Advisory boards help guide ECC academics


Tarboro business owner Inez Ribustello delivers the keynote address at Edgecombe Community College Advisory Board Night.


From Contributed Reports

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

More than 200 area leaders in education, health care, business, and industry joined Edgecombe Community College faculty on the Tarboro campus recently for Advisory Board Night.

ECC advisory boards consist of professional leaders, community members and faculty who are experts in the subject area of their board. More than 70 businesses and organizations are represented on the boards.

Inez Ribustello, owner of Tarboro Brewing Co. and On the Square restaurant and wine store, provided the keynote address on the formation and development of Tarboro Brewing Co.

Advisory boards are in place for 28 program areas of the college, such as Health Information Technology, Early Childhood Education, and the Small Business Center. Six to ten members sit on each board.

Stressing the value of guidance and recommendations from advisory board members, Dr. Harry Starnes, vice president of instruction, told the audience, “We believe that the success of our graduates is driven by the relevance of their course work and experiences. Your input is key to giving our students the edge.”