Monthly Archives: April 2014

Campus Awarded for United Way Campaign


NCC Human Resources Director Susan Barkalow and NCC Student Activities Coordinator Kara Deans accept the United Way Community Cheer Award on behalf of NCC.

Nash Community College is a recipient of the United Way Tar River Region’s Community Cheer Team Award for its 2013 campus campaign. The award recognizes the top workplace campaigns, out of 130 campaigns across Nash & Edgecombe Counties, that have exhibited creativity, spirit and enthusiasm for the United Way campaign.

Nash Community College was selected for its strong campaign support, generating fun and excitement among the students, faculty and staff. The campus held special events such as a “Pie in the Face” contest and Jeans Days and created a United Way wall that inspires others to “Live United” enter the College’s Business and Industry Center.

NCC Students Assist with Financial Literacy Event


Communities in Schools held its annual Financial Literacy Retreat for seventh graders in the Nash Community College Brown Auditorium on Wednesday, April 30th. Area students learned about personal finance and gained skills in basic financial decision making. Nash Community College Student Nursing Association members, Phi Beta Lambda business organization student members and community volunteers assisted the middle school students in maintaining their mock checking accounts with real life scenarios. Students also heard from experts in the areas of personal finance and entrepreneurship. In the photo, NCC students assist attendees with a practice scenario of balancing their check registries and paying bills.

Educational Leaders Discuss Challenges at Legislative Meeting


NCC President Dr. Bill Carver expresses the importance of support for critical training programs at community colleges during a legislative meeting held at NCC.

Nash Community College hosted a legislative breakfast in its Science and Technology Building Wednesday, April 30th. Nash, Edgecombe, Wilson and Halifax Community College Presidents shared updates with members representing the local communities in the North Carolina General Assembly. Community college administrators, trustees and faculty explained particular challenges the respective schools face due to budget cuts and limited resources including funding for technology, restrictive budgeting and staffing needs.


Nash Community College President Dr. Bill Carver expressed the importance of support for critical training in science technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs at community colleges. He cited a recent study by Brookings describing two STEM economies — a main STEM economy, referring to STEM careers in metropolitan areas, and sub-STEM economy which refers to the STEM workforce in smaller metro areas like those in eastern North Carolina. The study, titled “The Hidden STEM Economy,” states employees in science, technology, engineering, and math fields have a direct role in facilitating economic growth. However, due to the way the STEM economy has been outlined, economic leaders have mostly focused support on training employees with at least a four-year degree, disregarding the potential of STEM employees working with two-year degrees. “Jobs like these have doubled in the last 10 years,” Carver said. “Twenty-six million adults are working in STEM-related roles. Half of these positions require only a two-year degree and pay on average $53,000 annually – and these are just entry level jobs,” he said. “Community college associate degree graduates are earning a good living right here in our communities.”


Training for STEM professions is necessary, but costly. These jobs require hands-on laboratories to prepare students to work in real-world, highly technical local environments that extend globally. “Our advanced equipment is not reserved for graduate students; it is provided for our students to utilize and learn on from day one,” Dr. Carver said. The unique industry training that occurs in STEM programs at local community colleges requires industrial equipment, and the pace of obsolescence is accelerating.


Edgecombe Community College President Dr. Deborah Lamm described how restrictive budgeting challenges local campuses. “Community colleges can benefit quite a bit from having flexibility in budgeting. When small colleges receive restricted budgetary language, we have more difficulty than larger colleges,” she said. “Edgecombe Community College is the second least funded community college in the state. Flexibility is key for small community colleges, especially when county funding is low.” Next week at Edgecombe Community College, Edgecombe, Halifax, Nash and Wilson Community Colleges are hosting one of 21 NCReady4Work Workforce Learning Summits being held throughout the state to convene leaders and workforce partners of area community colleges and showcase best practices involving key partners from the colleges’ service areas.


Halifax Community College President Dr. Ervin Griffin discussed the challenges in retaining current employees and hiring new employees stating, “As people retire, it is getting harder and harder to replace them because today’s professionals require competitive salaries. If we are going to recruit talented professionals, we are going to have to pay more to get them here.” Similarly, community college employees have not received pay increases in several years, and in some cases positions have been eliminated. The request was made for legislators to consider supporting salary increases for all state employees, not only for K-12 employees citing North Carolina community college employees make on average $47,000 annually and the national average for community college employee annual earnings is $61,000.


“Our work is not done; it is growing,” Wilson Community College President Dr. Rusty Stephens said. “This cannot continue, we cannot continue to get less and less money and more and more work. We have had to cut people and programs,” he said. “Community colleges are about community and without people with vision, we might as well close our doors. Faculty, staff and students are our lifeblood.”


