Central Carolina Community College – Chatham Journal Newspaper http://chathamjournal.com Experience the World of Chatham County, NC Thu, 11 Jan 2018 22:25:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://i1.wp.com/chathamjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/10888465-four-newspaper-pile-isolated-on-white-background-Stock-Vector-newspaper-icon-headline-5580d7a0v1_site_icon.png?fit=32%2C32 Central Carolina Community College – Chatham Journal Newspaper http://chathamjournal.com 32 32 Experience the World of Chatham County, NC Central Carolina Community College – Chatham Journal Newspaper Experience the World of Chatham County, NC Central Carolina Community College – Chatham Journal Newspaper http://chathamjournal.com/wp-content/plugins/powerpress/rss_default.jpg http://chathamjournal.com/category/schools/cccc/ TV-G 63016882 CCCC Christmas tree lighting brings out Chatham County community http://chathamjournal.com/2017/12/06/cccc-christmas-tree-lighting-brings-chatham-county-community/ Wed, 06 Dec 2017 22:20:48 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=8191 Siler City, NC – A visit by Santa Claus and lighting of the Christmas tree all added to the festivities Nov. 29 as Central Carolina Community College hosted its Christmas Tree Lighting celebration for the Chatham County community at the…

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Siler City, NC – A visit by Santa Claus and lighting of the Christmas tree all added to the festivities Nov. 29 as Central Carolina Community College hosted its Christmas Tree Lighting celebration for the Chatham County community at the CCCC Siler City Center.

The Christmas tree lighting was planned and coordinated by the CCCC Foundation and college volunteers.

George Lucier, a member of the CCCC Board of Trustees, read the holiday classic, “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Members of the Jordan-Matthews High School band played music at the event.

“This is a great way for the college to start the season,” said CCCC President T. Eston Marchant.

Those who had pictures taken with Santa can view and download them at the college’s website, cccc.edu/santapics.

For more information on Central Carolina Community College, visit www.cccc.edu.

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CCCC joins SECU in scholarship opportunity for Chatham, Harnett and Lee county residents http://chathamjournal.com/2017/09/11/cccc-joins-secu-scholarship-opportunity-chatham-harnett-lee-county-residents/ Mon, 11 Sep 2017 20:19:20 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=7988 Sanford, NC – A scholarship to help remove financial barriers for students seeking to gain new and/or upgrade current job related skills has been established by Central Carolina Community College, the State Employees’ Credit Union, and the SECU Foundation. The…

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Sanford, NC – A scholarship to help remove financial barriers for students seeking to gain new and/or upgrade current job related skills has been established by Central Carolina Community College, the State Employees’ Credit Union, and the SECU Foundation.

The $750 award would be applied to the student’s account to pay for registration and certification fees, books, course supplies, and other education expenses.

To be considered for this scholarship program, a student must:

• Be a U.S. citizen and a North Carolina resident living in the college’s service area (Chatham, Harnett, and Lee counties).

• Be in one of the following target groups: unemployment insurance claimants, unemployed and underemployed adults, member of the N.C. National Guard, or military veterans and spouses. Underemployed is defined as individuals earning 200 percent below the federal poverty level.

• Be enrolled in a short-term training program that ends by Dec. 18 and leads to an occupational-specific, state-regulated, or industry-recognized credential that is offered through CCCC’s Continuing Education.

• Not be a Director, employee, or family member of an employee of the State Employees’ Credit Union or SECU Foundation.

Preference will be given to students with limited or no access to financial aid from other programs.

Applications, which are due October 6, are available at the following locations — the CCCC Student Support Center on the Lee County Campus, and at the CCCC Continuing Education offices at the Chatham County and Harnett Main Campuses. Students should download the application at www.cccc.edu/ecd.

For more information on the scholarship, call CCCC at 919-718-7500, 910-814-8826, or 919-545-8033.

For more information on CCCC, visit the college’s website at www.cccc.edu.

