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NCC Foundation Executive Director Pat Ellis Daniels, NCC Foundation 2014 Campaign Chairman Jake Parrott and NCC President Bill Carver stand in front of the college's Continuing Education and Public Services Building.

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NCC Foundation Executive Director Pat Ellis Daniels, NCC Foundation 2014 Campaign Chairman Jake Parrott and NCC President Bill Carver stand in front of the college's Continuing Education and Public Services Building.

NCC Foundation launches annual fundraising campaign

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The Nash Community College Foundation kicked off it 2014 Campaign on Tuesday under the leadership of the Board of Directors to help meet the needs of the College and to provide support for students continuing their education.

“Generations of students have depended on Nash Community College as they pursue a degree or develop a skill-set to better themselves and improve the quality of life for their families. Many of these students graduate and contribute to the local workforce and economy and are where they are today because of donors’ support,” NCC Foundation 2014 Campaign Chairman Jake Parrott said. “Gifts from individuals and organizations ensure that resources are available to help students take advantage of the quality instruction and higher educational opportunities the College provides.”

“Because of receiving a scholarship, I was able to take more classes this year and will graduate in the spring with Associate in Science and Computer Engineering Technology Degrees,” student Omar Allen of Middlesex said. “My dream of going to N.C. State is realistic because I can transfer there in the fall of 2015. The scholarship means everything.”

In addition to the scholarship program, there are many ways in which donors can be an important part of the Continuing Education and Public Services building which will open in mid 2015. Contributions will be used to provide state-of-the-art equipment and instructional support. Building, classroom and lab naming opportunities exist.

“2014 is an exciting time for the college as we add to the footprint of the campus to meet the complex demands of a modern workforce,” President Bill Carver said. “Students come to us from all walks of life. They leave as our community’s firefighters, police officers, nurses, and emergency medical personnel. The college continues to meet the needs of local business and industry sending graduates back into the community ensuring these critical, lifesaving roles are filled. Training students for relevant careers, or helping individuals transition to a four year college or university is a high priority.”

College officials are often at the table along with the N.C. Department of Commerce, area Chambers of Commerce, the Carolinas Gateway Partnership and other organizations when critical considerations are being made by industries seeking a new place to grow and prosper. Several factors are examined by companies during this decision-making process and education and available training are undeniably key. Nash County is an attractive area for industry and that is partly because of responsive educational opportunities and advanced industry training.

Several options are available for giving to the NCC Foundation.For more information about making a contribution, please contact Executive Director Pat Daniels at 252-451-8329 or email pdaniels@nashcc.edu.