Monthly Archives: March 2014

Rocky Mount Luncheon Pilot Club Awards Scholarship


Nash Community College nursing student Angelica Williams of Spring Hope has been awarded the Jean Wynne Memorial Scholarship funded by the Rocky Mount Luncheon Pilot Club. The scholarship is awarded annually to a student with academic merit. Since its charter in March 1975, the Rocky Mount Luncheon Pilot Club, Inc. has served community organizations in the Rocky Mount area by raising awareness of brain disorders. Pictured from left, Rocky Mount Luncheon Pilot Club President Loretta Turner, NCC Nursing student and recipient of the Jean Wynne Memorial Scholarship Angelica Williams, Rocky Mount Luncheon Pilot Club Fundraising Chair Elaine Rose and NCC Foundation Executive Director Pat Ellis Daniels.




NCC Assists Students in Test Preparation


Eduardo Ortiz was the first NCC student to complete a module of the high school equivalency test in the new computerized format.

The workforce has changed, and so has the General Educational Development (GED) test. The GED test is now known as the high school equivalency test. The handwritten test has been replaced by a computer-based high school equivalency test. Scores on GED tests taken before December 31, 2013 have expired. Nash Community College wants to help students better prepare to face the future by completing the high school equivalency test.

Earning a high school equivalency will show that students are prepared for the next step whether that is a better job with higher earning potential or a college education. High school equivalency recipients are likely to make $115 more each week than individuals without a high school education. What this means is having a high school degree can translate to increased earnings throughout your career. Students can begin working today toward a higher earning potential.

Nash Community College staff will provide assistance at no cost as students prepare to take the high school equivalency test. Individuals interested in completing their high school equivalency exam are invited to one of the following spring orientation sessions:

April 7, 8, and 9th: 1:00-5:00 PM and 5:00-9:00 PM
April 4, 11: 9:00 AM-1:00 PM

Invest in yourself and your future. Call 252.451.8246 to schedule an orientation session and learn more about this program.

Foundation Launches Campaign to Help Students Continuing Education


Pictured from left: Nash Community College Foundation Executive Director Pat Ellis Daniels, Nash Community College Foundation 2014 Campaign Chair Jake Parrott of Battle, Winslow, Scott & Wiley P.A. and Nash Community College President Bill Carver in front of the Continuing Education and Public Services Building construction site which will open in mid 2015.

The Nash Community College Foundation 2014 Campaign will begin on March 25th under the leadership of the Board of Directors to help meet the needs of the College and to provide support for students continuing their education.
“Generations of students have depended on Nash Community College as they 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 donors’ support,” NCC Foundation 2014 Campaign Chair Jake Parrott said. “Gifts from individuals and organizations ensure that resources are available to help students take advantage of the quality instruction and higher educational opportunities the College provides,” Parrott continued.
“Because of receiving a scholarship, I was able to take more classes this year and will graduate in the spring with Associate in Science and Computer Engineering Technology Degrees,” student Omar Allen of Middlesex said. “My dream of going to NC State is realistic because I can transfer there in the fall of 2015. The scholarship means everything,” Allen said.
In addition to the scholarship program, there are many ways in which donors can be an important part of the Continuing Education and Public Services building which will open in mid 2015.  Contributions will be used to provide state-of-the-art equipment and instructional support. Building, classroom and lab naming opportunities exist.
“2014 is an exciting time for the college as we add to the footprint of the campus to meet the complex demands of a modern workforce,” President Bill Carver said.  “Students come to us from all walks of life.  They leave as our community’s firefighters, police officers, nurses, and emergency medical personnel.  The College continues to meet the needs of local business and industry sending graduates back into the community ensuring these critical, lifesaving roles are filled. Training students for relevant careers, or helping individuals transition to a four year college or university is a high priority.”
College officials are often at the table along with the North Carolina Department of Commerce, area Chambers of Commerce, the Carolinas Gateway Partnership and other organizations when critical considerations are being made by industry seeking a new place to grow and prosper. Several factors are examined by companies during this decision-making process and education and available training are undeniably key. Nash County is an attractive area for industry and that is partly because of responsive educational opportunities and advanced industry training.
Thank you for your consideration in helping support a vibrant community college through your investment in education.  Gift options are available that may be an advantageous way of giving to the NCC Foundation. Your support will make a difference in our community and in the lives of its citizens every day.  For more information about making a contribution, please contact Executive Director Pat Daniels at (252) 451-8329 or email

