Category Archives: Alumni

Medical Assisting and Practical Nursing Graduates Recognized


Nash Community College recently held a recognition ceremony for its Medical Assisting and Practical Nursing programs.

The Practical Nursing curriculum prepares individuals with the knowledge and skills to provide nursing care to children and adults. A three-semester program of study, Practical Nursing leads to a one-year diploma. Courses include content related to the practical nurse’s role in participating in assessment, planning, implementing, and evaluating nursing care. Graduates of this program are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN) which is required for practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse. Employment opportunities are available in hospitals, rehabilitation, long-term care, home health facilities, clinics, and physicians’ offices.

Pictured below are Practical Nursing graduates, front row, from left: Tiffany Garrett of Rocky Mount, Krystal Palmeiro of Bailey, Latoya Branch of Enfield, Taheeda Kirk of Wilson, Sara Avery of Rocky Mount, Gina Robbins of Louisburg; Back row, from left: Anita May of Middlesex, LeTisha Marshall of Whitakers, Latoya Greene of Rocky Mount, Caroline Matia of Rocky Mount, Teandra Elder of Rocky Mount.


The Medical Assisting curriculum prepares multi-skilled health care professionals to perform administrative, clinical, and laboratory procedures. Course work includes instruction in scheduling appointments, coding, and processing insurance accounts, billing, collections and computer operations. Graduates are prepared to assist with examinations and treatments, and perform routine laboratory procedures, electrocardiography, and supervised medication administration. Employment opportunities exist in physician offices, health maintenance organizations, health departments and hospitals.

Pictured below are the Nash Community College Medical Assisting graduates, from left: Sabrina Hampton of Rocky Mount, Anissa Alston of Bailey, Grace Druppel of Rocky Mount, Amy Winstead of Rocky Mount, Toni Williams of Castalia, Velva Mann Hunter of Rocky Mount.



Student Saves Thousands by Enrolling in College During High School



Sarah Donnelly of Rocky Mount enrolled in Nash Community College’s Career and College Promise program during her junior and senior years at Northern Nash High School. She graduated last spring with a high school diploma and 28 college credits including a certificate in Criminal Justice.

Donnelly has been accepted at East Carolina University. All of her Nash Community College credits will transfer with her to the university in the fall. “Career and College Promise saved me about a year, and approximately $17,000 in university tuition,” she said.

Donnelly is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and aspires to be a lawyer. “I have already met quite a few of the upperclassmen at ECU and I am very excited to be living on campus,” she said.

The Career and College Promise program allows eligible students to enroll in college classes during high school and earn college credits with tuition waived. Upon graduation or completion of a certificate or pathway, students may continue working toward an associate degree, or transfer into a university.

The Career and College Promise program is a great way for motivated high school juniors and seniors to get a head start on college and career training. Whether students are planning to transfer to a university or prepare for a technical career after high school, the Career and College Promise program offers pathways for them to meet their college goals.

Dual enrolled students may choose from four options: an Associate in Arts Pathway, Associate in Science Pathway, Associate in Engineering Pathway or from Career and Technical Education Pathways. Full-time NCC students save on average $6,000 in tuition and fees per semester compared to students enrolled at four-year colleges and universities.

“My mom, Melanie Thompson, was such a strong supporter throughout my high school years and in my decision to participate in the Nash Community College Career and College Promise program,” Donnelly said. “If you have the chance to be a part of the program; take it. It is really an opportunity to not only get ahead, but to meet amazing new people. I am glad I chose Nash because I got a feel for what college life is like before heading to ECU.”

This year, 845 students earned 1,167 degrees, diplomas and certificates. Recent data show more than 82 percent of NCC transfer students performed at or above a 2.0 grade point average in their first year at a university.

Students interested in Career and College Promise at NCC should meet with their high school counselor or home school principal to discuss options and eligibility. They may choose one College Transfer pathway, one or two Career and Technical Education pathways, or a combination of one College Transfer and one Career and Technical Education pathway.

For more information, visit call 252-451-8244. “My experience with Nash is one that will never be matched by another,” Donnelly said.

