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Nash Community College receives healthy foods grant


Nash Community College received an On Track with Healthy Foods grant of $10,000 from The Conservation Fund. Sponsored by CSX, the program helps increase access to healthy foods in vulnerable and underserved communities in the Twin Counties. This grant will support Nash Community College’s Healthy Campus Initiative, which focuses on providing healthy food options at the campus cafe and building capacity to preserve food donations. The project will allow NCC to install equipment that will enable the Midway Cafe to display and serve additional healthy food items, affordable hot and cold meals, and reduce food waste on campus by preserving breads baked in the Culinary Arts program classes and distribute them through United Community Ministries.

Nine community- and faith-based groups received grants to increase access to healthy foods in vulnerable and underserved communities in the Twin Counties. The On Track with Healthy Foods grants program was created to enhance the delivery capabilities of food producers, processors and distributors in Nash and Edgecombe Counties. “NCC has implemented a number of activities across campus and around the community associated with health and wellness. This includes nutrition and healthy menu options and preparation class, seminars and presentations conducted by Chef Frank Bookhardt.  The college is excited about the opportunity to partner in the ‘What’s Growing On” endeavor as it will help provide increased opportunities for young children in Nash County to learn and experience healthy eating options,” Dr. Trent Mohrbutter, Vice President for Instruction and Chief Academic Officer said.

CSX, based in Jacksonville, Florida, is a premier transportation company. It provides rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services and solutions to customers across a broad array of markets, including energy, industrial, construction, agricultural, and consumer products. For nearly 190 years, CSX has played a critical role in the nation’s economic expansion and industrial development. Its network connects every major metropolitan area in the eastern United States, where nearly two-thirds of the nation’s population resides. It also links more than 240 short-line railroads and more than 70 ocean, river and lake ports with major population centers and farming towns alike. More information about CSX Corporation and its subsidiaries is available at

The Conservation Fund makes conservation work for America by creating solutions that make environmental and economic sense, and redefining conservation to demonstrate its essential role in our future prosperity.

NC Problem Gambling Graphic Design Competition


Pictured, from left: Natasha Neal, Instructor Advertising & Graphic Design; Students Tyler Hunter, Shelsea Vazquez, Elizabeth Bullard; and Marbeth Holmes, Director of Student Wellness.

The Nash Community College Student Wellness Center recently sponsored a design competition among Advertising & Graphic Design students to create a problem gambling logo for use in campus-wide marketing through the North Carolina Problem Gambling Program grant.

First prize and a $100 Visa gift card went to Tyler Hunter. Tied for second place were Elizabeth Bullard and Shelsea Vazquez who both received $25 Visa gift cards. Each of their designs will be used in a variety of ways to promote the North Carolina Problem Gambling Program through the Nash Community College Student Wellness Center.

Seventy-five percent of college students report gambling in the past month, and six percent will develop a gambling problem. NCC’s Student Wellness Center is working with the North Carolina Problem Gambling Program and the NC Department of Health & Human Services, Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services to increase awareness about problem gambling. If you or someone you know needs help with problem gambling call the Problem Gambling Helpline at 1-877-718-5543 or visit .

​NCC Receives Grant to Address Problem Gambling


​Nash Community College’s Student Wellness Center has received a $5,000 grant from the North Carolina Problem Gambling Program. The grant will fund resources to promote awareness of problem gambling and intervention. As a result of the grant, Nash Community College students and employees will be afforded the opportunity to attend workshops and learn about problem gambling and resources to support individuals needing intervention.​ ​​Additionally, the funds will help ​Nash Community College ​shape policy and services on campus that align with the Task Force on College Gambling Policies and Recommendations. The Task Force was created by the Division of Addictions at the Cambridge Health Alliance, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School.

“As a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist, I especially understand the need to provide supports for those students with behavioral disorders as well as substance use disorders. We will integrate Problem Gambling services among the services NCC already offers through its Collegiate Recovery Program and our Student Wellness Center,” said Marbeth Holmes, Nash Community College’s Director of Student Wellness.

