Monthly Archives: May 2013

Small Receives NCC Staff Award


Andrew Small, Nash Community College’s Director of Electronic Media, was the 2013 J. Edgar and Peggie T. Moore Staff Award recipient. Small has been employed with Nash Community College since 2010. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Auburn University.

The Staff Award is an annual award recognizing the outstanding work ethic of a non-instructional employee at the College. In 2004, J. Edgar and Peggie T. Moore of Rocky Mount established a stipend for the NCC Staff Award acknowledging the achievement of the recipient.In his role, Small uses technology to enhance the College’s graphic design, website development, photography, video productions and more. He serves as adviser for WNIA Big Bang Radio 89.1 FM and Nash in Action. His efficient and effective use of College resources has resulted in many innovative marketing tools used on campus and in the community. In 2012, he was recognized for his video production by the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations at the fall district two conference in Hilton Head, South Carolina.
Small and his wife, Angela, live in Wilson and have two sons.

Nash Community College Nurses Graduate


Nash Community College recognized 25 Associate Degree Nursing graduates during its 37th pinning ceremony held Thursday, May 16, 2013. Ms. Leslie Hall, MSN, RN, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at Nash Health Care Systems, delivered the keynote address. Alumni of the Park View School of Nursing were recognized at the nurses pinning. The Park View School of Nursing  trained nurses until 1969, graduating 55 nursing classes. Some graduates are still practicing, while many have retired in the Nash/Rocky Mount area and throughout the country. This year, to commemorate the legacy, the College redesigned the nursing pin to complement the original design of the Park View School of Nursing pin. The College is proud to announce the following nursing graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN licensure exam.

Front row, from left: Jennifer Walston of Rocky Mount, Renee Lamm of Kenly, Melissa Owens of Whitakers, Courtney Barbour of Bailey, Crystal Staton of Rocky Mount, Toni Fenner of Greenville, Margaret Gray of Zebulon and Linda Hicks of Rocky Mount. Second row, from left: Chelcie Bozard of Whitakers, Karen Perry of Nashville, Maggie Guy of Rocky Mount, Stephanie Patrick of Nashville, Jennifer Webb of Rocky Mount, Teresa Keeter of Rocky Mount, Jessica Evans of Castalia, Jessica Daniel of Nashville, Carrie Poling of Whitakers. Back row, from left: Brittany Pearce of Nashville, Telissa Avila of Zebulon, Latoya Richardson of Littleton, Krystal Pridgen of Bailey, Cynthia Leonard of Nashville, Amber Riskey of Sims and Linsey Scott of Louisburg. Not pictured: Kathryn Brownfield of Wendell.

NCC Professor to Hold Public Lecture


Dr. Mary Wayne Watson, Professor of Humanities at Nash Community College (NCC), will offer the first in a summer series of scholarly lectures at 1:30 p.m. on June 10, 2013. The public is invited to attend free of charge. Watson’s subject will be “Gerald White Johnson: North Carolina’s Pioneering Journalist and Noted Historian.” The presentation will be held as part of NCC History Professor Dr. Jay Peacock’s cultural studies class in Room 2101, Building B, on the NCC campus.

Gerald White Johnson (1890-1980), born in Riverton (near Wagram in Scotland County, NC), was a giant among American scholars, friend and colleague of famous author H.L. Mencken of the Baltimore Evening Sun, speech writer and adviser to United States presidents, first professor of Journalism at UNC-Chapel Hill, and one of John Charles McNeill’s “sunburnt boys.” Johnson referred to Riverton as a “state of mind which all those born there possess and are possessed by.” Johnson stated that the “quiet waters [of the Lumbee River] are the place where once I looked upon life and found it golden.”

This presentation by Johnson’s cousin, co-owner of the Johnson birth site, focuses on how his life and works were influenced by his Riverton roots.

Dr. Watson, a North Carolina Humanities Council “Road Scholar,” currently teaches English composition, literature-based research, film, and British and American literature at Nash Community College. Now a Knightdale resident, she received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from UNC at Chapel Hill, and her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.