Students save money on transfer through Career and College Promise

Did you know the cost of tuition is waived for eligible high school juniors and seniors through the Career and College Promise (CCP) program? Tanner Miles said he chose to participate in Nash Community College’s CCP program because he could obtain a four-year degree in less time.
Miles was born in Roanoke Rapids, and spent most of his life on Lake Gaston. He attended Roanoke Rapids High School. “I am glad I chose Nash because Nash helped me grow into a more mature student by having professors who cared, yet were still tough on me. Nash definitely prepared me for life at UNCW,” Miles said.
He began taking seven credit hours at Nash through the CCP program during the summer of 2015. The next two semesters he enrolled in both Nash and Halifax Community Colleges. “In total, I was taking 23 credit hours in the fall and 22 in the spring of 2016. I took an additional 12 credit hours during the summer so that I could receive the max amount of transferable credits to a public North Carolina university,” Miles said. He earned his Associate of Science degree in May.
“My experience at Nash was nothing short of great. All of the professors were caring and professional, and the staff were always willing to help,” Miles said. “Another great thing about getting a head start with the CCP program is it allows you to participate in activities at the university that might have otherwise delayed your graduation. For example, at UNCW, I have applied for a study abroad program in Italy. The program includes three semesters of Italian in one summer session.”

On average, in-state tuition and fees per semester for one full-time Nash Community College student are about $1,240. Four-year colleges and universities charge about $7,200 per semester. Tuition and fees are waived for CCP students. Credits earned through the CCP program transfer into Nash Community College’s degree programs and to participating four-year colleges and universities. Also, NCC transfer graduates typically perform better at universities than native juniors.

“If a high school student is considering Nash’s CCP program, they must first ask themselves if they are mature enough to take on college classes. It requires a level of commitment, responsibility, and independence that most high school students have not experienced,” Miles said. “You have to be motivated to do your work because your teacher will not be calling your parents if you don’t.”

At UNCW, Miles is double majoring in biology and business administration with a concentration in finance. Miles explained that while Biology and Business Administration may seem like an odd combination, he aspires to be a dermatologist and own his own practice one day. “I recommend starting CCP as early as possible during the junior year of high school,” he advises. “Some families worry about how they will afford college and with the CCP program, you may split your time at a university in half.”

Miles admits the CCP program was intense for him, and recommends students learn healthy habits early on. “I always ate healthy meals because I believe that a healthy body supports a healthy mind. The positive thing about going hard during the week was that I did not do any school work on the weekends.”

This summer, he is pursuing certification as a Nurse Aide at Cape Fear Community College.

In addition to the college transfer track, the CCP program also offers career and technical education tracks. For more information, visit or call 252-451-8244.

Alumni Spotlight: Desiree Dolberry


desiree Dolberry (1)Desiree Dolberry of Tarboro chose Nash Community College because the campus felt familiar to her, and she wanted to pursue one of NCC’s unique programs.

She graduated from Tarboro High School in 2002 and began at Nash in 2013. “When I got into the Advertising and Graphic Design course work, I had confirmation that I was right where I wanted to be,” Dolberry said.

While a student at Nash, Desiree participated in an internship in the college Marketing Department. “I really enjoyed working on projects. I learned a lot and the experience was very rewarding,” she said. Desiree credits the internship as putting her in the right place at the right time to be able to apply for a full-time position and launch her career in the community following graduation.

Her advice to students is to not believe the stigma that a community college degree is not enough. “If you work hard, make the right connections and continue to do your best, nothing is impossible.” At a community college, she said, you can form one-on-one relationships that will be invaluable in helping you achieve your career goals.

Desiree Dolberry graduated in 2015 with an Associate Degree in Advertising and Graphic Design with honors. She serves as the Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce marketing coordinator. “I am appreciative of everyone at Nash who helped me. Nash changed my life for the better and the experience helped shaped where I am now. I am so thankful for my NCC family,” Dolberry said.

Even in her brief tenure Desiree has already met many elected officials including local community leaders and directors of local organizations. She says, “I feel like the greatest honor is when I meet local entrepreneurs and small business owners. These are the people who take their ideas and turn them into reality. They are real stars.”

