Nash CC Faculty, Students Reach Out

(NEWS RELEASE) Nash Community College’s commitment to showing “blue love” has been especially apparent over the past few weeks. The term “blue love”, coined by a faculty member, refers to college employees’ earnest efforts to make every student feel welcome, to assist students in working toward their educational goals, to ensure proper advising and to help overcome barriers to learning that come with everyday life. In celebration of this blue love and spring semester advising, faculty, staff and students held a blue out on Thursday, November 7th marking their commitment.

Photo posted by Nash Community College

Continuing in the same spirit, each year Nash Community College reaches out to the community to help those in need. To kickoff the campus’ season of giving, the NCC Student Government Association recently led a campus-wide food drive to benefit Edwards Middle School’s Backpack Buddies program. The campus collected 3,662 items weighing in at 907 pounds. Student leaders challenged student clubs to see which group would collect the most food. The Student Nurses’ Association won the competition.

The Backpack Buddies program provides a backpack filled with ready-to-eat food for students who are identified by the school who may not have adequate food to eat over the weekend. Edwards Middle School has 42 children who benefit from the program. The backpacks are distributed each Friday at the end of the day prior to leaving school for the weekend.

Nash Community College receives “Military Friendly” Distinction

nashccLogo(NEWS RELEASE) Nash Community College has been named to the coveted Military Friendly Schools list by Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life. The 2014 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

“Inclusion on the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools® shows Nash Community College’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, Vice President at Victory Media and a nine-year Navy veteran. “The need for education is growing and our mission is to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools.”

The Military Friendly Schools media and website, found at, feature the list, interactive tools and search functionality to help military students find the best school to suit their unique needs and preferences. The colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s list exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience. The schools have world-class programs and policies for student support on campus, academic accreditation, credit policies, flexibility and other services to those who served.

Now in its fifth year, the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools ® was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 10,000 schools nationwide approved for VA tuition funding. Each year, schools taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology, criteria and weightings developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board (AAB) consisting of educators from schools across the country.

Nash Community College Marketing Efforts Honored

nashccLogo(NEWS RELEASE) Nash Community College’s Marketing was recently recognized by the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) Southeast United States district for its marketing collateral. The NCMPR is an organization for marketing and public relations professionals at community colleges and technical colleges across the United States.

Nash Community College Director of Media Production Andrew Small, left, and Senior Director of Marketing and Communication Kelley Deal, right, receive awards from the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations. (Photo from Nash Community College)

Nash Community College Director of Media Production Andrew Small, left, and Senior Director of Marketing and Communication Kelley Deal, right, receive awards from the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations. (Photo from Nash Community College)

The College’s Marketing team, which includes Senior Director of Marketing and Public Relations Kelley Deal and Director of Media Production Andrew Small, received bronze awards for their 2012-2013 Community Report, the Industrial and Advanced Manufacturing Academy Video and the First Day Matters campaign in the categories of ”College Annual Report,” ”College Promotional Video” and “Successful Recruitment Marketing Campaign” respectively.

Deal serves as NCMPR’s North Carolina state representative for the Southeast US district. She joined the NCC staff in 2007 and was recently named the College’s 2013 Ambassador Award recipient. A graduate of East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication, she is currently a second year Master of Arts degree candidate in the East Carolina University School of Communication.

Andrew Small was a presenter at the conference held in Hilton Head, South Carolina, leading a session titled “Design Asylum” highlighting strategies for marketing professionals and creative professionals to work effectively as a team. Small has been employed with Nash Community College since 2010. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Auburn University and was selected as the College’s 2013 J. Edgar and Peggie T. Moore Staff Award recipient.

For more information about Nash Community College, please call 252-451-8235.

Nash Community College awarded Workforce Training Grant

(NEWS RELEASE) The 7×24 Exchange Carolinas Chapter recently presented $5,000 to three North Carolina community colleges, including Nash Community College, Wake Technical Community College and Cleveland Community College. On the same day, $23 million in US Department of Labor funds were awarded to three N.C. community colleges, UNC Charlotte and Moultrie Technical College in Georgia for the development of Mission Critical Operations training. The grant, totaling $15,000 will support marketing and recruitment efforts of the new program.