Alumni Association Spotlight: Donna Reams


“I started out working for a local physician’s office as a secretary, and then went to work at the hospital as a Physical Therapy Technician. It was then that I realized I wanted to pursue a career in the healthcare field,” NCC Alumna Donna Reams remembers. It all started for Donna in 1992 when she enrolled at Nash Community College in pursuit of an Associate Degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant.


Donna chose Nash Community College because of its location and the flexibility it offered, allowing her to take care of her family. While at Nash, she was a member of Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society, serving as secretary of the Physical Therapist Assistant Student Organization, and was named to the Who’s Who Among American Junior College Students. After a lot of hard work, she graduated with honors as a Physical Therapist Assistant in 1997.


“I have been employed with Nash Health Care Systems for seventeen years, serving in a variety of roles including Physical Therapist Assistant, Unit Coordinator, and currently the Rehab Supervisor in the Acute Care Setting,” Reams said. “I love my job, and Nash Community College helped me to achieve a priceless gift. My respects are given to the instructors in my program. It was tough, but they prepared me for the workforce and have played a major role in my success.”


Since graduating from Nash Community College, Donna’s daughter also graduated from Nash Community College with an Associate’s Degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant. Just like her mother, Heather has gone on to find success within her own career. “Nash Community College, and my decision to return to school had a major impact on my daughter’s decision to go into the field.”


Donna offered these simple words of advice for all: “These blocks on life’s journey can be either building blocks or road blocks; it is your choice.” – Author Unknown


NCC Employees Honored for High Performance


Nash Community College is pleased to announce the following employees are recipients of the 2014 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) award. As a member of NISOD, the College has been honoring faculty, staff and administrators with this award of recognition annually since 1992. Recipients are selected based on their proven commitment to high performance and extraordinary service to Nash Community College, its students, and the community.

Nash Community College President Dr. Bill Carver with recipients on the front row, from left: Senior Director of Marketing and Communication Kelley Deal, Law
Enforcement In-Service Training Instructor Reuben Crumpton, Student
Activities Coordinator Kara Deans and Career and College Promise Liaison
Keshia Battle. Pictured on the back row from left: Vice President for Instruction and
Chief Academic Officer Dr. Trent Mohrbutter, Allied Health Lead Instructor
Nancy Worsinger, OST Instructor Donna Brantley, Lead Housekeeper
Diane Pulley and Chief Information Officer Jonathan Vester.

NCC Students Assist in State Research


Pictured front to back: Zachary Privette and Chelsea Crocker

Pictured front to back: Justin Joyner, Zachary Privette and Chelsea Crocker

Zachary Privette’s eyes light up when he speaks of the research he’s participating in. “People need to know about this,” he said. “What we are doing could make a difference in human health one day.” Zachary is a Nash Community College transfer student majoring in Biology.

Pictured front to back: Ismael Gomez and Joel Hernandez

With a walk down to the Science and Technology Building, anyone will understood exactly what Zachary is referring to: students in the lab, hovered over test tubes, excitedly interacting and discussing scientific terminology as if they were fluent in another language. They are enrolled in NCC Biology classes, but the research is not being done by one class in particular. The current instructor-student research team is extracting DNA from seepage salamanders that were collected during a previous study in 2010. The future biologists are indexing the samples and findings in a computerized database where the information is coded and stored for later analysis. The DNA will be sequenced and then sent to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences to be visualized on a DNA sequencer in the Genomics & Microbiology Research Laboratory. “These students are participating because they have taken an interest in extending their learning beyond class time. They are dedicated and passionate about what they are experiencing,” Biology Instructor David Beamer said.

