NCC Expands Offerings

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When it began 50 years ago, Nash Technical Institute’s mission was grounded in technical programs and Nash Community College continues that commitment today. Who would have thought that Nash would grow to offer nearly 100 degrees, serve over 12,000 citizens each year and this May, will award more than 1,000 degrees, diplomas and certificates at the curriculum commencement ceremony? The campus is expanding steadily in order to continue to meet the growing needs of the community.

Preliminary site work is complete for Nash Community College’s two new buildings which will house the Cosmetology and Advanced Manufacturing programs. Construction is set to begin in August, with anticipation of the facilities opening in the spring of 2018.

The Advanced Manufac­turing facility totaling approximately 16,000 square feet will provide academic and training space for students enrolled in Computer-Integrated Machining, Electrical Systems Technology, Industrial Systems Technology, Welding Technol­ogy, and Electronics Engineering Technology programs. The Cosmetology Building, totaling approximately 10,000 square feet, will include instructional salon lab areas, academic classrooms, lab instructional areas for manicure and pedicure and general program support spaces. The location of the new facilities will expand the south end of campus, directly across from the Continuing Education and Public Safety Building. As these programs vacate Building C, the existing facility will be repurposed to allow growth of the Early College High School program.

Nash Community College opened its classroom at the historic Rocky Mount Mills in February. The 360° Brewer facility features state-of-the-art distillation and fermentation equipment in approximately 900 square feet of instructional space.

For the last few years, the college has worked alongside Capitol Broadcasting Company and the Brewmill to align offerings with local efforts as part of the college’s expanded hospitality curriculum. Not only does the coursework open doors with an entrepreneurial track, but it offers value-added certificates that will enhance the college’s already popular Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management degree programs. In addition to face-to-face instruction, NCC students may earn a Business of Brewing Certificate entirely online through Nash Online. The certificate program introduces the management of beverages consumed in the brewing, distillation and fermentation industry and provides an understanding of the planning and resources required to market brewed or distilled products.

The college has also received approval for its Veterinary Medical Technology curriculum by the North Carolina Community College System and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools which is the accrediting body for the college. Recent news articles mentioned concerns of the capital needs to expand an existing building in order to accommodate the new program. Plans for the new program are progressing, and NCC will enroll its first cohort of Veterinary Medical Technology students in the fall of 2018. For more information, email nccvettech@nashcc.edu.

Students who register this fall and are interested in becoming a ‘vet tech’ may take prerequisite courses and general education requirements, including the Vet Assist certification through Continuing Education. With nearly half of the required courses already being offered, students may begin their foundational classes. Registration for summer and fall semester classes is open. Summer classes begin May 24.

Nash Community College was recently presented a certificate of charter for its SkillsUSA chapter. The new chapter is the largest among North Carolina community colleges and reinforces the college’s commitment to providing opportunities for students to learn skilled trades, to network with business and industry, and to con­tinually improve and learn.

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student excel by providing educational programs, leadership opportunities, events and competitions that support career and technical education (CTE). Students enrolled in Welding, Industrial Systems Technology, Cosmetology, Medical Assisting, Computer-Integrated Machining, Culinary Arts, and Criminal Justice programs are invited to be part of the NCC SkillsUSA Chapter.

For five decades, the contributions of NCC graduates have made an impact on the economic prosperity of our community, and will contin­ue to do so for generations to come. Thank you for your continued support.