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The Nash Community College Alumni Association exists to create a spirit of loyalty between alumni and the College and encourage alumni activity, interaction, engagement and support. NCC Alumni Association membership is open to all who attended Nash Community College. All Alumni Association members receive all membership privileges and benefits. Student memberships are also available.

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Plus (click or tap to expand) + Alumni Association Spotlight: Hannah Brandt

July 2018

This year Hannah Brandt was recognized as the Nurse of the Year for the Cardio Pulmonary Support Unit (CPSU) at Nash UNC Health Care. Her career was born where many others are…at Nash Community College. Hannah enrolled at NCC in 2010 as a single mother working full-time in the food service industry. When she thought it all might be too much, her instructors provided encouragement to keep her on track. Hannah recalls her favorite instructor, Holly Carmichael, “made learning fun and put things into perspective where it was easier to learn.”

NCC’s Health Sciences programs have been strengthened by contributions from the Nash Health Care Foundation which has provided scholarships, equipment and professional development activities for students and faculty. As a result, NCC’s Health Sciences students are afforded learning opportunities on IV pumps and virtual clinical nursing applications replicating equipment used at Nash UNC Health Care and representing real-world patient scenarios and environments across the health disciplines. Updated Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training models are utilized to train nursing and emergency management students on current industry standards. Furthermore, additional equipment and supplies provided to enhance offerings, includes but is not limited to, hospital beds, pediatric and birthing simulation manikins, and wound simulation, venipuncture and injection, and lymphedema treatment models. The Nash Health Care Foundation has been instrumental in preparing skilled health care professionals for our community, like Hannah, through the provision of modern, state of the art instructional technology, laboratory and simulation equipment.

After receiving her Associate Degree in Nursing in 2014, Hannah began working at Nash UNC Health Care. Hannah notes attending NCC “was the best decision I ever made for me and my family.” It has contributed to both her professional success and personal fulfillment. She now serves as a Registered Nurse (RN) and Charge Nurse and has continued her education, having become Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) and Basic Life Support (BLS) certified. Currently, she is studying to obtain a Cardiovascular Nursing Certification and plans to apply to Winston-Salem State University where she intends to complete her bachelor’s degree within the next year.

Congratulations to Hannah Brandt from your Nash Community College Family!


Plus (click or tap to expand) + Alumni Association Spotlight: Zachary Privette

August 2018

This is the time of the year when parents get very excited about their children going back to school. This year there is a new biology instructor at the Nash Rocky Mount Early College High School. Alumnus Zachary Privette, 2016 NCC Associate in Science graduate, is coming back to campus as a teacher.

Zachary came to Nash in 2013 having no idea what career path he was interested in pursuing. He chose Nash because it was affordable but stayed because of the inviting spirit the school offers. While taking science courses he found his passion. Throughout his time at Nash, Zachary worked in the biodiversity lab with Dr. David Beamer and was an active member of the STEM club. “Involvement in these activities pushed me to stay focused and complete my degree,” Zachary said. Zachary received many awards, the most notable to him being the NCC Life Science Student of the Year.

After attending Nash, Zachary went on to NC State and completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular Biology, while working as an animal care specialist at the Imperial Center in Rocky Mount. His advice to students is, “Experiment as often as possible. Take courses you wouldn’t normally take and join clubs outside of your interests. You never know what subjects or fields you will enjoy, so you have to try as many as possible.”

“NCC showed me that I can be whatever I want,” Zachary said. ” The college gave me the tools to become a well-rounded scientist prepared to take on any challenge. Without attending Nash, it is unlikely I would have ever graduated or even became a part of the scientific community. Coming full circle back to Nash has really been an exciting process. I always knew that there was something special about Nash and I can once again call it home. Today I call my former Nash instructors friends and rely on them for advice and guidance. I look forward to influencing, teaching, and assisting students of all backgrounds in biology as I take on my new career as a high school biology teacher.”


Plus (click or tap to expand) + Alumni Association Spotlight: Armando Villarreal

September 2018

Armando Villarreal has lived in Nash County his entire life. He grew up the oldest child of a large family. It was during a 9th grade drafting class when he realized his interest in sketching and drawing blueprints. Before this Armando had not considered what direction his life was headed and really had no idea what architecture and engineering were all about. During Armando’s junior year of high school he heard about the Apprenticeship Program offered through his school and decided to apply. Due to his strong interest in this field he was matched with Edwards Inc., a local construction firm. He had such a passion that Edwards kept him as a part-time employee through his college career.

In 2011 Armando enrolled in the Architectural Technology Program at Nash Community College (NCC). His choice to come to NCC was an easy one. He wanted to stay in the community where he grew up and he appreciated the one-on-one teaching style offered at NCC. With the support of his instructors, he made the Dean’s List both semesters his first year.

Mr. Doug Broad was his favorite instructor at NCC because of his great sense of humor and his extensive knowledge in the field of architectural technology. Today, he remains in touch with Mr. Broad, seeking his advice and wisdom on projects. Armando is grateful for the quality of instructors, knowing that they always gave their honest opinions and advice to better their students. He stated that the faculty helped him with his resume and handed it off to potential employers which led to his current position.

Currently, Armando is a technician at PowerServices Inc. in Raleigh. PowerServices provides traditional electrical engineering consulting services to electric utility clients and others who require specialized knowledge of design, construction, operations, and maintenance of utilityclass electric systems. They perform rate and cost of service analysis studies, and an entire array of system studies using the latest technology to enable clients to provide reliable, costefficient power and related services.

In his spare time, Armando enjoys playing tennis and would love to provide tennis instructions in the future. He also enjoys reading, playing the piano, participating in his church, and most of all spending time with his wife and three kids. He wants students to remember that “we all have personal responsibility to either grow or die. A degree, certification, or title is not enough. Self-education should never stop. Learn to read well, take notes and think for yourself. The best reason to do anything is for the benefit of others.”



Denise Beamer
Coordinator, Alumni Relations
Denise Beamer
Phone: 252-428-7327
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Location: 4005

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