Project Search graduates are, Caroline Lennon, front row, left, Brittany Jones, Dauaja Dempsey, Everett Payton, Jr., and Derrick Eury, back row, RCC Vice President Bill Mauney, RCC Disabilities Specialist and keynote speaker Cynthia Quintero, Project Search graduates William McRae, Zachary Jones, and Stephen Campbell, and Project Search Lead Instructor Banessa Williams-McCormick.
Most folks know that students can earn an associate degree at Robeson Community College and transfer to a university as a junior.
Likewise, most folks know that the college trains almost all of the firefighters, law enforcement officers, and emergency services personnel and many of the nurses in the area. Most people know that students can earn a high school diploma or high school equivalency degree at the college.
But too many people don’t realize that the college offers a lot more. Often these other services and offerings are highly specialized and serve a niche in our community that doesn’t directly apply to the general public. Customized industry training is an example. In this program the direct customers of the college, industries, are few, but the impact those industries have on our county affect most of us.
Another often-overlooked program that serves a small population is the Adult Basic Education Transitions program. Those who are familiar with this program often know it by its former name, Compensatory Education. The program serves adult students with developmental disabilities once they have completed their studies in high school. Though this population is small, it is an important segment of society, and serving this population is an important part of the mission of Robeson Community College.
Embedded in the program at Robeson Community College is a partnership with Southeastern Health known as Project Search. Project Search integrates differently-abled students into internships at Southeastern Regional Medical Center.
Recently, eight students completed internships in the partnership and were recognized in a ceremony at the hospital. Stephen Campbell, Dauaja Dempsey, Derrick Eury, Brittany Jones, Zachary Jones, Caroline Lennon, William McRae, and Everett Payton Jr. worked in various departments at the hospital, including Patient Transport, Human Resources, Food Services, and Housekeeping from August of last year until their completion last week.
Program participant Zachary Jones opened the ceremony with an invocation. RCC staff member Erick Mitchell introduced keynote speaker Cynthia Quintero. Quintero, who serves as Disabilities Services specialist for the college, noted that in the past employers were often afraid to work with employees with disabilities. Many thought that people with disabilities were not capable of employment.
“If you give people in general, not only those with disabilities, but people in general, a chance, you might be surprised at what they can do. These students are a success in their community,” Quintero said.
Durham White, representing the hospital, said that sometime between 2020 and 2030 the country is expected to face a labor shortage.
“As a society, we can’t afford to overlook people who are differently-abled,” White said.
Banessa Williams-McCormick, lead instructor for Project Search, said these students were successful in this program because they all have a good attitude and a willingness to work.
Photos of the students and the ceremony can be viewed on the college’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/RobesonCommunityCollege.
For more information about Project Search and the Adult Basic Education Transition program at Robeson Community College, contact James Erick Mitchell at 910-272-3608 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Continuing Education is Important for Instructors!
Robeson Community College’s Barbering Program held a graduation ceremony on Tuesday, August 22 in the BB&T Room of the Charles V. Chrestman Workforce Development Center. Vice President of Workforce Development and Continuing Education Channing Jones was the guest speaker. Barbering Program Director Michael Swinney and Director for Occupational Extension and Community Services Jennifer Lowery presented students their certificates. The Barbering program at Robeson Community College has had 100% of its completers to pass the state licensing exam since the program’s inception in 2013. Earning certificates at this ceremony were:
Three students qualified for academic honors for summer 2017 at Robeson Community College.
Joseph Bartlack and Joseph Jones qualified as President’s Scholars. To qualify as a President’s Scholar a student must be a full-time student enrolled in a one-year diploma or two-year degree program and earn a grade point average of 4.0.
Christopher Argueta qualified as an Academic Scholar. To qualify as an Academic Scholar a student must be a full-time student enrolled in a one-year diploma or two-year degree program and earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher, but less than 4.0.
