25th Annual Black History Celebration

Carteret Community College Celebrates Black History Month

Black History Celebration

Carteret Community College will celebrate its 25th Annual Black History Celebration, themed “Black Health and Wellness,” on February 21 at 6 p.m. in the Civic Center. This is an annual event that celebrates the academic achievements of Carteret County’s exceptional young African Americans.  The in-person event is limited to student honorees and their families, but will be made available and streamed live for the public on the college’s website.

The program will feature key-note speaker, Wanda Gail McCain. Native to the Merrimon Community in Beaufort, North Carolina, McCain is a retired veteran having served twenty-nine years and six months as an Army Reservist. In addition to her service, McCain is an alum of Carteret Technical Community College and graduated in 1992 with an Associate in Applied Science degree in Business Administration. Continuing her education, McCain received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 2002 from North Carolina Wesleyan College before pursuing her master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Strayer University. Presently, McCain is employed with Durham Public Schools as a Personnel Relations Supervisor in the Child Nutrition Department.

The event recognizes students at the 8th and 12th-grade levels and Carteret Community College students who have achieved outstanding academic excellence by having a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Each student will receive a certificate of honor celebrating their achievement.

In addition to student achievements, the Carteret CC Black History Committee will celebrate the event’s 25th anniversary and its significance.

“This year is special,” stated Vonda Godette, Carteret Community College Medical Assisting Chairperson and Black History Committee President. “This year marks the 25th anniversary of the celebration of our young African American students. These past two years have been challenging for everyone. The committee has struggled with if we should have the celebration or not. We felt that it is important to recognize these students and how tirelessly they have worked overcoming much adversity. In addition to honoring the students, we also want to recognize those who began the Black History Celebration 25 year ago.”

If you are interested in attending Carteret Community College for classes, please visit www.Carteret.edu or call 252-222-6000.


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