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Programming competition: Three Information Technology Programs students at Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute recently competed in a 24-hour online computer programming competition.

Robert Swanson, Robert Hardin and David Dunbar made up the college’s team in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) competition.

The team received a different programming challenge every hour and worked to solve the problem using the programming language of their choice.

Lunch and learn: The Basic Skills program at CCC&TI will offer a free Lunch and Learn event 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 11 on the TAPS Campus in Hudson. The session will focus on the GED + College Degree, Automotive Crew program.

Students in the program work toward a GED or Adult High School diploma while earning free college credit toward an Automotive Degree from the college.

The Dec. 11 event includes free lunch, a tour of the college’s new Automotive Technology facility and an informative session by a faculty member.

Space is limited to 25 participants and pre-registration is required by Dec. 7. For more information, call 828-726-2230.

RTP officials visit: Officials from Research Triangle Park recently visited CCC&TI as part of the “Pathways to Opportunity” RTP Bus Tour. President Ken Boham welcomed the group and gave an overview of services the college offers students, industry and the community.

The officials also heard presentations from Deborah Murray, director of the Caldwell County Economic Development Commission, and Chris Ryan, a student in the college’s Electrical Engineering program who was laid off from a furniture industry job.

Wonderful life: CCC&TI will present the Foothills Performing Arts production of “It’s a Wonderful Life” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6-8 and 3 p.m. Dec. 9 at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center.

Prior to the Dec. 8 show, dinner will be served. The menu features a mixed greens salad, roasted turkey breast with gravy, sweet potato soufflé, broccoli casserole, biscuits and angel-food cupcake bells with chocolate ganache. Cost is $12 adults, $6 children.

Show tickets are $15 adults, $8 children. For details or to purchase show or dinner tickets, call the Civic Center Box Office at 828-726-2407.

Agripreneur series: CCC&TI, the Watauga County Center, Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture and High Country Council of Governments will offer a series of agripreneur seminars beginning in January.

Arlene Childers, assistant director with NC REAL, will be the presenter. Sessions, which are free and open to the public, will be held 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Agriculture Conference Center, 252 Poplar Grove Road in Boone, on the following dates:

Jan. 10: Exploring Agriculture Entrepreneurship Self-Assessment/Community Analysis

Jan. 17: Introduction to Business Planning, Market Feasibility, Competition, Sustainability

Jan. 24: Financial Feasibility and Breakeven Analysis

Jan. 31: Marketing Plan

Feb. 7: Business Operations

Feb. 21: Business Financials

RSVP is required by contacting Evelyn Asher at 828-263-5371 or


Hmong New Year: Catawba Valley Community College will hold a Hmong New Year Celebration 2-7 p.m. Dec. 4 in the Student Center.

The third in a five-part Multicultural Series, the event celebrates diversity on campus and in the community. Food, educational displays and interactive exhibits will be featured.

Entertainment will be provided by the CVCC Play Production class, Rev. Raymond Hollis and Raymond Hollis III, guitarist Leah Kennedy, the Challenger High School Dance Group, a young girls’ dance group featuring Pachi Xiong and an Experience the Hmong Culture program by Ze Vue and Jennifer Vang.

Kontras Quartet performs: The Kontras Quartet will perform at 11 a.m. Dec. 6 in the Old Student Center on the West Wing of the Main Campus at Catawba Valley Community College. The free concert is open to students, faculty, staff and the public.

Violinist Dmitri Pogorelov of Russia, violinist Francois Henkins of South Africa, violist Ai Ishida of Japan and cellist Jean Hatmaker from Illinois make up the group, now in its third year as the Hickory Metro Resident Quartet with the Western Piedmont Symphony.

For more information, contact Anne Williams at CVCC, 828-327-7000, ext. 4850.

Art competition: CVCC students, faculty, staff and alumni are invited to submit their work for the 50th Anniversary NC Community Colleges Art Exhibition and online Virtual Tour.