Leaders discussed the increasing effort each college puts into securing supplemental funding. At Halifax Community College, a Department of Education grant enabled the campus to complete capital projects. Nash and Edgecombe Community Colleges are partnering to use Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) funds to grow mission critical programs.


North Carolina leaders who attended the event are: Senator Angela Bryant representing Halifax, Nash, Vance, Warren and Wilson Counties, Senator Buck Newton representing Johnston, Wilson and Nash Counties, Representative Bobbie Richardson serving Franklin and Nash Counties, Representative Joe Tolson serving Edgecombe and Martin Counties and Representative Jeff Collins serving Franklin and Nash Counties.


NCC Professor Receives Award for Excellence in Clinical Social Work

Nash Community College Humanities and Social Sciences Professor Marbeth Holmes of Franklin County is the recipient of the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill Mary Jane Burns Book Award for Excellence in Clinical Social Work. Holmes will graduate from the UNC School of Social Work in May with a Masters degree.
The Mary Jane Burns Book Award for Excellence in Clinical Social Work was established in 2013 to honor the memory of Mary Jane Burns, MSW ’74, by members of her book group. Mary Jane Burns was a clinical social worker who demonstrated compassion, professionalism, devotion to her clients, a deep understanding of clinical practice, and commitment to education in her field.
Marbeth Holmes began working at Nash Community College in August 1998. In 2004, she was recognized as Nash Community College’s J. Edgar and Peggie T. Moore Excellence in Teaching Award recipient. In 2008, she established the Jimmy and Mary Charles Holmes Endowment Scholarship Fund at Nash Community College in memory of her parents. She is a member of the North Carolina Council of Teachers of English and the National Council of Teachers of English. She was inducted into Who’s Who of America in 2009.
Her recent clinical placements have been at the Duke University Infectious Disease Clinic and the Duke University Addictions Program where she has worked with patients with triple diagnoses living with HIV, Substance Use Disorder, and a variety of mental health disorders. In the context of the placement, she has also served as a behavioral healthcare provider on an Institutional Review Board (IRB) research study facilitated by the Duke Center for Health Policy and Inequalities.
Holmes holds an Associate in Arts degree from Louisburg College, a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Meredith College and a Master of Arts in English from Abilene Christian University, all with honors. She is the 2013 recipient of the UNC-CH Carroll Heins Scholarship to study at the Psychoanalysis Center of the Carolinas learning how childhood development, unconscious conflict and psychological trauma influence memory, symptoms, relationships, and a sense of self.

NCC Welders Win in Two Statewide Competitions


Nash Community College hosted the American Welding Society (AWS) Tri-State Welding Competition Friday, April 25th. Ten students competed from Nash Community College, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, Randolph Community College, Wake Technical Community College and Central Piedmont Community College. The three judges were Kevin Shaffer from Lincoln Electric, Frank Jablonski from Machine and Welding and Russell Warhman from Wake Technical Community College. NCC Welding student Justin Hinton of Momeyer (right) received first place and NCC Welding student Matthew Cooke (left) of Louisburg received second place.


At the 2012 AWS Tri-State Welding Competition which was held in Salisbury, NC at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, Matthew Cooke placed first and Joseph Bateman of Zebulon placed seventh among the 23 students participating. In 2013, NCC students Jay Richardson, Matthew Cooke and Samantha Vick placed fourth at the AWS Tri-State Competition in Charlotte at Central Piedmont Community College. In order to compete, students must be members of AWS for Tri-State.


Cooke and Hinton also recently received first and fourth place respectively in the North Carolina SkillsUSA Welding Competition for the Post-Secondary category. Matthew Cooke will represent Nash Community College’s Welding program in Kansas City, Missouri in June at the National SkillsUSA Welding Competition.

NCC Holds Honor Society Induction Ceremony


Nash Community College students were recently inducted into the Beta Upsilon Delta Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa national honor society which recognizes and encourages scholarship among two-year college students. Phi Theta Kappa provides opportunities for the development of leadership and service, for an intellectual climate with the exchange of ideas and ideals, for lively fellowship for scholars, and for stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence.

To be eligible for membership in Phi Theta Kappa, students must have completed a minimum of twelve semester hours of non-developmental course work and must have earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or higher. To maintain membership, the student must continue high academic achievement throughout enrollment.

