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Carteret Community College Good Samaritan Scholarship Established Morehead City, N.C. (January 19, 2021) – The Thomas M. Blevins Samaritan Scholarship was established by Thomas Blevins, along with support from his cousin, Rebecca Davidson. Thomas Blevins, a native of Winston-Salem, is a retired teacher from the Carteret County Public School System.  After 34 years of teaching, he knows the importance of obtaining a degree or trade skill. “Education is what helps students become productive members of our community,” says Mr. Blevins. “And shapes them to be good Samaritans.” It is Mr. Blevins’ mission to help establish the basis for students to become lifelong learners and to inspire the love of learning. Mr. Blevins recognizes that the majority of students in Carteret County need some form of financial aid to further their education and/or training. The Thomas M. Blevins Samaritan Scholarship...

Small Business Center Hosts Business Plan Competition Morehead City, N.C. (January 14, 2021) – With the new year comes New Year’s resolutions and a $1,000 prize! If your resolution is to start a new business, the Carteret Community College (Carteret CC) Small Business Center can help you. The Carteret CC Small Business center is hosting its inaugural Carteret CC Business Plan Competition with support from local partners and sponsors. The competition encourages participants to pitch their game-changing idea for a chance to fund their new venture! Along with a money prize, participants compete for business services. Participants must submit their plan by April 30, 2021, and the winner will be announced on May 27, 2021. The winner will receive resources to aid in the creation and implementation of their business. Anyone who participates will gain valuable skills and...

Fall 2020 President's and Vice President's Lists Announced Morehead City, N.C. (January 8, 2021) – The registrar at Carteret Community College, Tammi Coble, announces the President’s and Vice-President’s Lists for fall semester 2020. The President’s List is composed of those students who enrolled and successfully completed A. minimum of twelve credit hours (nine for summer semester) and did not receive any grade below an “A”. Those students who achieved the highest marks for the fall 2020 semester and are designated President’s List students are: Associate in Arts: Jaclyn R Mason and Jenna Riley Rutledge, Beaufort; Rosanna Secchi, Cape Carteret; Mathew Graci and Owen Wallace Withee, Morehead City; Chloe Brooke Pope, New Bern; Caitlyn Mae Clancy, Juan Miguel Lara Torres, McKenzie Joanne Miller and Gabriella Mariah Montford, Newport; Kyleigh Moon Eyl, Swansboro Associate in Engineering: Bethany Auburn Lier, Cedar Point Associate...

Culinary Instruction During COVID Morehead City, N.C. (December 18, 2020) – In March when the Coronavirus brought all of North Carolina and much of the United States to a standstill, it was clear that the culinary and hospitality businesses would be impacted. Like the hospitality businesses, educating future hospitality and culinary arts workers was also impacted as the result of COVID. Instructors had to rethink the curriculum and even the physical way they taught their students. Now, instructors are teaching their students in a COVID-safe environment — taking temperatures at the door, wearing masks and having the students remain six-feet apart in the kitchens and classrooms. Teaching six-feet apart has proven tricky in some programs due to the small culinary kitchens. However, the programs will move into the new Hospitality and Culinary Arts Center in January and that...

Carteret Community College Instructor Selected as Finalist for Statewide Teaching Award Morehead City, N.C. (December 14, 2020) – Karen Bochnovic is one of four instructors across the state of North Carolina selected as a finalist for the 2021 North Carolina Community College System Excellence in Teaching Award. Bochnovic serves as the Chair of Academic Success, Arts & Sciences at Carteret Community College. The North Carolina Community College System Excellence in Teaching Award, sponsored by R.J. Reynolds, was established by the State Board of Community Colleges in 1985. This award provides statewide recognition of faculty members who exemplify the highest quality and standards of instruction throughout the North Carolina Community College System. The award recipient will receive a cash prize of $8,000 and a plaque. The recipient’s college foundation will receive a cash prize of $2,000. The finalists will...

