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Cliett Culinary Scholarship Established at NCC


From left, Chef Carlos Quagliaroli, President Dr. Bill Carver, 2017-18 Foundation Board President Robyn Perkerson, Anne Cliett, Foundation Executive Director Pam Ballew, Foundation Past President Kim Sutton, Hospitality Management Professor Greg Quintard and Chef Don Sexauer.

Nash Community College is proud to announce the establishment of the Thomas Cliett Family Culinary Scholarship. The endowed scholarship was established by Anne D. Cliett in memory of her husband, Thomas Cliett, to assist students in pursuit of an Associate Degree in Culinary Arts.

“We are so pleased that Mrs. Cliett has chosen to honor the memory of her husband in this way. Her endorsement of our culinary program sends us a very clear message that she values the quality of the education our students receive,” NCC Foundation Executive Director Pam Ballew said.

This scholarship reflects Mrs. Cliett’s desire to help deserving students pursue higher educational opportunities at Nash Community College. Mr. Cliett made his mark in the community as the local owner and entrepreneur of the restaurant franchise, Western Sizzlin, beginning in 1973. From his humble beginnings in Georgia. “Tommy” and his wife Anne, grew their business through long hours of hard work and dedication to providing quality food and superior service to their customers. Tommy was known as a role model who encouraged young people to work hard to achieve their dreams, by making them aware of their potential.

The scholarship will be awarded to a second year student with demonstrated financial need. The recipient must maintain a minimum of a 2.5 grade point average, and demonstrate potential for success in Culinary Arts.

NCC Teaches Teens about Healthy Living


In partnership with Opportunities Industrialization Center, Inc. (OIC) and Tyson Multimedia, Nash Community College Culinary Arts department hosted approximately 15 young teenage women in its kitchen Tuesday, July 18, 2017. Chef Frank Bookhardt shared healthy eating concepts, and provided instruction as the group prepared pizzas using healthy ingredients. As part of the Healthy Places NC grant, the program was designed to expose underserved communities to higher education Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) based activities promoting healthy eating, self-esteem and confidence in young women. During the visit, participants learned about nutrition, self-care and STEAM careers while touring NCC instructional areas in Culinary Arts, Robotics and Cosmetology.

NCC Small Business Center Client Starts New Business


Dorothy & Aldrick Williams

Setting an example for his two sons was the motivation Aldrick Williams carried with him every day to work as a probation officer. Making things right in the world was his natural instinct; however, the demands of the job gave Aldrick pause. His wife Dorothy, a second grade teacher, expressed concern for her husband’s safety and expressed how much the family needed more of his time. The couple knew there must be another way for Aldrick to provide for the family.

Aldrick confided in his brother, Dominic Williams, about the amount of stress he was under juggling the demands of his job, playing an active role in raising his sons, and easing Dorothy’s concerns. Dominic suggested he consider professional truck driving and explained the day-in-the-life of a truck driver, as well as extended an invitation for Aldrick to ride shot-gun. Aldrick enjoyed the experience so much that he took the next step and began studying the Commercial Driver’s Licensing (CDL) Manual. Persistence and dedication paid off as Aldrick successfully completed the DMV written CDL test. With the first challenge successfully met, he was ready to learn to drive the truck.

Aldrick and Dorothy Wililliams were full of anticipation imagining what a new career would mean for their family. “We took a leap of faith and established the Limited Liability Company, LLC, in December before I even earned my CDL license,” Aldrick said. And, Dorothy committed to learning about the business behind trucking: keeping books, taxes and such. “Less than three weeks after the LLC was set-up, I was attending the first of many Business Start-up seminars to be prepared to support my husband,” Dorothy said. “He meets the physical demands of the job that I cannot, but I contribute by keeping good records and automating systems. The NCC Small Business Center seminars laid the foundation we needed to start the business.”

