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ECC launches new programs

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Edgecombe Community College Cosmetology student Michaela Norville, left, and Cosmetic Art Program Chair Carolyn Sherrill, right, checks a perm on Jeanette Keel Thursday during class in the Cosmetic Arts building at Edgecombe Community College in Tarboro.

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BY AMELIA HARPER
Staff Writer

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The weather may still feel wintry, but for Edgecombe Community College, the spring semester has just begun.

Anticipated student enrollment for the spring semester at Edgecombe Community College is 2,250. These students can look forward to some new programs, including a new 2+2 agreement with the Cabarrus College of Health Sciences in Concord, which is now in effect. This collaboration allows students earning an associate degree in radiography at ECC to transfer into Cabarrus' bachelor of science degree in imaging program for another two years to complete their education.

The college now also has a clothes closet called the Eagle's Nest. The clothes closet, which largely depends on donations of professional garments, allows qualified students the opportunity to try on and select outfits for job interviews and employment.

ECC also has strengthened its partnership with Edgecombe County Public Schools in recent months.

“In partnership with Edgecombe County high schools, we've added programs in Electrical Systems Technology at North Edgecombe High School and Facility Maintenance at Tarboro High School. Facility Maintenance is scheduled to be added at SouthWest High School this spring,” said Mary Tom Bass, director of public information for the college.

The college also has several events coming up this spring. Planning is now under way for the Global Education Spring Symposium, which is set for March 15-16 on the Rocky Mount campus. The focus of the two-day symposium is global trade, Bass said. A program celebrating Black History Month is also in the planning stages and is tentatively set for Feb. 27 on the Rocky Mount campus. A  job fair will be held March 16 on the Tarboro campus.

Three Edgecombe Performance Series events are scheduled this spring. The Barter Players will perform "Call of the Wild" on Jan. 26 and Le Cirque Esprit will perform on March 2 in a program that combines live music and acrobatics. On March 22, the New York Ballet will return for its sixth appearance at the college.

School facilities also continue to expand. 

“Oakley Collier Architects is currently completing design for the 23,000-square-foot Center for Innovation on the Tarboro campus, and occupancy is targeted for spring 2019. The center will be the training site for high school and college students, creating a pipeline for workers in advanced manufacturing. Education and training will align with current industry standards,” Bass said.

Bass said the college is continuing its commitment to students.

“We will continue to build on and strengthen our services for students to help them succeed in college. The Student Success Centers on each campus are the main hub for connecting students to academic resources and services,” Bass said. “Other services include a shuttle service between the Rocky Mount and Tarboro campuses to help students who lack transportation. We also offer career counseling, mentoring programs, services for veterans, professional tutoring and specialized services for students with disabilities.”

The Ophthalmic Medical Assisting diploma program and Baking and Pastry Arts degree program are slated to begin in the fall semester.

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