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Central Carolina Community College sees success through partnership with Chatham Charter http://chathamjournal.com/2017/07/27/central-carolina-community-college-sees-success-partnership-chatham-charter/ Thu, 27 Jul 2017 21:19:50 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=7921 Siler City, NC – When Chatham Charter School wanted to expand educational options for its small student body on the western edge of rural Chatham County, officials knew high school students were already taking courses tuition free at Central Carolina…

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Siler City, NC – When Chatham Charter School wanted to expand educational options for its small student body on the western edge of rural Chatham County, officials knew high school students were already taking courses tuition free at Central Carolina Community College through a statewide initiative called Career and College Promise.

So, why not build Chatham Charter’s entire curriculum around college courses?

That’s what they did, and with remarkable success. During the most recent high school commencement in May, Head of School Dr. John Eldridge highlighted some accomplishments of Chatham Charter’s 43 graduates.

Among them: The class earned more than 1,500 college credits over a two-year period.

It didn’t happen by accident. The arrangement was part of CCCC’s ongoing effort to create partnerships with schools and other organizations that give students easy access to all the college has to offer.

Mary Schmid, CCCC’s Secondary Partnerships Director, says the goal is to remove barriers that keep people from moving forward in their education and eventually succeeding in life.

“The course sequences we outlined usually provide students with enough credits for the first year of their college degree,” she said. “This gives the students a huge advantage, both academically and financially. It makes them more competitive when they apply to college after graduation and more prepared for the workforce once they meet their educational goals.”

Pathways to Graduation

When Chatham Charter students enroll in college courses, they don’t just pick randomly from a buffet. Under Career and College Promise guidelines, they follow something called a “pathway” — a sequence of courses that eventually leads to an associate degree or some other recognized credential or college certificate.

Jacob DeKaney, a Pittsboro resident who graduated from Chatham Charter in May, completed the University Transfer Pathway, a sequence designed for students entering four-year universities. For him, the plan was to finish as many college general education requirements as he could in high school, so he could shift quickly into electrical engineering courses when he enrolls this fall at North Carolina State University.

Not only did the experience earn DeKaney college credit, but it prepared him for what he will face this fall. “As I got into the college courses, they were a lot more rigorous,” he said. “Not tremendously more difficult, but it took more energy from me to get all of the work completed, which is what I was hoping for.”

The vast majority of Chatham Charter students were moving in the same direction. Seventy-six of the 91 juniors and seniors were enrolled in the University Transfer Pathway, but not all of them. Others were following pathways in automotive systems technology, business administration, criminal justice technology, early childhood education, human services technology, medical assisting and a number of others.

Tylor Atkins was scanning a list of options when he ran across welding and became intrigued. He didn’t have any experience with the trade at all and, at the time, was actually considering a career in auto mechanics. But the more he thought about welding, the more he wanted to give it a shot. “It was different,” he said. “And it was playing with fire.”

This spring, the junior from Ramseur began every morning at CCCC’s metal shop in Siler City before driving over to Chatham Charter for the rest of his courses. Those 8 a.m. welding classes were something he looked forward to — a complete break from the usual routine and a chance to see if this is what he really wants to do with his life. (At the moment, he does.) The experience changed his perspective, he said. Not only about school, but about what opportunities could lie ahead.

“Challenging, But a Good Challenge”

When Eldridge and his staff began integrating so many college courses into the Chatham Charter curriculum, the top priority was expanding academic options for students. An added benefit was getting them ready for university life.

Allyson Everage of Siler City just finished her junior year and is on the University Transfer Pathway, taking courses in the arts and math, which is an odd combination at first glance, but makes sense given her interest in computer simulation and game development.

She didn’t know exactly what to expect when she walked into the college classroom that first time, but was sure about one thing: It wouldn’t be easy. “It’s challenging, but a good challenge ….” Everage said. “When I started taking college classes, I was really, really stressed about it. But now, since I’m taking all college classes, I feel like I’m a high school student and a college student at the same time. And I think that’s truly something to be proud of.”

