Monthly Archives: January 2014

NCC Recognizes Academic Excellence Recipient


Jessica Avila of Zebulon is Nash Community College’s 2013-2014 Academic Excellence Award recipient. Each year, the Academic Excellence Award is presented to North Carolina community college students who exhibit outstanding scholastic achievements. The award represents the highest academic honor at Nash Community College.

Jessica Avila is an Associate in Science student maintaining a 4.0 overall grade point average. She plans to graduate in December 2014 and study Pharmaceutical Sciences at Campbell University. Avila is a first generation college student who aspires to obtain a Ph.D. in Biology with a concentration in a medical or animal conservation field.

At Nash Community College, Jessica Avila serves as a Spanish tutor, developmental mathematics tutor, public relations officer with Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society, and secretary of the Math and Science Club. In 2013, she represented Nash Community College at the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) Student Leadership Development program. Avila is the recipient of the Nash Community College Board of Trustees Scholarship and AT&T Foundation Aspire Scholarship.

Avila has invested much of her time conducting research at the undergraduate level, and has attended five conferences to present her research to scientists throughout the southeastern United States. She won the third place award at the North Carolina Academy of Science. “I am an advocate for the North Carolina Community College System to develop a budget plan for undergraduate research and have submitted my intentions to the system President, Dr. Scott Ralls,” Avila said. “I believe it is important to be passionate about the career one chooses in order to perform the very best.”

Text Alert System for Emergency & Inclement Weather Messages


Have you subscribed to Nash Community College’s *TEXT ALERT* system for emergency and inclement weather messages? To opt-in to receive critical messages from Nash Community College via text alert, please complete the following steps:

Go to and click on the SMS icon.

Next, enter your 10-digit cell phone number without hyphens or spaces. Select your cell phone provider. Then complete the math problem and click “Register.”

Then you will be subscribed to receive emergency text alerts from Nash Community College. Only critical messages will be sent via text alert. Standard text message fees apply. Please also check faculty, staff or student email,, Facebook, Twitter and local media as updates will also be posted on those channels, too.

Alumnae Celebrate 100th Commemorative Anniversary of Park View Hospital


This year marks the 100th Commemorative Anniversary of Park View Hospital and the 25th Anniversary of the Park View Nurses’ Alumnae Scholarship Endowment. To celebrate these special milestones, the Nurses’ Alumnae Association will hold a celebration on June 28, 2014 in the Nash Community College Brown Auditorium.




Park View Hospital opened its doors on July 1, 1914 and closed in May of 1971. In 1914, Park View opened with a 25-bed capacity. For 57 years, Park View Hospital was able to maintain modern facilities and medical equipment. At its closing in 1971, Park View Hospital had 145 beds. Hospital staff witnessed the effects of the 1918 Spanish flu and four wars. During its reign as the largest hospital in Rocky Mount, it opened a training school for nurses and built several facility expansions including a new surgical suite, an expanded obstetrics facility, and a more modern kitchen.




The Park View School of Nursing was started the year the hospital opened and educated nurses until 1969, graduating 55 nursing classes. Nursing instructors taught the fundamentals of nursing, and the Park View physicians taught the majority of the classroom lectures. Park View student nurses received their clinical experience while staffing Park View Hospital and generally graduated in three years. Some graduates of the Park View Hospital School of Nursing are still practicing today, while many other graduates have retired in the Nash/Rocky Mount area and other parts of the United States.




To commemorate the legacy of Park View Hospital, the Park View Nursing Alumnae Association established the Park View Nursing Alumnae Association Scholarship Endowment in 1989 at Nash Community College to provide financial assistance to a second-year associate degree nursing student who exhibits academic excellence with plans to pursue a nursing career in the local community. Approximately 25 students have benefitted from the scholarship.




The Alumnae Association is requesting the community’s support in celebrating this momentous time through tax-deductible honorary or memorial gifts, or planned estate contributions to the Park View Nurses’ Alumnae Scholarship Endowment at Nash Community College. Park View Hospital nurses, doctors, staff, and family members are invited to attend the celebration in June and are invited to share Park View memorabilia for display in Nash Community College’s Park View Health Sciences Hall. To make a contribution or to contact the association, call Martha Price at 252-902-7014 or mail to: Park View Nurses Alumnae Association, P.O. Box 9116, Rocky Mount, NC 27804.



