Monthly Archives: March 2013

Nash CC Foundation Begins Annual Campaign


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The Nash Community College Foundation’s annual campaign is underway to raise funds for students in need to pursue their educational dreams.

For forty-five years, students have come to Nash Community College to pursue a degree or develop a skill-set to better themselves and improve the quality of life for their families. Many of these students graduate and contribute to the local workforce and economy and are where they are today because of a Nash Community College Foundation Scholarship.

“As a first generation college student, I remember my younger days of attending Valdosta State University. I was beginning the journey in my life to prepare me for the career I enjoy today.  My experience is very much like many of the students who attend Nash Community College. It may also be similar to yours when you had a dream and knew education was the answer,” MBM Corporation Chief Operating Officer and 2013 NCC Foundation Campaign Chair Andy Blanton said.

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Nash Community College to Host Job Fair April 18th


Nash Community College will host a job fair Thursday, April 18, 2013, from 9 am until 12 noon in the college’s Brown Auditorium. Employers should pre-register at Jobseekers do not need to pre-register but may wish to review job preparation tips and watch the video at to learn how to get the most out of the opportunity. Professional dress is required. No shorts, jeans, or caps. Admission is free and the event is open to the public.

The following employers will be participating:

Cummins/Rocky Mount Engine Plant
EATON Corporation
West Corporation
PNC Bank
U.S. Cellular
Lowe’s Home Improvement
Barton College
Skills Creations, Inc.
Pinestone Media Corp.
The Art Institutes
First Media Radio
NC Dept. of Public Safety
NC Correctional Institute for Women
North Carolina Teacher Corps.
Kelly Services
MDC/ The Benefit Bank of NC
Holden Temporaries Inc.
Wilson Medical Center
Warren Correctional Institution
Enfield Oaks Nursing and Rehab Center
NC Housing Finance Agency
Our Community Hospital
Maxim Healthcare Services
Durham Co. Sheriff’s Office
The Action Group HR
Legal Shield
Suddenlink Communications
McLane Carolina
Spring Arbor
The Jay Group

For more information, please contact Michael Coleman at (252) 451-8307 or For directions, visit

NCC Graduate Serves Internationally


Nash Community College Nursing graduate Saida Abdul-Aziz is committed to lifelong learning and service.

After completing her Associate Degree in Nursing in 1976 at Nash Community College and earning licensure as a Registered Nurse, Abdul-Aziz worked in psychiatry where she developed several successful nursing programs that decreased the use of chemical and physical restraint and helped chronically assaultive, addicted, and long-term institutionalized patients successfully return to their families and communities. During this time, she obtained certification as a psychiatric nurse from the American Nurses Association. “Under the direction of my Nash Community College instructor, Betty Bunn, I believe that NCC provided me with a strong foundation for my incredible life adventures,” Abdul-Aziz said.

Abdul-Aziz and her students at a coat ceremony when nurses transition into clinical study

In 1986, Abdul-Aziz’s family moved to Cairo, Egypt where she served as a Director of Nursing and developed and implemented a change plan to convert the nursing department from a British system to an American system of nursing. As the nurse leader, she established a nurse extern program in cooperation with Cairo University for leadership development beginning at the Bachelor of Science in Nursing level. Later, she returned to America and re-entered acute care working as a member of an IV team and became certified in telemetry ultimately returning to nursing leadership working as the Patient Education Coordinator and Manager for the Diabetes Health and Education Center.

Abdul-Aziz (center) and her students

Abdul-Aziz continued to pursue nursing education completing three years at Richard Stockton College. In 2004, she continued her education earning a Bachelor’s of Science in Health Administration in 2006 with a bridge to the Masters in Nursing. She also completed a Masters in Business Administration program with a focus on Healthcare Management in 2009. She is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Health Administration program in the School of Advanced Studies at the University of Phoenix.

Abdul-Aziz and a student

Abdul-Aziz serves as a member of the Health Science faculty at Bezmialem Vakif University in Istanbul, Turkey. In her role, she designs and delivers Medical English curriculum for Health Science Faculty students that supports speaking and writing English for purposes of professional practice, advanced studies, and research in nursing, physical therapy, and audiology. She also provides discipline specific simulation lab instruction to nursing and physical therapy students in the application of theoretical instruction on interviewing and history taking, physical assessment, activities of daily living and transfers using English.

In the future she hopes to develop a curriculum that utilizes organization and communication to instill critical thinking in Health Sciences students; design, develop, and implement community visiting nurse programs in countries that do not have sufficient healthcare services and develop an international mentoring program with healthcare professionals who have been engaged in the field for more than 20 years to prepare globally competent health practitioners. “I want to do all I can to improve the quality of healthcare all over the world,” she said.

Abdul-Aziz at work at Bezmialem Vakif University in Istanbul, Turkey

NCC Remembers Father of NC Community Colleges


Nash Community College, along with all 58 of North Carolina’s community colleges, celebrated the legacy of Dr. W. Dallas Herring on Wednesday, March 6, 2013.  Herring, the former Chair of the North Carolina State Board of Education, was an innovator and visionary who made significant contributions to the establishment, development, and expansion of the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS). As a result of his resolve, he has often been referred to as the “father of the NCCCS”. “Dr. Herring was a remarkable man. He believed in total education. Herring was not one who sought attention but when he spoke everyone listened,” NCC President Emeritus Dr. J. Reid Parrott, Jr. shared during the ceremony.

As the chair of the State Board of Education in 1963, Herring was instrumental in the creation of the community college system.  He may be best known for his belief that education should be available to all and that community colleges should “….take people from where they are, as far as they can go.” Dr. Herring was appointed by Governor Luther Hodges to chair the State Board of Education, serving from 1955-77. In May of 1963, the General Assembly established the North Carolina Community College System. Under the leadership of Herring, the Community College Advisory Council was established to advise the State Board of Education.  Herring was a life-long advocate for the state’s community colleges and the System’s “Open Door” philosophy – a  result of Herring’s leadership during the System’s early years.

