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Robeson Community College’s Association of Educational Office Professionals Presents: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Professionalism

Robeson Community College’s Association of Educational Office Professionals Presents:

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Professionalism

on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 from 8am – 4pm in the Robeson Community College Charles V. Chrestman Workforce Development Center.  Join us for a day full of engaging speakers and useful information.

Our dynamic speakers include C. Renae Simon, Michael Mozingo, Debbie Lowry and Ginger Gavaghan who will discuss social media in the workplace, personal motivation, self-defense and “I Love my Job, LOL (Humor in the Workplace!) Registration fee of $30.00 includes breakfast and lunch.

Radiography Class of 2016 Pinning Ceremony

Robeson Community College’s Radiography program held a pinning ceremony for the class of 2016 Wednesday evening, May 4.

Nine upcoming graduates of the program were pinned in front of family and friends in the BB&T Conference Room of the Charles V. Chrestman Workforce Development building on the main campus.

Graduating students James Gavin Parsons, William McCray Bowen and Donald T. Jim addressed their fellow classmates prior to the presentation of pins by Radiography Program Director Peggy Hunt and Clinical Coordinator Candice Ward. Afterwards class members Emily Ward and Bill Cummings led the group in their professional pledge.

Entertainment in the form of song was provided by Calista and Kaitlyn Deal and also by Radiography class member McCray Bowen.  Other class members pinned in the ceremony were April H. Floyd, Robert T. Hunt, Kayla B. Pope and Brittney Revels.

At the conclusion of the program, Robeson Community College President Pamela Hilbert, on behalf of state Senator Jane Smith, presented Program Director Peggy Hunt with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, among the most prestigious awards presented by the Governor of North Carolina. The Order of the Long Leaf Pine is presented to individuals who have a proven record of extraordinary service to the state. Hunt is retiring this summer after over 30 years of service to the state. Pictures of this event can be viewed at


Robeson Community College Radiography Class of 2016 recites their professional pledge.


Robeson Community College Radiography Program Director Peggy Hunt (2nd from the right,) is awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine. Pictured left to right, are Robeson CC Assistant Vice President Shelia Regan, Ms. Hunt’s son and daughter, Ms. Hunt, and Robeson CC President Pamela Hilbert.

Robeson Community College to hold event for small businesses

LUMBERTON — The U.S. Small Business Administration will provide a financing event for small businesses on April 26 at Robeson Community College.

Attendees can learn how to successfully leverage capital for business start-ups and expansion while learning how to refinance existing business debt, lines of credit, business acquisition, contracting, building, commercial real estate and more.

Lenders participating include:

— Strategies for Small Business, which is recognized as the No. 1 all-time small business lender with over 41,000 approved loans.

— Community Empowerment and Economic Development, which manages a special SBA capital re-lending program for small businesses throughout Eastern North Carolina. CEED is also a chartered SBA Women’s Business Center.

— First South Bank, which is an SBA preferred regional lender offering SBA lending alternatives from Raleigh to the coast.

— Lumbee Guaranty Bank, which is the locally-owned Robeson County community bank providing SBA capital to small businesses for nearly 50 years.

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to noon in the Workforce Development Building located at 5160 Fayetteville Road in Lumberton. Seats are limited, so advance registration is recommended. For information, or to register, contact Bob Moore, Robeson Community College’s Small Business Center director, at 910-272-3631 or via email

Robeson CC student to intern at Manhattan Project site

RCC student Whitney Pittman to work with nuclear waste in Washington State

Photo of  Robeson CC student Whitney Pittman and Biology instructor Courtney Kilgore

Robeson CC student Whitney Pittman (l) and Biology instructor Courtney Kilgore (r)

Mention the Manhattan Project today and many will probably think you are talking about a high-rise development built by a billionaire mogul in New York City. But the “other” Manhattan Project is a part of American history that didn’t happen in New York — it was the code name for the development of the first nuclear weapons during WWII, two of which are credited with bringing the war in the Pacific theater to an end.

What does that have to do with Robeson Community College? Well, nuclear endeavors create waste and the vast majority of the waste created by the Manhattan Project now resides at the Hanford site in Washington State.

Robeson Community College student Whitney Pittman recently learned that she has been awarded a paid internship through the 2016 Department of Energy Mentorship for Environmental Scholars Internship Program to work at the Hanford site this summer.

For two months, Whitney will spend time there helping researchers work on ways to keep the nuclear waste safely contained for the thousands of years it will need to decay to the point that it is deemed safe for humans.

While this is an interesting story, Whitney’s personal story is no less so. When Pittman, who was born in Bladen County, started school, her teachers thought she was a special-needs student. Mom didn’t agree and decided to home school Whitney beginning in the third grade. It turned out that her vision was the problem and Whitney, at that young age, did not tell teachers that she couldn’t see the board. When she finished her schooling at home, Whitney earned her GED at Bladen Community College. She planned to go to college but got sick and her vision got worse until she lost her sight completely. Doctors diagnosed her with “Psuedotumor cerebri,” also known as intracranial hypertension. For three months, pressure in her brain affected Whitney’s optic nerve.

“I realized that we take a lot for granted,” Whitney said. “For example, during the blindness I once turned on a light switch out of habit and realized that the light had come on but that I still couldn’t see. I had a breakdown at that point.”

Doctors originally told her she wouldn’t see again, but with a spinal tap and medication, the pressure was relieved enough for vision to return. With corrective lenses, Whitney’s vision is now 20/15.

Whitney came to Robeson Community College and took a placement test in the fall of 2013.

“I scored really low on the writing, but I tested out of math,” she said. “I wanted to be a botanist.” English instructor Wendy Fields helped her with writing and Whitney eventually won a writing contest at the college. Then Fields introduced her to Biology instructor Courtney Kilgore.

“I took Zoology and Botany with Ms. Kilgore, and I also got a work study position in the science department.”

Prior to leaving for Washington state, Pittman has a few loose ends to tie up. She will graduate from Robeson Community College with an associate degree in Science in a few days, after which she and Kilgore will travel to the Botanical Research Institute of Texas in Fort Worth, Texas, where Whitney will be able to network with researchers. Whitney will help set up several exhibits that will be open to the public at BRIT.