In the photo: The Park View Hospital opened its doors on July 1, 1914 and closed in May of 1971. In 1914, Park View opened with a 25-bed capacity serving the community for 57 years. During its reign as the largest hospital in Rocky Mount, it opened a training school for nurses, the Park View School of Nursing (pictured above), graduating 55 nursing classes.



NCC Announces 38th Law Enforcement Graduating Class


Students from Nash Community College’s Thirty-Eighth Basic Law Enforcement Training Academy graduated on Thursday, January 9th. The program includes physical and classroom state commission mandated topics and methods of instruction. The training covers subjects including criminal, juvenile, civil, traffic, and alcohol beverage laws, investigative, patrol, custody, and court procedures, emergency responses, ethics, community relations and more.

To graduate, students were required to successfully complete and pass all units of study, including the certification examination mandated by the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission and the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Education and Training Standards Commission. During the twenty-seven week training, students learned essential skills required for entry-level employment as law enforcement officers with state, county, or municipal governments, or private enterprise.

Nash Community College’s next Basic Law Enforcement Training academy will be offered as a day academy beginning August 18, 2014. For more information about the program, contact BLET Coordinator Adam Gelo at 252-451-8298 or

Front row, from left: Benjamin Carnell McClain of Knightdale, John Ethan Williams of Nashville, Christopher Randolph Hamm of Rocky Mount, Janil Baez of Tarboro, Cody Austin Williams of Nashville and Frank William Bolt of Spring Hope. Back row, from left: Bradley James Davis of Rocky Mount, Daniel Robert Wrenn of Nashville, Taylor Robert Neal of Louisburg, Cameron Michael McFadden of Louisburg, Damon Lamar Brantley of Spring Hope, Dustin Taylor Reges of Nashville and BLET Coordinator Adam Gelo.



College Welcomes Students the First Day and Every Day


Monday, January 13th marked the start of a new semester. This was the beginning of a new chapter in life for many students. New and familiar faces fill classrooms across campus – some eager to begin their journey to success, and some anxious about what the future might hold. Regardless of the situation, and whether or not the students realize it, they will likely find their place at Nash Community College and will become prepared here, to fulfill their role in life.

“I chose Nash not only for its convenience but for its commitment to my community,” a nursing graduate recently shared with me. Another graduate said, “I was 48 years old when I entered college for the first time. While attending Nash I completed three degrees: Information systems, Office Systems and Accounting.”

Before students even make their way through the hallways during the first week of the spring semester, they experience “blue love” as faculty and staff greet them and offer to help them find their way. The term “blue love” was coined by a faculty member, and refers to our campus’ earnest attempt to make each student feel welcome, to assist students in working toward their educational goals, to ensure proper advising and to help them overcome barriers to learning.

“Nash Community College has provided my family, friends and neighbors with the opportunity to make their lives better by providing an outstanding and reputable education,” a graduate shared. I feel that Nash Community College is a first choice for many individuals for these very reasons.

The college is committed to graduating every student. Therefore, NCC offers an inviting student-focused campus with instructional tools, academic support and technology to facilitate learning for students from all walks of life. If you are not a student, we urge you to come tour the campus and see firsthand how lives are being transformed in the classroom and beyond. To schedule a visit, call 252-451-8235.

“I needed a school that was flexible and affordable. I would recommend NCC to others because I believe in what NCC stands for. They truly serve our community and as the years have gone by, they have adapted to the needs of the community.”

Grant Allows NCC to Grow Mission Critical Programs


Nash Community College Associate Vice President for Community and Governmental Affairs Keith Smith recently greeted Dr. Jill Biden during a visit to Cleveland Community College. Nash Community College, as a member of the Mission Critical Operations consortium led by Cleveland Community College, received a $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor Employment Training Administration. A total of more than $23 million was awarded to the consortium of college and university partners for the development of a Mission Critical Operations program. Through the grant, Nash Community College will enhance the Electric Line Construction, Electrical Systems, Electronics Engineering, Emergency Management, Healthcare Business Informatics, Networking Technology, and Computer Information Technology programs. The program will create career pathways in these areas to meet the demand for a mission critical workforce able to anticipate, prevent, mitigate, and respond to crisis and events in the day-to-day critical operations of industries and municipalities.

