Advisory boards inform ECC programs


Norris Tolson, CEO and president of Carolinas Gateway Partnership, delivered the keynote address at Edgecombe Community College Advisory Board Night.


From Contributed Reports

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

About 200 area leaders in education, health care, business and industry recently joined Edgecombe Community College faculty on the Tarboro campus for Advisory Board Night.

Norris Tolson, CEO and president of Carolinas Gateway Partnership, provided the keynote address on economic development investments in Edgecombe County.

“Edgecombe County will be inundated with construction workers over the next three to four years,” he said, citing construction surrounding the Triangle Tire plant and Corning facility under way at the Kingsboro Megasite, the CSX project in Rocky Mount and the Kingsboro Training Center that will be built at the Kingsboro Megasite.

“We anticipate that Edgecombe and Nash counties are on a significant roll, and we will continue to see that for the foreseeable future. We are the envy of the state right now,” Tolson added.

ECC advisory boards consist of professional leaders, community members and faculty who are experts in the subject area of their board. More than 70 businesses and organizations are represented on the boards.

Advisory boards are in place for 30 program areas of the college, such as Public Safety Training, Ophthalmic Medical Assistant and College Transfer. Six to 10 members sit on each board.

Stressing the value of guidance and recommendations from advisory board members, ECC President Greg McLeod told the audience, “Your advice directly and positively impacts our programs and ultimately the success of our students in the workplace, and we are grateful for these partnerships and for your participation.”