This fall, Whitney will attend UNCP to work towards her bachelor’s degree in Biology with a track in Botany.

“Whitney is my hero,” Kilgore said. “She has such a wonderful story to tell and it is rare that a student comes around that is so passionate and willing to take all the steps necessary to live their dream. It is our commitment at Robeson Community College to help her every step of the way.”

Dennis Watts is the public information officer for Robeson Community College.

Robeson CC VP Alphonzo McRae honored

McRae wins NCHSAA’s Golden Whistle award



CHAPEL HILL — Robeson County native Alphonzo McRae is one of four individuals from the high school officiating ranks earning an award for lifetime achievement from the North Carolina High School Athletic Association.

McRae of Proctorville, John Auten of Cherryville, Toby Thorpe of Albemarle and Roger Morton of Greensboro are recipients of the 10th annual Golden Whistle Merit Award from the NCHSAA, in conjunction with the North Carolina Coaches Association and the North Carolina Athletic Directors Association.

The quartet of officials will be presented with the award at the NCHSAA annual meeting on May 5 in Chapel Hill at the Dean E. Smith Center.

McRae has served as a teacher, coach and central office administrator for the Public Schools of Robeson County. He’s currently the vice president at Robeson County Community College.

After a standout career as a basketball player at Orrum High School, McRae continued his career at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke. His efforts there eventually earned him a spot in the UNCP athletic Hall of Fame.

As an official, McRae has worked one state championship game in football, two basketball championships, the East/West football and basketball games, as well as the North/South Basketball Classic and the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas.

“In one of the most economically-challenged counties in all of North Carolina, Al McRae has served as a mentor, leader and role model for countless young people, including many student-athletes that have become game officials,” said Brad Allen, an NFL official and NCHSAA Regional Supervisor.

“He has performed exemplary work in the recruitment of officials from diverse cultural backgrounds and continues to be a fixture in the civic, cultural and public service elements of his community.”

The criteria for the award includes demonstrating leadership, performance, service and training for the betterment of officiating, possessing officiating abilities emulated by fellow officials, being regarded as a person of integrity and character in addition to a minimum of 10 years of experience as an active official.

2016 Pinnings

Spring 2016 Graduation and Pinning Activities

Date Time   Location Event
May 4 6:00 p.m.  BB&T Radiography pinning
May 5 4:00 p.m.  BB&T Respiratory Therapy pinning
May 10 5:30 p.m. 1729A  Emergency Medical Science pinning
May 11 2:00 p.m. Auditorium Associate Degree Nursing pinning
May 11 6:30 p.m. Auditorium Early Childhood pinning
May 12 11:00 a.m. Auditorium Commencement
May 12 7:00 p.m. Auditorium Basic Law Enforcement Training graduation

Robeson CC Today article on Kenneth Jackson

Ex-dropout excels in academics at RCC


Kenneth Jackson
According to the U.S. Department of Education, only 59 percent of freshmen who began a four-year degree in 2007 had completed that degree six years later in 2013. This May, Kenneth Jackson will have gone from being a high school dropout to having earned an associate degree in Computer Information Technology at Robeson Community College in less than two years.

When asked if he’s thought about transferring to a four-year university for further study, Kenneth says he has considered taking night classes towards a four-year degree while he works, but he surprises even himself as he says that.

“To begin with I didn’t even think I would go to a two-year college,” he said.

Kenneth started high school in St. Pauls in 2006 and should have graduated in 2010, but dropped out of the 11th grade.

“I just lost interest in going,” he said. “The first couple of years I was a good student, but I lost interest and my grades dropped.”

Kenneth’s grandfather owned a trucking company, so he went to work doing odd jobs for his grandfather. He worked on computers and the trucks in his grandfather’s business.

“Just stuff for me to make money,” Kenneth said, because at age 16, he was not old enough to drive commercial trucks.

Kenneth tried at 18 to get a “real job,” because his grandfather retired and closed the trucking business. Kenneth worked at Wal-Mart for a while and did a lot of little jobs here and there, but nothing that seemed to have career potential.

Through a temporary employment agency, he worked for a large manufacturer in Fayetteville for a few weeks and decided that factory work was not for him.

“At that point I decided to go back to school to do something that I wanted to do,” he said.

He had already tried high school equivalency classes at night through Robeson Community College shortly after dropping out of high school, and thought he would return and get a diploma.

When he met Terry Jackson, transition coordinator for Robeson Community College’s College and Career Readiness, in the summer of 2014, Terry laid out an alternate and bigger plan. Terry convinced Kenneth that he was smart enough to go to college and suggested that he take the GED test that summer and enroll in college classes for the fall.

Kenneth left Robeson Community College that day and studied for a week. He returned and successfully completed two of the required tests for the GED. One week later he returned, successfully completed the other two tests, and registered for fall college classes.

Kenneth recently was selected as Robeson Community College’s Academic Excellence award winner. Every year, one student from each of the 58 community colleges in the state is selected as an Academic Excellence Honoree. To be eligible for the award, students must be currently enrolled, have completed at least 12 semester hours in an associate degree program and have a cumulative grade-point average of no less than 3.25.

Each student receives a plaque and medallion in honor of their academic accomplishments. Each year, Robeson’s award winner is recognized at the May curriculum graduation ceremony.

One of the first instructors Kenneth met in the fall of 2014 had high praise for him.

“He’s an extraordinary student,” said James Bass. “A couple of semesters after Kenny completed my class, he responded to a question I posted on Facebook about how to replace a battery in a specific make of vehicle by coming to my house and helping me replace the battery.”

Computer Technology instructor and Faculty Association President Clifton Oxendine echoed Bass’ assessment.

“He’s a hard worker in class,” Oxendine said. “He’s dedicated to doing his best in class. That dedication shows in his GPA.”

Oxendine and Jackson share an interest in video games.

“He’s the same person playing video games as he is in class,” Oxendine said. “He’s just an all-around good guy. He’s the type of student that community colleges were built to serve.”

