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January 2018 Campus News is a periodic communication from the President of Blue Ridge Community College to inform elected officials and other stakeholders about programs, events, and issues affecting Blue Ridge Community College. Henderson County Campus 180 West Campus Drive Flat Rock, NC 28731 Transylvania County Campus 45 Oak Park Drive Brevard, NC 28712 Health Sciences Center 805 6th Avenue West Hendersonville, NC 28739 Office for the President Phone (828) 694-1705

Our Mission Our mission is to provide quality education and training opportunities that support student learning, enhance student advancement and success, and meet the workforce needs of our community.


Campus News Laura B. Leatherwood, Ed.D.

President, Blue Ridge Community College

2018 is off to a great start at Blue Ridge Community College! I always find the beginning of each new year and new semester to be exciting and full of promise for the future. With the talent, energy, and commitment of our faculty and staff, I am confident that 2018 will be a spectacular year for BRCC and its students—a year full of achievements and opportunities. As you know, business and industry leaders are in need of a highly skilled workforce. In the current economy, it is challenging to fill critical positions. Blue Ridge Community College remains committed to bridging the gap between the needs of business and industry and the citizens of Henderson and Transylvania Counties. Here are a few current initiatives to support workforce development that you may find interesting: • More than 300 scholarships are available for students who will attend BRCC this year. You can find more information on our website. • Henderson County Early College High School, located on our Henderson County Campus, is accepting applications through Feb. 23 from rising 9th graders. • We are currently conducting several studies to determine the feasibility of adding new programs in Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Technology; Physical Therapist Assistant; Occupational Therapy Assistant; Pharmacy Technology; Viticulture and Enology Technology; and Agriculture Education. As always, feel free to contact me directly if I can be of assistance to you or your organization. I look forward to hearing from you.

Board of Trustees Appointed by the Governor John C. McCormick, Jr. Andrew Riddle Susan Robinson Duke Woodhull Appointed by the Henderson County Commissioners Chip Gould, Chair Nathan Kennedy Kelly Leonard Bill Ramsey Appointed by the Henderson County Board of Public Education Betty Gash Patricia F. Jones Mark Morse Kathy Revis Appointed by Transylvania County Commissioners Jeremy Gibbs, Vice Chair Josh Hallingse Student Government Association President Maxwell George (ex-officio, non-voting)

Fall Semester 2017 Completers Curriculum: 141 degrees, diplomas, and certificates to 109 students Nurse Aide: 67 Medical Assistant: 69 EKG Technician: 9 Billing and Coding: 7 Medication Aide: 4 Phlebotomist: 8 Law Enforcement Officer: 11 Detention Officer: 11 Schenck Job Corps: 71 High School Equivalency: 84 Adult High School: 8

Congratulations Class of 2017!

2018 Faculty and Staff Awards Employees play a significant role in their students’ lives—as teachers, advisors, and mentors. Our faculty and staff assist students in finding purpose and direction in the educational process, setting them on a path to meet their career and life goals. Each year Blue Ridge Community College Educational Foundation honors several outstanding employees for their service to the community, the College, and its students. The 2018 award recipients were announced earlier this month by members of Blue Ridge Community College Educational Foundation Board of Directors.

Dr. and Mrs. William D. Killian Outstanding Teacher Award Business Administration Instructor Jack Igelman received the Dr. and Mrs. William D. Killian Outstanding Teacher Award for his dedication to motivating and helping all students recognize their abilities and potential. Jack was recognized for his use of non-traditional and innovative teaching strategies and was also commended for his work with Discover Diversity Week and the Inclusive Education Committee.

Dr. Molly A. Parkhill Staff Person of the Year Award Peter Hemans received the Dr. Molly A. Parkhill Staff Person of the Year Award. With 20 years of service to the College, Peter currently serves as Facilities Director. Recognized for his exceptional performance and can-do attitude, he most recently coordinated major building projects at the Health Sciences Center and Innovative High Schools while still managing a large multi-faceted, fast-paced department.

