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NC Community College System President Visits NCC

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NC Community College System President Thomas Stith visited Nash Community College on Thursday, November 4, 2021.

During his visit, President Stith talked with students and team members in the NCC Success Center. Located in the student services and enrollment hub of campus, the Success Center connects students with coaching, academic advising, enrollment, tutoring services, and on-campus resources such as the food pantry, Single Stop – a system used to determine student eligibility for access to public benefits and community resources, and other support services.

President Stith and NCC President Lew Hunnicutt met first responders and participated in an Emergency Medical Services simulation. Located in the Continuing Education Building, the in-classroom ambulance or “SimRig” is a high-fidelity training mannequin that uses computer hardware to allow students to practice and respond to a variety of scenarios to replicate real-world experiences. During the pandemic, this equipment provided an additional opportunity for clinical and field experiences.

The campus tour also highlighted College and Career Readiness, NCC’s indoor firing range and the Haas Center for Advanced Manufacturing Computer-Integrated Machining and Robotics labs.

The tour concluded at the Electric Line Construction training field where President Stith addressed electric lineworkers at a Pole Top Rescue Competition. NCC offers the only two-year degree program of this kind in North Carolina.

The event tested the safety and rescue skills of lineworkers employed by North Carolina’s 26 electric cooperatives. Lineworkers displayed their skills in a scenario in which a coworker, simulated by a 105-pound dummy, needed rescuing. Participants, wearing full climbing gear and tools weighing up to 20 pounds, climbed the poles to 20 feet and demonstrated lifesaving rescue procedures.

Students in NCC’s Electric Line Construction program learn electrical theory, laboratory and practical applications during their course of study mastering competencies of electricity, overhead pole and electrical line construction, safety codes and applications, electric power systems, transformer and meter installations and the exploration of underground electrical distribution.

 “We were proud to have President Stith on campus to experience our people and our programs,” President Hunnicutt said. “He left with a better understanding of the importance of Nash Community College to Nash County, the region, and the state.”