The original 2010 study was funded by a grant from the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. The findings expressed in a journal article titled, “Good news at last: Conservation status of the seepage salamander (Desmognathus aeneus)” written by Sean P. Graham from The Pennsylvania State University Biology Department, David Beamer and Trip Lamb of the East Carolina University Biology Department, shed new light on what was once thought to be an endangered species. The work was published in Herpetological Conservation and Biology in 2012. “The Wildlife Resource Commission enlisted our assistance to examine the status of a species of salamander called the seepage salamander in North Carolina,” David Beamer said. The population survey showed that the seepage salamander, a species that most scientists considered to be very rare, was actually common. Due to these conclusions, it was removed from a petition to list it as a federally endangered species and was also removed from some state lists of species of concern. “Our research provided quantitative data detailing the distribution and status of the salamanders so that the state agencies would be able to better understand, and possibly modify future programs,” Beamer said.

Back in the lab, Beamer and his students are continuing the research by expanding the DNA database to include samples from a larger area. This will hopefully allow them to address whether or not seepage salamanders are represented by a single wide-ranging relatively common species or if populations from different areas would be better recognized as different species. According to Beamer, it will take a considerable amount of work to address these questions and students have played a major role in generating the DNA data to analyze. At this time, the group is ready to begin DNA sequencing.

Zachary Privette said his goal is to transfer to North Carolina State University to complete his undergraduate and masters degrees. “I am already participating in research that is usually only offered at the university level,” Privette said. “Thanks to Mr. Beamer, I want to be a Biology professor one day. What we are learning here is exciting and important. Because of him, I have found a love for Biology and research and want to do exactly what he’s doing.”

Later this month, Beamer and his students will be presenting at the North Carolina Academy of Science 111th Annual Meeting at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, and the North Carolina Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Annual Meeting at the North Carolina Forest Service Mountain Training Facility located near Crossnore, NC.

The Nash Community College Transfer Program prepares students to study at a four-year college or university after completing the first two years at Nash. Often times, because of the smaller class size, access to equipment and one-on-one instruction, Nash Community College transfer students outperform native university juniors.

Seventh Annual Jack Laughery Ride for Knowledge Planned for May 31st


The Nash Community College Foundation is pleased to announce the 7th Annual Jack Laughery Ride for Knowledge will be held on Saturday, May 31, 2014 at Rocky Mount Harley-Davidson. The event serves as a tribute to Jack Laughery, the former CEO and chairman of the Hardee’s restaurant chain along with his wife, Helen and their love of motorcycling and support of higher education. All proceeds from the motorcycle ride benefit the Helen and Jack Laughery Honorary Scholarship Fund at Nash Community College.

The ride is rain or shine and registration will begin at 9:00am and the ride will begin at 11:00am. The cost per rider is $20 and includes an hour long ride through beautiful western Nash County escorted by Nash County Sheriff’s Office, breakfast by Hardee’s and Dunkin’ Donuts, lunch by Doug Sauls’ BBQ And Seafood, a unique ride pin and a chance to enter a rider only raffle worth $750! Plus, attendees can enjoy southern and classic rock by ***BUSHHAWG***, Rocky Mount Harley Davidson Burn Out Pit and Jump Start Experience. All bikes are welcome.

The Helen and Jack Laughery Honorary Scholarship was established in 2004 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. Fifty scholarships have been awarded since the scholarship’s establishment.

Jack Laughery aimed to make the community better, and this event is a tribute to his legacy. In many ways, he may be remembered as a “Hometown Hero” for the economic development of the greater Rocky Mount area. Jack was a Patriot who loved his Country, enjoyed motorcycling and truly valued education. In addition to Jack and the Laughery Family, the event honor our local hometown heroes. This group includes first responders, law enforcement officers, firefighters, medical emergency professionals, and military veterans. These individuals dedicate their lives to ensure the community’s well-being.

The Nash Community College Foundation is appreciative of the following sponsors for their investment in the community and support of deserving students.

