Duke Energy Foundation Grant to Fund NCC Program Enhancements

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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.
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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

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.

State Employees Credit Union Awards Scholarships

Nash Community College recently announced the student recipients of the State Employees Credit Union (SECU) Continuing Education scholarships. The SECU Continuing Education Scholarship Program began in 2013. Pictured on the front row, from left: Nurse Aide students Tanicquhan Arrington of Rocky Mount and Sonya Smith of Spring Hope. Pictured on the back row, from left: NCC Foundation Executive Director Pat Ellis Daniels, Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) students Tory Williams of Nashville and Jerrick Staton of Rocky Mount and NCC President and SECU Advisory Board Member Bill Carver. Recipients not pictured: CDL student Joshua Boyette of Tarboro, CDL student Rayshawn Cobb of Goldsboro, CDL student Marcus McKinney of Rocky Mount, CDL student Kenneth Poole of Roanoke Rapids, Nurse Aide student Charlotte Richardson of Rocky Mount and CDL student Willie Worley of Nashville.

Nash CC Board Provides Scholarships

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.

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.