Through the NCC Student Wellness Center with clinical outreach counseling, NCC connects students with qualified professionals and community resources who can offer support. The Center’s scope of services includes Single Stop services, screening and assessment, crisis intervention, personal counseling, support groups, referral services for chronic care, psycho-education, cognitive-behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy and more. Holmes is trained to provide assistance to special populations in need of therapeutic support groups such as veterans, single mothers, survivors of trauma and domestic violence, drug abusers and others. College resources that also provide assistance to students include: the Student Government Association, MALE mentoring program, Library, a Food Pantry, and Success Closet ​providing students with ​professional attire for job interviews. Holmes may be reached at 252.451.8319 or

“​With the funding, NCC has one more way to reach out to students, supporting them where they are in life, in order to help them achieve academic and lifelong success,” ​she said.

This grant is made possible through the support of North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services, Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services. For more information about problem gambling, visit the program’s website at or call the Problem Gambling Helpline at

HAAS Foundation Awards $15,000 in Scholarships


The Gene Haas Foundation recently presented representatives from Nash-Rocky Mount Schools with three checks totaling $15,000. These funds will be used to support the NCC Foundation scholarship program. Scholarships will be given to students currently enrolled in, or who will be enrolling in, a machining-based training program at Nash Community College. Students in the Computer Integrated Machining or Engineering programs at NCC will benefit from the generous gift.

Pictured from left: Nash Rocky Mount Schools Superintendent Dr. Shelton Jeffries, Board of Education Chair Reginald Silver, Phillips Corporation Sales Engineer Steve Price, Board of Education Vice Chair William "Bill" Sharpe, Nash Rocky Mount Schools Director of Career and Technical Education Pamela Lewis.

Pictured from left: Nash Rocky Mount Schools Superintendent Dr. Shelton Jeffries, Board of Education Chair Reginald Silver, Phillips Corporation Sales Engineer Steve Price, Board of Education Vice Chair William “Bill” Sharpe, Nash Rocky Mount Schools Director of Career and Technical Education Pamela Lewis.

In 1999 Gene Haas founded the Gene Haas Foundation. Growing up with a strong social conscience instilled by his family, Haas initially formed the foundation to fund the needs of the local community and other deserving charities. Haas is the owner Haas Automation, Inc., America’s leading builder of CNC machine tools, which he started in 1983. Haas Automation is a now a billion dollar company and this extraordinary growth has all come in an era when American’s were being told that the United States doesn’t manufacture anything anymore. Those perceptions and decisions made in our education system regarding vocational education have led to dire statistics. A recent report called The Skills Gap in U.S. Manufacturing 2015 and Beyond projects that, “over the next decade, nearly three and a half million manufacturing jobs will likely need to be filled, and the skills gap is expected to result in 2 million of those jobs going unfilled.” Gene’s commitment to the importance of U.S. manufacturing has incited him to grow his personal foundation and direct his foundation board to focus on manufacturing education in the form of scholarships for CNC machinist training. Grants are also funded that help some strong technical programs that teach these skills grow and expand.


Nash Community College Receives Grant from Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust


Nash Community College is pleased to announce that it has received a $100,000 grant as part of the Healthy Places NC initiative from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The project will improve the lives of local residents by outfitting the college’s new Continuing Education and Public Services Building with cardio and strength training equipment. In addition to the $100,000 from the Trust, other funders include: MDC, Inc. of Durham.

“The College is grateful to the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust for this commitment to the community. This partnership will help promote healthy living for our students, employees and the Nash-Rocky Mount area for years to come,” says Dr. Bill Carver, president of Nash Community College. The partnerships that Nash Community College has fostered through the Healthy Places NC Initiative will allow access to state-of-the-art fitness equipment, in addition to healthy meal planning in the college’s Culinary Arts program.

