75 Nurse Aides Primed for Medical Careers

Seventy-five Nash Community College Level I and II Nurse Aides were honored for program completion this month during a graduation ceremony. Nurse Aide I students learned nursing skills to prepare them for patient care including topics ranging from healthcare law to infection control and terminal illness. Nurse Aide I graduates are prepared to take the North Carolina Nurse Aide Exam, and following successful completion, may serve in a variety of healthcare settings as a vital member of a medical team. Many Nurse Aide I graduates continue their education by enrolling in nursing school.

Nurse Aide II students are often seasoned in providing direct patient care and wish to expand their knowledge. With the Nurse Aide II certification, many completers are able to achieve promotion in their field. Additionally, Nurse Aide II graduates are eligible to apply for the North Carolina State Board of Nursing Nurse Aide II credential. For more information about Nash Community College’s Nurse Aide program, call 252-451-8352.

Nurse Aide I – From left: Front Row – Jalisa Judkins of Rocky Mount, Jennifer Best of Zebulon, Crystal Gibson of Bailey, TaTanisha Hill of Nashville and Emily Bonsell of Rocky Mount. Back Row – Tianna Alston of Nashville, Tonya House of Rocky Mount, Rickietta Elliott of Tarboro, Latoya S. Hicks of Roanoke Rapids, Amanda Pridgen of Nashville and Kimberly Graham of Rocky Mount. Not Pictured: Jesse Bullock of Enfield, Jessica Dancy of Castalia, Tiffany Davis of Enfield, Emily Denton of Spring Hope, Jessica Draughn of Rocky Mount, Marisela Garcia of Rocky Mount, Christine Kingsley of Louisburg, Brian Luter of Rocky Mount, Linda Matthews of Zebulon, Amanda Renfrow of Lucama, Carolyn Wiggins of Bailey and Sheena Williams of Wilson.

Nurse Aide I – From left: Front Row – Taquanda McGee of Enfield, Barbara Blount of Rocky Mount, Dominuque Baines of Rocky Mount, Aquilla Silver of Rocky Mount, Jasmine Hudson of Rocky Mount and Joetta Stubblefield of Rocky Mount. Back Row – Courtney Gay of Castalia, Alma M. Garcia of Rocky Mount, Carrie Jantzen of Red Oak, Robin Joyner of Castalia and Alexus Williams of Rocky Mount.


Nurse Aide I – From left: Front Row – Diana Alejandro Keel of Nashville, Jessica Sandy Shaw of Zebulon and Blair Elizabeth Edwards of Rocky Mount. Back Row – Brittany Miller of Rocky Mount, Luette Griffin of Rocky Mount and Ashleigh Medlin of Wendell. Not Pictured: Gwendolyn Blackwell of Battleboro, Christy Hamarick of Rocky Mount and Erin Strickland of Rocky Mount.

Nurse Aide I – From left: Front Row – Shaneka Pittman of Rocky Mount, Katherine Heafner of Nashville and Eboni Armstrong of Rocky Mount. Back Row – Jasmine Ragland of Rocky Mount, Lori Vick of Spring Hope and Mia Vick of Spring Hope. Not Pictured: Rebekah Champion of Zebulon.


Nurse Aide II – From left: Front Row – Andrea Hucks of Tarboro, Sandra Cone of Middlesex and Ashlee Dement of Louisburg. Back Row – James C. Green, Jr. of Spring Hope, Brianna Cone of Middlesex and Bailey Parker of Rocky Mount. Not Pictured: Lynette Coultrap of Battleboro, Robbie Driver of Rocky Mount, Allyson Green of Rocky Mount, Tammy King of Castalia, Brittany Pittman of Whitakers, Chelsey Shearin of Roanoke Rapids, Samantha Trajo of Bailey and Brittney Ward of Rocky Mount.

Committee Plans 25th Annual Foundation Golf Classic


Quiet on the course! The Nash Community College Foundation Golf Committee is preparing for its 25th Annual Student Scholarship Golf Classic. The tournament will be held Thursday, October 2nd at Benvenue Country Club in Rocky Mount to provide deserving students with scholarships. Approximately 144 golfers are expected to play during morning and afternoon tee times.

For almost 25 years, golfers and sponsors have assisted students like Dana Litchfield in their pursuit of higher education. A scholarship recipient, Litchfield recently graduated from Nash Community College’s largest nursing class and successfully completed the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). “The most important thing I would like to convey to you is that your efforts change people’s lives,” she shared. “I started out on the road to graduation long ago, but put my education was put on hold as I began a family. The idea of going back to finish my degree was compounded by family and work responsibilities — a common challenge among students who have chosen Nash. The generous contributions from members of the community allowed me to achieve my goal to become a nurse, and there are not sufficient words to explain my gratitude.”

2014 Golf Committee members pictured from left include: Providence Bank Vice President and Information Technology Officer Lyn Brown, Nash Community College Vice President for Instruction and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Trent Mohrbutter, Nash Community College Coordinator of Alumni and Annual Programs Melissa Sykes, First South Bank Senior Vice President and City Executive Lank Dunton, 2014 Golf Committee Chair Phil Dixon and CMA Chief Executive Officer Phil Dixon, Benvenue Country Club Tournament Director Rob Farmer, Century 21/The Combs Company Broker/Owner David Combs, Nash Community College Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Annette Dishner, Nash Community College President Dr. Bill Carver and Nash Community College Foundation Executive Director Pat Ellis Daniels. Committee members not pictured: Nash Health Care Systems Senior Vice President Corporate Services Cam Blalock and Nash County Assistant Emergency Services Director Scott Rogers. Visit www.nashcc.edu/golf for more information.

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.”

Duke Energy Foundation Grant to Fund NCC Program Enhancements


From left: NCC President Bill Carver, Duke Energy District Manager Tanya Evans, NCC Foundation President Andy Blanton, NCC Foundation Vice President and 2014 Campaign Chair Jake Parrott and NCC Foundation Executive Director Pat Ellis Daniels

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.

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.
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

Amy Winstead

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

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.