Practical Nurse Pinning August 2017
CLASS OF 2017 Graduates
Lydia Kerbeline Carter
Precy Nova C. Lim
Shelisa Maria Cavan
Carissa Noel Locklear
Danielle Lynn Shafer
April Laynette Hunt
Krystal Nicole Leggett
Dakea Odessa Lewis
Academic Scholars fall 2016
The following students earned the distinction of Academic Scholar with a 3.5 or higher grade point average at Robeson Community College for the fall 2016 semester:
Maria Dorantes Gonzalez
Nohemi Lopez Silva
Bryan Reyes Gonzalez
President’s Scholars Fall 2016
The following students earned the distinction of President’s Scholar with a 4.0 grade point average at Robeson Community College for the fall 2016 semester:
Tyler Bastidas Kaitlyn Branstetter Brittany Bryan
National Technical Honor Society induction April 2017
Robeson Community College’s chapter of the National Technical Honor Society inducted the following new members on April 11, 2017:
Robeson Community College’s Beta Delta Mu Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society inducted the following new members on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, at 5:30pm in the BB&T Room of the Charles V. Chrestman Workforce Development Building:
Associate Degree Nursing May 9 4:00 p.m. Auditorium
Respiratory Therapy May 11 5:00 p.m. BB&T
EMS May 12 Noon BB&T
Early Childhood May 15 6:30 p.m. Auditorium
Commencement May 16 11:00 a.m. Auditorium
Barber Program Graduates March 2017
The following students completed Robeson Community College’s Barbering program and were recognized at a graduation ceremony held in the BB&T room in the Charles V. Chrestman Workforce Development Center on the main campus:
Robeson CC Student of Excellence Award Winner Announced
NC Community Colleges Celebrate Excellence in Education
RALEIGH – Governor Roy Cooper has proclaimed April as “North Carolina Community College Excellence in Education Month.” Students from all 58 community colleges are receiving awards for academic excellence, as well as the Governor Robert W. Scott Student Leadership Award and the Dr. Dallas Herring Achievement Award.
Kimberly Johnson, a student at Alamance Community College, is the 2017 recipient of the Governor Robert W. Scott Student Leadership Award. The award, sponsored by the North Carolina Association of Community College Presidents (NCACCP), was created in 2004 to recognize student leadership on a statewide level while also honoring former Governor Scott, one of the earliest supporters of the NC Community College System and the fourth System President from 1983 until 1994. Each award recipient receives a plaque and a $1,000 scholarship from the NC Community Colleges Foundation.
Najma Hasan, a student at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, is the 2017 recipient of the Dr. Dallas Herring Achievement Award. The award was established in 2010 by the NCACCP to honor the late Dr. Dallas Herring, considered one of the founding fathers of community colleges in North Carolina. The award is bestowed annually upon a current or former student who best embodies Dr. Herring’s philosophy of “taking people where they are and carrying them as far as they can go.” Each award recipient receives a plaque and a $1,000 scholarship from the NC Community Colleges Foundation.
One student from each of the 58 community colleges received Academic Excellence Awards (AEA). AEA selection requirements are consistent with Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society criteria. Students:
Must be currently enrolled,
Must have completed at least 12 semester hours in an associate degree program, and
Must 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.
Tammy Small Cox is the recipient from Robeson Community College for 2017.
Myths About Financial Aid
Myths About Financial Aid
Don’t fall for these myths about federal student aid and the application process!
“My parents make too much money, so I won’t qualify for aid.”
Reality: There is no income cut-off to qualify for federal student aid. Many factors besides income—from the size of your family to the age of your older parent—are taken into account. Your eligibility is determined by a mathematical formula, not by your parents’ income alone. And remember: when you fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®), you’re also automatically applying for funds from your state, and possibly from your school as well. In fact, some schools won’t even consider you for any of their scholarships (including academic scholarships) until you’ve submitted a FAFSA. Don’t make assumptions about what you’ll get—fill out the application and find out.
“Only students with good grades get financial aid.”
Reality: While a high grade point average will help a student get into a good school and may help with academic scholarships, most of the federal student aid programs do not take a student’s grades into consideration. Provided a student maintains satisfactory academic progress in his or her program of study, federal student aid will help a student with an average academic record complete his or her education.
“My ethnicity or age makes me ineligible for federal student aid.”
Reality: There are basic eligibility requirements (which you can find at StudentAid.gov/eligibility), but ethnicity and age are not considered.
“I support myself, so I don’t have to include parent info on the FAFSA®.”
Reality: This is not necessarily true. Even if you support yourself and file taxes on your own, you may still be considered a dependent student for federal student aid purposes. If you are independent, you won’t need to include your parents’ information on your FAFSA. But if you are dependent, you must provide your parents’ information. The FAFSA asks a series of questions to determine your dependency status. You can preview the questions at StudentAid.gov/dependency.