CCCC’s Chatham County Provost Mark Hall believes the partnership has been a success because everyone shares in the responsibility to help students succeed. That includes high school administrators, college instructors and officials, and even the students, themselves, who often end up completing about a dozen college courses before they receive their high school diplomas.

“You have staff at the college who are invested in our kids and we have kids who are invested in their school,” said Eldridge. “That’s what I call a true partnership.”

For more information on Central Carolina Community College, visit the college website at www.cccc.edu.

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Ten Central Carolina Community College students serve in Ambassadors program http://chathamjournal.com/2017/07/27/ten-central-carolina-community-college-students-serve-ambassadors-program-2/ Thu, 27 Jul 2017 15:20:42 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=7914 Sanford, NC – Ten students have been chosen to participate in the Central Carolina Community College Ambassadors program for 2017-18. Ambassadors are students who serve as official hosts of the college, representing it at college and community events both on-…

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Sanford, NC – Ten students have been chosen to participate in the Central Carolina Community College Ambassadors program for 2017-18. Ambassadors are students who serve as official hosts of the college, representing it at college and community events both on- and off-campus.

Ambassadors assist with activities such as college special events, high school student campus visits, campus tours, recruitment, presentations to community groups and agencies, registration, graduation, and orientation, and other activities. In return for their service, they receive free tuition and fees.

The 10 students who are serving as Ambassadors for the 2017-18 school year are, listed with their academic programs: Selina Boehm (Associate Degree Nursing) of Weinheim, Germany; Yeida Marie Casais (Associate Degree Nursing) of Fayetteville; Matthew Ford (Associate in Science) of Cary; Tara Gillis (Veterinary Medical Technology) of Fayetteville; Nickolas Jorgenson (Laser and Photonics) of Phoenix, Ariz.; Amanda Miller (Medical Office Administration) of Casa Grande, Ariz.; Sarah Plonk (Associate in Science) of Pittsboro; Gracie Schardt (Associate Degree Nursing) of Broadway; Katie Turner (Veterinary Medical Technology) of Climax; and Erin Walker (Associate Degree Nursing) of Springfield, Ill.

“These Ambassadors are the finest representatives Central Carolina Community College could have,” said CCCC President T. Eston Marchant. “I am proud of how they carry out their responsibilities, creating goodwill and respect for the college wherever they give presentations or serve. In addition, their experiences as Ambassadors instill within them qualities that will benefit them, their families, their employers, and their communities for the rest of their lives.”

Each year, faculty and staff make recommendations for second-year students to serve as Ambassadors. Selection is based on factors such as academic performance, leadership potential, and communication skills.

“The application process to become a Student Ambassadors is very rigorous,” said Aaron Mabe, who serves as the CCCC Ambassador Advisor and as an Admissions Counselor. “Students must be meet specific academic criteria to be eligible for candidacy, must receive a formal nomination by a faculty or staff member, submit an application (including a resume, essay, and three professional references), and attend an interview. Last year, the program received 80 nominations from the faculty and staff.”

Those selected are required to complete 144 hours of service to the college, and must attend 80 percent of all classes and group meetings, maintain good standing in the community and college, maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average, complete a summer honors leadership course, attend called and mandatory events, and participate in a minimum of three public speaking engagements.

Mabe said he gets to witness their leadership skills develop. “At the completion of the Ambassador’s year of service, you can tell a distinct difference in who they are as a professional,” said Mabe. “The CCCC Ambassadors program is an excellent opportunity for students to get involved and harness their leadership skills.”

For more information on Central Carolina Community College, visit the college website at www.cccc.edu.

MEET THE AMBASSADORS

Selina Boehm

Weinheim, Germany

Curriculum: Associate Degree Nursing (ADN)

Future plans: Becoming a skilled Registered Nurse.

Why did you want to serve as an Ambassador? As a student from a different cultural background, I hope to bring new ideas to the program. Serving people in my community helps me to learn from others, integrate myself better, and also give something back to CCCC.