(Left-to-Right) 7×24 Carolinas Membership Chairman David Knight, NCC President Dr. Bill Carver, NC Community College System President Dr. Scott Ralls, 7×24 Carolinas Education Committee Chairman Paul Marcoux, 7×24 Carolinas President Tom Jacobik and 7×24 Carolinas Advisor Robin Aron.

The growth of Mission Critical Data Centers in the Mid-Atlantic region has created increased demand for operations personnel to maintain the dependability, reliability and energy efficiency of such facilities. In response to that demand, 7×24 Exchange International’s Carolinas Chapter, the leading knowledge exchange for those who design, build, use and maintain mission-critical enterprise information infrastructures, agreed to support a consortium of higher education institutions, led by Cleveland Community College. Cleveland Community College agreed to develop, equip, staff and scale curriculum programs to train and educate the workforce needed for these large data companies and users.

“The Mission Critical Operations skill train has arrived at the station. Those departing (retiring) are taking with them decades of formal and on-job-training skills. Yet, the individual skill sets of those waiting to embark are significantly less than is required by the Mission Critical Industry,” said Paul Marcoux, Senior Vice President of BB&T and the chapter’s Education Chair. “Mission Critical is not just about data centers, it’s about the thousands of people behind the scenes keeping critical support functions operating, 24-7, 365 days a year, including hospitals, critical manufacturing process, 911 call centers, bio manufacturing and hundreds of other critical industries, all facing the same skill shortage.”

Nash CC’s Technical Career Open House returns October 22nd

(NEWS RELEASE) On October 22nd from 5:00-7:30pm, Nash Community College (NCC) and Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools (NRMPS) will host sixth through twelfth grade students and their parents at the 5th Annual Career & Technical Education Open House in the NCC Business and Industry Center. The event is free and everyone is welcome.

At 5:30pm, a “State of our Schools” address will be given by NRMPS Superintendent Dr. Anthony Jackson. During the showcase, attendees will explore classes that can be taken in Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools that align with classes and programs offered at Nash Community College. 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.

“This event proves to be successful annually with over 900 students and parents coming through the doors in NCC’s Brown Auditorium. The event is the epitome of a successful relationship between educational institutions and the business community,” NCC Associate Dean for Student and Enrollment Services Wil van der Meulen said.

Nearly 100 tables and demonstrations representing Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools’ classes, Nash Community College programs of study and other educational and business partners will give attendees a taste of the offerings through each entity. In addition, representatives from local businesses and industries will be there to share more about their organizations and the importance of a skilled and educated workforce.

“The relationship between Nash-Rocky Mount Schools and NCC is a perfect collaboration of deliberate actions to prepare students and adults to become career and college ready. The Showcase is an example of this great relationship that exists,” N-RMPS Director of Career & Technical Education Pam Lewis said.

For more information, contact Nash Community College Associate Dean of Student and Enrollment Services Wil van der Meulen at 252-451-8392. Last year’s event photos, video and additional information are available at

Nash Community College participates in $2.5 Million Federal Grant

(NEWS RELEASE) Nash Community College, as a member of the Mission Critical Operations consortium led by Cleveland Community College, is the recipient of a $2,548,106 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor Employment Training Administration. Over $23 million was awarded this week to the consortium of college and university partners for the development of a Mission Critical Operations program

“Through the grant, Nash Community College will enhance the Electric Line Construction, Electrical Systems, Electronics Engineering, Emergency Management, Healthcare Business Informatics, Networking Technology, and Computer Information Technology programs,” Nash Community College President Bill Carver said. “The program will create career pathways in these areas to meet demand for a mission critical workforce able to anticipate, prevent, mitigate, and respond to crisis and events in the day-to-day critical operations of industries and municipalities.”

The program is aimed at combating the evolving threat of critical infrastructure operations failure and encompasses cyber and physical security, facility management, communications, industrial systems, and any system deemed critical to operations and public safety by an employer. In addition to Nash and Cleveland Community Colleges, consortium members are Wake Technical Community College, Moultrie Technical Community College (GA), and UNC-Charlotte.

According to a U.S. Department of Labor press release, $474.5 million in grants to community colleges and universities was announced by Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez Wednesday. The grants will be used to assist colleges and universities throughout the country with development and growth in innovative training in partnership with local employers. The Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant program provided the grants. The program is multi-year, approximately $2 billion initiative to expand training programs for unemployed workers, especially those impacted by foreign trade.