So what’s next?
Go to fafsa.gov, fill out the application, and see what you get!
For more information about federal student aid, see StudentAid.gov. For help with the FAFSA process, use the help screens or live chat functionality on fafsa.gov, or contact the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243); TTY: 1-800-730-8913; for inquirers without access to the toll-free number: 334-523-2691; e-mail: email@example.com
Find this fact sheet at StudentAid.gov/resources and share it with others!
Since Hurricane Matthew, the following class/work days have been impacted:
October 10 Fall Break (College Closed)
October 11 Fall Break (College Closed)
October 12 Fall Break (College Closed)
October 13 Scheduled Class Day (College Closed)
October 14 Scheduled Class Day (College Closed)
October 17 Scheduled Class Day (College Closed)
October 18 Scheduled Class Day (College Closed)
October 19 Scheduled Class Day (Classes Cancelled, Employees reported)
October 20 Scheduled Class Day, Late Start at 9:30 a.m.
October 21 Scheduled Class Day, Late Start at 9:00 a.m.
The following will assist to make-up curriculum classes missed due to the storm:
Extend 2016FA term by adding three additional instructional days. The following days will be added:
December 13 Replacement date for scheduled classes on October 17
December 14 Replacement date for scheduled classes on October 18
December 15 Replacement date for scheduled classes on October 19
For scheduled classes on October 13 and October 14, instructors will document additional out of class assignments using either Moodle or by paper submission to the instructor.
For scheduled classes at the 8:00 a.m. hour on October 20 and October 21, instructors will document additional out of class assignments using Moodle and students will submit work using Moodle or, if needed, by paper submission to the instructor.
In courses involving clinical instruction in which each hour must be completed, clinical time on scheduled days may be extended or additional clinical days will be scheduled. Instructors will document the additional clinical hours.
If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact your instructor(s.)
Dr. Kimberly Gold named 5th President of Robeson Community College
The State Board of Community Colleges voted on Friday to confirm the appointment of Dr. Kimberly Gold as the 5th president of Robeson Community College. Dr. Gold’s name was submitted to the state board last month by the college’s local board of trustees after a national search to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Dr. Pamela Hilbert in June of this year.
The national search, coordinated by Hockaday-Hartford Consulting, LLC, produced 30 applicants for the position. After viewing video presentations of the applicants the local board selected six to invite to campus for interviews with the board and discussions with faculty, staff and community leaders. The local board selected Dr. Gold as their choice to lead the college and her name was submitted to the state board for approval.
Dr. Gold currently serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Office at Isothermal Community College in Spindale, NC, which serves Rutherfordton and Polk counties. She has worked at Isothermal Community College since 1995 and has held her current position since 2014. Prior to that appointment, Dr. Gold was the Vice President for Academic and Student Services (2008-14), Dean of the Business Sciences (2005-08), and faculty member from 1996 to 2005. Dr. Gold also taught at Montreat College and worked as a Production Manager for American Greetings for two years. Dr. Gold has been very involved in her community in a number of civic service groups and participated in Leadership North Carolina.
Dr. Gold earned degrees in Bachelor of Science from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill (1987), Masters of Business Administration from Western Carolina (1995), Educational Specialist (2004) and Doctorate in Education (2007) from Appalachian State University.
Walter Dalton, President of Isothermal Community College issued a statement saying, “I am very proud of Dr. Kim Gold. She has long been one of Isothermal Community College’s greatest assets. We will miss her strong, deliberate leadership and her wise counsel. On a personal note, I will miss her friendship, kindness and sense of humor.”
Robeson CC signs on as a covenant partner with Compassion for U
Southeastern Health Vice President Lynn Wieties, Chaplain Dean Carter, Robeson Community College Vice President Bill Mauney and Director of Nursing Eva Meekins met Thursday at the college in the company of almost a dozen student nurses to sign a covenant supporting the Compassion for U Congregational Wellness Network. Robeson Community College’s Nursing program is now considered a covenant agency partner with Compassion for U.
According to the covenant, “Compassion for U Congregational Wellness Network, affiliated with FaithHealth NC, is a movement that partners congregations, health care providers, and community organizations through shared commitments to leverage their faith assets which will improve health in their communities.” The goal of the initiative is that by combining their strengths and working together the partners improve the health of individuals and communities.
