department and took pride in my job. I saw “behind the scenes” of the institution. It was at that very moment that I knew I wanted to make Nash my home.

 

My goal was to graduate with my Associate in Arts and transfer to North Carolina Wesleyan College to pursue my Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

 

Because of the hard work of the NCC Foundation and the support of their faithful donors, I received the Gravely Upper Class Scholarship. This scholarship provided the financial means to achieve my goal both at Nash Community College and North Carolina Wesleyan College.

 

The Lord opened the door for me to work at Nash. I began my career on August 1, 2007 as an Accounting Technician in the Business Office working with fixed assets, payables, and later on part time payroll. In March 2011, I accepted the position as Direct Loan Officer in the College’s Financial Aid Department.

 

Working in financial aid is not always easy, but knowing that I can make a difference in the lives of my students is worth it all. I know what it is like to be on the other side of the desk, and it is my prayer that I never lose sight of it!

 

There are always exciting things happening at Nash Community College, and I am looking forward to what the future holds in my career and especially in the lives of our students!

Student Spotlight: Kabryn Mattison

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIf you told me 6 years ago where I would be today, I would not have believed you. High school was not a walk in the park for me. Life happened, personal challenges arose and I didn’t even end up walking at my graduation. Directly after graduation in 2007, I got a job at a local bank and enrolled in a few classes at Nash Community. The instructors were wonderful, but I struggled balancing my personal life and academics. I was straight out of high school and unsure what I wanted to major in —what I wanted to dedicate years of formal education to. Business, Art, English, Science? All of these subjects interested me but nothing left me wanting more. I knew something had to change and that I needed to search for an answer. It was that so called “opportunity paralysis” that pushed me to make a change. I decided to save my money, and to go exploring.

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I cut back here and there, and slowly found ways to save. I’d seen it in the movies; I’d seen photographs of a beautiful and vast wilderness, surrounded by the Tasman Sea that they called New Zealand. Glaciers next to oceans, penguins on beaches, I had to see it to believe it. A working holiday visa was offered there that allowed me to travel for up to a year and work legally in the country when I needed money. So after working two jobs to save up, I bought a plane ticket and a backpack and was off. I explored wildly and challenged myself daily. I worked odd and end jobs; I worked at a sheep farm, a coffee shop, a vineyard, a dairy farm, a yoga retreat and a feijoa orchard to name a few.

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After New Zealand, I flew to Indonesia and traveled across Bali and her surrounding islands. It was there that I began to meet wildlife and environmental conservationists that were making changes in Asia. I snorkeled world-renowned reefs and learned about how humans were affecting them. I met people who dedicated their lives to saving endangered sea turtles, rehabilitating birds from the brink of extinction and raising awareness in local communities to push for change globally. I then flew to Vietnam and during my travels learned about the consequences of mass deforestation and the importance of environmental education. It was then that I knew. I knew that I had to dedicate my life to this cause. I knew I had to become a conservation biologist. I had to learn everything there was to know about the vast world around me, which ironically meant… I had to return home.

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My plane landed on North Carolina soil in 2012, and I was changed and renewed. In order to begin to make my dreams a reality, I had to further my education. The very next semester I enrolled as an Associate in Science, college transfer student at Nash Community College. My decision to enroll at Nash Community was a no-brainer. The small class size, instructor accessibility and solid academic programs I had encountered in my previous enrollment made me feel confident in my choice to start at Nash instead of a four-year university.

2Now, in my last year at Nash, I have come so much farther than I would have expected. Since returning from my trip I have maintained a 4.0, served as an officer for Phi Theta Kappa, and was given the opportunity to serve as a Student Ambassador this year. Nash Community has pushed me to become a stronger woman by fostering my leadership skills and always encouraging me to think bigger and better. Thanks to the amazing Peer Assisted Learning program, PAL, I am tutoring in the very subject that made me want to pursue higher education, Environmental Biology. The unbelievable biology lab and biodiversity center at Nash Community’s S&T building has allowed me since my freshman year to process DNA, learn real world lab skills, and get hands on with animals I love. I have formed connections with instructors that have led me to pursue independent undergraduate research opportunities, attend and present at conferences in my field of study, and experience real field work in the North Carolina mountains.