Dr. Eliza B. Graue Extra Mile Award Thomas Hayes received the Dr. Eliza B. Graue Extra Mile Award for his dedicated investment in the lives of students at Blue Ridge Community College. Thomas was praised for his countless hours of teaching preparation in order to help students succeed in classes, especially those with advanced scientific topics. He currently serves as Biology Instructor.

Dr. David W. Sink Jr. Community Service Award Early Childhood Instructor Shelah Combs received the Dr. David W. Sink Jr. Community Service Award. Shelah was recognized for her exceptional service to the community and for passing on her dedication for community involvement to her students. Through her leadership, Blue Ridge Community College early childhood students gain valuable workplace skills by participating in a wide variety of community service activities. She, herself, volunteers in many areas that focus on children and families including Art in the Park, Kindergarten Readiness Rally, and Week of Young Child Conference. She also assists local organizations during the holidays to gather donations of toys and food for area families.

Wellness Award Retention Specialist Belinda Frantz received the Wellness Award. She competed against other employees using a point-based system designed by the College Wellness Committee to encourage long-term healthy lifestyles through friendly competition. Belinda participated in numerous wellness events and challenges throughout the year. Each recipient was honored with a framed award and a monetary gift from Blue Ridge Community College Educational Foundation.

Discover Diversity Week Set for March 12-15 Blue Ridge Community College will hold its annual Discover Diversity Week, March 12-15, 2018, at both the Henderson and Transylvania County Campus locations. BRCC’s Discover Diversity Week is a series of events to promote awareness of diversity and a greater understanding of global issues. Ms. Wheelchair USA Madeline Delp headlines the week’s activities, preceded by the popular food tasting and film festival events. This year’s keynote speaker Madeline Delp, Ms. Wheelchair USA 2017, will speak in Blue Ridge Conference Hall from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 15. About Madeline Delp: Madeline Delp is an alumna of Blue Ridge Community College and North Henderson High School. After finishing her associate degree at BRCC, she transferred to UNC-Asheville, where she majored in business and foreign language. Ms. Delp has used her entrepreneurial skills to found the non-profit organization Live Boundless, and uses her knowledge of multiple languages to reach greater audiences in the US and abroad. After working on several film projects like the televised special “To Walk Again,” Ms. Delp is taking her film work to the next level during her year as Ms. Wheelchair USA. The Live Boundless series will be filmed and promoted to educate wheelchair users on how they can adapt to each area of everyday life. Representing North Carolina in her quest to win Ms. Wheelchair USA, Ms. Delp has used her skills as a professional speaker and singer to advocate for people with disabilities. Currently with her reigning title, she travels the country doing the same.

Full listing of Discover Diversity Week Events:

The Professional Development Institute at Blue Ridge Community College designs and delivers learning solutions to grow your personal, team and strategic leadership skills. Join one of our scheduled seminars or contact us for a tailored training program specifically for your organization. March 9, 2018 March 23, 2018

Coaching and Development Effective Teams

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2018-19 Scholarship Applications Available New and returning Blue Ridge Community College students may apply for Blue Ridge Community College Educational Foundation scholarships by completing the online scholarship application form. The priority filing date is April 15; however, applications submitted after this date will still be reviewed if funding is available.

Blue Ridge Community College allows for flexibility and quality education for non-traditional student Asheville resident Amy Clarke (pictured with her family) already had an associate degree in Early Childhood Development under her belt and was working fulltime as a family service worker at Western Carolina Community Action when she decided she wanted to switch professions. Mom to a toddler and pregnant with baby number two, Amy realized that working full time and going back to school would be too much—both financially and physically. Amy was able to receive a Blue Ridge Community College Educational Foundation scholarship to attend school at BRCC, which allowed her to leave her full-time position in order to focus on school and her pregnancy. Amy attended the accounting program and graduated with honors from Blue Ridge Community College in 2016. Active in the business club Phi Beta Lambda, Amy was both a state and national winner in the Accounting Professionals competitive event while at Blue Ridge. After obtaining her associate degree from BRCC, Amy transferred to University of North Carolina at Asheville as a junior and is currently enrolled in the bachelor’s degree program there. She is back at WCCA, working part-time in the business office to gain valuable experience. Ultimately, Amy’s goal is to become a Certified Public Accountant. Having the financial and educational resources available at Blue Ridge Community College provided Amy with the flexibility she needed and the quality education she wanted in order to pursue a new career.

