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New semester begins at NCC, ECC

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Global Scholars Program Co-director Katie Hoffer, left, gives Amber Weeks, center, and Tiara Winstead information about the Global Scholars Program on Thursday at Nash Community College.

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BY AMELIA HARPER
Staff Writer

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Community colleges in the Twin Counties launched their spring semester this week with new programs and opportunities for area residents.

New and returning students at Nash Community College attended an Orientation Open House on Thursday to prepare for the 2019 spring semester.

Welcome tents were set up on campus to help students locate classrooms, verify financial aid, receive assistance with email and online resources, get student documents and purchase textbooks. Representatives from Barton College, N.C. Wesleyan College and several state colleges also were on hand to assist students interested in transferring.

"The Orientation Open House prepares students for success in their upcoming semester. We offer a wide variety of assistance during the event to eliminate those 'stress inducing' occurrences that affect students negatively during the first few days of the semester," said Amanda Guy, director of advising and first year experience at NCC.

NCC anticipates an enrollment of about 3,100 curriculum students for the spring semester. Classes for the spring semester begin on Monday.

The Veterinary Medical Technology program, which was first offered in the fall, is beginning its second semester with 17 students in the cohort. Renovations for the new Vet Tech space in building D are slated to be complete by the end of January.

NCC’s Broadcast Production Technology program also is entering its second semester. Spring semester students will utilize an additional new production facility, “Studio B,” where they will practice voice-over work and radio operating skills before going live on NCC’s Big Bang Radio WNIA 89.1 FM.

In an effort to help students succeed in reaching their goals, NCC has enhanced its student support resources with the addition of an Advising Center. The new center provides a physical space on the second floor of the library where staff assists students with advising and registration.

"The Advising Center was created to provide a higher quality of advising to students. College success is so much more than just registering for classes. It's about coaching students along their path. Each path is different and each student deserves individual advice for their goals," Guy said.

Edgecombe Community College began its spring semester classes on Tuesday.

Mary Shuping, director of government relations for the state Community College System, delivered the keynote address at the spring semester kickoff on Jan. 3 for ECC employees

“Ms. Shuping provided valuable insight into the most pressing needs of the community college system, and we are grateful for her willingness to travel to Tarboro and help us begin our spring semester,” said ECC President Greg McLeod.

One new program is the Pathway to Excellence Pre-Admission Program, which is a result of a new partnership between ECC and UNC-Wilmington. The program guarantees admission to UNC-Wilmington once students complete an associate degree at ECC and provides students with additional guidance from UNC-Wilmington while they complete their ECC degree.

The UAS Drone Intro-Public Safety will be taught in early spring. The course was approved in August 2018 by the state Community College System and was held for the first time in the fall semester. The course prepares public safety personnel and emergency responders for flight certification of small Unmanned Aircraft Systems.

The college also is offering other new classes in the spring semester. A new electronic notary public class called e-notary will be taught on April 24 at ECC. Conversational Spanish, a class that has not been offered at the community college for several years, begins Feb. 5.

"With the new year, there are new dreams, new goals and new opportunities,” McLeod said. “At Edgecombe Community College, our goal is to ensure that students have the necessary resources and support to stay in college, graduate or transfer to other institutions of higher learning.

“We are excited for the start of the new year and look forward to helping students fulfill their educational goals and resolutions."

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