NCC Holds Jack Laughery Ride for Knowledge


The Sixth Annual Jack Laughery Ride for Knowledge was held at Rocky Mount Harley-Davidson on Saturday, May 4, 2013 raising $5,000 for the Helen & Jack Laughery Honorary Scholarship Fund.


The annual event serves as a tribute to Jack Laughery, the former Chairman and CEO of Hardee’s Food Systems, Inc., along with his wife Helen and their love of motorcycling and support of higher education.


The Helen and Jack Laughery Honorary Scholarship was established at Nash Community College to recognize the Laugherys’ philanthropic endeavors and outstanding leadership for the betterment of the Nash/Rocky Mount area. This fund provides annual scholarships to help deserving nontraditional students who return to college to enhance their marketable job skills. Thirty scholarships have been awarded since the scholarship’s establishment in 2004.


A total of 77 motorcycles and 94 riders enjoyed a ride escorted by the Nash County Sheriff’s Office through scenic Nash County followed by an eastern NC-style Bar-B-Q lunch.


The Nash Community College Foundation is thankful to the following 2013 ride sponsors. Gold sponsors: Rocky Mount Harley-Davidson, Behind Barz Motorcycle Magazine, Boddie-Noell Enterprises, Inc., Boondocks Brewing Tap Room & Restaurant, Carolina Eagle Budweiser Distributors, Inc., Institutional Interiors, Nash County Sheriff’s Department, Doug Sauls Bar-B-Q & Seafood, Wells Fargo, HensonFuerst, P.A. and Rocky Mount HOG Chapter. Silver sponsors are: Canteen Vending, Chick-fil-A of Cobb Corners, Key Storage of Nashville, Bobby Murray Toyota/Mitsubishi, Rocky Mount Area Association of Realtors, Inc., RedPhish Music and Montgomery Violins and SuitCase Event Photography. Bronze sponsors: Daughtridge Gas & Oil, Pet’s Best Friend, Krispy Kreme and Twin County Motorsports.


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Nash Community College Announces Spring Semester Honors


Nash Community College is proud to announce the following students achieved academic honors during the 2013 spring semester. To qualify for the Dean’s List, students must earn a perfect 4.0 grade point average (all A’s) while taking 12 or more semester hours. Students who qualify for the Honor Roll must earn a grade point average of 3.3 or above and be enrolled in 12 or more semester hours. Read more

Nash and Wilson Community Colleges Receive Golden LEAF Grant


Nash and Wilson Community Colleges are recipients of an $845,000 grant through the Golden LEAF Essential Skills in Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Initiative. The grant supports Project NC301, a partnership aimed at meeting employment demands in the local pharmaceutical, logistics manufacturing and metal fabrication industries. Because of the high-tech nature of today’s advanced manufacturing workplace, employers need workers with technical, specialized knowledge that requires college-level training or a technical degree. Project NC301 participants pursue targeted skill enhancement, work experiences, third-party industry certifications, and interview opportunities with industry partners to gain the training and skills for employment. Degrees, certifications, and diplomas are available in computer-integrated machining, electronics engineering technology, tire manufacturing, welding, pharmaceutical manufacturing, and other engineering and manufacturing technology disciplines.

“The Golden LEAF Board of Directors created this special initiative with the awareness that North Carolina leads the Southeast in manufacturing jobs, with more than 18 percent of the rural workforce earning $8.5 billion in manufacturing wages,” said Dan Gerlach, Golden LEAF President. “In Nash and Wilson counties, seven local companies have indicated a need for over 680 jobs in the next three years. This project will help provide skills training for high wage jobs, connect the local industries with the skilled workers they need, and upgrade the capacity of our training institutions.”

