NCC program earns White House accolades


First Lady Michelle Obama joins representatives from Healthy Campus Challenge winning schools, including NCC representatives, for a group photo during the Affordable Care Act Healthy Campus Challenger Winner Day on Jan. 13 in the East Room of the White House. (Official White House photo by Lawrence Jackson -- used with special permission.)


By Amelia Harper
Staff Writer

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Nash Community College’s Student Wellness Center is proving its success, not only by the lives it touches, but also by the recognition it recently received from the White House.

Employees of the Student Wellness Center attended a celebration reception Jan. 13 at the White House. At the event, former First Lady Michelle Obama recognized Nash Community College’s participation in the 2016 White House Healthy Campus Challenge. NCC was one of 302 colleges, universities and community colleges to participate in the White House event.

The goal of the Healthy Campus Challenge was to reach uninsured people on college campuses and in the surrounding communities. Participating campuses were asked to undertake a number of outreach actions reflecting best practices for promoting affordable health care options, college officials stated in a press release about the event. Nash Community College was honored as one of the college campuses that spread the word about open enrollment in the Affordable Care Act insurance plan and that shared opportunities to find affordable, quality coverage in the marketplace to people on the campus and in the broader community.

As part of the Healthy Campus Challenge, NCC held classroom presentations, sent open enrollment messages to online and on-campus students, provided direct enrollment assistance and held campus-wide informational events. The college also participated in outreach efforts to NCC clubs and community partners and collaborated with local faith-based organizations.

“Participating in the White House Healthy Campus Challenge has provided Nash Community College the opportunity to be a stronger advocate for our students and our community. With innovative leadership, programs, and services the campus embodies a culture of Blue Love,”  said Marbeth Holmes, director of student wellness for Nash Community College.

The Single Stop program, which is a part of the Student Wellness Center, also is demonstrating success since its inception in October 2015. The Single Stop program, which is currently funded with a Belk Endowment Fund grant, provides a single location where students can connect with multiple resources that will help them accomplish their goals in life.

Kelley Deal, dean of marketing at Nash Community College, said the Single Stop program recently announced that it has identified $1,176,448.00 worth of federal, state and local resources to aid students its first year on campus.

“As you know, we offer Single Stop services through the Student Wellness Center, and the center continues to make a great impact on our students and community,” Deal said. “Nash Community College’s Single Stop office provides services and resources to help students address barriers. NCC provides these services at no charge in collaboration with both internal and external partners.”

Deal said the center is adding new services as well. Last week, the college welcomed an attorney who will be providing free legal services on campus each Wednesday and Thursday.

Free tax services also are being offered on campus through April 17. These services are available to both students and community members from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays. Appointments for these services can be scheduled by calling 252-428-7334 or emailing singlestop@nashcc.edu.

Single Stop services are offered in the Student Wellness Center located in Building B, Room 2111 on the campus of Nash Community College.

For more information about services available at the Student Wellness Center, contact mhholmes164@nashcc.edu.