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NCC Among Fastest-Growing Community Colleges in U.S.

Nash Community College was recently ranked #21 among the top 50 Fastest-Growing Public Two-Year Colleges in the United States for Fall 2010 to Fall 2011 percent change in headcount for schools with enrollments of the same size. From Fall 2010 to Fall 2011, Nash Community College experienced a six percent growth in head count.

The college is experiencing growth for a variety of reasons. “Nash Community College does not focus on just one area of study. All of the college’s offerings are relevant and balanced. The college strategic plan examines all programs of study and resources aimed at growth, including equipment, and allocates across the curriculum based on employment opportunities in the service area,” Nash Community College President Bill Carver said.

Nash Community College stands ready to meet local demands at all times including when a company experiences a mass layoff or goes out of business by assisting on a rapid response team to address affected displaced workers. As local citizens are faced with the challenges of unemployment and begin filing for benefits, Nash Community College is there to work closely with the Division of Workforce Solutions, the local workforce development board, the NCC WIA Program and the Workforce Development Center.

Moreover, recent campus expansion makes available an advanced manufacturing lab with real-world robotics, mechatronics and computer-integrated machining training scenarios that assist in developing a local skilled workforce for expanding manufacturers. New areas of campus including an English Studio and Math Tank support the college’s continued focus on student completion.

As a result, the college’s curriculum graduation rates continue to rise. From Fall 2010 to 2011, the number of graduates increased by 16 percent. In the last year, the college’s number of fall graduates has increased 40 percent. The recent implementation of Advancement Via Individual Determination, or AVID, in the classroom enhances student learning and performance resulting in student success.

“Recent visits by the State Board of Community Colleges, North Carolina Community College Leadership Program and Bloomberg News are evidence that people are taking notice of our unique instructional talent and innovative methodologies,” Carver said.

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