If you think you or someone you know is the type of student Robeson Community College was built to serve, give us a call at 910-272-3342, or drop by and talk with someone in our admissions office.

Dennis Watts is the public information officer for Robeson Community College.

Robeson CC’s “Project Search” in the News

Interns proving they are ‘able’

Program helps prepare students for work

By Gabrielle Isaac –


Taylor Warren, an intern with the Project SEARCH program, packs cups of salad for patients to have at dinner time. Warren is one of nine interns who were chosen to participate in a job training program for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Elena Hunt, left, intern with the Project SEARCH program, types a name into the computer with the help of Dominick Watson, a receptionist and greeter and Southeastern Regional Medical Center.
Martin Chavis, the youngest intern in the Project SEARCH program, stocks viles in the lab. Chavis collects specimens throughout the hospital and brings them to the lab for testing. He has also learned how to fill orders and use the transportation tube.
Lydia Blue, left, and Austina Dykes, interns with the Project SEARCH program, insert patient information into the hospital’s system. Dykes said that she joined the program in August for her daughter. She currently works in the Education Department, but is happy to help in other areas too.
LUMBERTON — When 27-year-old Austina Dykes saw she could receive job training at a hospital, she knew she had to take advantage of the opportunity for her daughter.

But this training was unlike any other — it provided young adults like Dykes who have intellectual and developmental disabilities training that will allow them to compete for jobs.

Dykes and eight fellow unpaid interns visit Southeastern Regional Medical Center Mondays through Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. where they spend four hours in various departments and the remainder of the day learning job skills.

“The job I really want is to work in a hospital like this as a nurse; I really want a job here,” said Dykes, who began the program in August. “I’ve had a lot of people in the past say that I can’t do something because I don’t catch on as fast as others. But I studied hard and the job has been going well and I’ve been doing a lot and working with a lot of people.”

Project SEARCH of Robeson County is a first-year collaboration between Southeastern Regional Medical Center and Robeson Community College funded by the N.C. Council on Developmental Disabilities and The Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services. The international program, which originated at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in Ohio in 1996, targets people with disabilities between the ages of 18 and 29.

According to the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, those who qualify for the Project SEARCH program have “significant limitations in both intellectual functioning and inadaptive behavior” or may have physical limitations.

Dykes works in the Education Department at the hospital and in the Community Health and Education Center inside Biggs Park Mall. Her fellow interns work in food services, pre-registration, guest services, same-day surgery, the main hospital laboratory and other areas.

Durham White, supervisor of Employee Services at the medical center, said when positions become available, the interns will be “serious candidates” for the positions.

“While this has been a great experience for our students, it has changed the hospital’s perception on what people with disabilities can do,” said Elizabeth Hunt, Project SEARCH coordinator. “I had one employee come up to me in tears. She said she felt bad because she thought her intern would make her job harder, but she didn’t realize how much the intern could do.”

Interns are learning how to overcome barriers through Hunt’s program, YES Robeson, a youth employ-ability service at Robeson Community College.

Terry Coleman, a job coach from Revelation Placement Service, which has been contracted for the project’s vocational rehabilitation, said people underestimate those with disabilities and are often hesitant to work with them.

But since beginning the program, Coleman said hospital employees have realized the interns are up for the challenge.

“The supervisors of their department gives us great feedback,” he said. “Everyone knows our interns. When Austina walks down the hallway, they’ll all stop and wave or say hello.”

Martin Chavis, the youngest intern in the program at 19 years old, works in a laboratory, collecting specimens, according to Banessa Williams-McCormick, Project SEARCH instructor. Chavis has learned how to fill orders and stock medicines.

“It’s a lot of fun,” he said.

Taylor Warren packs food into containers in the Food Services Department, and Lydia Blue and Elena Hunt greet clients and escort them to their destinations within the hospital.

Williams-McCormick said the interns attended the same new employee orientation as the hospital’s employees. When the interns go to their respective jobs, they are initially walked through their task and left alone to perform it on their own without help.

“Our goal is to teach independence as much as possible and a lot of them want to learn,” said Williams-McCormick. “We do really appreciate the opportunity from the hospital.”

A graduation is planned for the interns in June.

The program will welcome a new group of interns in July. To become eligible for the Project SEARCH program, a person must be between the ages of 18 and 29, be in their last year of schooling and have an intellectual or developmental disability.

For information, call 910-735-8498 between 1 and 3 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays or visit The deadline to apply for the program is April 1.

Gabrielle can be reached at 910-816-1989 or on Twitter @news_gabbie.


Call for publication cover design

The North Carolina Community College System is seeking submissions from community college students for the design of the cover of the program that will be distributed at the NCCCS Conference this fall. If you are enrolled in a NC Community College and would like to submit a design for this project, download the following documents for guidelines. If you have questions after reading guidelines, email Dennis Watts at

2016 Cover Design Proposals Memo

Style Guidelines

Southeastern Health to host Project SEARCH: Robeson Community College implements award-winning job training program


Southeastern Health (SeHealth) has partnered with Robeson Community College (RCC) to implement Project SEARCH, a nationally recognized program for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) who are interested in training and preparing for competitive employment. The N.C. Council on Developmental Disabilities selected the College and Career Readiness department at RCC and helped fund the implementation of the program. The Project SEARCH experience provides innovative employment and career development opportunities, integrating classroom training with real work experience. The goal of the program is to obtain paid employment for these interns. According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Leading Practices on Disability Inclusion report, hiring people with disabilities positively impacts the workplace in many ways. As the business host site, SeHealth provides a classroom and the internship placements. Since the Project SEARCH model focuses on the needs of both the student and potential employer, SeHealth has benefited from the interns who help with their daily operations while they are learning. The hospital now has access to a trained pool of applicants to interview for future positions. Having the Project SEARCH class on campus has proven to be a mutually beneficial arrangement that impacts the hospital staff and interns alike. The interns spend the entire school day at the workplace, beginning with a classroom session that teaches employability and independent living skills such as effective communication, problem solving, and independent travel. After completing basic job skills training, the students receive internship placements in various departments at SeHealth. Department managers provide support, including mentoring and job coaching, to each intern. SeHealth values the dedication and the quality of work that the Project SEARCH interns bring to the hospital. The interns are being nurtured and challenged to learn as they gain self-confidence and employability skills throughout the program. In addition to SeHealth, RCC has partnered with many community organizations to make Project SEARCH a success. A group of service organizations collaborated to submit the funding proposal as well as meet monthly to oversee the administration of the program. Through a braided funding system, each partner organization contributes a share of the resources necessary to implement Project SEARCH. Vocational rehabilitation provides case management and supportive services and Revelation Placement Agency provides onsite job coaching services. To join in the program, students should enroll in the RCC Adult Basic Education Transition program, formerly known as Compensatory Education. Project SEARCHTM was founded in 1994 at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.

