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Catawba Valley Community College

Derval “Dale” Hamilton, a student at Catawba Valley Community College, was recently awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation.

Selection was based on academic success and community service. The foundation awards 400 scholarships annually.

Hamilton moved to the United States from Jamaica after high school. He earned a degree in information systems technologies at CVCC and is taking additional classes to become a physical therapist. While maintaining a competitive GPA and staying involved in numerous school activities, Hamilton also works at Lake Hickory Country Club. He also volunteers with homeschooled children at the Catawba Science Center and in the rehab department at Catawba Valley Medical Center.

Hamilton is a member of Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society and president of the Circle K International Club. He is a past recipient of the Annelle Pegg Scholarship through the CVCC Foundation Inc.

CVCC will offer a notary public class from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday in Room 1009 on the CVCC East Campus in Hickory.

Cost is $65, which includes a book.

To register, call the CVCC Workforce Development Innovation Center at 828-327-7000, ext. 4116.

CVCC will offer short-term computer training this fall.

Classes will be held in Room 956 on the CVCC East Campus. The fee for each class is $60. The schedule includes:

Microsoft Word/Level II: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Nov. 1.

Photoshop for Absolute Beginners: 6-9 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 30-Nov. 20.

Access Basics: 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 29-Nov. 19.

Using Power Point: 6-9 p.m. Mondays, Oct. 27-Nov. 17.

Web site Design: 9 a.m. to noon Fridays, Oct. 31-Nov. 21.

To register or for more information, call 828-327-7000, extension 4116.

CVCC will offer a four-day Microsoft Word Level I class from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, this week through Nov. 12 at the Alexander Center in Taylorsville.

The hands-on class will help students become more productive at work or add to their job skills while looking for employment. A working knowledge of Windows is required.

The cost is $60. To register, call 828-327-7000, extension 4116.

CVCC's Small Business Center will hold a seminar on financing options from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday on the East Campus.

Presenters will include commercial loan specialists from local community banks and the U.S. Small Business Administration. Admission is free.

To register, call the Small Business Center at 828-327-7000, extension 4112.

Learn how boomers, veterans, Gen Xers and Nexters can co-exist on the job at “Hiring and Retaining Different Generations in the Workplace” at CVCC.

The course will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 5 in Room 975 on the East Campus.

Cost is $150 per person.

For more information or to register, call 828-327-7000, extension 4294 or e-mail

Gaston College

A workshop on “Tax Implications for Starting a Business” will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 30 in Room ECC 118 on the East Campus in Belmont.

To pre-register, contact Cynthia Cash at 704-922-6447 or email

Lenoir-Rhyne University

The Relevents Wind Quintet will perform a free public recital at 3 p.m. today in the Music Building at Lenoir-Rhyne University.

The Greensboro-based ensemble features professional musicians who are all experienced teachers, including Laura Stevens, flute instructor at Lenoir-Rhyne and principal flute of the Western Piedmont Symphony.

Lenoir-Rhyne University's annual concert series will open its fall season with Vocalogy, a vocal jazz quintet, at 8 tonight in P.E. Monroe Auditorium. Admission is free.

Celebrating its 10 {+t}{+h} anniversary as an international touring group, Vocalogy performs original arrangements of jazz standards and a diverse repertoire of popular music.

Prospective students are invited to attend an open house at 9 a.m. Saturday in McCrorie Center 211 on the Lenoir-Rhyne campus.

Representatives from admissions, financial aid and the registrar's office will attend the informal event. An information session and walking tour of campus also are planned.

Additional open house events will be Nov. 15 and Dec. 6.

Leigh Pressley