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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.”

Committee Plans 28th Annual Student Scholarship Golf Tournament



The Nash Community College Foundation Golf Committee is preparing for its 28th Annual Student Scholarship Golf Classic to raise funds to assist deserving students pursuing their educational dreams. Golfers will tee off Friday, October 6th at Benvenue Country Club in Rocky Mount. For more information, visit or call (252) 451-8440. The 2017 Golf Committee members pictured on the front row, from left are: Wendy Marlowe, NCC Vice President of Corporate and Economic Development; Pam Gould, Strategic Twin-Counties Educational Partnership (STEP); Lyn Brown, Providence Bank; Tournament Chair Frank Maynard, Buy Sod, Inc.; Pam Ballew, NCC Foundation Executive Director; Dr. Bill Carver, NCC President and Angela Becker, NCC Foundation Assistant Director. On the back row: Lank Dunton, First South Bank; David Combs, Century 21/The Combs Company; Dr. Trent Mohrbutter, NCC Vice President for Instruction and Chief Academic Officer; Ryan Keeter, Benvenue Country Club, and Adrienne Covington, NCC Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer. Committee members not pictured: Bill Craig, Action Staffing; Kelley Deal, NCC Dean of Marketing and Gene White, NCC Marketing Coordinator.

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.

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.



College and Community Support Emergency Medical Services


20121515_10154829905776903_6109853795181371787_oNash Community College Student Government Association and Emergency Services hosted a “Be a Friend, Build a Friend” community event in the NCC Continuing Education and Public Services Building multipurpose room. Approximately 150 faculty, staff, students and community members attended the event and created animals. The stuffed animals will be placed in local Emergency Services vehicles to help comfort children during times of crisis. NCC is still accepting donations of gently loved and new stuffed animals. For more information, call (252) 451-8355 or email

2017-2018 NCC Student Ambassadors Selected


Student Ambassadors

Nash Community College has announced its 2017-2018 Student Ambassadors. The Ambassadors represent the College throughout the academic year at on-campus and community events. The following students have been selected as 2017-2018 NCC Student Ambassadors because of their high academic achievement and service to their community. Back row, from left: Business Administration student Bill Hicks of Nashville and Criminal Justice Technology student Lonzy Holden of Rocky Mount. Front row, from left: Associate in Arts student Kelsey Skaggs of Tarboro, Associate in Arts student Maya Bryant of Rocky Mount, Associate Degree in Nursing student Lattisha Boddie of Rocky Mount, and Associate in Arts student Haley Perry of Bailey. Sponsored by the NCC Foundation, each ambassador is selected based on demonstrated leadership, scholarship, and strong written and oral communication skills. Ambassadors receive a scholarship and serve the College throughout the school year.

Recent High School Grads Prepare for College During Summer Bridge

Group PhotoTwenty-five recent high school graduates are getting a taste of college life during the Summer Bridge program at Nash Community College.
With classes held from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Mondays-Thursdays and 9:00 am -12:45 pm on Fridays​,​ the program gives incoming freshman the opportunity to make a successful transition to college while allowing students to earn four semester hours of college credit.
“Students enjoy seeing what Nash Community College has to offer, and parents like that they can save time and money as their students prepare for life beyond high school,” Renee Martinez, Summer Bridge Program Coordinator, and Humanities instructor said.

“The three-week program helps recent high school graduates adjust to the academic demands of college and to build relationships with their peers, instructors and staff. Program participants generally demonstrate improvement on placement test scores and an overall increase in comfort level of being on campus as they prepare to enter college in the fall,” ​Martinez said.


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