Gold Sponsors:
Rocky Mount Harley-Davidson
Nash County Sheriff’s Office
HensonFuerst, P.A.
Boddie-Noell Enterprises
Carolina Eagle Budweiser Distributors, Inc.
Institutional Interiors
Behind Barz Motorcycle Magazine
Boondocks Brewing Tap Room & Restaurant

Silver Sponsors:
Wheeler & Woodlief
Doug Sauls Barbecue & Seafood
Rocky Mount HOG Chapter
Dunkin Donuts – Sunset Avenue
Key Printing – Nashville
Artisan Tattoo Studio
Bobby Murray Toyota
Meade, Sykes, & Vick Families
Chick-fil-A of Cobb Corners
First Eastern Rentals

Bronze Sponsors:
Pet’s Best Friend
Twin County Motorsports
Drs. Richard & Amy Hunt, D.D.S

For more information, call 252-451-8230 or email

Marine Corps Veteran Finds New Path at NCC


Robert Connelly’s desire to serve led him to enlist in the United States Marine Corps and now has him pursuing an Associate Degree in Nursing. After serving for eight years as a United States Marine working during combat on amphibious assault missions, Connelly returned home to pursue a career in nursing. “When I finished my military duties, I worked in a couple of corporate roles and really saw nursing as an opportunity to make a difference. My dream is to one day work in the Emergency Department in a VA hospital,” Connelly said.

Connelly, of Nashville, has been married for 18 years and has two children. He plans to graduate from the Nash Community College Associate Degree Nursing program in May 2014. “The military prepared me to work hard, but this program is tough,” he said. “The faculty and staff are here to help. The environment is comfortable and I like that I can walk into anyone’s office and they make time to help me.”

Nash Community College was recently awarded the Military Friendly Schools distinction, however according to the college’s Veterans Officer, Sonya Small, being Military Friendly is not just about the certificate, but also about the commitment to assisting and advising each veteran in every step as they complete their program of study and continue their success. “When military members depart from their respective service, we want Nash to stand out in the forefront to be the institution to meet their individual needs,” Small said.

The 2014 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus. The colleges, universities and trade schools on the list exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience. The schools have world-class programs and policies for student support on campus, academic accreditation, credit policies, flexibility and other services to those who served.

“Being a Marine means having a lifelong brotherhood with anyone who ever served in the Corps and having an unspeakable sense of pride and honor that nothing can ever take away,” he shared. Connelly said if he could offer advice to other veterans seeking educational opportunities after returning to civilian life, he would tell them to talk to their local VA representative. “See what they have to offer. It can be frustrating, but you should take advantage of the benefits you have earned. I am thankful I decided to return to school and I am glad I chose Nash,” he said. “Give it your best. Stick with it. You’ll get out of it what you put into it. Don’t be afraid to try, even if you try and fail.” For more information, call 252-451-8261.

Alumni Association Spotlight: Aaron Pike


The dream for Aaron Pike began when he was a little boy. “Growing up I always knew I wanted to be a firefighter. Nash Community College helped turn my dream into my everyday reality. I have great passion for what I do, and I love going to work,” Aaron said.

Aaron Pike graduated from the Nash Community College Emergency Management Technician Academy on January 15, 2014. The academy is an 11-week rigorous program comprised of various components including EMT Basic Curriculum, HAZMAT, Emergency Vehicle Driver training, National Incident Management Training, Technical Rescue, and physical fitness. Aaron successfully passed his North Carolina State EMT Certification exam.

Along with completion of the Nash Community College EMT Academy, Aaron has also completed an array of other classes providing him with an Associate’s Degree in Fire Protection Technology and the training necessary to handle a variety of situations he may encounter in his role as public servant. “Seventy-five percent of fire calls are for first responder calls, and the others are related to fire assistance and other various issues.  It is important to be prepared for any situation that may be encountered.” he said.

Pike has been a volunteer firefighter with the Nashville Fire Department since 2007, and was recently hired by the Roanoke Rapids Fire Department.

NCC Receives Gift from Mims Foundation


Trustee Lou Uzzle Blackmon (left center) with the Allan C. Mims and Margaret L. Mims Foundation presents to Nash Community College President Bill Carver (right center), Foundation Executive Director Pat Daniels (left) and Foundation Past President Lyn Brown (right) a $50,000 gift on behalf of the Board to the Nash Community College Foundation. The contribution will be used to provide instructional equipment and support the classroom learning environment for the Nash Community College Continuing Education and Public Services Building which is expected to open in April 2015.

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