What influenced you to attend CCCC? At first, it was simply the location. After enrolling at CCCC. I now appreciate the support and opportunities this college offered me. My background in higher education is from the University of Heidelberg in Germany where I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts. Even though I already attended a university in a different country, I was unfamiliar with operations of the local college system in this country. Specifically, how to financially support my goal of becoming a Nurse and the requirements of becoming a nursing professional. The instructors, advisors, and particularly the TRiO staff of CCCC have provided me with support, advice, and opportunities that have been invaluable to me in navigating my way through this exciting educational experience.

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Yeida Casais

Fayetteville, N.C.

Curriculum: Associate Degree Nursing

Future plans: Pass the NCLEX exam, start working as a labor and delivery nurse, and receive my baccalaureate.

Why did you want to serve as an Ambassador? I wanted the opportunity to further improve my leadership skills while making a positive contribution toward the school.

What influenced you to attend CCCC? Honestly, my sister was a big influence for me. She was already attending CCCC and had previously done her research on schools around the area. Based on the information she supplied me along with my own research, I found that CCCC would be the best fit for my educational needs. It is close enough to my home, has different campus locations, and is a smaller school in comparison to some others, which I like.

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Matthew Ford

Pittsboro, N.C.

Curriculum: Associate of Science

Future plans: Go to UNC-Chapel Hill to earn a degree in Mathematical Decision Sciences. I hope to start my own consulting firm based on business analytics one day.

Why did you want to serve as an Ambassador? I wanted to push myself to develop leadership skills and wanted to give back to CCCC as I feel I have benefited greatly from attending here.

What influenced you to attend CCCC? I was first intrigued by the close proximity of the Pittsboro Main Campus to my house. However, after visiting CCCC, I realized how accessible and invested the faculty is into the success of their students.

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Tara Gillis

Fayetteville, N.C.

Curriculum: Veterinary Medical Technology

Future plans: Establishing a stable career as a Registered Veterinary Technician, specializing in emergency medicine.

Why did you want to serve as an Ambassador? I love helping people and informing them of our wonderful programs here at CCCC. Giving them a cost effective option of achieving their goals is awesome.

What influenced you to attend CCCC? I found out about CCCC’s Veterinary Medical program through my mom. I did some research and decided that this was the best fit for me. The timing and price was right, and it offered me an opportunity to pursue my dreams.

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Nick Jorgenson

Fayetteville, N.C. (from Phoenix, Ariz.)

Curriculum: Laser and Photonics Technology

Future plans: Still figuring that out – inventor/project manager.

Why did you want to serve as an Ambassador? CCCC gave me the opportunity to switch gears in life and pursue a new and exciting career field. I wanted to give something back to the college.

What influenced you to attend CCCC?  Mr. Gary Beasley, the Lead Instructor for the Laser and Photonics Technology program, is a master recruiter! His passion for the program, students, and industry is contagious. I knew that I needed to be a part of the CCCC family from the moment I toured the campus. Best decision ever!

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Amanda Miller

Sanford, N.C. (from Casa Grande, Ariz.)

Curriculum: Medical Office Administration

Future plans: My future plans are to become a Certified Medical Coder, and work primarily in a hospital.

Why did you want to serve as an Ambassador? My main goal for serving as an Ambassador is to help others and represent the school/community.

What influenced you to attend CCCC? At first, CCCC was the closest college to Fort Bragg. With my husband being in the military and having two children, I didn’t want to be too far away. Originally, I was enrolled in Office Administration. My advisor introduced me to Medical Office Administration, and I fell in love with CCCC.

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Sarah Plonk

Pittsboro, N.C.

Curriculum: Associate of Science

Future plans: I plan to transfer to UNC-Chapel Hill in the fall of 2018 to continue studying computer science. Ultimately, I’d like to write code to tackle linguistic challenges in human communication as well as communication between humans and technology.

