Gaston & Catawba

College News

The North Carolina Biotechnology Center recently awarded a grant to Gaston College to fund biotechnology workshops for local educators.

In 2006, Gaston College became the first community college in the region to offer biotechnology courses. By collaborative agreement with neighboring community colleges, 60 students are enrolled in a new Associate of Applied Science degree in biotechnology.

Gaston College also received grants to provide weeklong biotechnology workshops to area community college science faculty and biotechnology program coordinators, as well as a few K-12 teachers and their students in the Gaston and Lincoln county schools.

Kim Gelsinger, director of distance education at Gaston College, recently implemented a new pilot program to evaluate student readiness for online learning.

Readiness for Education at a Distance Indicator assesses technical competency, reading comprehension, learning style, and time management skills.

Gaston College Board of Trustee member Randy Vincent was recently appointed to the executive board of the N.C. Association of Community College Trustees.

He was selected for his leadership skills and outstanding reputation in the community.

Vincent has served as chair of the Gaston College Trustee Board for three years and as a member for nearly eight years.

Lenoir-Rhyne College recently welcomed its second class of N.C. Teaching Fellows.

The freshman fellows are Millicent Mays of Reidsville, Carlee Carpenter of Catawba, Caroline Gladden of Vale, Hailey Garrou of Valdese, Kelly Brittain of Valdese, Caitlan Reese of Belmont, Lauren Yoder of Catawba, Jordan Page of Kings Mountain, Abbey Watts of Stony Point, Mong Lor of Hickory, Marisa Sapanaro of Mooresville, Amanda Crowe of Rutherfordton, Latelle Williams of Hickory and Josh Poole of Lincolnton.

Students chosen for the highly competitive program committed to a career in education in exchange for a $26,000 scholarship/loan from the state. The full loan is forgiven after the student completes four years of teaching in the N.C. public schools. Participants also receive a $26,000 scholarship from Lenoir-Rhyne.

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Lenoir-Rhyne College recently named its new track in honor of Irwin Belk, a Charlotte philanthropist and businessman.

The new track and field facility will be officially dedicated during Homecoming on Oct. 4. This is the first on-campus track and field facility in Lenoir-Rhyne's 117-year history.

Leigh Pressley