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Nash Community College History

Significant Dates
1957 The Community College Act is passed by the North Carolina Legislature, providing an avenue for local governing bodies to establish an institution in their own communities.

1967 The first Board of Trustees of the “Nash County Technical Institute Unit” is appointed.

1967 Jack D. Ballard is hired as the first president of the institution.

1967 Nash Technical Institute is established on September 7, 1967.

1975 The new campus is formally dedicated.

1979 The college community is saddened by the untimely death of its first President, Jack Ballard.

1980 The second president of Nash Technical Institute is selected, Dr. J. Reid Parrott, Jr.

1982 The name is changed from Nash Technical Institute to Nash Technical College.

1983 The Nash Technical College Foundation is incorporated.

1987 The General Assembly gives authority to Nash Technical College to convert to a community college, enabling the college to offer the college transfer program and to change the name to Nash Community College.

1997 Nash Community College participates in the statewide effort of reengineering all of its curriculum programs.

1998 Nash Community College changes from a quarter system to a semester system. An evaluation of all curriculum programs and services was conducted to meet workforce training needs and to ease transfer of programs and courses within the community college system as well as to the four-year institutions.

1999 The Betsy B. Currin Child Development Center opens providing on-campus childcare and a model instructional laboratory for students enrolled in the early childhood and teacher associate programs.

1999 The Business & Industry Center is completed that includes the Allen H. and Winnie E. Brown Auditorium, the Continuing Education Department, Campus Store, and administrative offices.

1999 Dr. J. Reid Parrott, Jr. retires as President of Nash Community College and is granted the title of President Emeritus.

2000 Dr. Katherine M. Johnson is selected as the third President of Nash Community College.

2000 The Julian B. Fenner Memorial Clock is given to the College as the first historical marker from Skipper Fenner Parker in memory of her late husband Julian Fenner, who served as the first Chairman of the Board of Trustees.

2000 North Carolina voters approve a 3.1 billion dollar Higher Education Bond Referendum providing funds for on-campus repairs, renovations and eventual construction of a science and technology building.

2001 The College receives a grant from the DeLeon Carter Foundation to construct the Myrtle Carter Henry Amphitheater.

2001 Nash Community College purchases 9.2 acres of land adjacent to the campus to be used for the future site of the Science and Technology Center.

2002 Reaffirmation of accreditation received by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

2002 Nash Community College celebrates 35 years of service and success.

2003 The Myrtle Carter Henry Amphitheater is dedicated on June 3, 2003.

2004 Nash Community College receives one million dollar EDA grant.

2004 Ground-breaking ceremony for Science and Technology Center.

2005 Dr. Katherine M. Johnson resigns as third president of Nash Community College.

2005 William S. Carver, II is selected as the fourth President of Nash Community College.

2005 The Science and Technology Center is dedicated on October 26, 2005.

2007 Nash Community College celebrates 40th Anniversary

2007 Nash Community College’s Betsy B. Currin Child Development Center (CDC) received accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

2008 Nash Community College Foundation celebrates 25th anniversary.

2009 Nash Community College Machining Department celebrates accreditation by the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS). Public Safety Training Lab is installed.

2010 Nash Community College purchases additional 25 acres.

2010 Nash Community College Medical Assisting program celebrates accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

2011 Nash Community College celebrates reaffirmation of accreditation by SACS.

2012 Approved bond referendum for Continuing Education and Public Services Building.

2012 Nash Community College celebrates 45 years of teaching and learning.

2012 Business and Industry Center expanded to include Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management classrooms.

2012 Betsy B. Currin Child Development Center expanded to include Early Childhood Education classrooms.

2013 Road constructed to connect south campus to Eastern Avenue.

2013 $1.5 million Economic Development Administration grant received for

Continuing Education & Public Services Building

2013 Ground-breaking ceremony for Continuing Education & Public Services Building

2015 Continuing Education and Public Services Building dedicated on June 16.

2016 Approved bond referendum to support Advanced Manufacturing and Veterinary Technology expansion.