In addition to her role at the Chamber, Desiree is paying it forward in the Twin Counties area by helping co-organize a young professionals group. “Investing my time in the ‘YoPros’ is investing in the region’s future. Facilitating social and development programs for local young professionals is a great way to keep them invested in the Twin Counties.”

Desiree said she loves being able to tell people not only about the Chamber’s programs, but other programs hosted in the area and all the great things the Twin Counties have to offer. “We have so many great companies and organizations, and people in this area who put in the time and effort to make the Twin Counties a great place to live,” Desiree said.

She advises local young professionals: “Get your voice out there and let the community know what you would like to see. The best way to put your stamp on your community is by staying here. Live and play in the area you want to see thrive. Giving back is easy when you want this place to prosper.”

Desiree is helping impact the lives of current students by serving on the college’s Advertising and Graphic Design Advisory Committee which provides input for the program curriculum based on workforce trends and needs.

Based on my experience on campus, I highly recommend Nash Community College. “I use all of the skills I learned at Nash Community College every day..from the technical aspects to the soft skills I learned from my instructors and peers.”

NCC’s 49th BLET Academy graduates

BLET Group_01

Front row, from left:  Dylan Justin Price, Rocky Mount; Bradley Aaron Demuth, Nashville; Curtis Wayne Batchelor, Nashville; James B. Ellis Jr., Elm City;  Myers Parker Helms IV, Nashville; John Chester Wilson, Youngsville; Joshua Wade Bulloch, Franklinton; Back row, from left:  John Scott Mizelle, Nashville; Kevin Christian Livesay, Zebulon; Christopher Martin Hendricks, Battleboro; Rickey Kevin Mercer, Rocky Mount; Daniel Sterling Wheeless, Macclesfield; Major Herman Spruill, Rocky Mount; Devin Alexander Hicks, Louisburg; Justin McCoy, Nashville.


Cadets from Nash Community College’s 49th Basic Law Enforcement Training academy graduated Wednesday, May 31 in the NCC Brown Auditorium. Martin Victor McKoy, Sr., retired captain from Rocky Mount Police Department, addressed the graduates. “Matters of great importance to us are never performed casually,” McKoy said. “Each of these young men certainly exuberates honor, pride and courage.”

The NCC BLET training includes physical and classroom state commission mandated topics and methods of instruction covering topics such as criminal, juvenile, civil, traffic, and alcohol beverage laws, investigative, patrol, custody, and court procedures, emergency responses, ethics, community relations and more.

“Can we begin to imagine what our society would look like if we did not have men and women willing to stand in line and sign up for such an awesome responsibility,” McKoy asked. “Today we celebrate the accomplishments of these men for their perseverance in going through this class.”

Nash Community College has trained law enforcement officers through its BLET program since 1999. More than 500 cadets have completed the NCC BLET program and gone into their communities to serve and protect local citizens, many employed within the Twin Counties. Because of the regional reputation of the program, and due to its quality and growth along with the College’s superior in-service law enforcement training, Nash Community College expanded the BLET training options with the opening of the Center for Advanced Law Enforcement Training in the new Continuing Education and Public Services Building.

The college will offer a day and night BLET academy beginning August 15. To enroll, or for more information, call 252-451-8298 or email In addition to Basic Law Enforcement Training, Nash serves as a regional training facility for continuous and comprehensive in-service training for individuals already employed in criminal justice occupations. For more information, visit


NCC Fire Academy Graduates Recognized


Nash Community College Recruit Firefighter Class #011717 graduated in Brown Auditorium at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. Nash County Emergency Services Deputy Director Scott Rogers was the guest speaker. “You are entering the greatest and most satisfying but yet the most hazardous occupation in this country,” Rogers told the graduates.

Five graduates were recognized for completing the program which is designed to provide individuals and firefighters the information and skills needed for modern firefighting through a variety of learning experiences and training scenarios.

Rogers described four characteristics necessary for fire services professionals: a high level of professionalism, passion for the career, dedication to a particular course of action, and pride in the firefighter role. “Remember whatever goals you seek to achieve are there for the taking. Start reaching for them when you leave this ceremony tonight. May you each work to make the fire service that I love better than you found it,” he said.