Nash Community College administrators, faculty, staff and students celebrated Herring’s legacy by unveiling a portrait in the college library that was commissioned in his honor as part of the System’s 50th Anniversary celebration. Portraits at each North Carolina community college were sponsored by Duplin Winery and the North Carolina Community Colleges Foundation. At its last meeting, the State Board of Community Colleges also passed a resolution, naming its regular meeting room the Dr. W. Dallas Herring State Board Room.

The implementation of Herring’s vision resulted in the North Carolina Community College System gaining a worldwide reputation in higher education programming. He devoted his life to opening the doors of opportunity and learning for all North Carolinians. Herring was born in Rose Hill, North Carolina in 1916 and passed away on January 5, 2007. His words penned in June 1964 reflected his belief in the right of accessible education and lifelong learning. The Open Door Philosophy still holds true today for every North Carolina citizen. Nash Community College recently celebrated its 45th Anniversary and this year is celebrating the North Carolina Community College System’s 50th Anniversary.

“Dallas Herring was a visionary who understood that education could be a defining factor in a person’s life,” says Dr. Scott Ralls, NC Community College System President.  “His legacy has brought us to where we are today – one of the most comprehensive community college systems in the nation, educating people of all ages, training the state’s workforce and providing college transfer opportunities.”

Pictured from left, NCC President Emeritus Dr. J. Reid Parrott, Jr., NCC Student Government Association President Jordan-Justice Stallings and NCC President Dr. Bill Carver assisted in the unveiling.

Washington, DC Trip


Nash Community College will be hosting a bus trip to Washington, DC for students on Friday, April 26th! Highlights include: The US Capitol, The National Mall, The Smithsonian Institute Museums, The World War II, Korean, and Vietnam Memorials and The Lincoln Memorial. The bus will leave NCC at 5:30am and return around 11pm. Students should arrive no later than 5:15am to begin boarding the bus in the parking lot beside the Clock at the B&I. Reservations are on sale for $55 at the Cashier’s Window. Deadline to pay is April 12th. Students should bring their own money for food (breakfast, lunch, supper) and any souvenirs.

STEM Summer Camp at Nash Community College


Nash Community College is hosting two summer science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) camps June 10-14 and June 24-28 for rising 6th-12th grade students. From 9:00 am – 3:30 pm each day, students will conduct laboratory experiments and explore activities related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics directed by NCC Instructor Reggie Cobb and Professor Dina Pitt. Participants will perform many hands-on activities using advanced tools, equipment and technology while learning about fields and careers in science and math.

In the past, Nash Community College has conducted biotechnology and other science
camps. This year’s camps highlight careers in biotechnology, zoology, human and molecular genetics, wildlife biology, statistics, engineering, pharmacy, and nutrition. During the camp, students will participate in animal dissections and bridge building.

Currently, the college provides NCC students the opportunity to conduct biotechnology
research with students and professors at the university level while completing their first
two years of college without leaving the area. The NCC Math and Science Department encourages people of all ages and backgrounds to become educated in the fields of biology, mathematics, and engineering. NCC students can expect to gain experience in research as they transition from the community college to the university. “One of our goals is to spark students’ interests in science and math and to introduce camp participants to the community college setting,” Cobb shared.

Supplies for the laboratory activities were purchased through a grant funded by the Nash
Community College Foundation. The camp fee of $100.00 per participant, assisting with instructional costs and liability insurance, is due at registration. Upon completion, participants will receive a certificate of achievement.

Rising 6th-12th grade students interested in attending the camp should register at the NCC Continuing Education office by April 30, 2013. Located on the second floor of the Business & Industry Center, the office’s registration hours are Monday-Thursday, 8:00 am-4:30 pm and Friday 8:00 am-3:30 pm. Space is limited to the first 40 students per week. Please contact Reggie Cobb at or 252-451-8346 for more information.

NCC Graphic Design Students Land Internships


Nash Community College Advertising and Graphic Design students Kristen Wood and Matt Davis have joined LongStreet Wide-Format Printing & Cutting as interns.

“Kristen & Matt are our fifth & sixth interns from Nash,” said Clint Williams, Director of Operations & Marketing for LongStreet Wide-Format Printing & Cutting. “We’ve very much enjoyed having them and we make sure to give them experience and understanding of the expectation of customers’ wants and needs in graphic design. Sometimes that goes against what the artist may want or like. And that’s the real world at work.”

LongStreet’s graphic designer and mentor to the interns, Leiza Lewis shared, “We’ve also benefited from the latest advances in educational and software training from Nash Community College as they have shared new ideas with us as we work together.” A Nash Community College graduate as well, Lewis also added, “this is a hands-on internship. They see their designs printed, installed and in use by our customers. I would have loved to have had this opportunity when I was an intern.”

Kristen Wood of Rocky Mount graduated from Rocky Mount High School. She is pursuing an Associate Degree in Advertising & Graphic Design and expects to graduate in May.

Matt Davis is from Sharpsburg and now resides in Nashville. He graduated from Southern Nash High School and is also obtaining an Associate Degree in Advertising & Graphic Design. He expects to graduate in May.

LongStreet Wide-Format Printing & Cutting was founded in 2009 as a subsidiary of Daughtridge Sales Company. Intended to help produce custom gauge-dials & stickers for Daughtridge Sales the capabilities naturally lent themselves to a sign-shop that now has expanded to a full-service multi-format multi-material production facility.

For more information about Nash Community College’s programs, call 252-451-8235.