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I hope that my story can serve as an inspiration. Be easy on yourself. Be patient with the process of self-exploration. If my journey has taught me anything, it is that an inspired heart is a strong one. I began my journey at Nash Community just planning on obtaining my “Core 44” credits and transferring on, but the amazing opportunities that Nash offers have convinced me to graduate with the class of 2015. I can’t wait to put on that cap and gown for the first time and walk across Nash Community College’s stage!

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NCC Shares Innovative Practices with Community College System

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Michael Coleman, NCC Director of Counseling

Nash Community College is once again sharing proven methods of innovation — this time at the North Carolina Community College System Conference being held in Raleigh October 12-14, 2014.
The spotlight is on the college’s implementation of technology in its Student and Enrollment Services office, to streamline the workflow process and minimize student wait time. Michael Coleman, Director of Counseling at Nash Community College, will present “In House Electronic Sign-In System for Practically No Cost” at the system conference. The office houses admissions, financial aid, the registrar, and provides assistance to students registering for classes, and seeking counseling.

The college’s former process for seeing students in the Student and Enrollment Services office required individuals to sign in using a paper sign-in sheet at the front desk. A front desk staff member would then notify other staff members individually by phone until an available employee was located. The system caused delays, increased room for error, and allowed no process for tracking the number of individuals signed in or anticipate their needs.

After reviewing several companies that would charge as much as $30,000 for an electronic solution to improve the process, NCC decided to create an in-house solution. Using Google Docs, iPads, and the college’s website, NCC staff created an electronic sign-in system that has increased efficiency, record keeping, and customer service — all for less than $1,000 in equipment costs.

Since implementation in February 2013, the electronic sign-in system has significantly increased the efficiency and speed at which Student and Enrollment Services employees have been able to assist students, decreasing student overall wait times. Staff members now have the ability to monitor students signing in from their office, which means they can research students’ needs immediately and many times, staff members are able to provide answers and resolve issues in their initial contact with the student.

Even more impressive, is the ability of staff members to access the sign-in sheet on their smart phone or tablet. This means staff members can be away from their desk and still observe how many students are signing-in in real time. If a department director is off campus and observes a sudden influx in student traffic, they can quickly make a few calls and pull staff members to assist.

Additionally, with the electronic sign-in system, the department is now able to keep electronic records which can be used to make staffing decisions during peak times. Such reporting can also provide analytics including information about peak traffic and wait times, the types of questions students have, and the departments that are seeing the most traffic. Searches within the system can also find specific student information such as what days, times, and needs a particular student had each time they signed in. The system has been so effective, Student and Enrollment Services plans on adding more iPad devices in the future to further enhance students’ ability to quickly get the answers they need.

At the conference, Coleman will walk attendees through setting up their own electronic sign-in system. As an alumnus of the college holding an Associate in Applied Science in Architectural Technology, Coleman speaks from experience, knowing firsthand how improved processes and increased efficiency can benefit students. After graduating from Nash, Michael Coleman attended Liberty University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Religion and Master’s degrees in both Religion and Business Administration. He is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Business Administration at Liberty University. Coleman has been employed at the college since 2007.

A Sweet Pursuit of Lifelong Learning

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NCC alumna Winde Jackson (right) with cake designer Wayne Steinkopf

Nash Community College alumna Winde Jackson has made a commitment to lifelong learning. She earned Associate in Applied Science degrees from Nash Community College in Networking Technology and Computer Information Systems Technology. Later she graduated from East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality Management with a concentration in Food and Beverage, and a minor in Business Administration. Jackson is currently enrolled in Nash Community College’s Culinary Arts degree program.