This article was created by Amanda L. Crabtree of Southeastern Health. She may be reached at 910-671-5499. For more information about Project Search at Robeson Community College, contact Elizabeth Hunt by email at or by phone at 910-272-3612.

Robeson CC President details plans for Connect NC Bond

RCC head details bonds plan

By Bob Shiles –

Pamela Hilbert, president of Robeson Community College, updates Robeson County commissioners on plans to use NC Connect bond money if the $2 billion state bond proposal is approved by voters on March 15.

LUMBERTON — The president of Robeson Community College on Monday outlined for Robeson County commissioners exactly what the college intends to do with its share of the $2 billion in bond money that college officials are hoping will be approved by voters during the primary.

As Pamela Hilbert made her presentation, RCC trustees and the county commissioners dined on a meal prepared by students in the college’s culinary arts classes.

If voters approve the NC Connect bond package, then RCC would receive $7,296,568 of the $350 million earmarked for the state’s 58 community colleges.

Hilbert said that the No. 1 project on RCC’s list would be construction and upgrades to the Emergency Services Training Center on N.C. 72. This would include construction of a new burn and training tower, as well as classroom renovations.

“The training tower is over 20 years old and can’t be used for burns anymore,” Hilbert said. “We also have to pick areas on the tower (that are safe) to use for repelling training.”

Hilbert said that bond money would also be used to expand classroom facilities at the center. The present building, she said, includes four classrooms, a small bay and a couple of offices.

No. 2 on the priority list is construction of an addition to the Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Building, located on the college’s main campus in Lumberton. The need for $3 million in improvements for that building was identified in RCC’s master plan as far back as 2008, said Hilbert.

After the two major projects, Hilbert said that the remaining $196,568, plus any available matching funds from the county would be used for updates to the F.G. Williams Student Center, renovations of science labs in Buildings 1 and 7, and as-needed work to utilities and bathrooms.

In other business on Monday, the trustees:

— Were told by Hilbert that as of Monday college enrollment for the 2016 spring semester was 1,739 students.

“This is pretty close to what our enrollment was last spring,” Hilbert said.

— Heard a brief report from RCC Vice President Channing Jones on the annual Southeast Fire and Rescue College held at the college on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There were 690 fire, rescue and law enforcement participants in the event, Jones said.

Jones said that he recently learned that RCC is No. 1 in certifications awarded by the state’s 58 community colleges in 2015.

— Heard from Hilbert that representatives of Morrisville-based Brady Trane Company, the company conducting an energy-grade investment audit of all buildings on the main RCC campus in Lumberton and on the RCC campus at COMtech, will be present to answer questions about the audit when the trustees meet on March 14. According to Hilbert, by April the trustees will have to determine how large of an energy-savings project they want to pursue.

— Were told by Hilbert that Bonita B. Bell was retiring as a college counselor. Bell had worked for RCC for the past 12.5 years.

— Accepted the resignation of Michael Cheek, who was instrumental in the establishment of RCC’s Barber College.

Bob Shiles can be reached at 910-416-5165.

Gas card winners!

Congratulations to the 10 gas card winners who registered early and persisted into the spring term!  Gas cards for the winners listed below are ready to be picked up in the Records and Registration office, Building 13.

Winners will need to present photo id. 

Many thanks to the RCC Foundation for sponsoring this initiative!



Jean Singletary          

Whitney Chavis          

Arriel Locklear           

Amber Branch            

James Godwin            

Brooke Hunt                

Sady Alberto-Menendez

Brooke Seidel                    

DeWayne Wesley             

Jewell Wilkey                    


Spring 2016 Financial Aid Disbursement


Financial Aid checks for 2016 Spring semester will be available for pick up on the following day, times, and location:

Wednesday February 10th:             9:00 am – 2:00 pm               Auditorium

Checks not picked up by 2:00 pm on February 10th will be mailed that same business day. A valid picture ID and knowledge of the correct address is required when picking up your check. Please remember that if you do not complete your classes for this semester, you will be required to pay back a calculated percentage of the total aid awarded. Please consult with a financial aid specialist before dropping any classes.

Financial Aid for the 2nd mini semester courses will be disbursed at a later date.

Notes from BB&T:

There is an $8 check cashing fee at the local BB&T if students do not have an account with them. Remember, you must be present when cashing your check.

For more information contact Ibreta Jackson by email at or call 910-272-3535.


Eight week curriculum classes begin March 7 at Robeson Community College

New student orientation will be held Thursday, March 3, at 1 pm. Current students who are interested in registering should see their advisors. Prospective students should contact the admissions office at 910-272-3342 or visit

Robeson Community College to host voter registration drive

Robeson Community College’s Student Government Association will host a voter registration drive in the student lounge of the Fred G. Williams Student Center on Tuesday, February 16, 2016. The registration will be open from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

If you would like more information or have questions about this event, you may contact Dr. James Bass, Director of Student Success and Student Leadership at Robeson Community College, by email at or by phone at 910-272-3663.

Food Network Co-Creator to Appear at Book ‘Em February 27, 2016

One of the acclaimed guests for the Book ’em Writer’s Conference and Book Fair this year is Chef Curtis Aikens. Aikens is a co-creator of The Food Network, and he has appeared on countless TV shows. He is also a Diabetes educator and literacy advocate. Click on the YouTube link below to see him on a cooking segment on The Hallmark Channel.

