Monthly Archives: September 2012

Nash Community College Holds Ribbon Cutting and Open House


Nash Community College held a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday, September 21, celebrating the beginning of the South Campus Connector Road project. The road will connect the campus to Eastern Avenue near the location where the new Continuing Education and Public Services building will be constructed.

NCC Trustees, Foundation Board Members and local officials celebrated the ribbon cutting for the college’s South Connector Road last week.

Attendees also toured the new Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management programs’ expansion and Early Childhood Education addition.

Approximately 3,000 square feet were added to the Betsy B. Currin Child Development Center allowing for Early Childhood Education students classroom space in close proximity to the childcare center. “The new early childhood program wing addition provides students with new classrooms and a real world lab setting enabling them to acquire valuable skills through internships, observation and interaction with qualified teachers and of course children,” NCC Board Chairman Bill Marshburn said.

NCC Faculty and staff greet Betsy Currin during the tour of the Betsy B. Currin Child Development Center expansion. Currin retired as NCC Vice President in 1998 with 24 years of service at the college.

NCC Foundation Board Members Jeffrey Batts (left) and Morris Wilder (right) look on as a Culinary Arts student works in the new Culinary Arts kitchen.

A 4,120 square foot space was added to the Business and Industry Center for the Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management programs. “Having the ability to be able to reach many students at once is 100 times better than what we had previously,” Sexauer said. “We can hold multiple classes at one time as well and have the ability to cook where we are standing as opposed to cooking and then having to walk all over the place. It is much easier for the students.”

The college’s expansion is vital to its role in continuing to meet the complex demands of the local workforce and to serve an increasing student enrollment. Over 3,100 students are enrolled this fall in curriculum programs with 143 in Early Childhood Education, 73 in Culinary Arts, 18 in Hospitality Management.

For more information about these programs or the college’s expansion, call 252-451-8235.

NCC Nursing Students Visit UNC-CH

Nash Community College second-year Associate Degree Nursing students recently attended a presentation at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Nursing by Donna E. Shalala, Chair of the Committee on the Future of Nursing at the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, titled “Practicing to the Full Extent of One’s Education: Implications for Providers, Diversity & the People of North Carolina.”

NCC Foundation Plans for 23rd Annual Scholarship Golf Classic


Area golfers have provided 22 years of support for the Nash Community College Foundation and its scholarship program by participating in the NCC Foundation Student Scholarship Golf Classic. Golfers will tee off October 4th at 12pm at Birchwood Country Club in Nashville for a day of challenging fun, while providing scholarships for deserving college students.  All proceeds from the golf classic will be used to provide student scholarships and support the needs of Nash Community College.

Prizes will be awarded to each flight’s first and second-place teams. Flights will be based on the total team handicap. This year’s grand tournament sponsors are Autumn Care of Nash, Calvin Davenport, Inc., Cummins Rocky Mount Engine Plant, MBM, McLane, Nash Health Care Systems, North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives, Oakley-Collier Architects, Sandy Cross Consultant Service, Inc. and Wells Fargo. Hospitality and event contributors are Speight’s Trophy Shop, Carolina Eagle Budweiser Inc., Davenport Autopark, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, The Cheesecake Factory Bakery, Poppies International, Canteen Vending Services, Birchwood Country Club, Chick-fil-A of Cobb Corners, SunDrop Bottling Company of Rocky Mount and Verizon Wireless.

Golfers participating in the 23rd Annual Nash Community College Foundation Student Scholarship Golf Classic will have a chance to win a 2012 Buick Verano as a hole-in-one prize from Davenport Autopark. From left, Davenport Autopark General Manager Neill Nelson is thanked for his support by 2012 NCC Foundation Tournament Chair Wes Berry of BB&T, NCC President Bill Carver, Birchwood Country Club Golf Professional Randy Davis and NCC Foundation Executive Director Pat Daniels. Proceeds from this event will be used to provide student scholarships.

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Nash Community College Bookstore Donates Backpacks


Nash Community College is helping improve the quality of life in the Nash-Rocky Mount area by donating one backpack to Communities in Schools for every two backpacks sold in the College Bookstore. In the photo, Nash Community College Bookstore Manager Jay Quigley (left) and Bookstore Associate Joseph Davis (right) give Communities in Schools Volunteer and Community Outreach Coordinator Venessa Jenkins (center) a backpack donation. The College donated a total of 320 backpacks to assist local elementary and middle school children in need.


NCC Trustees Re-Appointed

Two Nash Community College Trustees were recently re-appointed to the College’s Board. Paul Jaber of Rocky Mount, center, was re-appointed by the Office of Governor Beverly Perdue for a third term to the College’s Board of Trustees. Patricia B. Weeks of Spring Hope, foreground, was re-appointed for a second term by the Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools Board of Education. NCC Student Government Association President Jordan-Justice Stallings, background, was also re-appointed. The oath of office was administered by District Court Judge Pell Cooper.

NCC Awarded for Machining Learning Project and Video


Nash Community College’s Computer-Integrated Machining instructors recently attended the 6th Annual Haas Technical Education Centers (HTEC) Conference held at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, NY. HTEC is a global network and partnership between learning institutions, Haas Automation, and Haas Factory Outlets ensuring qualified learning institutes receive support to provide the highest quality Computer Numerical Control (CNC) education.

With a focus on recruitment, programs and employment, the conference allowed educators from across the globe to gather and exchange ideas and to learn from presenters. During the conference, the first annual “Best CNC Learning Project” contest was held. Required entrance criteria included: a CNC project, documentation including prints, programs, videos and photos, an outline of learning objectives for the project, student skills developed, technologies used and learned and partners engaged.

NCC Computer-Integrated Machining Instructor George Shook and Instructor and NCC Graduate Alex Barnhill entered the MAC-248 Production and Procedures Spring 2012 class project – a scale model of the Julian B. Fenner Memorial clock located on Nash Community College’s campus. NCC was one of six winners and was awarded a Haas CNC simulator valued at $1,700 for students to use in learning Haas CNC controls and simulation. As a part of the contest, Nash Community College Director of Electronic Media Andrew Small developed a video highlighting the design and production of the clock. Click here to watch the video.

For more information about the project or the Computer-Integrated Machining Program contact George Shook at (252)451-8283 or

Pictured from left: NCC Computer-Integrated Machining Instructor George Shook, NCC President Bill Carver, NCC Graduate, now Computer-Integrated Machining Instructor Alex Barnhill and NCC Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies Department Chair Gary Blackburn.