Over the next five months Dorothy learned about bookkeeping, taxes, loan preparation, and QuickBooks while Aldrick continued to hone his driving skills to successfully complete the road test. The two bought a truck and the following week, Aldrick earned his CDL license. Once the trailer was purchased, Hulk Transports LLC was officially in business generating revenue. “It was hard at times because we both have full-time jobs, so we worked on the business during any free time we could find. We took turns with the boys in the evenings, but we never lost sight of the goal,” Aldrick recalls.

The Small Business Center at Nash Community College continues to provide assistance to the business owners. More recently Dorothy met Theresa Peaden, NCC SBC Director, during a phone consultation to discuss needs of the business regarding taxes and regulations. Dorothy was provided resources to help her through navigating the new business territory. “I have learned so much about business through the Small Business Center at Nash, but I am also aware of areas that I need to strengthen to help my husband build a stable business.”

The Nash Community College Small Business Center provides free, confidential counseling services and a variety of workshops and courses for new and existing businesses. Available on an as-needed basis, the Center’s services act as a sounding board for ideas and concerns that clients may have about their business. For more information, contact Theresa Peaden at 252-451-8233 or or visit

NCC Foundation Exceeds Annual Fundraising Goal



NCC Foundation Vice President and 2017 Community Campaign Chair Robyn Perkerson

When the Nash Community College Foundation Board of Directors set out to raise over $500,000 during the College’s 50th Anniversary community campaign, Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Foundation Executive Director Pam Ballew thought the goal was a bit ambitious.

“Given the College’s 50th Anniversary, and its commitment to student success, longstanding relationships have been fostered, and local support has grown over the years,” Ballew said. “We knew going into this campaign that it would be unique. The fact that 100 percent of our employees contributed to the preceding employee campaign speaks volumes to our community.”

Many local individuals and organizations chose to support Nash Community College by contributing to the Nash Community College Foundation 2017 Annual Campaign which kicked off in March with a theme of “One Team. One Vision. Blue Love.” As it stands, the Foundation raised $535,000 this year. “The support the College has received this our 50th year is humbling. It is certainly a testament that the community believes in our mission,” NCC President Dr. Bill Carver said.

NCC Foundation Vice President and 2017 Community Campaign Chair Robyn Perkerson, CEO/Hospital Administrator for LifeCare Hospitals of North Carolina, directed the campaign raising funds for student scholarships and supporting the instructional needs of the campus. “Many deserving students seek help with their educational expenses through the NCC Foundation,” Perkerson said. “And these students go on to serve our community and greatly impact the quality of life we have here in the Twin Counties region.” Southern Bank Vice President and Community Banker, Kim Sutton, served as NCC Foundation’s 2016-2017 Board President. Perkerson is presiding for the 2017-2018 academic year.

As the College continues to expand its programs and facilities, the 2017 campaign landed support for the First Responder Memorial, Blue Love Fund, Culinary Arts equipment, future Veterinary Medical Technology facility and even the establishment of two new scholarships, making this the largest campaign in the College’s history.

“I believe the success of the campaign is a direct reflection of the quality of the product we are offering. We stand ready to meet students where they are, to cultivate a nurturing learning environment,” Ballew said. “We are well-positioned to meet the training needs of existing industry and we are diligent about preparing the workforce for anticipated economic expansion in the community. This is at the heart of why Nash Community College exists.”

Lawrence Selected as Engineering Degree Coordinator


DSC_1040Shilo Lawrence grew up in central New York where she also attended a community college. She recalls having an interest in math, and trying to solve her older sister’s math homework problems, even at an early age. Lawrence began teaching math at Nash Community College in 2004.

“I had an amazing math teacher in high school. She was very passionate and helped me cultivate my love for math,” she said. From high school, Shilo went on to Texas Tech University. However, the expense of traveling back home to New York made being at the university costly, inconvenient and unrealistic.

Lawrence returned home to attend Tompkins Cortland Community College in Dryden, New York. She was engaged by her instructors there, and her interest in math grew. “I knew I wanted to teach math. And when I attended the community college I realized that was exactly the environment where I wanted to apply my skills,” she said. “I believe the small class size, and one-on-one instruction, make a difference in teaching and learning.”