Phi Theta Kappa Officers pictured on the left side: Melissa Herbert, Secretary; Aundray Johnson, Vice President and Michelle Bridgers, President. Officers pictured on the right side: Chelsea Crocker, Treasurer and Queneda Jones, Public Information Officer. Inductees seated on the front row (from left): Megan Williams, Youngsville; Arvis Rainey, Littleton; Michelle Sager, Rocky Mount; Ryan Spivey, Nashville; Nichole Garrett, Rocky Mount; Chelsea Gaston, Nashville; Jordan Daniel, Zebulon and Deanna Al-Hammori, Rocky Mount. Second row, from left: Michael Bolton, Roanoke Rapids; Rubin Wayne Coleman, Rocky Mount; Karen Armstrong, Zebulon; Maggie Moore, Raleigh; Randy Johnson, Rocky Mount; Cerita Kabryn Mattison, Rocky Mount; Christian Davis, Rocky Mount; Anabela Pardo, Nashville and Touché Foster, Nashville. Back row, from left: Sarah Frazier, Nashville; Shiloh Burch, Roanoke Rapids; Desiree Dolberry, Tarboro; Kimberly Batts, Nashville;  Kelly Harris, Rocky Mount; Diamond Bartlett, Lillington; Nathaniel Akers, Rocky Mount and Melynda Pipkin, Nashville. Not pictured: Tony W. Jones, Castalia; Omar Allan, Macclesfield; Jeremy Johnson, Rocky Mount; Jonathan Jolin, Nashville; Cerita Kabryn Mattison, Whitakers; Taylor Moore, Wilson; William Richardson, Zebulon; Frederick Sanderson, Rocky Mount; Janice Shearin, Elm City; Jeffrey Smith, Rocky Mount; Brittany Anstead, Castalia; Christian Davis, Rocky Mount; James Davis, Wilson; William Henschel, Garner; Allen Waki Lynch, Hollister; Makayla Morrison, Nashville; and Alecia Smith, Spring Hope.

NCC Campus Celebrates Earth Day


From left: NCC President Bill Carver, NCC SGA Parliamentarian Taylor Morgan, NCC SGA President James Horne, NCC Biology Instructor Reggie Cobb and Regional Materials Recovery, Inc. Regional Manager Stacy Boone

To celebrate Earth Day, Nash Community College’s Student Government Association hosted Green Day activities on Tuesday, April 22nd. Students, faculty and staff wore green attire, held a tree planting ceremony and picked up litter along Old Carriage Road. The Nash Community College campus comes together annually to acknowledge Green Day by planting trees and hosting a guest speaker. This year’s guest speaker was Stacy Boone, Regional Manager for Regional Materials Recovery, Inc. in Rocky Mount. During his talk, he shared information about how local citizens and organizations are helping the environment by safely recycling industrial materials. Three magnolia trees were planted near the Electric Line Construction Training Field. This year also marks the 25th year Nash Community College has participated in the Adopt-a-Highway program along Old Carriage Road.

Park View Hospital Nurses Celebrate Commemorative Anniversary


The Park View Hospital Nurses Alumnae Association is celebrating the 100th Commemorative Anniversary of the hospital, and 25 years of the Park View Hospital Nurses Scholarship at Nash Community College. To celebrate both occasions, a luncheon with entertainment will be held June 28, 2014 at the College.

After closing its doors in 1971 when Nash General Hospital opened, the nurses’ association representing 55 graduating classes of R.N. eligible nurses, has continued its efforts to keep the icon legacy of Park View Hospital alive by contributing to scholarships to assist second-year nursing students at Nash Community College.

Anyone associated with the former hospital, and/or families thereof, are invited to attend the June 28th event. Please write Park View Hospital Nurses Alumnae Association at P.O. Box 9116 Westridge Station, Rocky Mount, NC 27804 promptly with name, address and phone number, explaining your affiliation, to receive an invitation.

NCC to Celebrate Earth Day Tuesday, April 22


Earth Day is just around the corner. Many activities are going on around the world as well as in our community. Please get involved. We need to keep our Earth healthy for all living things.

To celebrate Earth Day, Nash Community College students, faculty and staff annually participate in Green Day activities.

Wear Green

On Tuesday, April 22nd, you are encouraged to wear green to celebrate Green Day. You are also invited to participate in the following two campus events.

Green Day Tree Planting Ceremony

At 12:00 pm on April 22nd, students, faculty and staff will meet at the Electric Line Construction training field for the tree planting ceremony. This year’s guest speaker will be Mr. Stacy Boone, Regional Manager for Regional Materials Recovery, Inc. Join us as we learn about Regional Materials Recovery and how they make a positive impact on our environment.

Green Day Litter Pick-Up

Immediately following the tree planting, students, faculty and staff will pick-up litter along the roadside. Plan to meet in front of the Business & Industry Center after the tree planting. NCC is responsible for picking up litter from the railroad track near Nash Central High School to the stoplight near Northern Nash High School. If everyone participates, we will be able to cover the entire area.

