Press Releases, Student Life

NCC Recognized for 30 Years with Adopt-a-Highway Program


Nash Community College received recognition from the State of North Carolina Department of Transportation for its 30-year commitment to the Adopt-a-Highway program. Since 1989, NCC students, faculty and staff have demonstrated their commitment to keeping the roadside clean by participating in the program.

College representatives pick-up litter along Old Carriage Road in front of campus and on Eastern Avenue in Nashville. In recognition of NCC’s service to protect the environment and enhance the quality of life for all North Carolinians, the campus received a distinguished star award and a star will be added to both of NCC’s Adopt-a-Highway road signs.

Pictured from left: NCC President, Dr. Lew Hunnicutt; Associate Dean of Student Engagement, Kara Deans; Biology Instructor, Christine Ricci; Library Support Specialist and SGA Co-Advisor, Michael Stallings; and Instructor and Master Gardener, Ken White.

Nearly 5,000 groups have adopted approximately 10,000 miles of state-maintained roads through the Adopt-a-Highway program. Last year, more than 50,000 volunteers from all 100 North Carolina counties removed more than one million pounds of litter from roadsides. These volunteers save taxpayers millions of dollars annually in roadside cleanup costs.