Lawrence graduated with an Associate in Science degree in Mathematics and Science and attended Greensboro College on a Phi Theta Kappa scholarship where she earned her undergraduate degree in Mathematics. She later graduated with a Master of Science degree in Mathematics from North Carolina State University. Due to her natural ability as a teacher, she was recognized as an Outstanding Graduate Assistant, and received the prestigious Armstrong Maltbie Award for Excellence. She is currently pursuing a Master of Engineering at NCSU.

Lawrence was recently selected to help launch Nash Community College’s new Associate in Engineering degree program. As Coordinator of Associate in Engineering and Transfer, she helps students through enrollment and as they progress through the program preparing to transition into a four-year engineering program. “I am most excited to apply my love for math in a way that also helps students pursue their dreams of becoming an engineer,” Lawrence said. “Our students not only save money on the first two years of their college education, but they also are preparing to enter a field that provides a high earning potential even with only a four-year degree.”

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of engineers is projected to grow. “Our graduates who complete their four-year engineering degree can attain a starting salary, upon graduation, of around $60,000 annually,” Lawrence said. “Many people do not realize there are positions available, and we send engineers to work locally.”

Nash Community College Associate in Engineering students must maintain a “C” or better in each course and an overall grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. They complete a minimum of 60 semester hours of credit toward a Bachelor of Engineering program in order to competitively apply for transfer to engineering programs at East Carolina University, North Carolina State University, North Carolina A&T, UNC-Charlotte, and Western Carolina University.

Shilo Lawrence is a resident of Youngsville, and enjoys creating art as an amateur potter. “Spinning clay is a way for me to explore and experiment while engaging my creativity outside of the classroom,” she said.

She was selected by her peers in 2008 as Nash Community College’s J. Edgar and Peggie T. Moore Excellence in Teaching Award recipient.

NCC Welcomes Early College Super Seniors



Nash Community College President Dr. Bill Carver and​ NRM-Early College High School Counselor Renata Dean​, along with Nash Community College representatives Early College Liaison Keshia Battle, Dean of Transfer and Learning Resources Deana Guido and Library Support Specialists Kate Brittain and Michael Stallings, recently distributed laptops and backpacks to Nash-Rocky Mount Early College High School ​”S​uper ​S​eniors​”​.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 302 students are enrolled in the Early College High School​, which is​​​ a five-year high school within the Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools ​system, ​located on Nash Community College’s campus. Early College students take a combination of high school and college courses​, and upon successful completion, they graduate with both a high school diploma and either an Associate Degree or two years of college credit transferable to a four-year institution. In 2016, ​Early College ​seniors earned $1,000,260​ million in scholarships for transfer to four-year institutions.

Through the support of the Connect NC bond, Nash Community College will re-purpose Building C to accommodate ​more students in ​the Early College High School program.

NCC Announces Summer Academic Honors


Nash Community College is proud to announce the following students achieved academic honors during the 2017 Summer Semester. To qualify for the Dean’s List, students must earn a 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.

Congratulations to the following students for their academic achievement: Dean’s List recipient: Charles Holland of Washington; Honor Roll recipients: Shanell Battle of Wilson, Tin Pham of Roanoke Rapids, Kimberly Shields of Roanoke Rapids and Darlene Williams of Rocky Mount.

Future Success, Career Born at Nash Community College


Hope Myers HeadshotHope Brindle Myers began her college education at Nash Community College while she was a high school student. Dual enrollment, also known as the Career and College Promise program, allowed her to enroll without the cost of tuition. By high school graduation, the Nash County native had completed her first year of college classes and enrolled full-time in the Associate in Arts College Transfer program at Nash.”I knew I would eventually end up at a university, however, I was much happier going to a local school and making connections close to home. As a dual enrolled student, I had such a positive experience that I didn’t even question pursuing the first two years of my undergraduate degree at NCC,” Myers said.