Nash Community College, a public comprehensive educational institution with an open-door admissions policy, was founded in 1967. Nash Community College’s mission is to provide an educational environment preparing students for successful college transfer and rewarding careers. Through quality instruction and services, technology, work force development, research, and community partnerships, Nash Community College fosters lifelong learning opportunities for individuals, communities, and organizations. These opportunities are accessible to all individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, disability, age, religion, or veteran status.

The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust was established in 1947 and is now one of the largest private trusts in North Carolina. Its mission is to improve the quality of life and quality of health for the financially needy of North Carolina. The Health Care Division promotes wellness state-wide by investing in prevention and treatment. The Poor and Needy Division of the Trust responds to basic life needs and invests in solutions that improve the quality of life and health for financially needy residents of Forsyth County. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. serves as sole trustee.

NCC, through partnerships, brings aseptic training to eastern North Carolina


Local and industry leaders toured Nash Community College’s aseptic clean room Tuesday, December 15, 2015 during the opening event.

Nash Community College celebrated the opening of its aseptic clean room Tuesday, December 15, 2015. Located in the College’s new Continuing Education and Public Services Building, the 913 square foot room was funded through a Golden LEAF grant. Local and industry leaders toured the aseptic lab during the event.

Initial conversations about offering aseptic training in Rocky Mount began about four years ago. Pfizer Plant Manager Marty Nealey shared with attendees the pharmaceutical plant has historically sent employees to Maryland for the same type of industry training. The plant donated a component filling machine and supplies to the lab in support of the local training. Nealey explained that 25 percent of sterile injectable drugs administered in the United States are made at Pfizer in Rocky Mount; and with Pfizer and other pharmaceutical companies located in eastern North Carolina, the training will be a valuable asset to the region. The first classes will be held in the lab in early 2016.

The aseptic lab contains three stations simulating a real-world sterile working environment including a gowning station, filling line and observation area where students can learn lab procedures for gowning, filling, sampling, sanitation and more. “Nash Community College is one of only a few facilities in North Carolina where aseptic training is offered. This adds another dimension to the College’s strategic response to industry needs,” NCC President Dr. Bill Carver said. “Training in the laboratory will prepare locals to achieve a living wage, and will help attract and retain professionals in our community.” The room is equipped with a specialized high-efficiency particulate air filtration system installed by Filtration Technology in Greensboro, NC, which moves 100 feet of new air into the room every 50 seconds.

Nash Community College opened its new state of the art 78,000 square foot Continuing Education and Public Services Building this summer, adding 31 classrooms and nine labs to the campus. It has enhanced the College’s ability to meet the growing needs of the community and supports local economic development as continued industry and customized workforce training needs are met.


Duke Energy awards $250,000 to Nash Community College

Duke Energy Check Presentation

​Duke Energy and Nash Community College (NCC) have announced a $250,000 investment from the Duke Energy Foundation. The funds will be used ​to purchase equipment at Nash Community College to assist in​​ ​filling skills gaps for employers using precision machining and cutting processes​. From left, NCC Foundation Board President Craig Worthy, NCC Foundation Board Vice President Kim Sutton, Duke Energy District Manager and NCC Foundation Board Member Tanya Evans, NCC President Dr. Bill Carver and NCC Foundation Executive Director Pat Daniels.

ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. – Duke Energy and Nash Community College (NCC) today announced a $250,000 investment from the Duke Energy Foundation. The funds will be used for Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Electrical Discharge Machining (EDM) and WaterJet training.

The funding allows NCC to procure the equipment and offer advanced training on CNC Wire EDM and WaterJet machines, filling skills gaps for employers using precision machining and cutting processes. These machines require skills and knowledge of processes currently in demand by industrial employers. The equipment purchased will have the same specifications and capabilities often identical to equipment found in the workplace.

