Community colleges get back on track

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Hayden Thompson, right, smiles as she scans books for Felix Alexander on Thursday morning at Nash Community College.


By Amelia Harper
Staff Writer

Monday, January 9, 2017

Local community colleges are off to an uncertain start for the spring semester as winter brings its forces to bear.

Edgecombe Community College began classes on its Rocky Mount and Tarboro campuses on Friday. However, the college will be closed Monday due to the winter storm.

Nash Community College also canceled classes for Monday. Once classes get underway, the college will be celebrating its golden anniversary in 2017.

“Nash Community College is celebrating five decades of student success in 2017,” said Kelley Deal, dean of marketing at Nash Community College.

Nash Community College also has launched a new website to celebrate the new semester and the new year.

“More than ever before, the college’s site is accessed from mobile devices and tablets. The new website is responsive and effectively delivers content to users on demand, where they are. We have created a more user-centric experience across multiple platforms and devices,” Nash Community College President Dr. Bill Carver said in a press release.

Edgecombe Community College is celebrating the start of a new program this semester. The college now offers a new two-year degree in surgical technology to help meet the expected demand since the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting has mandated that surgical technologists must hold two-year associate degrees by the year 2020.

“Surgical technologists are the lowest paid members of the operating room team and have the least amount of education,” said Suzi Shippen-Wagner, program chairwoman of Surgical Technology at Edgecombe Community College. “It behooves us to elevate our status.”

Both community colleges are looking forward to special events on campus this semester.

Nash Community College will jointly host the eighth annual Career and Technical Education Showcase with Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28. The event will be open to sixth- through 12th-grade students and their parents and will be held in the Business and Industry Center at NCC. 

The second annual Blue Fest will be held April 29.

Edgecombe Community College has scheduled its annual Global Education Spring Symposium for March 9-10 on the Rocky Mount campus.

On Edgecombe Community College’s Tarboro campus, the all-day Preservation Trades Fair will be held April 29. Guests can visit the historic Norfleet House and various artisans and builders and learn about roofing, masonry, stained glass, window repair, floor repair, historic carpentry methods and ornate plaster work.

Mary Tom Bass, director of public information, said the spring semester will see several notable performances on the Tarboro campus.

“We are looking forward to three special performances this spring as part of our Edgecombe Performance Series,” Bass said. 

On Feb. 16, the Barter Players will perform “Great Expectations.” based on the novel by Charles Dickens. On March 17, Bill Leslie and Lorica, a celtic-folk-new age-blended ensemble will perform. On April 28, The New York Theatre Ballet plans to return for a fifth straight season.