Nash Community College Certified as “Bee Campus USA” Affiliate

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NCC instructor and master gardener, Ken White, examines the honey in one of NCC’s two bee hives. White is a certified beekeeper.

Nash Community College is the 28th educational institution in the nation to be certified as an affiliate of the Bee Campus USA program, designed to marshal the strengths of educational campuses for the benefit of pollinators. College students, faculty, administrators, and staff have long been among the nation’s most stalwart champions for sustainable environmental practices.

To earn the distinction, NCC established a Bee Campus USA committee to develop a Campus Pollinator Habitat Plan which includes a locally native, pollinator-friendly plant list with regional sources for the plants and a least toxic integrated pest management (IPM) plan. Additionally, as a certified bee campus, the college will host annual events to raise awareness of the importance of pollinators and will annually sponsor and track student service projects to enhance pollinator habitats on-and off-campus. NCC will biennially offer a pollinator protection course and incorporate pollinator protection topics into curriculum.

“Imperiled pollinators are responsible for the reproduction of ninety percent of the world’s wild plant and tree species,” said Bee Campus USA director, Phyllis Stiles. “Nash Community College is a stellar example of the influence educational institutions can have on their students and the broader community. Their talented faculty, staff and students offer an invaluable resource for Twin Counties residents in seeking ways to manage ornamental landscapes in more wildlife-friendly ways.”

Nash Community College takes pride in its commitment to minimizing hazards to pollinators by using no neonicotinoid pesticides, and almost no glyphosate herbicide or other potentially dangerous synthetic pesticides. Each certified campus must reapply each year and report on accomplishments from the previous year.

The Bee Campus USA designation recognizes educational campuses that commit to a set of practices supporting pollinators, including bees, butterflies, birds, and bats, among thousands of other species. For more information about the application process for becoming a Bee Campus USA affiliate, visit http://www.beecityusa.org/application-campus.html.

Contest Hosted by NCC Engineering Students

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Pictured, from left: Jamal Pitt, NCC Instructor John Eubanks, Jonathan McLendon, Joseph Penaloza-Soto, NCC President Dr. Bill Carver; Kneeling, from left: Jamison Tyson, Elton Lewis

Nash Community College students, faculty, and staff recently attended a BOE-BOT contest hosted by Engineering (EGR) 150 students and NCC Instructor, John Eubanks. With an increased interest in robotics in the engineering industry, EGR 150 introduces robotics to NCC students. Students learn robotic basics and are challenged to design robot navigation schemes, which are judged during the BOE-BOT contest. The winning demonstration submitted by Elton Lewis included a Star Wars Death Star battle.

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BOE–BOT stands for Board of Education robot. It is the trade name of a robot kit that is used in junior high, high school and college robotics classes.

Master Instructors Selected at NCC

Three NCC faculty members have been inducted as Master Instructors for Higher Education. April Bristow-Smith, Lane Freeman and Wanda Tyson received the Master Instructor designation which was developed to identify Nash Community College instructors who exemplify excellence in three performance standards: educational professionalism, leadership and collaboration, and responsibility for student learning.

 

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NCC Humanities and Social Sciences Instructor, April Bristow-Smith, holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in English (Secondary Education) from Appalachian State University, a Master of Arts degree in Literature from American University, and has earned National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification. She began at Nash Community College in January 2014.

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Lane Freeman is Department Chair for Nash Online. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Education and Master of Arts degree in Instructional Technology Education from East Carolina University. Freeman is Microsoft Office Specialist Certified in Microsoft Word and is National Board Certified. He has worked at Nash Community College since August 2013.

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Wanda Tyson, NCC Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies Instructor, earned certificates in Electrical Electronics Technology, Computer Engineering Technology, Computer Engineering Technology/Computer Programming and Associate in Applied Science degrees in Computer Engineering Technology and Electronic Engineering Technology from Nash Community College. She graduated from North Carolina Wesleyan College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems, and holds a Master of Science degree in Cybersecurity from Liberty University. She has been employed at Nash Community College since August 2009.

NCC Graduates First Global Perspectives Scholar

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NCC President Dr. Bill Carver, right, with student Brandonn Odom, the first student to graduate from NCC with the Global Perspectives Scholars Distinction.

Brandonn Odom of Nashville, a Nash Community College 2017 Associate in Arts degree graduate, is the first student to graduate from the college with the Global Perspectives Scholars Distinction. Odom graduated from Ridgefield Park High School in Ridgefield Park, New Jersey.The Global Perspectives Scholars (GPS) program is a collaboration between NCC and UNC World View designed to help students discover, connect and engage in the world around them. Through the GPS program, students develop global competencies and skills needed to be successful in today’s global economy. The program focuses on discovering what it means to be a global citizen and how students can apply this knowledge to their academic and professional endeavors.