NCC Enhances Law Enforcement Presence


NCC President Bill Carver (right) and NCC Police Chief Wayne Lamm (left) congratulate Nathan Mizell (center) on his new appointment.

Providing a safe learning environment continues to be a top priority at Nash Community College (NCC). In an effort to continue to enhance the college’s police presence, Nathan Mizell, NCC Public and Human Services Department Chair, has been named Captain of Nash Community College’s Police Department.


The college police force employs full-time a chief, a captain, four additional officers who also serve as instructors, and one part-time officer. Each officer is sworn by the North Carolina Criminal Justice Training and Standards Division, the same General Statute as local police agencies. They hold full arrest authority and jurisdiction on campus-owned and controlled property. A Nash County Sheriff Deputy is also on duty during operating hours. The new position of captain is designated as the second in command.


Mizell began his career with the East Carolina University Police Department and later served in the North Carolina Probation and Parole Office and as a Reserve Deputy with Martin County Sheriff’s Department. He worked with Probation/Parole for ten years before coming to Nash Community College. In 2007, Mizell moved his Reserve Officer status to Williamston Police Department where it remains active. Nathan Mizell has been employed at Nash Community College since 2007 and was among the first four officers sworn as Nash Community College police officers.


Mizell, of Bear Grass, holds a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Mountain State University, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Justice and Public Policy from North Carolina Wesleyan College and an Associate in Applied Science degree in Law Enforcement Technology from Pitt Community College.

Park View Hospital Nurses’ Alumnae Scholarship Awarded


Nash Community College recently announced Mary Ann Proctor, a Nursing student from Rocky Mount, is the recipient of the Park View Hospital Nurses’ Alumnae Scholarship. The scholarship was established in 1989 by the Park View Hospital Nurses’ Alumnae Association. In the photo, NCC Board Chairman Sam Dickens (right) and NCC Foundation Board President Andy Blanton (left) congratulate Proctor (center).

Park View Hospital opened its doors on July 1, 1914 and closed in May of 1971. In 1914, Park View opened with a 25-bed capacity serving the community for 57 years. During its reign as the largest hospital in Rocky Mount, it opened a training school for nurses, the Park View School of Nursing (pictured above), graduating 55 nursing classes. This year marks the 100th Commemorative Anniversary of the hospital and the 25th Anniversary of the scholarship endowment.

Benvenue Alumni Association Provides NCC Scholarship


The Benvenue Alumni Association Scholarship at Nash Community College, was recently awarded to Jenna Greene of Rocky Mount. Greene is pursuing a degree in the college’s Early Childhood Education program. Pictured from left: NCC Foundation Executive Director Pat Ellis Daniels, Benvenue Alumna Marilyn Boone, Scholarship Recipient Jenna Green and Benvenue Alumnus and NCC Trustee Wayne Outlaw.


Nash Community College is accepting applications for the Benvenue Alumni Association scholarship until March 15, 2014. The 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

NCC Graduates Nurse Aides


Nash Community College is pleased to announce its recent Nurse Aide I (NAI) and Nurse Aide II (NAII) graduates. The Nurse Aide I course introduces basic nursing skills required to provide personal care for patients in a health care setting. “NAI students are often surprised at the range of topics the NAI course covers – everything from the legalities of healthcare to proper infection control techniques to how to deal with patients who are terminally ill,” Nurse Aide Program Coordinator Rita Joyner said. Once a student completes the NAI course and passes the state mandated NAI exam they are certified to work in a variety of healthcare setting and to function along with the nurse as a vital part of the healthcare team. “Many NAI graduates go on to nursing school. The NAI course gives them a solid foundation to further their education in healthcare,” Joyner said.

