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NCC Closes Record Year, Begins New Semester

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BeFunky CollageNash Community College once again closed a record year for 2016. Major highlights include the college celebrating more than 1,000 CDL truck driving graduates in the program’s tenth year, and curriculum programs and students receiving national recognition.

NCC students and faculty attended the 52nd annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, KY – a showcase of career and technical education students. More than 16,000 people participated in the week-long event. NCC ranked seventh in the United States for Computer Numerical Control Milling and nineteenth for Cosmetology. At the state SkillsUSA conference, NCC Welding student Mitchell Harrell placed first overall in the Welding competition and the college was awarded first place for Welding.

Nash Community College launched an ambitious redesigned website www.nashcc.edu at the end of 2016. The new site features an updated overall graphic look, and easy navigation strategically aimed with users in mind.

Included in the college’s enhanced online presence, added degree options continue to be a popular choice for students near and far. Since the launch, Nash Online now has 12 degrees, one diploma, and 26 certificates offered completely online. These online offerings meet the needs of students regardless of their location or ability to relocate or commute, providing them with the same quality education experienced on the physical campus.

Nash Community College is moving forward with construction projects thanks to funding from the $2 billion Connect NC bond, which North Carolina voters supported during the March 2016 primary election. Site preparation is underway for an Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Building and Cosmetology facility. This will allow for dedicated space for the Nash-Rocky Mount Early College High School. Construction is estimated to begin in June 2017 and the buildings are anticipated to open in spring 2018.

Nash Community College wrapped up its employee campaign in December with a strong kick off for the college’s fiftieth year celebrating student success. One hundred percent of faculty and staff donated to help fund student scholarships, giving a total of $38,102 for deserving students in need to pursue their educational dreams. And, despite inclement weather earlier in the week, the spring semester began Monday, January 9 with enrollment expected to exceed 3,000 students.

On​ Tuesday, ​February 28th from ​5:30-7:​3​0pm, Nash Community College along with Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools will host sixth through twelfth grade students and their parents at the E​ighth​ Annual Career & Technical Education Open House in the NCC Business and Industry Center. The community is invited to attend the free event that annually boasts more than 1,000 participants. Industry partners will be on-hand to answer questions and provide information about local career options. The event will give students and parents an opportunity to learn more about the college application process, financial aid, academic programs, career options and more.​ Hands-on d​emonstrations will be held throughout campus designed to engage students and parents.

NCC will hold its Second Annual Blue Fest on Saturday, April 29 on the campus. The festival will highlight interactive program opportunities and an exhibition of academic work well done. Blue Fest is for the entire family and there will be activities of interest for everyone including the Third Annual Run for Knowledge. For more information, visit www.nashcc.edu/run.

As you can see, NCC takes seriously its responsibility to foster lifelong learning opportunities for individuals, communities, and organizations. As we often say, “Community” is our middle name and we are proud to make the community part of our everyday efforts by providing instruction, programs and services to meet local needs. To schedule a campus tour, call 252-451-8235.