Guidelines for Review

Please review the following information prior to April 22nd. Each participant will be required to sign a form stating they have reviewed these items prior to participation.

Guidelines for Litter Pick-Up – Adopt-a-Highway Safety Rules

AAH Safety Video – English and en Español –   

Meth Lab Waste Recognition Video by the Colorado DOT
(The video mentions the “Rocky Mountain” area, NOT “Rocky Mount”.)

We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, April 22nd.

NCC Prepares for Spring Commencement Exercises


Nash Community College students, faculty and staff are preparing for graduation on Thursday, May 15 and Friday, May 16, 2014.

Janet Cowell, NC Treasurer

The College will celebrate a record Curriculum graduation Friday, May 16 with 458 students receiving 626 degrees, diplomas and certificates. Two hundred sixty students will walk across the stage during the forty-sixth graduation ceremony, the largest graduation ceremony in the history of the College. North Carolina Treasurer Janet Cowell will deliver the address at the curriculum commencement ceremony in the College’s Brown Auditorium. Nash Community College President William S. Carver, II, Ed.D. and Board of Trustees Chair Samuel Dickens, III will preside over the ceremony.


Cowell is a University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business alumna with a Master’s in Business Administration degree concentrating in Marketing and German. She holds an undergraduate degree in History from the University of Pennsylvania. As a champion for education, Cowell serves on the State Board of Education, helping improve education, including financial literacy. As a result of her efforts, North Carolina students in Kindergarten through 12th grade began receiving financial education as part of their curriculum in 2012.
With over 20 years of financial leadership in private and public sectors, Cowell manages more than $80 billion in pension investments for more than 900,000 North Carolina public employees, firefighters and teachers. As the State’s Treasurer, she oversees the 32nd largest public pension in the world. Cowell serves as Chair of the State Banking Commission, and recently was chosen as an Aspen Institute Fellow. She has been featured on CNBC, FOX Business, Bloomberg TV and other media outlets for her leadership. In 2013, Treasurer Cowell was named one of the top 25 public pension executives in the world by Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute.


Robyn Perkerson, CEO, Lifecare Hospitals

The College is pleased to present its largest ever class of Associate Degree Nursing graduates during a pinning ceremony on Friday, May 16 at 7:45pm in the Brown Auditorium. The pinning ceremony is a time-honored custom connecting past nursing traditions with today’s healthcare professional. Associate Degree Nursing graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).


Nash Community College Nursing alumna, Robyn Perkerson, will be the guest speaker at the pinning ceremony. Perkerson’s healthcare career began at Wake County Memorial Hospital, now known as Wake Med, where she served as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Under the Nurse Works Program, she attended Nash Community College and graduated from the Licensed Practical Nursing program. She worked as a Licensed Practical Nurse at Wake Med in Orthopedics. She later returned to Nash Community College completing her Associate’s degree in Nursing. Her professional experience includes home health, Trauma and Critical Care. She began working at LifeCare Hospitals of North Carolina in 1999 as a Staff Nurse and was promoted to the positions of Nurse Manager, Director of Clinical Services and Chief Clinical Officer. Today, she serves as Chief Executive Officer, overseeing the operations of LifeCare Hospitals of NC, a 50-bed Long Term Acute Care Hospital that accepts critically ill, protocol resistant patients.


Dr. Cindy Bennett, Executive Director, Strategic Twin Counties Educational Partnership (STEP)

Nash Community College’s Adult High School Diploma and High School Equivalency commencement ceremony will be held Thursday, May 15, 2014 in the Nash Community College Brown Auditorium. Dr. Cindy Bennett, Executive Director of Strategic Twin Counties Educational Partnership (STEP), will deliver the address. In her position, she works to improve the education of children in Nash and Edgecombe Counties by facilitating collaboration among all groups involved in public education, including public schools, teachers, school administrators, parents, business leaders and other community stakeholders.


Dr. Bennett earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Educational Leadership and Administration at Walden University. She completed her Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Education at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and her Bachelor of Science degree in Education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her professional experience includes service as District Transformation Coach and Director of Curriculum and Instruction for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and Associate Superintendent for Whiteville City Schools.


Each ceremony will be held in the Nash Community College Business and Industry Center Brown Auditorium. For more information, call 252-451-8219.

Graduation 2014

Curriculum Graduation

Friday, May 16, 2014, 6 p.m., Brown Auditorium (Map)

Adult High School and High School Equivalency Graduation

Thursday, May 15, 2014, 6 p.m., Brown Auditorium (Map)

Nurses Pinning

Friday, May 16, 2014, (immediately following Curriculum Graduation), Brown Auditorium (Map)

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