Four pieces of art chosen by CVCC will be displayed in the Caswell Building in Raleigh, the headquarters for the state’s Community College system. Art should directly relate to the college’s footprint in history. Mediums suitable for a public building are welcome, and large-scale works are requested for the main lobby.

Deadline is Dec. 9. For information, contact Brian Morris at

Apply now for spring: Catawba Valley Community College is accepting applications for the spring 2013 semester that begins in January.

Those interested in enrolling for the first time should attend a “Starting Points-Admissions & Financial Aid” information session to learn about admissions, placement testing, financial aid and other issues. For a complete schedule, visit

For more information, call 828-828-327-7000, ext. 4216 or visit

Gaston College

Veterans Club: Gaston College is starting a new club for students who are veterans.

Club members will receive assistance with transition into college life, as well as help with education benefits, resume writing, mock interviewing and PTSD awareness.

For information, contact Darren Stewart at 704-922-6472 or

Spring registration: Gaston College will hold Spring Registration through Jan. 7. Payment deadline is Dec. 17.

Registration dates are assigned based on when the admissions process is complete.

For more information, visit

Lenoir-Rhyne University

Christmas at L-R: The Lenoir-Rhyne University A Cappella Choir and the Lenoir-Rhyne Youth Chorus will present “Christmas at L-R” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3-4 at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Hickory.

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Brass Ensemble and Handbell Ensemble also will perform.

This year’s theme, “Let There Be Light” will highlight the light of creation and new creation in the birth of the child of Bethlehem. Seasonal carols, traditional hymns and a candlelighting ceremony will be featured.

Admission is free, but an offering will be taken.

Commencement exercises: Lenoir-Rhyne University will hold Fall Commencement at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 in P.E. Monroe Auditorium.

Jennifer Heller, professor of English and the 2012 Raymond Bost Professor of the Year, will speak. A reception for graduates and their families will follow the ceremony in the Cromer Center Lobby.

Christian counseling: Lenoir-Rhyne University will offer a series of seminars on Christian counseling Dec. 10-14. Admission is free unless the course is taken for graduate credit.

Sessions will meet 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1-4:30 p.m. in the Quiet Study and Colloquium Room #127 of the Carl Rudisill Library on the main campus.

David Ludwig will present topics on internal struggles such as anxiety, depression, obsessive reactions and impulse-control disorders, as well as marriage and family relationships.

Ludwig has taught psychology at Lenoir-Rhyne for more than 30 years and worked as a family therapist for more than 40 years. He is an ordained pastor of the Lutheran Church and has written numerous books and produced videos related to family life.

To register for credit, call 828-328-7401. To register for an individual session, contact Ludwig at


Registration for spring: New students planning to attend Western Piedmont Community College for the spring semester should apply by Dec. 10.

Students must complete an admission application, which is available at Printable applications also are available. To seek financial aid, visit

A complete listing of spring 2013 semester courses is available at

For additional questions, call Student Services at 828-448-6052 or 828-448-6046.

Tree sale: Western Piedmont Community College’s B.E.S.T. Society will sell holiday trees through Dec. 6.

Prices are $25 for 6- to 7-foot tall trees; $30 for 7- to 8-foot tall trees, and $35 for 8- to 9-foot tall trees. All trees must be pre-ordered by 5 p.m. Dec. 6 with a $20 deposit. Trees may be picked up Dec. 7 at the tennis courts on the WPCC campus.

Details: Trudy Pascoe, or Eric Hurley,

Free business classes: WPCC’s Small Business Center will offer several free classes this fall at the Foothills Higher Education Center, 2128 S. Sterling St. in Morganton.

The schedule includes:

How to start a business: 3-5 p.m. Dec. 5

Business taxes: 6-9 p.m. Dec. 10

How to find money for your business: 3-4:30 p.m. Dec. 12

Admission is free and classes are open to the public. Details: Eddie McGimsey, 828-448-6719,,

Compiled by Leigh Pressley

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