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Cake design by NCC alumna Winde Jackson featuring two cake lace mats developed by Claire Bowman

She recently attended a class taught by Wayne Steinkopf, owner of Swank Cake Design in Cary, NC, to advance her skills in cake design. “The cake I made features one of the newest design trends using two cake lace mats developed by Claire Bowman,” Jackson said. Steinkopf teaches classes throughout the United States at cake shows, conventions and other locations, sharing best practices and teaching bakers the latest techniques and trends. “I just don’t feel like in this field you can ever stop learning,” she said.

When she is not in the classroom, Winde Jackson is the baker at Lou Reda’s: an American Table. She also creates delicious treats for local weddings, parties and other celebrations through her baking business, and assists with baking at Rose Hill Plantation in Nashville, NC during banquets. “I am blessed and very fortunate that Nash has such great chefs and instructors. They are really great at answering and explaining and being there outside of class time when you have questions and problems.” Jackson is currently seeking an investor as she hopes to own a full bakery in Rocky Mount one day.

 

Alumni Association Spotlight: Grant Sherrod

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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

Alumni Association Spotlight: Elizabeth Cahoon

_DSC3441Nash Community College Alumna, Elizabeth Cahoon, always knew she wanted to make a difference in her community. After graduating from Barton College, she discovered she wanted more than just a degree in Criminal Justice. In 2003 Elizabeth completed the Basic Law Enforcement Training program at Nash Community College. There, she found her true calling to be a law enforcement officer. “I had a strong desire to give back to the community and change lives. Nash Community College provided me with the training to do this in the field of law enforcement.”

As a law enforcement officer, Elizabeth also serves in other roles in her community. Nash Community College provided training which allowed Elizabeth to serve as a firefighter, law enforcement officer, and Emergency Medical Technician. “I am able to help individuals during the most difficult situations they will ever face. I feel like I am truly making a difference in my community.”

Elizabeth offers the following advice for anyone wanting to pursue a career in law enforcement. “To serve in law enforcement, one must be driven, have a strong desire to help people, possess the ability to work with various types of individuals, and have a great sense of integrity. These characteristics provide the foundation for a successful career in public service.”

To those interested in pursuing the NCC Basic Law Enforcement Training program, Elizabeth says, “Be prepared to get physically fit and study hard. The standards are high; however, all of the training is essential to safety and success in the field of law enforcement.”

Park View Hospital Nurses Gather for Centennial Celebration

DSC_3134croppedAlumnae and friends of Park View Hospital and School of Nursing recently celebrated the 100th Commemorative Anniversary at Nash Community College’s Brown Auditorium. Park View Hospital opened its doors on July 1, 1914 with a 25-bed capacity and served the Rocky Mount community for 57 years, closing in 1971. The Park View School of Nursing began the year the hospital opened and educated nurses until 1969, graduating 55 nursing classes. Some graduates of the Park View Hospital School of Nursing are still practicing today, while many other graduates have retired in the Nash/Rocky Mount area and other parts of the United States. This year also marks the 25th Anniversary of the Park View Nurses’ Alumnae Scholarship Endowment that provides financial assistance to a second-year associate degree nursing student exhibiting academic excellence and pursuing a nursing career in the local community. Approximately 30 students have benefited from the scholarship. Pictured are the alumnae participants of the Park View Hospital School of Nursing’s 100th Reunion.