Through the GPS Program, Odom traveled with NCC students and faculty to Canada in the fall of 2016 to attend the annual Stratford Festival and experience Canada’s diverse culture. In addition to the GPS program, Odom has been actively involved with the NCC Drama Club, served as a NCC Student Ambassador, and was named the Excellence in Humanities/Fine Arts student for the 2016-17 academic year.
Nash Community College’s mission is to provide an educational environment that meets students where they are and prepares them for successful college transfer and careers in a global and diverse society. Through quality instruction, support, services, technology, workforce development, research, and community partnerships, Nash Community College fosters lifelong learning opportunities for individuals, communities, and organizations.
For more information on the Global Perspectives Scholars Program and NCC’s 2018 Study Abroad trip to Peru please visit www.nashcc.edu/gps.

NCC Ranks Seventh Among Most Innovative Digital Community Colleges

NCC President Dr. Bill Carver (right) and Vice President and Chief Information Officer Dr. Jonathan Vester (left of center), with Institutional Technology, Instructional Media and Marketing staff. The teams recently earned seventh place in the U.S. for campus’ digital presence among colleges of the same size.

The Center for Digital Education (CDE) has announced the winners of its 2016-17 Digital Community Colleges Survey. Nash Community College ranks seventh in the nation among colleges of its size for its use of technology to engage students and improve learning, according to the study. The campus ranked eighth in 2015, and sixth in 2016.

Now in its twelfth year, the Digital Community Colleges Survey analyzes how community colleges use a range of technologies to improve services to students, faculty, staff and the community at large.

“This year’s survey indicates community colleges are continuing to improve efforts at creating cost-effective platforms and Open Education Resources, mobile environments, real-time resources, telepresence robots and more to create robust online and mobile environments for their students,” said Dr. Kecia Ray, executive director for the Center for Digital Education.

The 2016-17 Digital Community Colleges survey revealed insights about community colleges’ technology priorities. Colleges surveyed indicated that mobility devices/app support is their top priority in the coming year, followed by website redesign/updates, cybersecurity tools and testing, and digital content and curriculum. The survey revealed that 54% of colleges offer professional development courses on how to use mobile apps for instruction; 28% of colleges offer professional development for teachers or provide specific policies regarding how to protect student privacy when using apps; and 91% offer professional development courses on how to integrate technology into curriculum and instructional practices.

All accredited U.S. community colleges were eligible to participate in the Digital Community Colleges Survey within three classifications based on enrollment size.  

The Center for Digital Education (CDE) is a national research and advisory institute specializing in K-12 and higher education technology trends, policy and funding. CDE provides education and industry leaders with decision support and actionable insights to help effectively incorporate new technologies in the 21st century. Click here for more information.

CDE is a division of e.Republic, the nation’s only media and research company focused exclusively on state and local government and education.

NCC Students Awarded at State Leadership and Skills Conference

Nash Community College students ranked among the top in North Carolina at the SkillsUSA State Conference held April 26-28, 2017 in Greensboro.

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. Participation helps students excel through educational programs, leadership opportunities, events and competitions that support career and technical education (CTE). NCC 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 which received its charter in September 2016.

At the State Conference, NCC was recognized with the Quality Chapter Award, and honored for having the largest post secondary chapter membership in North Carolina. The Chapter also earned the 100 Club Award for having more than 100 members. Each student member of the NCC chapter board was selected as an outstanding contributor for their contributions towards establishing and running the largest chapter in only a few short months.

“Each year, SkillsUSA North Carolina presents its prestigious Champion Award to an individual from education or industry who has shown, through their actions, that they understand the value of SkillsUSA in transforming the lives of students and preparing America’s future workforce,” Peyton Holland, SkillsUSA North Carolina Executive Director said. NCC President, Dr. Bill Carver, was awarded the Champion Award. “Dr. Carver not only understands the value of SkillsUSA and the importance of instilling personal, workplace and technical skills in his students at Nash Community College, but he has taken steps to ensure that every eligible student has the opportunity to develop those skill sets through Nash Community College and SkillsUSA,” Holland said.