The graduates include (pictured from left): Cesar Espinoza, Whitakers Fire Department; Justin Lee, Momeyer Fire Department; Andrew Doran, Enfield Fire Department; James Lynn, Spring Hope Fire Department and Erguin Turcios, Stony Creek Fire and Rescue.

NCC fire classes are often taken directly to firefighters through training sessions held in local departments and at training sites throughout the community. For more information, visit

NCC grad wins contest and assistance with small business start-up

Kristopher Gupton

Kristopher Gupton

Recent Nash Community College graduate Kristopher Gupton of Littleton has been selected among applicants throughout the United States to receive $4,825 in seed money supporting the establishment of his small business, H&K Farms.

Gupton earned the Entrepreneur Award as a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success at Nash Community College. To be considered for the award, students were required to be a member of the national organization and seeking to start a mission-based business that will positively impact society or will have a portion of the proceeds going to charity. Applicants submitted a business plan, letters of recommendation, budget and information about the potential for future growth.

Gupton grew up in a community of farmers, and worked in farming as a youth before joining the United States Army. Upon returning from service, he became a full-time farm employee. He enrolled in Nash Community College’s Associate in Science College Transfer program working toward a degree in Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology with a focus in Botany. Gupton graduated from NCC in May 2017 and will continue his undergraduate studies at Appalachian State University.

Soon-to-be wed Kristopher Gupton and Heather Bryant, H&K Farms owners, recently purchased their first home and the farm in Collettsville, NC which will be a veteran-owned and family operated business specializing in herbs, berries, and other crops used in mixology. “Our sweet basil will be raised naturally, and our main seed supplier will be Johnny’s Selected Seeds,” Gupton said. “Due to the fact that our herbs are raised naturally, we will provide a service to our community, state, and nation by enabling a better, healthier way of life.”

“H&K Farms will provide local breweries, restaurants and community members an alternate source of basil as America continues to move away from genetically modified organisms, or GMOs,” Gupton said. “The location of our operation allows us to effectively distribute the produce to several locally-owned microbreweries and restaurants with close proximity to many farmer’s markets. Being close to a major university has its benefits given the demand of the produce used in distillation and neighborhood dishes.” H&K Farms is pursuing organic certification avoiding the use of most synthetic pesticides found in conventional agriculture and ensuring the quality and health of the basil grown.

Gupton will use the awarded funds to purchase necessary equipment and hardware including a high tunnel greenhouse, lumber for raised garden beds, and hardware for an irrigation system. He was selected in a national Facebook social media poll. As part of the application process, Gupton submitted a video produced by Nash Community College’s Studio 67 which is available at

The National Society of Leadership and Success is the nation’s largest leadership honor society. Students are selected by Nash Community College for membership based on either academic standing or leadership potential. Candidacy is a nationally recognized achievement of honorable distinction.

2017 NCC Nursing class graduates



Twenty-four Nash Community College Nursing students received their pin Thursday, May 11, 2017 signifying completion of the Associate Degree.  The College is proud to announce the following 2017 Nursing graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN): Brittany Bailey, Courtney Barnes, Sara Bozard, Dana Braxton, Rosheena Corprew, Laura Dale, Laurelei Deans, Lauren Dugas, Bryan Claire Ferrell, Lee Anne Hawkins, Sarah Jones, Diana Keel, Caroline Murray Lee, Amanda Joy Levinson, Jennifer Marshall, Ashleigh Medlin, Laura Renfrow, Whitney S. Richardson-Branch, Morgan Stott Ridgway, Edward Scott II, Naomi Smith, Jessica M. Spurlin, Danielle Elise Wall and Kaitlyn Ann Wallace.

During the poignant ceremony, students, faculty and staff remembered Professor Cheryle Traish, Assistant Director of Nursing. Dana Braxton, 2017 graduate, shared special memories of Ms. Traish. “She embodied the word nurse in every sense. Mrs. Traish was selfless, encouraging, humble, kind, hilarious, spirited, and overall the best cheerleader and mentor we could ask for.”

The NCC family mourned the passing of Traish earlier this year. She made a permanent mark on the campus and in the community with her special care for students both in the classroom and following graduation. Her efforts and hard work made a tremendous impact on preparing graduates for the NCLEX. Many Nursing alumni commented on the role she played in preparing them for patient care and the demands of the profession.

