Monthly Archives: February 2013

NCC Early Childhood Education students attend conference


Nash Community College Early Childhood Education students and faculty recently attended the North Carolina Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NCaeyc) annual “Lead Where You are Located” conference. “The minute I heard Sue Bredekamp would be speaking, I pictured us with students, on the front row, and that is exactly where we were,” NCC Early Childhood Professor Katherine Wilder shared. From the beginning, instructors stress to students that practices in early education are grounded in research-based knowledge and standards and these standards provide the basis for reflection and decision making in their daily work. Dr. Bredekamp’s Developmentally Appropriate Practice is the foundation resource for the Early Childhood Education program and the text is introduced right away. Students utilize parts of the book in every course in the NCC program. By the time they graduate, they know the text well and can rely on it to keep them grounded in their practices.

Left to right: NCC Student Rebecca Murphy, NCC Professor Katherine Wilder, NCC Student Arlett Lynch, Dr. Sue Bredekamp, NCC Graduate Carleen Perry and NCC Instructor Sarah Prezioso.

At Nash Community College, high priority is placed on connecting students to professional resources and instructors adhere to the same standards. “Students believe in their instructors as they enter the Nash Community College Early Childhood Education program and we want to start them on a professional path that supports them in becoming reflective practitioners in the field. The opportunity for students and faculty to listen to Dr. Bredekamp was an exciting step along that path,” Wilder said.

The NCC Early Childhood Education Club raised funds to pay membership fees for club officers. Students also volunteered their time at the conference, opening up many new experiences. The conference was the first membership experience for many students exposing them to a professional organization and conference attendance. NCC Early Childhood Education student and club president Rebecca Murphy said, “NCaeyc supports everything I love about early childhood education. Joining this professional organization has empowered me with knowledge and resources that support my entrance into the field. As an Early Childhood Education student, I know a variety of experiences are important for all learners – preschoolers and college students alike. Cultivating professional development is essential to being an effective advocate for children and their families. The most excited part about the conference was being around experts in the field and gleaning knowledge from them. I was very excited to extend my knowledge and learn about the variety of career possibilities available to me.” Rebecca Murphy won the drawing for the Hatch Computer, a computer proven to provide learning experiences for young children and monitor their progress at various levels. She donated it to the NCC Child Development Center for NCC Early Childhood Education students to learn about its use in the classroom and benefit along with the children they teach.

For more information about Nash Community College’s Early Childhood Education program, call Katherine Wilder at (252) 451-8280.

NCC nurses serve the community


Nash Community College Student Nurse Association members recently served the community by checking local residents’ blood pressure, pulse oxygen rate and teaching about healthy ways to decrease hypertension at Compassion Cafe. Located on the corner of Church and Collins Streets in Nashville, Compassion Cafe is a ministry supported by local churches. Volunteers prepare a meal once a month to serve at the cafe. Compassion Cafe is open from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Monday through Friday providing meals to approximately 60 guests each day.

NCC Nursing students pictured from left: Linsey Scott, Maggie Gray, Telissa Avila, Courtney Barbour and Kate Brownfield.

NCC is accepting scholarship applications


Nash Community College is accepting applications for the Benvenue Alumni Association scholarship until March 15, 2013. The Benvenue Alumni Association scholarship fund reflects the alumni’s commitment to education and their belief in preparing the citizens of the Nash/Rocky Mount area to meet the community’s need for a skilled workforce. The scholarship endowment serves as a historical legacy and tribute to Benvenue High School which was the original campus of Nash Technical Institute. Priority scholarship consideration will be given to full-time students with financial need whose immediate family attended Benvenue High School. The recipient should have at least a 2.5 grade point average and demonstrate potential for success. There is no restriction to program of study. The application is available online at


For more information regarding the Benvenue Alumni Scholarship at Nash Community College, please contact NCC Foundation Director Pat Daniels at 252-451-8329 or Donations are being accepted and may be mailed to P. O. Box 7488, Rocky Mount, NC 27804 or give online at


Local author speaks to NCC Children’s Literature class


Local children’s author Betsy Knode Newton recently spoke to the Nash Community College Early Childhood Education program Children’s Literature class sharing her book titled “Pink Bear.” Newton’s beautifully illustrated young children’s book tells a story that originated with her grandmother, encouraging others to find the good in life. Newton said, “She first told the story of Pink Bear to my mother and her siblings as a way to entertain and inspire. She continued to encourage her children to enjoy life as they grew older and endured The Great Depression.” For more information about Nash Community College’s Early Childhood Education program call 252-451-8235.

NCC welcomes new trustee


C.E. (Sonny) Foster (left) was administered the oath of office for the Nash Community College Board of Trustees by Superior Court Judge Quentin Sumner (right) during the January 28, 2013 Nash Community College Board of Trustees meeting. Nash County Commissioners appointed Foster to the Board of Trustees to fill a term expiring in June 2016. Foster is the Vice President of Smithson, Inc. and serves as Chairman of the Nash Community College – College Credit Transfer Committee. He is a Mason, a member of the National Eagle Scout Association and a member of First Presbyterian Church in Rocky Mount. He and his wife, Pell, reside in Rocky Mount.

Nash Community College to host diversity and inclusiveness speaker


Nash Community College will conclude its diversity and inclusiveness month celebration on February 19th at 12:00pm in the college’s Brown Auditorium with Everett Ward presenting “Why the Young Should be Engaged in the Political Process.”