Why did you want to serve as an Ambassador? I thought it would be a great opportunity to work in various areas of the college, meet different people, and make a difference while experiencing new things and developing skills in leadership. 

What influenced you to attend CCCC? I wanted to continue my education when I moved to the area and had heard lots of positive things about CCCC, all of which I have experienced to be true!

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Gracie Schardt

Broadway, N.C. (from Apex, N.C.)

Curriculum: Associate Degree Nursing (ADN)

Future plans: After finishing the ADN program, I plan to start work as a Registered Nurse. At the same time, I will be attending a university to complete my BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing). Following that, I will continue on to complete my MSN (Masters of Science in Nursing), and then my DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice). This will allow me to work as a nursing executive in a hospital or other healthcare setting.

Why did you want to serve as an Ambassador? I love having the opportunity to serve the community and school that has helped me begin obtaining my career goal!

What influenced you to attend CCCC? I decided to attend CCCC because of its nursing program. I also like the smaller class sizes. After attending a university where I felt like I was just a number, it is great to feel like part of a community.

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Katie Turner

Climax, N.C.

Curriculum: Veterinary Medical Technology

Future plans: After graduation, I plan to work in a small animal practice until I can find a large animal veterinarian to work under. My passion is large animal medicine, especially cows, goats, and horses. I would also like to be a part of Christian Veterinary Mission, an organization that exists to share the love of Christ through veterinary medicine by working in communities worldwide. CVM also equips and encourages veterinary professionals and students to build relationships with others through the use of their veterinary knowledge and skills so that lives are transformed. I also plan to buy my very first home after graduation, and begin buying cattle to raise and sell as my beginning investment. I definitely would love to specialize in something surgery related at some point and even come back to CCCC to help teach future students.

Why did you want to serve as an Ambassador?  Being an Ambassador provides experiences for me now to grow and develop into a better person in many ways. I also enjoy the realm of networking, and being an Ambassador will provide me that opportunity. Lastly, I am such of fan of CCCC and I admire all that the college provides. Being an Ambassador provides me a window to express my gratitude to all the wonderful faculty that have helped me personally so far in my own journey to success here at CCCC.

What influenced you to attend CCCC? My aunt suggested that I attend CCCC. She knew of a friend that had graduated from the Vet Med program. I did my research and discovered that CCCC’s Vet Med program was ranked one of the Top 5 accredited Vet Tech schools in the nation, so I knew I had to get in there!

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Erin Walker

Sanford, N.C. (from Springfield, Ill.)

Curriculum: Associate Degree Nursing (ADN)

Future plans:  I will continue my education to become Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). My hope is to work in an ICU following graduation.

Why did you want to serve as an Ambassador? To become more involved with CCCC and the community.

What influenced you to attend CCCC? I have always attended small town schools. I was looking for a school that excelled in academics, a campus small in size, a student teacher ratio that facilitated assistance and guidance when needed, resources to continue my education, and something close to my home. The first time I stepped onto campus, I was met with a warm welcome and left that day enrolled in CCCC.

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Central Carolina Community College offers creative writing classes http://chathamjournal.com/2017/07/06/cccc-offers-creative-writing-classes/ Thu, 06 Jul 2017 19:30:48 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=7763 Pittsboro, NC – Central Carolina Community College is offering a variety of creative writing classes at CCCC’s Chatham Main Campus in Pittsboro. * Bob Dylan: 1962-1966 (Part 1) will meet on Wednesdays beginning Aug. 23 and concluding Sept. 27. The…

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Pittsboro, NC – Central Carolina Community College is offering a variety of creative writing classes at CCCC’s Chatham Main Campus in Pittsboro.

* Bob Dylan: 1962-1966 (Part 1) will meet on Wednesdays beginning Aug. 23 and concluding Sept. 27. The class, taught by Ralph Earle, will meet from 7 to 9 p.m.

