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.

NCC’s Largest Nursing Class Graduates

Nash Community College presented its largest class of Associate Degree Nursing graduates during the Nurses Pinning ceremony held on Friday, May 16, 2014. Fifty-eight Associate Degree Nursing students graduated – nearly double the size of the College’s next largest nursing class. Robyn Perkerson, NCC Alumna and Chief Executive Officer of LifeCare Hospitals of North Carolina, shared an inspiring message. Nash Community College congratulates the following 2014 Associate Degree Nursing graduates who are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

Kandra Anderson
Pam Barnes
Jacqueline Blackshear
Tammy Marie Bonta
Lori Bostic
Hannah Brandt
Brandie Jacqueline Brown
Christopher Morris Brown
Jordan Carroll
Allison Chappell
Cheryl Elaine Clark
Tawana Clark
Robert Connelly
Alfred Deans III
Kellee Drewery
Lana Patrice Etheridge
Brooke Fly
Dennis Michael Gantt
Kristina Gilmore
Haylee Gray
Brenda Griggs
Rachel Groves
Angela S. Harrell
Abigail Leigh Henderson
Cassie Jo Hill
Sarah Hill
Nicole Hoffler
Patricia Hudlow
Anne Kimani
Pamela King
Rebecca King
Nicolette Lee
Marshea Lewis
Dana Fernandez Litchfield
Jennifer McKeon-Smith
Elizabeth Meadows
Breann Moore
Brandi Morris
Meagan Nabb
Pamela Marie Nanney Bunn
Tammy Newton
Anna Maria Ortiz
Ashley Perry
Rachel Pittman
Kamil Powell
Mary Ann Proctor
Sarah Wood Rackley
Robin Spivey
Amber Stallings
Chelsea Stallman
Heather Stevens
Alexandria Roshond Thomas
Kasey Thompson
Diana Lee Tuttle
Cindy Van Dam
Julie Warren
Megan Webb
Laura Williams

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NCC Grads Celebrate Expansion with Beam Signing

Following the recent graduation ceremonies, Nash Community College graduates, trustees, faculty, staff and students participated in a “beam signing” in the College’s Fenner Memorial Clock Courtyard. The beam will be used in the construction of the College’s new Continuing Education and Public Services Building. The new building is expected to open next year.

Alumni Association Spotlight: Jordan-Justice Stallings

I came to Nash Community College right after graduating from home school. While I was well prepared for academic life, being one of several thousand students was a system shock. However, Nash was the best choice I could have made for beginning college life. Nash offered me many opportunities to excel in my studies and leadership.  Within my first month as a student I was elected as Drama Club Vice President. While serving in this leadership role and taking a full class load I was able to finish my first semester of college with a 4.0 GPA and was named to the Dean’s List.

 

During my second and third semesters I found even more leadership doors being opened. I was able to join both of Nash’s honor societies, Gamma Beta Phi and Phi Theta Kappa. If someone were to ask me what was the best part of my experience at NCC, hands down, it was my time serving as Student Government Association President and Vice President. The times I spent working with Dr. Carver, Administration and the Board of Trustees were priceless training in real world leadership skills.

 

I also spent a lot of time traveling throughout North Carolina representing NCC as the student body president. Wherever I went I spoke about the great school that I am so now so proudly able to say I am an alumna of.

 

Whenever I hit a bump in the road with my academics or personal issues I had the best support system available. My teachers went above the standard to help me excel as a student. If I ever just needed an ear to listen all I had to do was knock on one of several office doors around campus. My SGA advisor was one of the biggest reasons I kept my head held high. When things became stressful for me I knew she always had my back.  Having people like that in my corner kept me going; kept me pushing to be the best I can. If it weren’t for the people at NCC cheering me on there would have been times I would have wanted to just give up. What Nash Community College has to offer is more than classes; it’s heart. The people who work there are the reason students succeed.  There is no doubt in my mind that Nash has the best faculty and staff in the world.

 

While at first being one of so many students was an adjustment I quickly came to value that at Nash I was not a number; I was Jordan-Justice. To have hundreds of students, as well as faculty and staff know not only my face but my name helped me to build many great friendships and professional connections. I know these relationships will be with me the rest of my life and that I will always have a “home” at NCC. The things I learned during my time at NCC go far beyond things studied in books. I learned that who I am is a leader, a life long learner, a problem solver and a valuable member of my community. I will always take these lessons with me.

 

I am proud to say that I am now a Class of 2014 graduate and there has never been a moment since the day I enrolled that I haven’t been glad “I chose Nash”!

 

Contributed by: Jordan-Justice Stallings, NCC Class of 2014

College Presidents Discuss Advanced Manufacturing Alliance


The Community College Presidents of the North Carolina Advanced Manufacturing Alliance met at Nash Community College on Wednesday, May 21 to discuss strategy for sustaining and scaling up the alliance. The North Carolina Advanced Manufacturing Alliance comprises 10 community colleges providing specialized training to students to prepare them for careers in advanced manufacturing. An $18 million grant from the United States Department of Labor provides the consortium with funding for equipment used by advanced manufacturing companies throughout the State. The Alliance offers accelerated training to people who are unemployed and dislocated as a result of offshoring and provides them the skills and credentials employers are seeking for well-paid jobs. The program uses curricula for its state-of-the-art equipment and students are equipped with iPads for online connectivity to their coursework and their success managers. Additionally, it is accredited by The National Center for Construction Education and Research, the national industry organization, to provide instructor accreditation and training in North Carolina.

In the photo: NCC Welding student Matthew Cooke, employed by Edwards, Inc. in Spring Hope, competes in the flat stick open roof welding competition during the American Welding Society (AWS) Tri-State Welding Competition held at Nash Community College Friday, April 25th.

NCC Celebrates Graduation

Over the past few weeks, the Nash Community College campus has celebrated major milestones in its commitment to student success and graduating every student.

The College’s Adult High School Diploma and High School Equivalency commencement ceremony was held Thursday, May 15, 2014 in the College’s Brown Auditorium. Three students graduated with Adult High School diplomas and 126 students graduated with High School Equivalency diplomas. Dr. Cindy Bennett, Executive Director of Strategic Twin Counties Educational Partnership (STEP), delivered the keynote address.

Students, faculty and staff celebrated a record Curriculum graduation Friday, May 16 with 458 students receiving 626 degrees, diplomas and certificates. Two hundred sixty students walked across the stage during the largest graduation ceremony in the history of the College. Nash Community College is ranked number four of only 12 community colleges in North Carolina currently experiencing growth. Over 120 guests were seated in the Library and Rotunda in Building A watching the live feed.

North Carolina Treasurer Janet Cowell encouraged the graduates in their future endeavors saying spirituality, self-awareness and relationships are keys to finding an individual’s way in life. Student Government Association President James Horne addressed the graduates. “Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something because every single one of us can do anything we want,” he said. “We can be anybody we want to be. We are the class of 2014 and we will succeed, we will fly. I see people in this place with a passion, a desire and a will to do great things and make changes in the world,” Horne said.

Following the Curriculum graduation, the College presented its largest class of Associate Degree Nursing graduates during the Nurses Pinning ceremony. Fifty-eight Associate Degree Nursing students graduated – nearly double the size of the College’s next largest nursing class. Robyn Perkerson, NCC Alumna and Chief Executive Officer of LifeCare Hospitals of North Carolina, shared an inspiring message. Graduation videos are available via video at Youtube.com/user/NashComCollege. Graduation photos are available for download at Facebook.com/NCCAlumni.