Chef Aikens’ visit to Book ‘Em is a wonderful opportunity to educate the community and raise awareness for both diabetes treatment and literacy.

To learn more about Chef Aikens visit

To learn more about Book ‘Em visit


BOOST Program presents “Creating A Culture of Caring” featuring Alisia Oxendine

BOOST logo

Presents:          Ms. Alisia Oxendine, BA, MPA

Director of Guest Services of Southeastern Health

Creating a Culture of Caring!!

 alisia oxendine photo


Invitees:              BOOST Students, Guest, Faculty and Staff


When:                 Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

                             8-8:45am   Registration & Light Refreshments

                             8:45am      Announcements & Introductions

                             9a-10am    Presentation


Where:                BB&T Room, Building 18

                             Workforce Development Building

                             Robeson Community CollegeTop of Form

Jeremiah M. Goodson, Jr. Memorial B.L.E.T. Scholarship created

Lumberton City Councilman and Robeson Community College Law Enforcement Training Coordinator Burnis Wilkins recently created the Jeremiah M. Goodson, Jr. Memorial B.L.E.T. Scholarship at the college. The scholarship will be administered through the Robeson Community College Foundation and will award $400 to one student per Basic Law Enforcement Training class. The college typically offers three sections of B.L.E.T. training per year, so the annual value of the scholarship is $1200.

The scholarship is open to all registered B.L.E.T. students at Robeson Community College. Applicants must excel in all areas of the B.L.E.T. program to qualify, including weekly written tests, performance and skills testing, and the Police Officer’s Physical Ability Test. 

Wilkins said, “This scholarship is specifically designed for the student who shows a genuine interest in the field of law enforcement.”

The scholarship is given in memory of Lumberton City Police Officer Jeremiah M. Goodson, Jr., who lost his life in the line of duty in July of 2012.

For more information contact Barbara Sampson by phone at 910-272-3650 or by email at

Robeson Community College Announces Academic Distinctions for fall 2015

Robeson Community College is proud to announce academic distinctions for the 2015 fall term.

The following students met the requirements to be considered President’s Scholars. President’s Scholars must earn a 4.0 grade point average and be enrolled full time in an associate degree or diploma program and taking college level courses.

Alia Alhubaishi, Timothy Chavis, James Edwards, Kristi Graham, Kristina Graham, Jordan Hunt, Kaitlyn Hunt, Kenneth Jackson, Tony Locklear, Leah Mayers, Eric Morgan, Kayla Pope, Jesse Porter, Stephen Prevatte, William Prutzman, Maggie Thompson, Dewayne Wesley, Brenda Young


The following students met the requirements to be considered Academic Scholars. Academic Scholars must earn at least a 3.5 grade point average, but less than 4.0 grade point average, and be enrolled full time in an associate degree or diploma program and taking college level courses.

Victoria Barbour, John Bazemore, Tyler Bommarito, Anthony Brayboy, Glen Bryan, Cynthia Castillo-Castillejos, Makaila Chavis, Santanna Chavis, Krista Chavis, Michael Clark, Christian Cummings, Bill Cummings, Jennifer Custer, Kathleen Davis, Crystal Demery, Maria Dorantes Gonzalez, Lataffney Edwards, Amanda Evans, Ariana Farrington, Socorro Flores, April Floyd, Runeisha Graham, Judy Hammond, Marcus Haywood, Brenda Hernandez, Robert Hunt, Carrie Hunt, Amdiny Jean, Donald Jim, Jessica Locklear, Wakisha McIntyre, Latanya Middleton, Debora Miller, Zenobia Minnigan, Tracy Oxendine, James Parsons, Walter Perry, Gene Phillips, Whitney Pittman, Howard Porter, Ana Ramirez, Brittney Revels, Jack Roth, Sugey Ruiz Bolaina, Bethany Scott, Jaylen Scott, Antonia Singletary, Dameria Smith, David Stephens, Joshua Sutton, Audrey Ulrich, Kayla Ward, Emily Ward, Hydeia Washington, Michael Whitney


Robeson Community College to Host Career Fair March 8, 2016

Robeson Community College’s annual spring Career Fair is scheduled for Tuesday, March 8, 2016, from 10 am to 12 noon in the Fred G. Williams Student Center. This event is open to all Robeson Community College students and alumni. Students will have an excellent opportunity to meet with employers to discuss employment opportunities and career options that are available in the region. This will also be another opportunity to showcase Robeson Community College as the outstanding institution that it is. For more information contact Ronnie Sampson by phone at (910) 272-3345 or by email at


Robeson Community College promotional video


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Robeson delegation attends the Connect NC bond referendum kickoff

President Hilber and Chancellor Cummings with Senator Smith, Linda Metzger, Don Metzger

Robeson Community College President Pamela Hilbert (2nd from the left) joined (l to r) Senator Jane Smith, UNCP Chancellor Robin Cummings, Robeson CC Trustee Linda Metzger, and Lumberton businessman Don Metzger at the kick off campaign for the Connect NC bond referendum in Raleigh on Tuesday, January 5, 2016. For more information concerning the bond referendum and how it will benefit the citizens of North Carolina, visit

Purple Door Productions brings “A Christmas Carol” to Robeson Community College

Purple Door Productions, Inc.                                      contact: Jeanne Koonce

910 Walnut Street                                                                              910-224-4000

Lumberton, NC 28358



A new Christmas Tradition is created for Robeson County and Sandhills region as Purple Door Productions and Robeson Community College Scholarship Foundation offer an original staging of Dickens’ classic story of family love and redemption, “A Christmas Carol, the Musical”, presented in the A.D. Lewis Theatre on the campus of Robeson Community College, Fayetteville Road in Lumberton.