High school and middle school counselors from Henderson County Public Schools enjoyed a day at Blue Ridge Community College learning more about opportunities for high school students to get a jump on college classes through the Career and College Promise program.

Meet Teresa Ray In more than one instance, Teresa Ray (pictured above) has found saving grace in Blue Ridge Community College’s Career Center. Teresa’s experience began in 1992 when she found herself at Blue Ridge Community College as a displaced worker. She was at a crossroads in her professional life: should she look for another job or pursue a degree towards a career? The BRCC Career Center helped her make her choice to go back to school and get her two-year associate degree in Office Administration. Teresa was a full-time student, dedicated wife and mother, and worked part-time as she “Blue Ridge Community prepared to start the career she desired. Teresa landed a job at Belding Corticelli on a referral from the BRCC Career Center. From there, she obtained a job at GE Lighting where she was employed for about four years. Through that company, she enrolled in continuing education courses at BRCC to keep her mind focused and continue learning new skills. Shortly after her employment ended at GE, she moved on to Hubble Lighting in Greenville, South Carolina where she spent fourteen years. She served many different roles there until she recently found herself displaced once more. She knew where she had to go.

College was completely

essential and instrumental in starting my career. Had it not been for their guidance and instruction, I don’t know where I would be today,”

Teresa contacted the BRCC Career Center, now NCWorks, where she met with longtime acquaintance and mentor Julie Thompson. Julie introduced Teresa to the CEO and Vice President of Norafin, a new company locating to Henderson County. During their brief meeting, she expressed her interest and shared her qualifications and experience. Within a week, she was offered a position as the Materials Coordinator. She is now handling all of the purchasing of materials and factory scheduling for Norafin. “Blue Ridge Community College was completely instrumental in starting my career. Had it not been for their guidance, I don’t know where I would be today,” said Teresa. Through all the obstacles she endured, Teresa found support from BRCC and the NCWorks Career Center.

Major Gifts

Major In-kind Gift

The Fitzpatrick Foundation contributed $9,750 for three 2018-2019 Mills River Scholarships.

Collision Repair Education Foundation contributed CCC Information Services, Inc., estimating software and GMG EnvironSafe Compliance Dashboard and Online Training valued at $8,527. This gift benefitted the Collision Repair and Refinishing Technology program.

John and Evelyn Davis gifted $5,100 to the Davis, Dills, and Green Family Scholarship Endowment Fund. Using a distribution from their IRA and through their Dan & Nancy Barber Designated Fund with Community Foundation of Henderson County, Mr. and Mrs. Dan Barber, III contributed $10,000 to fund ten Dan and Nancy Barber Determination Scholarships at $1,000 in the 2018-19 academic year. Connestee Falls Property Owners Association donated $30,000 to their annual Connestee Falls Student Scholarship for award in 201819. The Association also gifted $3,000 to start a new annual scholarship, the Connestee Falls Employee Scholarship. An anonymous donor contributed $5,000 divided between two of their established scholarship endowment funds. Ray and Judith McKenzie-Wilson donated $10,000 to start a new annual scholarship, the Carol McKenzie-Wilson Continuation Scholarship. This scholarship award is for students who have completed their two-year associate degree at Blue Ridge Community College, were a recipient of the “Carol McKenzie-Wilson Scholarship” and wish to continue for a four-year bachelor’s degree.

2017-18 Trustees and Directors Giving Campaign In July of 2017, the current Blue Ridge Community College Board of Trustees and Blue Ridge Community College Educational Foundation Board of Directors jointly kicked off their personal annual Giving Campaign. The Foundation Office is pleased to report 100% participation was obtained through donations from both Boards.

2017-18 Faculty and Staff Giving Campaign The 2017 Faculty and Staff Giving Campaign has raised-to-date gifts totaling $27,453.35.

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Campus News January 2018  
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