Celebrate Small Business Saturday in the Race to Shop Local Morehead City, N.C. (November 24, 2020) – November 28, 2020, is Small Business Saturday. In a typical year, the Small Business Center at Carteret Community College would celebrate Small Business Saturday by hosting Neighborhood Champion events for local businesses to provide the business owners with materials to promote #ShopSmall. However, 2020 is not a typical year due to the Coronavirus. The staff at the Small Business Center had to rethink how to celebrate Small Business Saturday. This year, rather than neighborhood events, the Small Business Center will host The Race to Shop Local on November 28. This will shift the focus to not only the business owners promoting Small Business Saturday, but also their shoppers. “It’s even more important this year for people to shop locally. The Coronavirus...

Driven by its coastal location, Carteret Community College seeks to become a hub for the community Molly Osborne, EdNC.org November 16, 2020 [caption id="attachment_12286" align="aligncenter" width="600"] View of the Bogue Sound from Carteret Community College. Molly Osborne/EducationNC[/caption] The view from Carteret Community College President Tracy Mancini’s office is one of the better office views I’ve seen in my travels to community colleges across the state. A grassy lawn punctuated by live oak trees gives way to the sparkling blue waters of the Bogue Sound just about 100 yards from the building. Directly across from the college sits the narrow strip of land that hosts Atlantic Beach, Pine Knoll Shores, and Emerald Isle. [caption id="attachment_12287" align="alignleft" width="340"] Carteret Community College president Tracy Mancini’s office overlooks the Bogue Sound in Carteret County. Alli Lindenberg/EducationNC[/caption] Carteret Community College is shaped, more so than many...

Carteret Community College Offers Online Substance Abuse Certificate [caption id="attachment_12281" align="alignleft" width="400"] Kathy Foster, Chair of Human Services Technology at Carteret CC[/caption] Morehead City, N.C. (November 17, 2020) – Carteret Community College (Carteret CC) is now offering an online substance abuse certificate. Adding the certificate to the course offerings became a mission for Kathy Foster, Chair of Human Services Technology at Carteret CC. Foster is very involved in the community. When she became aware of the death rate in Carteret County and our nation due to the opioid crisis, she wanted to try to make a difference. Naturally, she turned to her job at Carteret Community College where she teaches in the Human Services field. “As Vice-Chair of the Carteret County Consolidated Human Services Board, each month the board is briefed about the deaths that occur in Carteret County...

This cooking class is changing one student’s outlook on school, work, and life Alli Lindenburg, EdNC.org November 4, 2020 [caption id="attachment_12206" align="alignleft" width="600"] Odin Bright on Carteret Community College’s main campus. Alli Lindenberg/EducationNC[/caption] School was hard for Odin Bright. A junior at Croatan High School, Bright struggled with grades and a general disinterest in school. All of that changed when he started his food service technology (FST) classes at Carteret Community College this fall. Bright now looks forward to school, has improved his grades, secured a new part time-job, and has developed a better mindset when facing challenges. The food service technology program is just one pathway for students in Carteret County Schools’ exceptional children’s program, which Bright is a part of. The program works with exceptional children to prepare them for productive work after graduating high school. The mission of the exceptional children...

Carteret Community College Foundation Raffles Grocery Shopping Spree Morehead City, N.C. (November 4, 2020) - The Carteret Community College Foundation is looking to spread holiday cheer this year by giving one lucky person a five-minute shopping spree at Lowes Foods of Morehead City. To have the chance to win the shopping spree, people can purchase a ticket for $20 each to enter the drawing.  The Foundation will cap sales at 1,000 tickets. The first-place winner will get a five-minute shopping spree and the chance to win two additional $50 gift cards to Lowes Foods of Morehead City. The second-place winner will win a $100 gift card from Lowes Foods of Morehead City. The third-place winner will win a $50 gift card from Lowes Foods of Morehead City. The drawing will take place on December 3, 2020, at 8...