A new holiday tradition has been established for Robeson County and the Sandhills region on the campus of Robeson Community College, as Purple Door Productions with the RCC Foundation, and sponsored by Lumbee River EMC, present Dickens’ classic story, A Christmas Carol,  a musical created by North Carolina playwright, Lee Yopp. Traditional carols and original music, all the famous characters and ghosts, ladies swirling through gorgeous waltzes, high stepping Irish dancers and fantastic toy soldiers create the wonderful world of Victorian England, bringing Dickens’ immortal words to life in a magnificent production sure to please every child, and the child in us all. Create your own “tradition” for  the holiday season and bring your entire family to see A Christmas Carol, the Musical, in the A.D. Lewis Theatre on the campus of Robeson Community College.  Performances run Dec. 3-5th at 7:30pm and Dec. 5-6th at 2:30pm. Tickets are available now: $10/Adults and $7/Students, with RCC staff/students at $5. Tickets may be purchased at the RCC Foundation Office, calling PDP at 910-258-0787 or online at:  Tickets will be on sale at the door: $15/adults, students $9, with a portion of the proceeds going to support Foundation scholarships. This production is funded through grants from the Robeson County Arts Council, the North Carolina Arts Council through the National Endowment for the Arts and support from  the Lumberton Visitor’s Bureau. For information/ reservations like us on FB: purpledoorproductions and follow us: twitter and instagram.

Robeson CC Alumnus participates in Public Schools of Robeson County Career Expo

Jonathan Simmons, left, a maintenance technician, and Joseph Nation, an automation controls technician, both from Elkay Values, talk to Purnell Swett High School juniors Tristan Oxendine and Christian Cummings, right, about jobs Tuesday. The Career Expo, held at the Southeastern North Carolina Agricultural Events Center, gave students in the Public Schools of Robeson County the opportunity to learn about the different careers.


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Jonathan Simmons, left, a maintenance technician, and Joseph Nation, an automation controls technician, both from Elkay Values, talk to Purnell Swett High School juniors Tristan Oxendine and Christian Cummings, right, about jobs Tuesday. The Career Expo, held at the Southeastern North Carolina Agricultural Events Center, gave students in the Public Schools of Robeson County the opportunity to learn about the different careers.

Robeson CC Alumnus and faculty member Rudy Locklear named president of the NC Magistrates’ Association


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CONCORD — Robeson County magistrate Rudy T. Locklear was recently elected president of the North Carolina Magistrates Association.

Locklear, who had served as area director for the association and chair of its Ways and Means Committee, will serve a two-year term as president. At 33 years old, he is the youngest magistrate to hold the position, and as a member of the Lumbee Tribe, the first American Indian to do so.

The association represents more than 674 magistrates from every North Carolina county.

“The NCMA plays an important role in looking out for the best interest of the magistrates of North Carolina. I’m honored to continue my involvement with the association, and I look forward to building on our strong fundamentals as we work together to advance the profession,” said Locklear, who has more than 15 years of experience in the criminal justice system.

Locklear has worked as a deputy, a volunteer firefighter, adjunct professor at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke and as an instructor at Robeson Community College.

Sarah Nance, Kelsey Elk and Amanda Gerber receive State Employees’ Credit Union Scholarships to study at Robeson Community College

Courtesy photo | The State Employees’ Credit Union recently awarded three scholarships to Amanda Gerber, left, Sarah Nance, and Kelsey Elk. Gerber received a $750 scholarship to continue her education in paramedics, and Nance and Elk received a two-year, $5,000 scholarship to study marketingand nursing respectively.

LUMBERTON — Sarah Nance, Kelsey Elk and Amanda Gerber recently received State Employees’ Credit Union scholarships to study at Robeson Community College.

SECU members provide two “People Helping People” scholarships to each of 58 community colleges in NorthCarolina. To date, more than $6 million has been awarded to help hundreds of college students in North Carolina continue their education.

Nance and Elk were added to this list when they received the scholarship, a two-year scholarship valued at $5,000 each, to study at RCC. Nance is pursuing her associate’s degree in marketing with hopes of transferring to The University of North Carolina at Wilmington to continue her studies. Elk plans to enroll in the nursing program at RCC.

Bonnie Canady, vice president of SECU, and Jeanette Baker, an RCC instructor and SECU local advisory board member, presented another scholarship to Gerber — the SECU Continuing Education Scholarship. Gerber plans to use the one-time $750 scholarship to continue working towards paramedic certification.

For information on SECU scholarships, visit


Robeson CC to partner with the Lumbee Tribe, UNCP, and public schools on grant.

Tribe lands $2.4M grant

PEMBROKE — The Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina will receive $2.4 million in federal money over the next four years to fund the efforts of a Robeson County partnership aimed at improving educational opportunities for American Indian students in pre-school through high school.

In addition to the tribe, The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, Robeson Community College and the Public Schools of Robeson County will share in the funds being provided through the U.S. Department of Education’s Native Youth Community Projects grant.

According to Stuart R. Locklear, the grant/planning manager for the Lumbee Tribe, the grant becomes effective Thursday. Over the first year of the grant, there will be $480,707 available to be shared among partnership members, he said.

“This is a historical moment for me and the tribe,” Paul Brooks, the tribe’s chairman, said during Thursday’s official grant announcement ceremony attended by representatives of the entities making up the partnership. “I’m so happy to see such a willingness by so many for an education movement of this kind here in Robeson County … . It’s amazing how through education you can take a child and make that child know who he is and where he wants to go in life.”

U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson, a key player in securing the grant, said that education is vital to ensure that individuals can obtain and hold on to good-paying jobs.

“This (grant) is a huge win for our community,” Hudson said in a statement. “Jobs have been and will continue to be my top priority, and the fundamental part of job preparedness starts with a quality education. This grant is a necessary step to help introduce families to the higher education system, equip students with critical knowledge, and ensure folks have the skills they need to get and keep good-paying jobs.”

Each partner funded through the grant will play a different role in providing American Indian students with the information and skills they need to get into college and remain there. This includes UNCP working with the Lumbee Tribe’s Boys and Girl’s Clubs to establish a tutoring program; informational summer, day and community camps being sponsored by UNCP; RCC providing college advisers to work with school guidance counselors to recruit students for RCC’s “Career and College Promise” program; equipment and books to get young people ready for college purchased by RCC; and transportation to RCC’s Career and College Promise” program supplied by the Public Schools of Robeson County.

