Appeared as part of the Community College sponsored section in the March 2019 issue.
Located in Rocky Mount, NC near the intersection of Highway 64 and I-95, Nash Community College is known throughout the state for its commitment to holistic student service and for addressing the region’s advanced workforce training needs.
Nash Community College expanded its campus footprint with the opening of two new buildings in July of 2018. The 16,000 square foot Advanced Manufacturing building provides space for students enrolled in Computer-Integrated Machining, Electrical Systems Technology, Industrial Systems Technology, Welding Technology and Electronics Engineering Technology programs. The 11,000 square foot Cosmetology building houses instructional salon areas, academic classrooms, and manicure and pedicure spaces. Both buildings were made possible through North Carolinians’ support of the Connect NC bond.
President Dr. Bill Carver addressed attendees during the buildings’ dedication ceremony stating, “For several years the College has anticipated this event and counted down the days until the campus would begin to use these buildings. Many dedicated people have played a part in what you see here today, and the teaching and learning areas that faculty and students will collaborate in by creating an exceptional learning environment.”
The new buildings provide space for simulation and training for highly specialized industrial careers throughout North Carolina. Nash Community College works with industry leaders to customize and adapt curricula to meet advanced workforce needs.
Nash Community College is also addressing critical training needs in its aseptic cleanroom. Located in the Continuing Education and Public Services Building, the 913 square foot room was funded through a Golden LEAF grant and is equipped with a specialized high-efficiency particulate air filtration system which moves 100 feet of new air into the room every 50 seconds.
Trainees are learning aseptic processing, aseptic facility engineering design, pharmaceutical water systems, personal hygiene, cleanroom contamination, basic microbiology, cleanroom behaviors, aseptic gowning and personnel monitoring, disinfection, equipment cleaning and sterilization, environmental monitoring and interventions in the facility. The lab contains three stations simulating a real-world sterile working environment including a gowning station, filling line and observation area where students can learn lab procedures.
Additionally, NCC has expanded its programs with the addition of the Associate in Engineering degree giving students an opportunity to transfer to four-year engineering programs at East Carolina University, North Carolina State University, North Carolina A&T, UNC-Charlotte and Western Carolina University.
As the educational partner for eastern North Carolina’s newest brewing community, Nash Community College’s 360° Brewing Production and Entrepreneurial Lab at the historic Rocky Mount Mills features state-of-the-art distillation and fermentation equipment where students prepare for careers in the growing industry of brewing.
Many training needs are met through Nash Online, a program where remote learners, including those already working in careers, can earn additional credentialing, two-year degrees, certificates and course credit without commuting to campus.
Other unique training opportunities presented on NCC’s campus are Veterinary Medical Technology – one of only several VMT programs offered in North Carolina and the in-demand Electric Line Construction program. For nearly 20 years, Nash has been the only college in North Carolina to deliver the Electric Line Construction degree program preparing students for careers in rural and utility settings.
Nash Community College is proud of its longstanding relationships with major employers that continue to return to the college for training and for the recruitment of new employees.
Since 1967, the contributions of Nash Community College graduates have made an impact on the economic prosperity of North Carolina, and will continue to do so for generations to come. For more information, please call 252-451-8235.
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522 N. Old Carriage Road, Rocky Mount, NC 27804