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Isaac Blaine Smith CDL Scholarship It was a wonderful tribute to Isaac Blaine Smith when his niece, Dr. Michelle Bass presented the Board of Trustees with a scholarship in his memory. "Uncle Blaine was a truck driver all of his life," said Dr. Bass. "He drove almost a million miles before he was forced to retire due to a disability. His nickname was 'Running Empty'. This scholarship was established to honor his memory and his love of driving by helping other people achieve their dreams." The scholarship will support Carteret Community College students enrolled in the Commercial Driver’s License program, who are residents of North Carolina. For more information on the CDL program at Carteret CC visit www.carteret.edu. ...

Hands-on Carpentry Academy provides skills for workforce entry Hands-on instruction and taking the time to learn how to do things the right way safely are major benefits of taking Carteret Community College’s Carpentry Academy. According to Mr. Perry Harker, the College’s Vice President of Corporate and Community Education, the short-term training is ideal for several reasons. “This academy will prepare you for an entry-level job with a local company and you will earn a good wage,” said Harker. “This will give you the skills to join a career field with many opportunities to grow.” The short-term course meets three times a week for six weeks and industry veteran Skip Knittel teaches to National Center for Construction Education and Research standards. During the course students learn the importance of safety on the job site and become familiar with a...

A Very Merry, RAD Christmas It’s a very merry, RAD Christmas indeed! This holiday season the Carteret CC Radiography class of 2023 partnered with Home Instead, a senior care agency which assists senior residents in Carteret, Craven, and Pamlico counties. The class sponsored a “Be a Santa to a Senior” Christmas tree on campus. The tree featured ornament tags with seniors’ names and their wishes for Christmas. The class encouraged faculty and staff to participate and had an overwhelming response. Home Instead was asked to replenish name tags four times over the course of three weeks. The class was able to fulfill over 70 Christmas wishes! This humbling act of service will put a smile on everyone’s face just in time for Christmas. The class was so happy to help, and the Radiography program plans to...

Meet Audra Luanne Rhinehardt Audra Luanne Rhinehardt, an Interventional Radiology Physician Assistant, began her journey with Carteret Community College in 2001. Originally from Davis, North Carolina, Rhinehardt began taking courses as a dually enrolled Cape Lookout Marine Science High School student.  She completed her Associate of Arts degree in 2005 before gaining acceptance into the Radiography program at Carteret CC. Three days after graduating from the program in 2007, Rhinehardt began her career as a Radiographer at the New Hanover Reginal Medical Center Orthopedic Hospital where she spent 13 years between the radiology department and cardiac catheterization lab, all while also working part-time at Medac Urgent Care in Wilmington. Rhinehardt’s ambition did not stop there. At age 29, she decided to begin her journey towards becoming a Physician Assistant. “To put it simply, I wanted to keep learning,”...

Continuing Education Spring 2022 Class Schedule Looking for short-term training opportunities to land you a new job? Look no further than Carteret CC! Whether you're looking to fine tune your current skills, start fresh in a new industry, or just want to take a class for fun, we have something for everyone. Take a look at the Corporate & Community Education class offerings in the Spring 2022 Beacon. Ready to register for a class? Contact a staff member at (252) 222-6200 or visit www.carteret.edu/cced. ...

Carteret Community College Awarded Second USDA Grant Morehead City, N.C. (November 9, 2021) – Carteret Community College (Carteret CC) was awarded $508,751 from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) grant program. Carteret CC is one of 105 projects funded by the USDA DLT grant program. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced $50 million of investments in 37 states and Puerto Rico. This program helps fund distance learning and telemedicine services in rural areas to increase access to education, training and health care resources that are otherwise limited or unavailable. Carteret CC was one of five organizations chosen in North Carolina to receive funding, and the only NC Community College on the list. “I am excited that Carteret Community College was selected for a second USDA Distance Learning and Telemedicine grant. This...

Carteret CC Celebrates National First-Generation College Student Day On Monday, November 8, Carteret Community College and the TRIO program will celebrate National First-Generation College Student Day to commemorate the passing of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA) and celebrate first-generation students, graduates, faculty, and staff. The Higher Education Act of 1965 was passed to assist students who come from low-income and minority backgrounds in earning a college degree. HEA legislation invests in both students and the higher education institutions by providing federal grants and loans, as well as implementing programs such as TRIO. “I remember driving by the campus as a child and thinking I want go there, and I want to work there someday,” said Jo Ann Cannon, Executive Director of the President’s Office at Carteret Community College.  “It’s nice to know that hard work pays...

Carteret CC Offers Local Employer Team Building Workshop Morehead City, N.C. (September 23, 2021) – Carteret Community College Corporate and Community Education sponsored a day long, interactive team building class for Rogers & Company, CPA and 30 of its employees. The purpose of the workshop was to create an awareness of behavioral characteristics of effective team collaboration. During one exercise, employees participated in a fun culinary challenge where they were divided into teams and made homemade pizza. Each team was responsible for preparing the dough and sauce from scratch with minimal help from college instructors.  The exercise mimicked real-life teamwork challenges to demonstrate what it takes to create and maintain a harmonious and productive work environment. At the end of the challenge, each teams’ pizza was tasted and scored by a panel of judges. “Companies, organizations, and boards...

9/11 20th Anniversary Commemoration Morehead City, N.C. (September 8, 2021) – On Friday, September 10, 2021, Carteret Community College will hold a commemoration in observance of the 20th anniversary of 9/11. The event is open to the public and will begin promptly at 8:45 a.m. in front of the McGee building on the college campus at 3505 Arendell Street, Morehead City, NC. The order of events is as follows: 8:45 a.m.        Welcome 8:46 a.m.        Moment of Silence 8:47 a.m.        Lowering of the Flag                         America the Beautiful on bagpipes, Kevin White, Carteret CC Public Safety .                      9/11 Facts & Stats, Amy Snider-Wells, Carteret CC BLET .                       Guest Speaker, Chief...

SMALL BUSINESS CENTER OFFERS MICRO LOAN PROGRAM Morehead City, N.C. (August 26, 2021) – The Carteret Community College Small Business Center has established a Micro Loan Program in collaboration with the First Rung Foundation to provide seed capital to entrepreneurs leading startup or early-stage businesses in Carteret County.  Low-interest loans up to $10,000 are available for business-related costs such as space, inventory, equipment, advertising, marketing, and technology. "We are very excited to partner with FirstRung on this exciting initiative," said Vice President of Corporate and Community Education Perry Harker. "Access to capital is a challenge for many of our small start-ups and this partnership will help many overcome this challenge." Walt Sliva and Laura Benson created the First Rung Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit, as a way to make Carteret County more attractive to young entrepreneurs and new business owners. In sharing their...