Lawrence Locklear, program coordinator for UNCP’s Southeast American Indian Studies Program, said that the retention rate for American Indian in colleges is less than other ethnic other groups. As part of the grant, he said, a needs assessment is going to be conducted to determine what issues keep Lumbee students from seeking higher education.

Locklear also said that enrollment of American Indians at UNCP has been declining during the past five years.

“Maybe enrollment will improve as the economy improves,” he said.


George Regan wins Southern Trustee Leadership Award at the Association of Community College Trustees’ 2015 convention

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Former Robeson Community College Board of Trustees Chairperson George Regan was recognized as the recipient of the Trustee Leadership Award for the Southern Region of the United States at the annual meeting of the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) which was held in San Diego, California during October of 2015. Mr. Regan served on the local board of trustees for over 30 years and as chairperson of that board for over 15 years. He retired from the Board at the end of his term in June of 2015. He also served in leadership positions for the ACCT.



Robeson Community College Alumni Association Homecoming November 7, 2015

LUMBERTON — The Alumni Association at Robeson Community College will host its second annual Alumni Homecoming on Nov. 7.

The homecoming will be held on campus from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will double as a fundraiser for student scholarships. The day will include entertainment, food, acar show, Lumberton Fire Department’s Smoke House and a Kidz Zone that will feature games, arts and crafts, storytelling and much more.

For information, contact Rebekah Lowry at 910-272-3235 or by email at


Robeson Technical Works contributes $15,000 to Robeson Community College Foundation

LUMBERTON — Members of Robeson Technical Works recently contributed $15,000 to the Robeson Community College Foundation for scholarships.

Beginning in fall 2016, $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to five students each year. The initial funding comes from Robeson Technical Works, but continued support of the scholarship will be raised by the annual Southeastern Human Resources Association Golf Tournament and other contributors.

The remaining $10,000 from the recent contribution will go toward the Robeson Technical Works Endowed Scholarship. Recipients of the scholarships must be enrolled in a two-year Electrical or Industrial Systems Technology program at RCC and commit to working in the area for at least two years upon graduation.

The foundation’s director, Rebekah Lowry, and Pamela Hilbert, president of Robeson Community College, accepted the donation at Campbell’s Soup in Maxton.

Robeson Technical Works is a partnership comprised of area industrial employers, business leaders, Southeastern Human Resources Association members, educators and several other groups and individuals.

“I’ve been involved in workforce development for over 20 years and this is the most exciting effort I’ve been involved in,” said William Locklear, assistant vice president for Applied Technology Programs at Robeson Community College. “This is a true partnership between the private and public sector.”

Robeson Technical Works was born out of a need for skilled labor in local manufacturing plants. Human resources officials at various industries realized that a limited pool of skilled technicians was available locally and that local industries were competing with each other for those technicians. Together they decided that a more effective approach to the dilemma would be to cooperate and work together to grow the area’s skilled labor pool.

Locally there is a strong need for mechanics, electricians, electronic technicians, robotics and controls technicians, machinists and tool and die makers. The group estimates that at least 220 new technical positions will be needed by seven of the major industries in the county within the next five years. Among the largest, Sanderson Farms has an expected need of 125 skilled technicians, while Campbell Soup has an expected need of 32.

Robeson Technical Works has identified more than $100,000 in needs for equipment, personnel and marketing to move its initiative forward.

To contribute, or to become a part of Robeson Technical Works, contact Lowry at 910-272-3235 or by email at or contact Elizabeth McPhaul, regional human resources manager for Elkay Manufacturing, at The next meeting is scheduled for Sept. 24 at COMtech.

Dennis Watts is the public information officer for Robeson Community College.

Eastpointe to present drug prevention and awareness program in the student center on October 22, 2015, at 11 am.

Counseling and Career Services is pleased to announce that Ms. Cheryl Harris with Eastpointe will join us on campus to discuss drug prevention and awareness programs in our community.  Ms. Harris is a Community Outreach Specialist and former substance abuse counselor, employed with Eastpointe, an agency that helps individuals who are seeking assistance with drug and alcohol addiction.

Ms. Harris will share with us the film, “The Anonymous People” a documentary film about 23 million or more Americans living in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. You can watch the trailer here:  Ms. Harris will review services available in our community and how we can help family and friends seek out treatment.  

Students and staff are encouraged to join us on Thursday, October 22nd  at 11:00 am in the Fred G Williams Student Center for this program.

Purple Door Productions and Robeson CC Foundation present musical — The Civil War — October 15- 17

Civil War Exhibition press release PDP Oct 2015

In commemoration of the national celebration of the 150th year end to the most turbulent war of our nation, The Robeson County History Museum will sponsor a special exhibition by local artist, Melvin Morris, in conjunction with  Purple Door Productions musical drama, THE CIVIL WAR. The series of Civil War inspired paintings will be on display in the foyer of the A.D. Lewis Theatre on the campus of Robeson Community College, open to the public one hour prior to each performance day. There will be a special reception, sponsored by the Robeson County Arts Council, in the lobby on Thursday, October 15th at 6:30pm for the public, celebrating the opening of the exhibit and the premier of the musical “The Civil War”. The exhibit will be open for the entire weekend, Oct. 15-18th.


A graduate of UNC-P, Mr. Morris resides and works in Robeson County. He has had works purchased and exhibited throughout the state of North Carolina.  He has exhibited in many of our local exhibitions and competitions such as the Water Works, and the “Civil War to Civil Rights” exhibit held at the Robeson County History Museum earlier this year.  Morris currently has several mixed media paintings on exhibit as part of the “Art of Living Well” exhibition on display at the Southeastern Health Park.


  In partnership with RCC Foundation, Purple Door opens its season with this brilliant musical drama. Using diary entries, family documents, battlefield reports and soldiers’ letters to create the songs and scenes, this amazing event covers the 5 years of the war, from the personal perspective of the people who fought, lived and endured.  Composer Frank Wildhorn, who also created Jekyll and Hyde for Broadway, the show’s music is epic in scope to match the impact of so volatile a period of our nation. The Civil War runs Oct. 15-17th at 7:30pm and Oct. 16-17th at 2:30pm in the A.D. Lewis Theatre on the RCC campus. Tickets/reservations  now on sale at the RCC Foundation Office on campus or online at Tickets are $13/adults and seniors,  $9/students and RCC staff/students $5. For more information or reservations, call PDP at 910-258-0787 or FB at purpledoorproductions. This musical drama is sponsored, in part, by a grant from the N.C. Arts Council, the Robeson County Arts Council, the Lumberton Visitors Bureau and The Robeson County History Museum.