Congratulations to the following Nash Community College students who placed at the SkillsUSA State Conference:

Gold:

Cosmetology Beginner Skills: NCC Student Emily Wagner
Medical Assisting: NCC Student Stephanie Ashley
Welding: NCC Student Jamey Richardson

Silver:

Cosmetology Beginner Skills: NCC Student Margie Harper
Crime Scene Investigation: NCC Students Harley Crowder, Jessica Flood, Lesli Garnica Luis
Culinary Arts: NCC Student Summer McLaughlin
Industrial Motor Control: NCC Student Joshua West
Job Interview: Maci Strickland, NCC Medical Assisting Student

Bronze:

CNC Milling Specialist: NCC Student Steven Smith
Cosmetology Beginner Skills: NCC Student Jasmine Boose
Customer Service: Hannah Lofty, NCC Cosmetology Student
Medical Assisting: NCC Student Angelica Hernandez
Nail Care: NCC Student Niza Fernandez

Fourth Place:

CNC Technician: NCC Student Jonathan Perry
CNC Turning Specialist: NCC Student Cody Johnson
Cosmetology: NCC Student Misty Hedgepeth
Culinary Arts: NCC Student Nicholas Smith
Esthetics: NCC Student Gabrielle Simmons
Fantasy Hair and Makeup: NCC Student Jamal Crews
Welding Fabrication: NCC Students Spencer Cox, Jacob Moore, Nicholas Moss

Fifth Place:

Esthetics: NCC Student Shakera Lawrence
Cosmetology Beginner Skills: NCC Student Denise Coley
Medical Assisting: NCC Student Franziska Gassaway

For more information, call (252) 451-8261 or (252) 451-8392.

Students Inducted into Phi Theta Kappa

DSC_0302A formal induction ceremony was held at Nash Community College for the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 in Brown Auditorium.

The Beta Upsilon Delta Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa national honor society recognizes and encourages scholarship among two-year college students, and provides opportunities for the development of leadership and service. The organization promotes an intellectual climate with the exchange of ideas and ideals for lively fellowship for scholars, and for stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence.

To be eligible for membership in Phi Theta Kappa, students must have completed a minimum of twelve semester hours of non-developmental course work and must have earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or higher. To maintain membership, the student must continue high academic achievement throughout enrollment.

This year marks the fifth anniversary of the chartering of the Beta Upsilon Delta Chapter at Nash Community College. Charter members were honored at the ceremony along with inductees. Alex Barnhill, Computer-Integrated Machining Instructor, recipient of the 2017 NCC Excellence in Teaching Award and chartering member of the Chapter, was the guest speaker.

The following individuals are Nash Community College’s Beta Upsilon Delta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa summer and fall 2016 and spring 2017 inductees.

Olivia Adcox, Ajohnna Battle, Theresa Bohren, Adriana Cabrera-Zurita, Tyshika Dickens, Sabrina Edwards, Thayer Fennell, Samantha Hopkins, Rebecca Keith, Somer Love, Outman Naitbella, Erika Neal, Christopher Pridgen, Sarah Shackleford, Kelsey Skaggs, Kevin Smith, Tiffany Taylor, Kelsey Turner, Kari Ann Wasilewicz, Joshua West, Brian Whitaker, Paula Williams and Gregory Willingham.

Students Complete Detention Officer Training

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Students from Nash County, Vance County, Franklin County and Johnston County’s Sheriff’s Offices recently completed Detention Officer training at Nash Community College. The certification includes 181 hours of training designed to teach qualified participants to function as officers in detention facilities. The course is governed by the North Carolina Sheriffs’ and North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commissions. Students who completed the certification program are: (front row, from left to right) – Akira P. Alston, Dennis Parker Jr., Lindsey J. Parker, Esmeralda Morales and Tasha L. Sneed. Back row: Adam D. Woodall, Robinzon W. Loor, James B. Cronkhite, Walter Mitchell Jr., and School Director Reuben Crumpton.

NCC Expands Offerings

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.

 

NCC Honored with 2016 Tree Campus USA® Recognition

DSC_0254Nash Community College has been honored with 2016 Tree Campus USA® recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management. In the photo, North Carolina Forest Service Nash County Ranger Bill Lewis (right) presents the award to Ken White, NCC Master Gardener.

“Students are eager to volunteer in their communities and become better stewards of the environment,” said Matt Harris, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Participating in Tree Campus USA sets a fine example for other colleges and universities, while helping to create a healthier planet for us all.”

Tree Campus USA is a national program created in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation and to honor colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals. Nash Community College achieved the title by meeting Tree Campus USA’s five standards, which include maintaining a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program, an ArborDay observance and student service-learning project.

“The college’s commitment to investing in the community’s future is evident in our support of the environment,” NCC President Dr. Bill Carver said. “As a campus we strive to be good stewards of the land resources provided to us.” Nash Community College was presented the award Friday, April 7, 2017 at the Arbor Day Celebration held at the Imperial Centre. The college is one of 12 campuses in North Carolina and one of over 250 in the nation to receive this recognition for 2016, which also marks the second year that Nash Community College has earned the national designation.

The Arbor Day Foundation has helped campuses throughout the country plant thousands of trees, and Tree Campus USA colleges and universities invested more than $46.7 million in campus forest management last year. More information about the program is available at arborday.org/TreeCampusUSA.

The Arbor Day Foundation is a million member nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. More information is available at arborday.org.

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