EMS Graduate Saves A Life A recent graduate from the Carteret CC Emergency Medical Science program, Firefighter Paramedic Mark Rignola found his new paramedic skills put to the ultimate test. While on shift at the Morehead City Fire Department, a woman pulled into the parking lot beeping her horn and yelling for help. Her husband, also in the car, was suffering from a heart attack. Rignola assessed the patient and found him to be unresponsive, pulseless, and apneic. He immediately began CPR. “I knew we didn’t have much time and I needed to start CPR right away,” said Rignola. “In the moment I didn’t even have to think, my training just kicked into action.” With the arrival of additional crew members, responders worked together to provide immediate defibrillation, continuous CPR, and administration of Epinephrine. Within eight minutes, Rignola...

Carteret CC Nursing Graduate Receives Service Excellence Award A graduate of the Associate Degree Nursing program at Carteret Community College, Ashley Noffke found employment at CarolinaEast shortly after graduating in May 2020. During her 10-week new employee orientation, Ashley was awarded the CarolinaEast Service Excellence Award which recognizes exceptional patient care. “We are excited to have Ashley on our team at CarolinaEast,” said Becky Skinner, Professional Development Specialist at CarolinaEast. “And are thankful for the nursing faculty at Carteret Community College for all they did to help Ashley become the amazing nurse she is today!” Award recipients must be recognized by name at least four times in one month by patients post discharge. “Many patients struggle to remember staff members’ names unless they left a lasting impression,” says Skinner. “It is a reflection of excellent care when four...

Meet Skye Miller Originally from Connecticut, Skye Miller admits she was never a “star” student. She had an attitude and a tendency to try every teacher’s patience. After moving to Carteret County to live with her grandparents, Skye decided to complete her high school education through the Adult High School program at Carteret Community College rather than repeating a year in the public school system. “The program at Carteret CC was great for someone like me,” says Skye. “I hated school and struggled to sit still all day listening to lectures. Through the Adult High School I was able to tailor my curriculum and schedule to fit my needs.” Since graduating in 2011 with her high school diploma from Carteret CC, Skye has accomplished more than she ever thought possible and currently serves as an Intelligence Specialist...

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...

Lt. Commander Bill Geraty | 1999 Graduate Navy Lt. Commander Bill Geraty, class of 1999 , completed his AAS degree in Paralegal Technology while serving in the Marine Corp as a court reporter. Geraty went on to earn his undergraduate degree and then served as an instructor at the Naval Justice School in Newport, RI. While teaching at Naval Justice he attended Roger Williams School of Law on full scholarship and earned a law degree. After passing the Connecticut bar exam he accepted a commission in the US Navy where he joined the JAG Corps. As a JAG officer Geraty was deployed to Afghanistan where he trained Afghani legal professionals. Geraty is currently serving in Washington, DC as trial and appellate defense counsel in the JAG Corps. “The only diploma I have on my wall is the one...