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NCC Hosts First U.S. Presidential Visit to a North Carolina Community College Ever

Nash Community College hosted President Joe Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden in a presidential visit on Friday, June 9.

“We are truly excited that both the President and Dr. Biden chose to visit NCC. The fact that both chose to visit is humbling to me and my entire team, Team Nash,” said Dr. Lew K. Hunnicutt, president of NCC.

President Biden and Dr. Biden spoke about how career-connected learning and workforce training programs are preparing students for good-paying jobs in North Carolina and throughout the country.

“Their focus on workforce development allows us to highlight what we and all 57 other community colleges within the North Carolina Community College System do best,” said Dr. Hunnicutt. “We train skilled workers for the growing North Carolina economy.”


Jason Brannan, Instructor of Computer-Integrated Machining at NCC, Wanda Tyson, Director of Applied Engineering Technologies at NCC, and NCC Industrial Systems students gave President Biden, Dr. Biden, Governor Roy Cooper, and Congressman Don Davis a tour and demonstration of the Advanced Manufacturing Robotics System.

“We are so incredibly proud of all our students and the work we do here at NCC,” said Alex Barnhill, dean of curriculum career and technical education at NCC.

NCC continues to support the needs of workforce development throughout core areas of the world and economy to train, grow, and develop our future leaders of Nash County and America.

“At NCC, our students leave us with the skills required to directly enter and succeed in the local, state, and regional workforce,” said Dr. Hunnicutt.

Dr. Biden notes their support of community colleges and that institutions like NCC are some of the best-kept secrets in the world because of their true impact on education, the economy and the world as a whole, yet lack of significant conversation.

In greater fashion, NCC is the first to do it.

“Our understanding is that this may be the first time a sitting U.S. President and First Lady have visited a North Carolina community college at the same time, and that is a great source of pride for all of us on Team Nash,” said Dr. Hunnicutt.