The means by which these goals are reached include participating in joint training events relevant to the partners’ and communities’ needs; enhancing communication between the partners; supporting clergy and congregational caregivers in providing care to members and neighbors before, during and after hospitalization; promoting wellness programs for partner congregations, neighborhoods and communities (such as health screenings, health fairs, and educational events); and encouraging members and others to join the Compassion for U Congregational Wellness Network.
“Wellness happens best in community relationships,” Carter says. “By uniting the passions of Southeastern Health, the Compassion for U Covenant Churches and Agency Partners like Robeson Community College, we heal by spreading an epidemic of wellness. The most expensive/least effective approaches to health care happen when manageable chronic conditions are allowed to escalate, making emergency critical care necessary. These regionally prevalent conditions, like diabetes, find the most effective/least expensive answers in wellness education and lifestyle change. The church congregation is a wonderful partner that already seeks changes that lead to life. Compassion for U and Agency Partners like Robeson Community College are committing to promote effective ETO’s (Efforts to Outcomes).”
Robeson Community College is a tax-assisted, open-door, two-year public institution located in Lumberton, North Carolina. The college is a constituent of the North Carolina Community College System and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the associate degree. The college is also accredited by the North Carolina Board of Nursing, Commission on Accreditation of Health Science Education Programs, the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care, Accreditation Review Committee on Education in Surgical Technology, National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology.
Robeson Community College is committed to promoting lifelong learning opportunities to the diverse population of Robeson County. For more information about the college, visit www.robeson.edu.
Robeson Community College nursing students (standing left to right,) Ashland Locklear, Krystal Leggett, Jordan Hunt, Kwesi Robinson, Melinda Locklear, LaQuasha McNair, McKayla Lowery, and Jennifer Taylor, look on as Southeastern Health’s Chaplain Dean Carter (seated left) and Robeson Community College Vice President Bill Mauney (seated right) sign the Compassion for U Covenant.
Spring 2016 Academic Scholars announced
The following students qualified for the Academic Scholars list at Robeson Community College for the spring 2016 semester. To be eligible for the Academic Scholars list students must be full-time and enrolled in a two year associate degree program or a one year diploma program and have earned a grade point average of 3.5 or higher for the semester.
Santa Herrera Hernandez
Bryan Reyes Gonzalez
Spring 2016 President’s Scholars announced
The following students qualified for the President’s Scholars list at Robeson Community College for the spring 2016 semester. To be eligible for the President’s Scholars list students must be full-time and enrolled in a two year associate degree program or a one year diploma program and have earned a grade point average of 4.0 for the semester.
Melissa Quintero Segura
Sugey Ruiz Bolaina
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 http://ow.ly/4nt5yM.
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 CC student to intern at Manhattan Project site
RCC student Whitney Pittman to work with nuclear waste in Washington State
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.
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 championshipgame 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.
Robeson CC Today article on Kenneth Jackson
Ex-dropout excels in academics at RCC
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.
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 ProjectSearch.us. The deadline to apply for the program is April 1.
Gabrielle can be reached at 910-816-1989 or on Twitter @news_gabbie.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 910-272-3612.
Robeson CC President details plans for Connect NC Bond
RCC head details bonds plan
By Bob Shiles – email@example.com
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.
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!
SPRING 2016 GAS CARD WINNERS:
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 www.robeson.edu/admissions.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
BOOST Program presents “Creating A Culture of Caring” featuring Alisia Oxendine
Presents: Ms. Alisia Oxendine, BA, MPA
Director of Guest Services of Southeastern Health
Creating a Culture of Caring!!
Invitees: BOOST Students, Guest, Faculty and Staff
When: Wednesday, February 10th, 2016
8-8:45am Registration & Light Refreshments
8:45am Announcements & Introductions
Where: BB&T Room, Building 18
Workforce Development Building
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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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Robeson delegation attends the Connect NC bond referendum kickoff
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 www.voteyestoinvest.com
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: brownpapertickets.com. 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
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 ncsecu.org.
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
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 CommunityCollegewill 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, acarshow, 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Elizabeth McPhaul, regional human resources manager for Elkay Manufacturing, at Elizabeth.McPhaul@elkay.com. 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: http://manyfaces1voice.org/. 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
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 brownpapertickets.com. 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 email@example.com.
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 www.RodneyFlowers.com.
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
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 www.robeson.edu or phone the admissions department at 910-272-3342.