* Introduction to Writing Short Fiction will meet on Mondays beginning Sept. 11 and concluding Oct. 30. The class, taught by Ruth Moose, will meet from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

* The Business of Writing for Children will meet on Tuesdays beginning Sept. 12 and concluding Oct. 24. The class, taught by Dolly Sickles, will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

* The Business of Writing Romance will meet on Saturday, Sept. 16, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The class is taught by Dolly Sickles.

* Poetry: Humor, Angst, Reverie? will meet on Thursdays beginning Sept. 21 and concluding Oct. 26. The class is taught by Thomas Dow II.

* Bob Dylan: The Later Years will meet on Wednesdays beginning Oct. 4 and concluding Nov. 8. The class, taught by Ralph Earle, will meet from 7 to 9 p.m.

* Writing the Killer Mystery will meet on Saturdays, Oct. 14 and 21, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

* Writing Poetry for Everyday, Everybody will meet on Saturday, Nov. 11, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

To register by telephone, call the CCCC Student Support Center at 919-718-7500. To register online, visit the website cccc.edu/ecd/find-classes/.

The CCCC Chatham Main Campus is located at 764 West St., Pittsboro.

For additional information on the CCCC Creative Writing program, visit cccc.edu/ecd/personal-interests/creative-writing/.

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CCCC golfer, Chris Brown going to national tournament http://chathamjournal.com/2017/04/24/cccc-golfer-going-national-tournament/ Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:01:53 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=7642 Sanford, NC – Chris Brown will represent Central Carolina Community College in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division III Men’s Golf Championship to be played June 6-9 at Chautauqua Golf Club in Chautauqua, N.Y. Brown, a freshman from…

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Sanford, NC – Chris Brown will represent Central Carolina Community College in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division III Men’s Golf Championship to be played June 6-9 at Chautauqua Golf Club in Chautauqua, N.Y.

Chris BrownBrown, a freshman from Sanford, recently shot a 75 at Whispering Pines Country Club and an 81 at Anderson Creek Golf Club for a two-day total of 156 in winning the NJCAA Division III Region 10 tournament by two strokes. With the win, Brown was named NJCAA Region 10 Player of the Year.

“Winning the individual regional championship was very exciting. This is my first win at the collegiate level and will give me a chance to represent the school at the national competition,” said Brown.

“The regional championship was definitely one of my best moments as a golfer. I have only been in contention in one other tournament, which was the Brick Capital Classic at Sanford Municipal Golf Course,” said Brown. “Even though I struggled the second day, I felt being in that situation prepared me to deal with some of the pressure you face when trying to go out and win the tournament.”

Brown, who played golf for four years at Lee County High School, led CCCC as low scorer in all tournament play this year.

“Chris has worked hard on his game this season and is very deserving of his success. He improved his course management throughout the season and that helped him lower his scores,” said CCCC Golf Coach Jonathan Hockaday.

“One of the things that makes Chris a good golfer is that he is tough-minded and is able to put bad holes and shots behind him and focus on what he needs to do to get the round back on track,” said Hockaday.

Hockaday offered this advice for Brown as he enters NJCAA Division III championship play: “My advice to Chris is to continue to play with confidence and have fun with it. A lot of players don’t get an opportunity to play in the national championship, so enjoy the experience.”

For more information on Central Carolina Community College, visit the college website at www.cccc.edu.

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NC Governor Roy Cooper visits Central Carolina Community College http://chathamjournal.com/2017/04/23/roy-cooper-visits-cccc/ Sun, 23 Apr 2017 19:36:41 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=7624 Sanford, NC – North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper visited Central Carolina Community College on Wednesday, April 12, to discuss his NC GROW scholarship for free community college that he proposed in his budget and how to prepare North Carolinians for…

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Sanford, NC – North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper visited Central Carolina Community College on Wednesday, April 12, to discuss his NC GROW scholarship for free community college that he proposed in his budget and how to prepare North Carolinians for high-paying jobs. The governor’s visit is the latest in a series of visits to community colleges across the state that began earlier this year.

