Community colleges were created to provide low cost and easy access within 30 miles or 30 minutes to the thousands who desired higher education.
Many of these applicants were first-generation college students for whom the traditional four-year boarding school was not a viable option.
The community colleges offer vocational, technical, transfer and continuing education for all adults who choose to enroll to acquire the skills that are needed to give them the opportunity to earn a living and become productive taxpaying citizens.
Thanks to the vision and commitment of our local elected county and state officials, Nash Community College was born. As early as 1960, the Nash County Board of Education and the Nash County commissioners were involved in discussions that led to the establishment of Nash Technical Institute – now Nash Community College – in 1967.
For the past 45 years, Nash Community College has served our area citizens with an open-door, egalitarian policy, meeting the needs of our area citizens in an orderly and fiscally responsible manner.
Now, in the midst of unprecedented growth, the college is seeking the support of area citizens to construct a building to train students in Emergency Medical Services, fire services and law enforcement. Nash Community College is an integral link in the economic growth of our area.
I urge all forward-thinking citizens to take a step in a progressive direction and support the future of Nash County by voting “yes” for the bond referendum approved by the Nash County Board of Commissioners, with no additional taxes.
J. Reid Parrott, Jr., Ed.D
Nash Community College, President Emeritus