Robeson Community College to host 3rd annual Writing Showcase

Robeson Community College will host its 3rd annual Writing Showcase  on November 23rd at 11:00am in the BB&T room of the Charles Chrestman Workforce Development Building (Building 18.) Dynamic motivational speaker and international best-selling author Rodney Flowers will deliver the keynote address.  You do not want to miss Rodney Flowers’s inspiring story.  Students who have been nominated by their instructors will also be invited to read their works at this event. For more information about this event contact English instructor Wendy Fields at 

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Rodney Flowers – Biography

Rodney Flowers is the author of the life-affirming and highly-inspiring Amazon bestselling book, Get Up! I Can’t. I Will. I Did…Here’s How!, which teaches empowering life principles to transform your spirit and motivate you to awaken the amazing power within you to overcome any challenge. He also authored the international bestselling book, Essential Assertions, packed with guiding life principles & inspiring stories that energize and motivate you to recognize your maximum potential, uncover and leverage your hidden strengths, & use your unbreakable spirit to capitalize on life’s opportunities. Rodney’s a co-author of the Amazon international bestseller, Unwavering Strength, Volume 2.

He’s been featured on multiple media platforms including Quantum Alchemy Radio, War Room Sports Radio, as well as Get Bold Today hosted by multiple Emmy winner LeGrande Green and Power Your Life Radio hosted by Dr. Jo Anne White.

After a traumatic high-school football injury in 1993, he was bound to the confines of his wheelchair. Although Rodney was told his recovery prognosis was unfavorable, he knew he would turn things around, make an impact on the world, and walk again. With self-determination and faith in his ability to persevere, he did!

Rodney has a BA in Business Administration from St. Andrews Presbyterian College and a Master’s in Business Administration from the Florida Institute of Technology.

Rodney has contributed 14+ years to governmental service with the Department of Defense (DoD) United States NAVY (USN). His quality of service and the outstanding support provided as an individual with a disability has been featured in the US Government’s, Careers and the Disabled magazine.

Today, Rodney works for NAVAIR at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station as a Contracting Officer. There he leads a team of seven to 10 contract specialists responsible for executing and managing contract performance of all sustainment contracting actions for the P-8A program.

Rodney Flowers resides in Maryland, where he has also created a business that helps people overcome challenges and obstacles, so they can live joyfully with purpose and realize their dreams. 

Rodney is an avid reader who enjoys working out and traveling. He also has an unstoppable belief in teaching others how to get everything they can out of life.

To find resources and information that teach important life practices that assure you will always get back up when adversity strikes, visit

SHOP Meetings and Announcements


Robeson County Veteran and Community Stand Down 2015

K&L Veteran Homes and Services Inc. is partnering with other agencies, and SHOP (Students Helping Other People) to support veterans in the local area. If you can, please come out and show your support.
August 7, 2015

9 a.m. ~ 3 p.m.

National Guard Armory

Lumberton, NC

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Robeson Community College Today May 31, 2015

Robeson CC Today May 31 2015

Robeson Community College Today May 31, 2015

Just a couple of weeks ago Robeson Community College held its spring curriculum graduation ceremony and pinning ceremonies for nursing, radiography, respiratory, and early childhood programs. 252 students received degrees and 393 received awards during these ceremonies.

Though this was the end of the journey at Robeson Community College for many of these students, many will move on to the next level of their education at a university.

The college experienced another ending and a beginning this past week. Thirteen seasoned law enforcement personnel graduated from Robeson Community College’s first Public Safety Management Program. This program was the brainchild of former Law Enforcement Director Wayne Coates. Coates and Law Enforcement Instructor Burnis Wilkins developed the curriculum last year and Wilkins and current Law Enforcement Director Mickey Biggs kept the momentum going after Coates retired. The 196 hour course is designed for Public Safety personnel to gain management skills so they can better serve their communities and to provide the participants with opportunities for advancement within their respective agencies.

The class began 9 months ago with 24 participants including several firefighting personnel. Due to work schedules some who began the class were unable to complete the series of trainings prior to last week’s graduation, however many of those participants who were unable to complete this summer will continue the training this fall.

Summer session began for approximately 500 curriculum students this past week and staff and faculty are already gearing up for the fall term. In effort to meet the continuously changing workforce needs in the county, Robeson Community College will be offering two new curriculum programs this fall following the successful addition of a Welding program last year.

New in the Business Technologies area this fall will be the addition of an associate degree in Accounting. The Culinary Arts program will also add an associate degree in Baking and Pastry Arts to its program for the first time this fall.

Most folks know that the college offers continuing education courses in a variety of areas for skill enhancement or personal enrichment. The college also has curriculum courses that may be of interest to those who might not be seeking a degree, but rather just want the enrichment experience. Community colleges offer college credit courses in religion, art, music, physical education, psychology, and sociology, among others, at a fraction of the cost of four year and online colleges.

For example, a Sunday school teacher might want to take a religion class to enhance his or her knowledge of the Bible. A civil war buff or budding genealogist might want to take a history class. If you’ve been to a Book ‘em event and have been inspired to write a book of your own, you might want to take a writing class. If you or a loved one has a health condition, you might be interested in taking a biology or anatomy and physiology class to learn more about the human body. Physical Education, Psychology, Sociology, and Art courses may be of interest to a wider audience for “Special Credit”. Retirees often speak with pride about taking a college course. It’s a great way to meet new people and keep the mind active for cognitive health. Taking a class is also a great social activity. Invite a friend and sign up for a class today!

To learn more about the programs and offerings at Robeson Community College visit our recently launched, redesigned webpage at or phone the admissions department at 910-272-3342.