NAII students are often seasoned in providing direct patient care and wish to expand their knowledge. Having a NAII certification often helps graduates secure a promotion in the field. “It is rewarding to see the students develop and expand their skills as they prepare to enter, or progress, in the field of healthcare.” NAII graduates are eligible to apply for the North Carolina State Board of Nursing NAII credential. For more information about Nash Community College’s Nurse Aide program, call 252-451-8352.

Nurse Aide I

Front row, from left: Jessica Webber of Rocky Mount, Jennie Pittman of Rocky Mount, Elvia Hernandez of Rocky Mount, Tachianna Warren of Rocky Mount, Amanda Faircloth of Elm City and Marla Matthews of Spring Hope. Back row, from left: NCC Vice President of Student and Enrollment Services Larry Mitchell, Rosa Johnson of Elm City, Pamela Keel of Wake Forest, Yazan Bayyari of Rocky Mount, Shakelia Wheeler of Rocky Mount and Christopher Scott of Nashville. Not pictured: Holly Czysz of Louisburg, Brittany Dawes of Rocky Mount, Mary Driver of Rocky Mount, Heather Ellis of Rocky Mount, Franziska Gassoway of Rocky Mount, Anna Holmstrand of Zebulon, Donna Lawrence of Youngsville, Jocelynne Stephens of Greenville, Carole Wagner of Wake Forest and Sarah Wood of Spring Hope.

Front row, from left: Kara Johnson of Elm City, Brittney Ward of Rocky Mount, Elle Coultrap of Red Oak, Tammy King of Castalia, Jasmaine Leonard of Rocky Mount and Valerie Pirtle of Enfield. Back row, from left: NCC Vice President of Student and Enrollment Services Larry Mitchell, Miranda Edwards of Momeyer, Crystal Turner of Enfield, Carla Price of Zebulon and Juliet Sharpe of Rocky Mount. Not pictured:  Marcia Coleman of Nashville, Bailey Parker of Rocky Mount and James Powell of Rocky Mount.

Front row, from left: Samantha Trejo of Bailey, Brittney Pendergrass of Castalia, Andrea Hucks of Leggett, Kandace Summerlin of Nashville, Rachel Baines of Nashville and Amanda Enroughty of Nashville. Back row, from left: NCC Vice President of Student and Enrollment Services Larry Mitchell, Christi Wainwright of Nashville,  Kelly O’Brien of Zebulon, Crystal Williams of Rocky Mount, Tammy Michelle Smith of Rocky Mount, Kadesha Perry of Nashville and Brittany Pittman of Whitakers. Not pictured: Stacey Archenbach of Nashville.

Front row, from left: Mia Grimm of Hollister, Treasury Lynch of Hollister, Ataysha Ware of Rocky Mount, Lorie Brewer of Wilson, Morgan Lewis of Middlesex and Britiany Privette of Zebulon. Back row, from left: NCC Vice President of Student and Enrollment Services Larry Mitchell, Stacie Stracqualursi of Zebulon, Arlene Bishop-Giese of Nashville, Michelle Ramsey of Zebulon, Landon Batten of Middlesex and Amy Whitley of Spring Hope. Not pictured: Phyllis Marshall of Nashville and Sarah Tyrell of Rocky Mount.

Nurse Aide II

Front row, left to right:  Takita Brinkley of Rocky Mount, Tanesha Hines of Rocky Mount and Beverly Parrish of Nashville. Back Row L to R: NCC Vice President of Student and Enrollment Services Larry Mitchell, Peggy Hardy of Rocky Mount, Sara Fortenbery of Rocky Mount, Graysen Smith of Rocky, Kushunn Seabreeze of Nashville, Chelsea Hutsell of Rocky Mount and Kaitlyn Finch of Nashville. Not pictured: Pamela Bozelle of Elm City, Angela Council of Raleigh, Angela Edgerton of Nashville, Deanna Evans of Enfield, Norma Garrett of Rocky Mount, Carrie Jones of Rocky Mount, Shirley Jones of Louisburg, Mary Richardson of Louisburg, Kimberly Williams of Nashville and Amber Winstead of Rocky Mount.