Through the grant, Project NC301 will implement several strategies to ensure participants of any age or experience level can achieve short-term career goals and progress towards long-term educational goals simultaneously. The colleges will partner with local schools and employers to create a seamless progression for students from high school through a two-year degree and into a four-year degree or the workforce. Displaced workers will prepare to enter locally available essential skills-based positions and will access further education necessary for career advancement or higher degrees. The grant will support the purchase of advanced manufacturing equipment, assist students with certification and internship expenses, and provide support for the supplies and training necessary to prepare students for third-party certification exams.

“This two county section of 301 is a complex mix of manufacturing sectors. Assisting these important industrial clients with job training is a community college obligation. Golden LEAF recognized the value of making an investment in programs and people,” NCC President Dr. Bill Carver said.

The grant will allow the colleges to provide more enhanced and accelerated occupational, career and academic training opportunities in the advanced manufacturing disciplines. Additional career training and industry partnerships will result in more internship and co-op opportunities and increase the employability of degree, diploma and certificate graduates. Project NC301 will lead to an increase in students enrolled in and successfully completing advanced manufacturing certificate, diploma and degree programs, more industry and third-party credentials earned, and more students interviewed and hired for well-paying jobs in the advanced manufacturing industry.

“Wilson Community College is fortunate to work with the farsighted people of the Golden LEAF Foundation and visionaries such as President Carver of Nash Community College, who can see the need and opportunity to significantly enhance the training infrastructure in the 301 corridor supporting our industrial partners and the very good jobs that are in manufacturing,” Wilson Community College President Dr. Rusty Stephens said.

This project received support from the Golden LEAF Foundation. For more information about the project or Nash Community College’s Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies programs, call 252-451-8235.

Nash and Wilson Community Colleges are recipients of an $845,000 grant through the Golden LEAF Essential Skills in Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Initiative supporting Project NC301, a partnership aimed at meeting employment demands in the local pharmaceutical, logistics manufacturing and metal fabrication industries. Nash Community College President Dr. Bill Carver (right) and Wilson Community College President Dr. Rusty Stephens discuss local industry needs as they visit Nash Community College’s Advanced Manufacturing Lab.


NCC Awards President’s Cup to Progress Energy


Nash Community College’s most prestigious award, the President’s Cup, was awarded in April to Progress Energy in appreciation of their collaboration and support of the Electric Line Construction program. Each year, the President’s Cup can be awarded to anyone affiliated with Nash Community College who has made an indelible mark on the College.

“Progress Energy’s support and industry partnership with Nash Community College assisted in providing training to students in a highly skilled profession,” NCC President Dr. Bill Carver said.

In 1999, Progress Energy’s efforts assisted in establishing a two-year Electric Lineman Technology associate degree program giving their employees a place to receive training. With nearly fifty percent of the industry’s line technicians nearing retirement, their partnership supported the College in training the future workforce to serve the local community and beyond.

Progress Energy generously provided funds for Nash Community College scholarships ensuring students have access to an affordable education. Their investment also provided for instructional items and training equipment. NCC Electric Line Construction graduate, Ryan Taylor, who completed the lineman academy program in the fall of 2010, said “I believe taking this course helped me acquire this job as I have been told that approximately 120 applicants applied.”

The College is extremely grateful to Progress Energy for their commitment in education and partnership in training tomorrow’s workforce for success in life.

In the photo: NCC President Dr. Bill Carver presents the President’s Cup Award to Tanya Evans for Progress Energy’s partnership and support of the NCC Electric Line Construction program. Evans, Community Relations Manager for Duke Energy Progress, also serves on the NCC Foundation Board of Directors.

Nash Community College Students Fight Hunger


More than 400 students, faculty, staff, and administrators from Nash Community College and the Nash-Rocky Mount Early College High School recently packaged 70,000 bags of food for Stop Hunger Now. Stop Hunger Now is an international hunger relief organization with the mission to end hunger by providing access to food and life-saving aid throughout the world. Event volunteers packaged enough food to equal 420,000 meals to help fight hunger. The event, sponsored by the Nash Community College Student Government Association, is one of many efforts by the NCC campus to reach out in support of the community both near and far.