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ECC celebrates 50th anniversary

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Edgecombe Community College President Dr. Deborah Lamm, left, offers a piece of cake to Charlotte O'Neal, an administrative assistant in the admissions office, on Wednesday during lunch for students and staff at the college.

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BY AMELIA HARPER
Staff Writer

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Edgecombe Community College had a great deal to celebrate this week as it reached an important milestone.

“Fifty years ago we started out with one building and we offered just a few classes for adult education,” said ECC President Dr. Debra Lamm. “Our philosophy then and now is that we take students from where they are to as far as they can go.”

Lamm said the college works with a wide range of people.

“We have some students who are on an accelerated track, and they need fast-paced learning that can compete with any college transfer program out there,” she said. “And we take students who struggle to find their place in the classroom, and maybe even in the workplace, and we help them find their way.”

Edgecombe Community College celebrated its 50th anniversary by shining a spotlight on different aspects of the school each day this week.

“This week we are celebrating the mission of the college, which is to provide education, training and cultural opportunities to the citizens of Edgecombe County,” Lamm said.

The college offered a series of tours Monday on both the Tarboro and Rocky Mount campuses.

“We celebrated instruction by providing tours of the campus and inviting local residents to visit our classrooms,” Lamm said.

On Tuesday, the campus celebrated its cultural impact on Edgecombe County by offering a free concert to the community. Singer, historian and multi-instrumentalist Lightnin’ Wells  performed at the event with Eric Greene, director of cultural arts at the college and a talented singer and musician in his own right.

The college celebrated students Wednesday by having the faculty and staff of the college serve lunch to students on the Tarboro campus greenway.

“We wanted to take this opportunity to thank them for their selection of Edgecombe Community College for their higher education needs,” Lamm said. “We wanted to really bring home the point that, without the students, we would not exist. We are all about the students.”

On Thursday, the college celebrated retirees from the college and other community stakeholders. The college also held a ground-breaking ceremony for the new Center for Innovation as it celebrated its connection with industry partners.

The celebrations ended on Friday as Edgecombe Community College celebrated its employees.

“The faculty and staff of this college are the reason we can serve students,” Lamm said. “We are so grateful for them and their dedication to this college and this county.”

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