“Duke Energy has been a longstanding partner with Nash Community College to provide a skilled workforce for local and regional careers,” NCC President Dr. Bill Carver said. “We appreciate Duke Energy’s commitment to education — an important corporate initiative in providing graduates with opportunities for successful futures.”

“Nash Community College is committed to training a workforce equipped to meet today’s business needs,” said Duke Energy District Manager Tanya Evans. “We’re excited to make this important investment to attract and retain talented workers in this region for years to come.”

This grant is part of Duke Energy’s $30 million investment in North Carolina Community Colleges’ focus on technical education and support of business and industry. NCC’s application was reviewed by a committee of representatives from Duke Energy, NC Community College System and NC Department of Commerce and was one of only three grantees to receive a second round of funding.

About Nash Community College
Nash Community College, founded in 1967, is located near the intersection of Interstates 95 and 495 in Rocky Mount. For more information about the college, visit

About Duke Energy Foundation
Duke Energy Foundation makes charitable investments on behalf of Duke Energy, the largest electric power holding company in the United States with 7.2 million customers in six states. Over the foundation’s long history in local communities, it has identified focus areas that maximize the foundation’s dollars and guide the foundation’s giving. In North Carolina, Duke Energy Foundation invests $16 million annually for community support and charitable contributions. To learn more about Duke Energy Foundation, visit

NCC Students Awarded State Space Grant Scholarship


“I was always interested in astronomy as a child, and spent much of my time stargazing and watching celestial events like meteor showers and lunar eclipses with my family.” “Learning about science has been an activity I have enjoyed since early childhood.  I always want to learn more.”  As foretold in these statements, Kayla Gomez and Ismael Gomez, Nash Community College Biology students were destined for the field of science since adolescence. It is fitting that they have been awarded the 2015-2016 North Carolina Space Grant Community College Scholarship.  Based on academic merit, the $5000 grant is provided through a partnership with the North Carolina Community College System to benefit college students majoring in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) disciplines. Rocky Mount native, Kayla says, “It is critical for me to continually build upon what I know and be informed enough so I can be an effective science communicator. My academic goals are to acquire more research experience, greatly expand my knowledge in at least one scientific subject, and ultimately acquire an advanced degree such as a Masters or Ph.D.”  Bailey native, Ismael relates to Kayla’s pursuit of higher education, “Personally this award will serve as a motivator.  My ultimate education goal is to obtain a Doctorate in Biology and Pharmacology.”

Kayla and Ismael are both active members in College and community related clubs and organizations. Kayla is currently a member of the National Technical Honors Society, Iota Zeta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, Beta Upsilon Delta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, Math and Science Club at Nash Community College and Association of Southeastern Biologists. A freshman at NCC, Kayla’s main interests are microbiology, molecular biology, astrobiology and the use of technology in education and research. Ismael is president of the Nash Community College Math and Science Club and  is a tutor and recruiter for the Nash-Rocky Mount Schools Migrant Education Program. He has plans to attend science symposiums and meetings to present phylogenetic research later in the year.

“Inspiring people to look in awe at the universe they are a part of is very important to me.  I am passionate about educating the public, especially children, about science and I want to introduce more people to the many pleasures of being curious, thinking critically, and exploring the universe,” states Kayla.  Ismael’s drive for involvement and a continued pursuit of knowledge in the field of science come from some of his own curiosities, “Why is my hair black?  What were my ancestors like?  Those types of questions have caused me to learn the way genes shape characteristic or organisms with great fervor.”

In keeping with the NC Space Grant Community College STEM Scholarship receipt guidelines, Kayla and Ismael will attend the 2015 North Carolina Space Grant (NCSG) Student Symposium at High Point University in November and will be featured in a brief video on the NCSG website detailing their interest and passion for STEM education and career pathways. In reference to his career pathway, Ismael said, “I want to find ways to combine my knowledge of pharmaceuticals and genetics in order to discover more effective treatments of disease.” Kayla expressed, “I want to become both a scientist and a teacher.  I wish, more than anything, to inspire the next generation of scientists. As someone who aspires to be a science educator, this is my main career goal.”