Nash Community College has an articulation agreement with Barton College bringing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree to NCC’s campus. NCC students who successfully complete the Associate Degree Nursing program and NCLEX-RN exam may progress into the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program offered through Barton College. The partnership provides access, a smooth transition and lower tuition to students completing their Nursing degree. Though the baccalaureate degree will be conferred by Barton College, it will be completed on the ​Nash Community ​C​ollege campus, and can be earned at a competitive cost. As many community college students are raising families, have jobs, and play an active role in their communities, this transition program will make pursuing a four-year degree a more realistic goal.

Barnhill Selected by Peers for Excellence in Teaching Award



Alex Barnhill, Nash Community College Computer-Integrated Machining instructor, has been selected as the college’s 2017 J. Edgar and Peggie T. Moore Excellence in Teaching Award recipient.
After twenty years in the workforce, a downturn in the economy led to Alex being laid off. He turned a negative into a positive and returned to school, choosing Nash Community College in 2009 for its variety of programs. “The hands-on learning experience and state-of-the-art facilities made it easy to find my niche in the Computer-Integrated Machining program,” Alex said. 
A husband and father of two, Alex Barnhill attended NCC full-time while working part-time. He earned Dean’s List, an engineering departmental scholarship, and served as vice president of the Metalworkers Club and a member of Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society. In 2012, Alex graduated and was offered a position as instructor at Nash that fall.
Alex has presented at multiple professional development sessions with colleagues from various curricula. He attended the Advancement via Individual Determination (AVID) Summer Institute–the first with sessions focused on AVID implementation in technical programs– which he says taught him instructional strategies that have helped him as an instructor. “I know that not all students learn information in the same way. With this in mind, content needs to be delivered in different ways in order to reach all students in the class. At the community college, we serve a wide range of students. A flexible mindset helps to achieve our goals and to present the best learning opportunity for the class in its entirety,” he said.
In 2014, Alex attended the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges conference. “The new ideas presented and the proven strategies learned at these types of events help me to make the classroom a more productive space. Engagement is paramount to student success. Instructors carry a responsibility to engage our students on many levels. It is only when we understand the person, that we can know the best way to teach them,” Alex said. 
Participation in clubs and skills contests provides an opportunity for Alex to reach students on a deeper level. As an advisor for the NCC Metal Workers Club and through involvement on SkillsUSA, he introduces students to the world beyond the campus. “NCC has been fortunate to have three SkillsUSA state-level winners and multiple top five finishers since 2012. Moments like these validate students’ hard work, and they make me proud to be part of this program.  I enjoy seeing the pride that competition instills in the student,” Alex said.
Excellence in Teaching Award nominees are full-time faculty members chosen annually through a peer and student evaluation process. A well-defined set of criteria is used to identify and reward quality teaching. The award recipient is chosen by secret ballot by the full-time faculty, and represents the best in community college instruction. Alex will receive a cash award from Ed and Peggie Moore of Rocky Mount for his superior service.
“Nash gave me an opportunity to be an instructor and to make a difference in people’s lives. I will forever be grateful for this chance to prove myself,” he said. “I strive for my students to feel the same way.”

48th Basic Law Enforcement Training Academy Recognized


Cadets from Nash Community College’s 48th Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) Academy were recognized for completion on Tuesday, March 7, 2017. The training program includes physical and classroom state commission mandated topics and methods of instruction covering topics such as criminal, juvenile, civil, traffic, and alcohol beverage laws, investigative, patrol, custody, and court procedures, emergency responses, ethics, community relations and more.


From left: BLET Director, Adam Gelo; Josh Proctor, Whitakers, sponsored by Nash County Sheriff’s Office; Zachary Proctor, Middlesex, sponsored by Spring Hope Police Department; Tabitha Hernandez, Middlesex, sponsored by Nashville Police Department; Miguel Salazar, Spring Hope, sponsored by Nash County Sheriff’s Office; George Esule, II, Rocky Mount, sponsored by Nash County Sheriff’s Office.

For more information about the program, contact BLET Coordinator Adam Gelo at 252-451-8298 or

1 2 3 8