Youth are on Nash Community College’s campus this week learning about crime scene investigation with Instructor Carmi Guyette at Crime Detective Camp. Guyette’s unique field and investigative experience have proven to be a hit among students of all ages. In the photo, students are led in a finger printing exercise. Visit http://youtu.be/8EHUDN_1nDQ to watch the video.
Nash Community College (NCC) has been awarded a $50,000 grant from Duke Energy through the Duke Energy Foundation. The purpose of grant is to fund an enhancement project to ensure NCC’s Electric Line Construction Academy students receive classroom and field instruction. The instruction will incorporate collaborative problem solving and critical thinking. The grant will employ project-based learning to hone skills, expand knowledge, preparing students to enter the workforce. To achieve this, the current Line Construction classroom will be redesigned to include interactive displays, lecture capture, and configurable seating to accommodate team learning, already part of the College’s Math Tank and English Studio redesigns. Multi-configurable spaces have led to increased student passing rates from 50% to 80%.
“Duke Energy has been an important partner with the college, investing in the education of electric line construction technicians help to ensure future success and job safety. The role of these trainees is critical to meeting the utility needs in our state and beyond,” NCC President Bill Carver said.
Additionally, instructor videos will provide concept previews, while helmet cameras will record and live stream climbing projects for self and peer evaluation and targeted formative instruction. Enhanced technology features include computer touch screen input, to be integrated into training field. Industry specific supplies will support team and project-based training. The improved learning environment will aide in increased instruction efficiency and provide increased supplemental resources to better engage students, leading to increased recruitment and retention, improved performance, and faster progression through skill sets.
“Nash Community College is an important partner in developing the workforces that enables Duke Energy to provide safe, reliable energy 24-hours a day,” said Tanya Evans, Duke Energy’s District Manager.
NCC provides workforce development to improve the lives of students and their families, reduce costs for employers, and enhance the quality of life in communities. The 16-week Electric Line Construction Academy prepares graduates for entry-level careers in the electrical utility field and is the first step towards the Electric Line Construction Technology diploma and degree. The Academy accelerates training leading to the 3rd Class Line Construction Technology Certificate, a credential in high demand.
The Academy has a reputation for training competent candidates for the utility industry. Since 2011, students have enrolled in the program from counties all across North Carolina and from other states, including Virginia, South Carolina, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York. Employers who have hired students from the program include Progress Energy, Duke Power, Dominion Power, Electric Membership Corporations, state municipalities, and contractors. Fifteen students from the semester ending in December 2013 are already working for the City of Rocky Mount, Strata Solar Company, T&D Electrical, City of Wilson, Wake Electric, Duke Energy, South River EMC, Edgecombe-Martin EMC, and companies in Pennsylvania and New York.
Duke Energy Foundation makes charitable investments on behalf of Duke Energy, the largest electric power holding company in the United States with 7.2 million customers in six states. Over the foundation’s long history in local communities, it has identified focus areas that maximize the foundation’s dollars and guide the foundation’s giving. In North Carolina, Duke Energy Foundation invests $16 million annually for community support and charitable contributions. To learn more about Duke Energy Foundation, visit www.duke-energy.com/community.
Alumnae 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.