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NCC Receives Charter Certification From SkillsUSA

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DSC_0008Nash Community College’s SkillsUSA chapter was recently presented a certificate of charter.

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.

​”Nash Community College’s new chapter is the largest among North Carolina community colleges. This reinforces our commitment as a college to providing opportunities for ​students to not only learn skilled trades, but to network with business and industry, and to continually improve, grow and learn,” Vice President for Instruction and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Trent Mohrbutter said.

Last year, NCC students made their mark at 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 where NCC ranked seventh in the United States for Computer Numerical Control Milling and nineteenth for Cosmetology. Also in 2016 NCC Welding student Mitchell Harrell placed first overall in the Welding competition and the college was awarded first place for Welding at the North Carolina competition. NCC’s Cosmetology students participated in the state competition for their first time in 2016 and NCC student Nikki Price brought home first place for the category. NCC Cosmetology student Desirae Williams came in third place in Fantasy Hair and Makeup for North Carolina, with NCC placing first in cosmetology overall for the state.

“​There is great interest and skill on our campus in the area of technical education. Our role as the community college is to prepare students for real-world careers through relevant training and by connecting them to professionals in their industry,” Wil van der Meulen, NCC Associate Dean of Instructional Support said. “NCC ​students ​graduate​ ready for successful careers available right here in our community.” Charter board members include: Nicholas T. Moss, President, Welding Technology; Hannah J. Lofty, Vice President; Joshua G. West, Treasurer/Parliamentarian, Industrial Systems Technology; Misty R. Hedgepeth, Secretary, Cosmetology; Maci J. Strickland, Historian, Medical Assisting and Nicolas D. Smith, Reporter/Publicist, Culinary Arts. Chapter meetings are typically held at NCC the third Thursday of each month.​ ​​

Pictured left to right: Samantha Vick, Welding Instructor; Shinese Glass, Cosmetology Instructor; Joshua G. West, Industrial Systems Technology; Nicolas D. Smith, Culinary Arts; Nicholas T. Moss, Welding Technology; Jay Manning, Welding Professor; Peyton Holland, Executive Director, SkillsUSA North Carolina; George Shook, Computer-Integrated Machining Instructor; Dr. Bill Carver,  NCC President; Wil van der Meulen, Associate Dean of Instructional Support; Valerie York, Southwestern Randolph High School; Ernestine Stephenson, Cosmetology Instructor; Misty R. Hedgepeth, Secretary, Cosmetology; Hannah J. Lofty, Vice President, Cosmetology; Maci J. Strickland, Historian, Medical Assisting; Amber Greer, Medical Assisting Instructor; and Sonya Small, Counselor/Career and Job Placement Coordinator.