NCC Emergency Medical Technicians Graduate

In a ceremony held Tuesday, July 1, Nash Community College recognized 22 Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Basic and Intermediate program graduates. The program instills discipline, character, professionalism, teamwork, integrity, credibility, physical ability, knowledge and skills to perform the job of a professional emergency medical technician. Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Basic students participated in 179 hours of combined lecture and lab instruction and 24 hours of hands-on field training. At the intermediate level, students completed a 322 hour course. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the job outlook for emergency medical technicians to increase as a result of the aging population, an increase in time spent per call and an increase in specialty healthcare resulting in more patient transport. For more information on Nash Community College’s EMT courses, call 252-451-8355 or email omoss@nashcc.edu.
EMTBasic-070114EMT Basic graduates from left – Front row: Donald Jeffrey Joyner of Castalia, Ellen Saunders of Middlesex, Megan Bandy of Battleboro, Timothy Askew of Rocky Mount, Christina Hinton of Rocky Mount and Instructor Kimberly Messer. Back row: Kendall Blake Sauls of Spring Hope, Blake Smith of Nashville, Jamison Tyson of Nashville, Kimani Stanley of Rocky Mount, James Ray Pridgen of Battleboro and Dontamius Alston of Rocky Mount. Not Pictured: Sara Gwinn of Rocky Mount, Amanda Lewis of Zebulon, Brandon Lindsey of Nashville, Brittanie Sherrod of Wilson and Verma Sweet of Whitakers.
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EMT Intermediate graduates from left: Brandie Simmons of Castalia, Theresa Lynch of Hollister, Crystal Swinson of Tarboro, Kizzy Taylor of Rocky Mount and Instructor Brandon Taylor. Not Pictured: Randall Lamm of Castalia and Christopher Mullinax of Raleigh.

 

Alumni Association Spotlight: Amy Winstead

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Photo and Story Contributed by NCC Alumna Amy Winstead

I worked as a pharmacy technician for years and although I enjoyed my job, I felt my calling was in the nursing profession. In 1999 my dedication and hard work paid off. I graduated from Nash Community College with an Associate’s Degree in Nursing. After graduation I worked in several areas before I found my passion, and that was working in labor and delivery.

 

While working in the nursery at Nash General Hospital, I became credentialed as a Certified Lactation Consultant. Working as a lactation consultant opened many doors for me to educate mothers. A door that was opened was that as the educator at Nash OB-GYN Associates, P.A. I worked as the perinatal educator for several years. I loved and enjoyed my job. Each day was a new learning experience. No two people are the same. I find pride in making others feel at ease and decreasing any anxiety they may have about a situation.

 

After a few years, I made the decision to return to school. My goal was to become a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM). A CNM is the only advanced nurse practitioner role that can not only see patients in the office, but can obtain hospital privileges and deliver babies. The term “midwife” means “with woman”. Study after study reveals that education and support during labor improves birth outcomes. A CNM is considered a primary health care provider that can see females throughout their lives.

 

The decision to return to school did not come easy. I had three children at home and did not want to leave my current full-time job. I found that on-line classes worked best in my situation. I knew there would be a time in the future I could not work due to clinicals, but I would worry about that later.

 

Starting in 2008, I began on-line classes working toward my BSN. As soon as I finished my BSN, I applied for my graduate degree program. I wanted to keep up the momentum and stay in student mode. In the fall of 2010, I was accepted into the CNM program at East Carolina University.

 

Finally, in May of 2013, I graduated with a Master’s of Science of Nursing and passed the board exam as a Certified Nurse Midwife. The sleepless nights, balancing act of family, home, and work and the traveling for clinicals had paid off. It had been a long road since 2008.

 

My dream became reality when I was hired as a CNM for Nash OB-GYN Associates, P.A. It was nice to be back “home” with a work family that I am proud to be a part of. Thanks to NCC this dream was possible.

 

The Nash Community College Nursing Program prepared me for the future. I was given the knowledge and drive to become successful in my career. I am proud to be a graduate of NCC.

 

The road may seem long but time passes by quickly. I feel blessed to be where I am today. Each day brings knowledge. Learning cannot stop or you will be passed by. I love my career and the ability to contribute back to this community. Tomorrow is always a “new day” and I am thankful for each opportunity.

 

My goal for the future (when my children are older) is to complete my doctorate in nursing. Short-term goals are necessary and I always keep in mind “an elephant can be eaten, one bite at a time”.

 

Contributed by: NCC Alumna Amy Winstead