Everett Ward of Raleigh, North Carolina has over 30 years’ experience as a public administrator, political leader, and humanitarian. He currently serves as Director of the Historically Black Colleges and University (HBCU)/Minority Institutions of Higher Education (MIHE) Program for the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT). In this role Everett works with university chancellors and presidents, faculty and staff in the areas of transportation curriculum development, research initiatives, and student development. Everett serves on the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) HBCU/MIHE Workgroup. This workgroup is responsible for establishing and maintaining partnerships between FHWA and HBCU/MIHE universities.


Prior to his current position, Everett served as NCDOT’s Director of Intergovernmental Affairs and Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary for Environment, Planning and Local Government. In both capacities he worked with local elected officials and assisted with the implementation of the department’s Rural Planning Organizations (RPO) Program. In recognition of his service to the department’s diversity efforts, Everett received the NCDOT Extra Mile Award.


Everett has served on and chaired two university advisory boards. In recognition of his commitment to higher education, he was elected to serve on the Board of Trustees of Saint Augustine’s College. From 2009-2011, Everett served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for his beloved Alma Mater where he continues to serve.


As a dedicated servant leader, Everett serves on several national, regional and statewide boards to advance opportunities for citizens throughout the nation. Everett is a member of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) where he serves as Co-chairman of the Credentials Committee, Vice Chairman of the DNC Black Caucus and former DNC Rules and By-Laws Committee member. In 1983, Everett was named Special Assistant to the Chairman of the North Carolina Democratic Party and subsequently was named Political Director. As a result of his political achievements, Everett made history as the first African American Executive Director of the North Carolina Democratic Party in 1989.


Everett received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Saint Augustine’s College and his Master of Arts Degree from North Carolina State University. In recognition of his academic and humanitarian achievements, Everett received the Steve Grissom Humanitarian Award from North Carolina State University. Additionally, Everett serves periodically as a Visiting Lecturer for NCSU History Department. As an invited guest of the Taiwanese government he studied the political, educational and cultural institutions of the Republic of China (Taiwan). Presently, he is a doctoral candidate at North Carolina A&T State University in the Leadership Studies Program. As a result of his academic achievements, Everett is a North Carolina A&T State University Wardham Scholar and a member of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and the Golden Key International Honour Society.


He is a lifelong member of Davie Street Presbyterian Church, USA where he serves as a Ruling Elder. In addition to his church activities, Everett holds membership and leadership positions in such organizations as: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.; Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity; 100 Black Men; North Carolina State Capital Foundation; Clarence E. Lightner Foundation; and Mechanics and Farmers Bank.


For twenty-nine years Everett was married to his college sweetheart, the late Cassandra Lloyd Ward, a Wake County Public School educator and civic leader until she lost her courageous battle with breast cancer on September 15, 2011.




Alumni: Stay Connected with NCC!


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9.   Tell others about your experience at NCC.
10.  Mentor current NCC students.

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.

If you wish to receive alumni communications or would like to update your contact information and profile, enter your email address on this page or call us at the number below. We would love to hear about your successes. If you wish to be included in Nash Community College’s marketing efforts, please email your success story to the address below. We look forward to hearing from you.

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522 N. Old Carriage Road
P.O. Box 7488
Rocky Mount, NC 27804

Nieves Joins NCC as Child Development Center Director


Nash Community College welcomes Angela Nieves of Rocky Mount as the Betsy B. Currin Child Development Center Director. Nieves earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development and Family Relations from East Carolina University. She holds Early Educator Certification by the North Carolina Institute for Child Development Professionals.

The Child Development Center opened its doors in August 1999 and serves children from birth through five years old from families of college staff, faculty, students and the community. The Five-Star licensed center operates Monday through Friday from 7:30 am until 5:30 pm. A recent expansion added college classroom space to the building, providing NCC students easy access to a real world lab setting enabling them to acquire valuable skills through observation and interaction with children and experienced teachers.

Prior to joining Nash Community College, Nieves served as Child Care Resource and Referral Provider Services Manager for the Down East Partnership for Children. Previously, she held positions as Lead and Co-lead teacher for two child care centers.

For more information about the Betsy B. Currin Child Development Center, call 252-451-1388, email or visit

NCC Biology Students Assist with NC Wildlife Resources Commission Study


Nash Community College Math & Science Club students are participating in a North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission study surveying Neuse River waterdogs. Throughout each week, Nash Community College students check traps deployed in various streams in Nash, Edgecombe, Wake, Franklin, and Wilson counties.

The Neuse River waterdog is a completely aquatic salamander with feathery gills on each side of its head. Large adults are less than 12 inches in length from the tip of the nose to the tip of the tail. Neuse River waterdogs are brown with black spots and four toes on each of four feet with a flat paddle-like tail which aids in swimming. They are active at night and very unlikely to be seen by people who are not using special techniques to find them.

The Neuse and Tar River drainages and main tributaries are home to the world’s only Neuse River waterdogs. In the late 70s, biologists from the North Carolina Natural History Museum conducted surveys throughout the Neuse and Tar River drainages and found the waterdogs to be moderately abundant in most stretches.

Since many streams have been significantly impacted by pollution, biologists are concerned about the current population status of the waterdog. To this end, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission is attempting to re-survey as many of the sites that were sampled in the 1970s as possible.

To make the results comparable with the 70s data, identical protocol is being followed. Students in the Nash Community College Math & Science Club are helping in this effort. At each site the students set ten traps baited with chicken liver and then check the traps once a day for the next four days. The data they collect is entered is then submitted to North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission biologists.

Pictured from left, NCC students Nate Akers and Dwayne Bowden, NCC Math and Science Club Vice President with NCC Biology Instructor David Beamer.

For more information about this study or Nash Community College Biology classes, contact Instructor David Beamer at (252) 451-8334 or

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