NCC Alumnus Returns to Run Alumni Programs

Melissa Sykes, NCC Coordinator of Alumni and Annual Programs

(NEWS RELEASE) Nash Community College has hired an alumnus to lead its alumni outreach. Melissa Sykes of Nashville was named the College’s Coordinator of Alumni and Annual Programs earlier this month.

Sykes joins Nash Community College from Louisburg College where she served in the Financial Aid department. In her role, she will be responsible for driving alumni engagement and coordinating NCC Foundation activities and annual programs. “With experience in higher education, financial aid and service to her own alumni associations, Melissa brings a wealth of knowledge to Nash Community College. As a result, the College plans to offer more alumni programs and reach out to alumni near and far,” NCC Associate Vice President of Institutional Advancement Pat Ellis Daniels said.

Sykes graduated from Nash Community College with an Associate in Applied Science degree in Criminal Justice. Then she transferred to North Carolina Wesleyan College where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Justice Studies, later graduating from Capella University with a Master of Science degree in Human Service.

“Nearly 90 percent of our graduates remain in Nash County. We want to connect with them regularly and share their successes with current students and fellow alumni,” Daniels shared. Alumni are encouraged to participate in its 24th Annual Student Scholarship Golf Classic on October 10, 2013 at Benvenue Country Club in Rocky Mount. Visit for more information about the Alumni Association or contact Melissa Sykes at 252-451-8230 or

New EMT’s Graduate at Nash


EMT graduates from left to right – Front row: Danielle Shearin of Spring Hope, Walter Shearin of Rocky Mount, Brittany Riding of Spring Hope, Allison Hinson of Spring Hope, Brandie Simmons of Nashville, Chelsea Gaston of Elm City and Jonathan Batchelor of Nashville. Back row: Tyler Batchelor of Elm City, Richard Strickland of Middlesex, Quinton Bullock of Middlesex, Tammy Medlin of Middlesex, David Dugas of Nashville, Jordan Williams of Nashville and Amanda Couch of Elm City.

(NEWS RELASE) Nash Community College is pleased to announce its Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Basic and Intermediate Program graduates.

The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Basic class includes 179 hours of lecture and lab instruction and 24 hours of field training. The Intermediate training is a 322-hour course.


NCC President Bill Carver congratulates EMT-Intermediate graduate Megan Webb
of Rocky Mount.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for emergency medical technicians is expected to increase between now and 2018 as a result of higher call volume due to an aging population, an increase in time required for each patient and an increase in specializing hospitals resulting in more patient transport.

The program instills discipline, character, professionalism, teamwork, integrity, credibility, physical ability, knowledge and skills to perform the job of a professional emergency medical technician.

For more information on Nash Community College’s EMT courses, call 252-451-8355 or email

Nash CC hosts Continuing Ed Open House on August 1st


(NEWS RELEASE) The Nash Community College Continuing Education Department will host an open house on Thursday, August 1, 2013 from 4pm to 7pm in Brown Auditorium. Light Refreshments will be served. Attendees will learn about Fall Semester Continuing Education offerings including new classes like Wine I, II & III, Beer Brewing, Jewelry Making, Fall Appetizers, Holiday Appetizers, Beginner DSLR Photography and more!

Click Here for a Full Course Schedule

Nash CC graduates Five New Firefighers

(NEWS RELEASE) Nash Community College held its Recruit Firefighter graduation on Tuesday, July 16th. Five graduates were recognized for completing the program which is designed to provide the information and skills needed for modern firefighting through a variety of learning experiences and training scenarios.

(Left-to-Right) NCC Director of Fire and Health Services John Winstead, William "Robbey" Rogers of Tarboro, Dashawn Taylor of Rocky Mount, Joshua Farmer of Nashville, Dwan Pittman of Rocky Mount, Ethan Medlin of Bunn and NCC Fire and EMS Coordinator Willie Kearney.

(Left-to-Right) NCC Director of Fire and Health Services John Winstead, William “Robbey” Rogers of Tarboro, Dashawn Taylor of Rocky Mount, Joshua Farmer of Nashville, Dwan Pittman of Rocky Mount, Ethan Medlin of Bunn and NCC Fire and EMS Coordinator Willie Kearney.

The classes are often taken directly to firefighters through training sessions held in local departments and at training sites throughout the community.

For more information, please call 252-451-8480.  Click here to view individual graduation photos.