His stop at CCCC’s Lee Main Campus began at a roundtable discussion with college officials, faculty, and students before continuing with a tour of several career-based academic programs.

Cooper has promoted a proposal that would provide free community college tuition for students meeting certain academic criteria. While his NC GROW scholarship proposal came up in Sanford, other topics were also discussed.

The 20-minute roundtable, which included CCCC President Dr. T. Eston Marchant, touched on a wide range of topics — beginning with job training.

“The first question I get when I meet with corporate leaders is not, ‘What is your corporate tax rate?'” Cooper told the college officials. “The question I get is, ‘Do you have a skilled workforce?’ You are the key to that.

“Now, I want to hear from you.”

Topics included the need to enhance faculty recruitment and compensation to make community colleges more attractive to the best teachers. Bianka Stumpf, CCCC’s social sciences lead instructor, said that is a particular concern when much of the policy debates center on K-12 education and state universities.

“We’ve got to get the business community telling the legislators that we already have the tax cuts,” Cooper said. “Now we’ve got to invest in education.”

The governor also heard from two students — Carson Rosser in nursing and Nickolas Jorgenson in laser and photonics — about their college experiences.

Jorgenson said he was living in Arizona when he quit his job and sold his car to cross the country and study at CCCC, which offers the only laser and photonics program among North Carolina community colleges. Though he also holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in business, Jorgenson went in a new direction to take advantage of job prospects he described as “out of this world.”

After the 20-minute roundtable concluded, Cooper left for a brief campus tour, including college leaders and media. Along the way, he stopped for a robotic welding demonstration and a brief look at the college’s computer-integrated machining facility.

But it wasn’t all business.

While crossing campus, Cooper visited with some veterinary medical technology students outside with dogs. Cooper, who created an animal welfare hotline during his tenure as attorney general and maintains First Pets of North Carolina, a Facebook page for his own family’s pets, didn’t miss the opportunity.

After shaking hands with the VMT students and faculty/staff, he made a second pass down the line, holding each of the animals and pausing for photos.

That fact didn’t escape Marchant. “For those of you who were not on the tour, he shook hands with people in welding,” Marchant told a public gathering later. “He shook hands with the people in machining. But he hugged the puppy dogs.”

Though it was a quick visit, about an hour from start to finish, Cooper said he was impressed with what he saw in Sanford and that community colleges like CCCC were essential to how he wants to shape the state.

Cooper said that what he wants out of being governor is to make sure that North Carolina’s people are better educated, that they are healthier and that they have more money in their pockets.

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CCCC offers culinary youth summer camps http://chathamjournal.com/2017/03/15/cccc-offers-culinary-youth-summer-camps/ Wed, 15 Mar 2017 20:21:36 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=7388 Sanford, NC – Central Carolina Community College’s culinary program is offering youth summer camps in Chatham, Harnett, and Lee counties this summer. Camps in Chatham County include Culinary Teen Baking (June 26-29), Culinary Teen Cooking (June 19-22), and Kids Cooking…

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Sanford, NC – Central Carolina Community College’s culinary program is offering youth summer camps in Chatham, Harnett, and Lee counties this summer.

culinary youth summer campCamps in Chatham County include Culinary Teen Baking (June 26-29), Culinary Teen Cooking (June 19-22), and Kids Cooking Camp (June 12-15).

Camps in Harnett County include Culinary Teen Cooking (June 19-22) and Kids Cooking Camp (June 12-15).

Camps in Lee County include Culinary Teen Baking (July 17-20), Culinary Teen Cooking (June 26-29), and Kids Cooking Camp (June 19-22).

The Culinary Teen Baking and Culinary Teen Cooking classes are for students ages 10-15, while the Kids Cooking Camp is for students in grades K-4. Costs for each of the camps is $100.

To register by telephone or for more information, call the CCCC Economic and Community Development Division (ECD) Student Support Center at 919-718-7500. To register online, visit the website www.cccc.edu/ecd/find-classes/ and go to the Youth Summer Camps page.