Myers enrolled at Nash because of its great reputation and strong transfer program. Like many college students, she did not know what career she wanted to pursue. “My instructors helped me realize the areas of my education in which I was most talented and interested, and took the time to encourage me to pursue those goals,” she said. While serving as a NCC Student Ambassador, she realized her deep passion for the Communication and Public Relations field. “This, along with reassurance from some very influential instructors, helped me mold my career path. I love what I do, and I believe I owe a lot of that to Nash.”

Hope Myers graduated from Nash Community College in 2012 and transferred to Fayetteville State University to pursue her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication. Through scholarship assistance, financial aid, and working full-time, she was able to complete her undergraduate degree while remaining debt-free.

Myers began her journalism career as a newspaper reporter and freelance writer. Today, as Digital Content and Social Media Specialist for Fayetteville Technical Community College, Hope Myers tells others about the important role of community colleges. She also owns HMM Portraits LLC which specializes in boutique engagement and fine art photography.

“The true sense of community I felt at Nash Community College remains unparalleled, and I feel I owe much of where I am today to the wonderful instructors and staff who took the time to get to know me, believe in me, and invest in my future,” Myers said. “I always felt like I belonged at Nash, and I am proud to be an alumna.”

For more information, visit or call 252-451-8244

SAMHSA Advisor Provides Community Recovery Training at NCC



Nash Community College hosted “Building and Sustaining Communities of Recovery” training on campus Monday, July 31, 2017. The purpose of the program was to equip mental health and addiction recovery professionals with the knowledge to build community recovery programs.

Tom Coderre, Senior Advisor for ​the ​Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), facilitated the training provided ​with the support of Nash Community College, SAMHSA and Recovery Communities of North Carolina.

Representatives from community behavioral health, Oxford Houses, Recovery Communities of North Carolina, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, HOPE Initiative, Coastal Plain Hospital, Coalition for Addiction Recovery Education, Wilson County and Carteret County were among the attendees.

“We are in an opioid crisis with an increase in deaths in North Carolina of approximately 800 percent. Collegiate Recovery is ​a critical component to the clinical services we offer students​ Nash, and we are always learning new evidence-based practices to incorporate into our on-campus counseling,” NCC Director of Student Wellness Marbeth Holmes said.

Tom Coderre is well​-known in the addiction recovery community for his work on a variety of issues related to substance abuse prevention, treatment and recovery programs​ and policy. He collaborates on these issues and helps represent SAMHSA with Health and Human Services agencies and the White House. Coderre is a passionate advocate and committed public servant who works to craft effective public policy​ with the goal of reducing the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.

The training at Nash Community College ​was aimed at helping ​​community partners ​to provide​ support to individuals currently in treatment, and those in post-treatment recovery.

NCC Partners with Working Landscapes to Provide Healthy Food


NCC Culinary Arts Instructor Chef Frank Bookhardt (center) speaks with parents and children at Bailey Elementary School


Nash Community College Culinary Arts and Working Landscapes of Warren County are working to build local food connections in Nash and Edgecombe counties through the “What’s Growing On” program which includes farm-to-childcare and farm-to-education initiatives. The program is funded by CSX through the “On Track with Healthy Foods” grant and is part of the Healthy Places NC initiative.
The two organizations kicked off the farm-to-school program on July 26 with a cantaloupe and summer fruit cup tasting event for students and parents at Bailey Elementary School. Nash Community College Chef Frank Bookhardt (pictured above, center) provided a demonstration, and prepared low fat parfaits with the recipe from NCC’s cook book. Working Landscapes staff led additional educational activities.
Working Landscapes is a non-profit organization with a mission to create more sustainable living for people in the region. They work with community organizations to help achieve stewardship of natural and cultural assets.
NCC will provide fresh-cut vegetables to Bailey Elementary School and Coopers Elementary School this fall, and establish additional culinary collaborations on the College’s campus. For more information, call 252-451-8397.
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