Community Outreach: Healthy Eating Project


The Culinary Arts and Medical Assisting students at Nash Community College (NCC) are coming together in a way that would make Greek philosopher, Socrates proud.  After approval of a recent grant from the NCC Foundation, the two classes are uniting for a project with a theme “let food be thy medicine.” Titled “Community Outreach: Healthy Eating,” this project aims to aid members of the surrounding community by providing educational culinary demonstrations about the health-giving benefits of nutritious foods.

“I am hoping to bust some food stereotypes, while also teaching our students the impact that they can make in the community,” said Nancy Worsinger, Nash Community College Lead Allied Health Instructor.  Worsinger, along with Chef Don Sexauer, Nash Community College Culinary Instructor, are heading up this project; combining two of their classes for an interdisciplinary collaboration.  The students will research and present recipes from various cultures, including African, Latino, Mediterranean and Southern Traditional to the public at local hubs, such as community centers. In an approximate 45-minute sitting, attendees can expect to gain knowledge about wholesome cuisine concocted of affordable, readily available local ingredients that can be prepared with everyday kitchen gadgets. A cooking demonstration and tasting of featured recipes will also be provided.

Attendance to the Community Outreach: Healthy Eating Project presentations is open to all members of the community and free of charge. However, registration is key for those planning to attend. NCC Culinary Arts and Medical Assisting students have already begun preparing for the upcoming presentations scheduled for the following dates and locations: April 22, 11 a.m., Williford Family Resource Center; April 23, 10:30 a.m. Rocky Mount Senior Center and April 29, 11 a.m., OIC Community Health Education Center. Providing success, the Community Outreach: Healthy Eating Project will continue in the 2016 Spring semester for students enrolled in the Culinary Arts and Medical Assisting programs at the College.

For more information or to register for a Community Outreach: Healthy Eating Project presentation, please contact Nancy Worsinger at (252)451-8383 or

Duke Energy awards $249,926 to Nash Community College


Duke Energy and Nash Community College (NCC) have announced a $249,926 investment from the Duke Energy Foundation. The funds will be used to develop the NCC Robotics Training Lab.

The Lab will feature hands-on robotics training in process and logistics controls, control wiring, instrumentation, and motors and controls skills preparing students for positions in packaging and handling or mechanical assembly. The grant funds will provide equipment, including two FANUC robots, four Festo Robot Assembly tables and an automated maneuverable robot and systems similar to the maneuverable and storage retrieval robots used by local employers. The addition of new robots will help decrease the student-to-training tool ratio and prepare students for the FANUC Vision certification. Training tables feature built-in, progressive activities designed to prepare students for workplace tasks.

“Nash Community College offers unique programs and training to prepare students for success in competitive local industry,” said Tanya Evans, Duke Energy district manager. “This robotics lab shows a commitment to innovation and workforce development, two areas we proudly support.”

NCC’s automation training includes training and third-party certifications in robotics, process and logistics controls, control wiring, instrumentation, and motors and controls. NCC is a FANUC Certified Education Robot Training (CERT) provider preparing students for a wide variety of production occupations with local employers such as New Standard Corporation, QVC, Hospira, and Cummins Rocky Mount Engine Plant.

“Nash Community College is proud of its longstanding partnership with Duke Energy to provide a skilled workforce for local and regional careers and beyond,” NCC President Bill Carver said. “We are indebted to Duke Energy for its investment in the community. It is evident that education is an important corporate initiative and providing students with opportunities for successful futures helps build a strong North Carolina.”

The Duke Energy Foundation provides philanthropic support to address the needs vital to the health of our communities. Annually, the Foundation funds more than $25 million in charitable grants, with a focus on education, environment, economic and workforce development and community impact. Duke Energy has long been committed to supporting the communities where its customers and employees live and work, and will continue to build on this legacy.

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