For more information on Central Carolina Community College, visit the website www.cccc.edu.

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Chatham School of Science & Engineering now accepting applications http://chathamjournal.com/2017/02/10/chatham-school-science-engineering-now-accepting-applications/ Fri, 10 Feb 2017 21:31:13 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=7294 Siler City, NC – Chatham County Schools opened its first early college program in 2016 on the campus of the Chatham Center for Innovation. The Chatham School of Science & Engineering currently has 8 students who are the first class…

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Siler City, NC – Chatham County Schools opened its first early college program in 2016 on the campus of the Chatham Center for Innovation. The Chatham School of Science & Engineering currently has 8 students who are the first class that will graduate from Chatham County Schools with the equivalent of an Associate’s Degree from Central Carolina Community College. Students spend their first two years of High School on the campus of the Chatham Center for Innovation and then begin attending classes full time at the campuses of Central Carolina Community College.

Though the school is new, its students have already found success at the county science fair taking home the top prize in the High School Biological Sciences B category. Students at the School of Science & Engineering are engaged in hands-on project based learning that includes labs both inside their classrooms and around the school campus.

“This program provides opportunities for students to engage in college courses early on in their high school career. By doing so, they earn college credit as well as high school credit. It has been exciting for our teachers and students to build an early relationship with CCCC,” said Bobby Dixon, Principal of the School of Science & Engineering. “We are excited to be able to provide such a beneficial program to our Chatham County students and look forward to reviewing the next pool of applicants.” added Dixon.

The application window is now open, but the Chatham School of Science & Engineering has a number of ways to give interested parents and students a closer look at the school and program. An open house will be held on February 21, 2017 from 6:30pm – 8:00pm at the school. For those unable to attend, tours are given on the first and third Monday of each month beginning at 9:15am.

Check out the Chatham School of Science and Engineering website at chatham.k12.nc.us/csse for more information.

Application Time Line

January 9, 2017:  Middle School informational presentations begin

January 9, 2017:  Applications available to students from School Counselors and online

January 30, 2017:  Parent and student information sessions begin at each high school

February 21, 2017:  Parent and student Open House at School of Science and Engineering

February 24, 2017:  Completed applications due to School Counselors

March 6, 2017:  Student interviews begin

April 3, 2017:  Tentative notification for students accepted to the Chatham School of Science and Engineering

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CCCC golf preparing for spring season http://chathamjournal.com/2017/02/10/cccc-golf-preparing-spring-season/ Fri, 10 Feb 2017 18:16:13 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=7288 Sanford, NC – Central Carolina Community College golf coach Jonathan Hockaday is looking forward to the spring season. “I am really looking forward to this season. We have a lot of potential with this group of guys. If we continue…

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Sanford, NC – Central Carolina Community College golf coach Jonathan Hockaday is looking forward to the spring season.

“I am really looking forward to this season. We have a lot of potential with this group of guys. If we continue to work and put in the time, I expect some good finishes individually and as a team,” said Hockaday.

The returnees from the fall are Chris Brown (Sanford, Lee County High School), Dillon Fail (Spring Lake, Overhills High School), Logan Horner (Spring Lake, Homeschool), Tyler North (Sanford, Lee County High School), and David Smith (Siler City, Jordan-Matthews High School). Chris Brown had the lowest stroke average in the fall season.

Newcomers to the team are Austin Machak (Raleigh, Millbrook High School) and Travis Zyczkiewicz (Chapel Hill, East Chapel Hill High School).

The schedule:

Feb. 18-19 — at Fayetteville Tech (Gates Four Golf Course); Feb. 24-25 — at Sandhills Community College (Whispering Pines Country Club); March 3-5 — at Myrtle Beach area course; March 25-26 – at Wake Tech (Eagle Ridge Golf Course); April 3-4 – Cougar Classic (Anderson Creek Golf Course); April 15-17 — at Regionals (Anderson Creek Golf Club and Whispering Pines Country Club)

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