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Harker Named to Inaugural NC Black Entrepreneurship Council Morehead City, N.C. (September 14, 2020) – Perry Harker, Vice President of Corporate and Community Education at Carteret Community College is among 25 individuals recently named as a member of the inaugural NC IDEA Foundation’s North Carolina Black Entrepreneurship Council (NC BEC). NC IDEA, a Durham-based private foundation committed to supporting entrepreneurial ambition and economic empowerment in North Carolina, announced the formation of the NC BEC. Establishing the NC BEC to serve the entrepreneurial aspirations and economic potential of North Carolina’s Black community, further supports the Foundation’s previous commitment that no less than 50% of programmatic and funding resources be in service to underserved, under-resourced and underrepresented communities, notably minorities, women and rural constituencies. “I am honored to be selected to serve on this statewide council. We have a strong...

Carteret CC Receives Tractor Trailer Donation Morehead City, N.C. (September 4, 2020) – On September 9, Carteret Community College will expand its Commercial Driver License (CDL) program by accepting a donation for an automatic tractor and refrigerated trailer from the Crystal Coast Country Club and its owner, PKS LLC, along with Ryder System, Inc. “We believe in this community and the college,” said Jason Wordsworth, president of PKS LLC.  “With this donation we hope that it will give the students an opportunity for success. From the citizens that complete the course and receive their CDL’s, to the mechanic program that can learn and physically work on the tractor, trailer, refrigeration and freezer unit. We hope and believe that this donation increases the opportunities and incomes of the students and families that call this county home.” The Crystal Coast...

Carteret CC Reaffirmed by SACSCOC Morehead City, N.C. (September 4, 2020) – At its annual meeting on September 3, the Board of Trustees of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) reaffirmed Carteret Community College’s accreditation for another 10 years. SACSCOC is an institutional accrediting agency for degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states, including North Carolina, and is recognized by the United States Department of Education. Colleges accredited by SACSCOC are required to undergo a reaffirmation process every 10 years, with an interim report due after five years. The College submitted its last interim report in 2015. “This is a major accomplishment, particularly because colleges must maintain accreditation to be eligible for students to receive Title IV [federal] financial aid, and more than 70 percent of our students fall into that category,”...

High Schooler Earns College Certificate Community Colleges have something for everyone and that’s exactly what Walker Gordon, a junior at the Marine Science and Technology (MaST) Early College High School on the campus of Carteret Community College discovered. Walker and his brother have a 14-foot McKee Craft and often find themselves working on the 70-horsepower engine. In May 2020, Walker completed his certificate in Marine Propulsions earning him college credits as a high school student. “I started by taking the outboard engine class because I thought it would be fun,” said Gordon. “But then I realized how much I like it and now I want to take every marine class the college has to offer!” With the help of the College’s Boat Building and Manufacturing program, Walker was able to find a summer job at Town Creek...

Improvement Training to Local Companies Daniel Berman, Safety Director and Compliance Officer at Veneer Tech, recently completed his Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt training through Carteret Community College’s Customized Training Program. Berman completed his training online and at no cost to him or his employer. Since completing his training, 11 additional Veneer Tech employees have completed process improvement training. Veneer Tech worked with Carteret Community College’s Customized Training Program to offer the Lean Six Sigma and Fundamentals of Problem Solving programs to their employees. Veneer Tech is one of the largest face veneer plants in North America. The company was established in 1993 and is located in Newport, NC and has sister companies in the Moehring Group around the world. The company specializes in natural face veneer, sheet veneers of every description, reconstituted veneer, edge banding (melamine...

Funding received for job training and career services Carteret Community College and Eastern Carolina Workforce Development Board received $523,482 from a federally-funded program called the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA). The funding will be used to assist individuals in gaining and/or maintaining employment and increasing their earnings. The WIOA program offers tuition assistance for curriculum programs and training assistance for short-term training programs that lead directly to jobs identified as “in demand” in the labor market. Training programs can include classroom and online training, on-the-job training, internships, or apprenticeships. The WIOA program offers various employment services such as assistance with job leads and labor market information, resume assistance, education and career assessments, employment readiness and job search workshops, career counseling and career planning, supportive services, and intensive job search assistance. Other services include childcare and transportation assistance...

Carteret CC receives $1.4 million grant Carteret Community College is the recipient of the U.S. Department of Education Student Support Services TRIO multi-year grant. The College will receive $294,725 each year for five years totaling $1,473,625 to fund its Student Support Services TRiO program. Carteret Community College was one of approximately 1,100 institutions nationwide that were awarded grant funding. The TRiO program is designed to provide opportunities for academic development, assist with basic college requirements, and to motivate students toward successful completion of their post-secondary education. The goal of the TRiO program is to increase the college retention and graduation rates of its participants. Carteret Community College students are eligible for the TRiO program if they meet one of these criteria: are considered low socio-economic status, are a first-generation college student or have a documented disability. “We are...

SBC helps local businesses As the Coronavirus continues to impact the economy, the Small Business Center (SBC) located on Carteret Community College’s campus can help local businesses navigate these uncharted waters. Any services that businesses receive from the SBC are free of charge. “We are here to help individuals in our community start businesses, stay in business and thrive,” said Brandy Bell, Small Business Center Director at Carteret Community College. “We recently received funding as part of North Carolina’s House Bill 1043 that allows us to offer additional services to our small business community. We hope that local business owners take advantage of this funding.” Marilyn and David Whitley, the owners of Whitley Patient Advocates, are strong supporters and successes of the Small Business Center at Carteret Community College. They operate a thriving small business with a mission...

Overall Named 2020 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar Landon Overall from Carteret Community College is one of 207 Phi Theta Kappa members across the nation named a 2020 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar and will receive a $1,000 scholarship. Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of students at associate degree-granting colleges and helping them to grow as scholars and leaders. The Society is made up of more than 3.5 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in 11 nations, with approximately 240,000 active members in the nation’s colleges. The Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship Program helps new Phi Theta Kappa members defray educational expenses while enrolled in associate degree programs. Scholars are encouraged to assume leadership roles by participating in Society programs and are selected based on scholastic achievement, community service, and leadership...

Carteret CC Ranked Fourth Carteret Community College was recently ranked fourth in the nation by SmartAsset in its Best Community Colleges in America — 2020 Edition. With many students opting to defer from universities for a year due to COVID-19 and instead taking courses at community colleges, this news is great for those who will be attending Carteret Community College. To determine the best community colleges in America, SmartAsset analyzed 821 community colleges nationwide using the following three metrics:   Student-to-faculty ratio — the number students for every faculty member. Graduation and transfer rate — the percent of students who either graduate from the community college or transfer to a four-year institution. Cost of tuition and fees — the cost of tuition and fees for in-state students completing two semesters of coursework. “We are delighted to be recognized on...