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TRIO inducts new students: The TRIO/Educational Talent Search program at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute recently inducted 127 students from middle and high schools across Caldwell County. The college held an induction ceremony Nov. 17 at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center.

The federally funded TRIO program works with mostly first-generation college students to assist them with all aspects of college enrollment. Students work with mentors, visit college campuses, participate in enrichment activities and receive assistance with college applications, financial aid and other college issues.

Several members of the 2014 TRIO Youth Leadership League shared their experiences of visiting colleges in the Wilmington area with inductees. Hibriten High senior Justin Ashburn, South Caldwell High junior Joplin Boocks-Groff, West Caldwell High senior Mackenzie Dickson, Caldwell Early College High senior Jeimy Mejia, South Caldwell High junior Emily Tellez and South Caldwell junior Jordan Zuzolo spoke about their experiences in the program.

Eight new inductees to the program shared their thoughts of being first-generation college students. They included Madelynn Marmolejo of Kings Creek School, Allen Meza of William Lenoir Middle School, Allie Montelongo of Oak Hill School, Isaac Andrews of Collettsville School, Haley Bentley of Happy Valley School, Harlee McCall of Gamewell Middle School, Emma McDaris of Granite Falls Middle School and Matthew Sessoms of Hudson Middle School.

Inductees who were honored at the program were:

Collettsville School: Isaac Andrews, Jennifer Barcenas, Kaydin Ford, Eli Laramie, Lia Watson, Trevor Watson

Granite Falls Middle School: Diana Aceituno-Obando, Caleb Adams, Joseph Adams, Cameron Butler, Jennifer Dominguez, Benjamin Dugger, Valerie Dye, Seth Haas, Connor King, Kiara Leary, Emma McDaris, Xzorion Nichols, Hailey O'Brien, Jalyssa Osborne, Nicole Schlacter, Ashlyn Smith, Dorothy Stan, Madison Toler, Josie van de Klashorst, Riley Watson, Mackenzie Williams, Caitlynn Withers

Gamewell Middle School: Greg Billings, Kevin Branch, McKinley Brown, Logan Clark, Johnnie Crawford, Bobby Curtis, Jakara Dula, Loaiza Franklin, Cassidy Gray, Hunter Greene, Trinity Greer, Timothy Henson, Autry Hinton, Jordynn Honer, Elizabeth Horton, Alexa Mancia, Melissa Martinez Bravo, Harlee McCall, Matthew Moreira, Heaven Ruff, Drina Sanders, Madison Shipley, Angel Volpe

Hibriten High: Sarai Nolasco, Adrianna Setzer

Hudson Middle School: Maci Annas, Kayla Avery, Mackenzie Becker, Elijah Bentley, Chelsea Boston, Megan Campbell, Sadie Craven, Hannah Crunkleton, Alexis Dula, Landy Duran-Casteneda, Macie Gentry, Urian Gonzalez, Bethaney Green, Cloe Hamby, Ryan Hawkins, Christopher Herald. Jenna Jackson, Haylie Jarrell, Payton Lemmons, Nathaly Lopez, Kenny Maradiaga, Alyson Mosteller, Savannah Nagle, Eduardo Nolasco, Chase Puett, Matthew Sessoms, Zachary Setzer, Jason Staniszewski, Patrick Tolbert

Happy Valley School: Haley Bentley, Emily Jones, Noah Laney, Vivienne Miller, Angel Steele

Kings Creek School: Hannah Gatlin, Katelyn Hartley, Madelynn Marmolejo, Shelby Poarch, Megan Prestwood, Cassie Roberts, Katelyn Rose, Briana West

Oak Hill School: Jade Curtis, Faith Hamilton, Breezi McKinney, Allie Montelongo, Kenneth Philyaw, Helario Tester, Collin White

South Caldwell High School: Mark Hawkins, Tagan Jestes, Emily McNeely, Samantha Setzer, Madison York

West Caldwell High School: Bailey Brown, Heaven Burgess, Macy Church, Sally Putzer, Brianna Smith, Lexus Suddreth

William Lenoir Middle School: Candace Anderson, Jocoria Berry, Alayla Gearhart, Natalie Hamm, Alexander Hatley, Kelly Houck, Allen Meza, Anthony Nolasco, Gabrielly Nolasco, Franklin Tester, Nicolas Thomson, Kaydenc Turner, Austin Upchurch, Jazmin Valdez-Contreras, Trinity Whisnant

Registration for new students: Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute will register new students for the spring 2015 semester through Dec. 4 on both the Caldwell and Watauga campuses. Final registration for the spring semester will be held Jan. 6. Spring classes begin Jan. 8.

Financial aid options are available for students who qualify.

In addition to classes for adult students, CCC&TI also offers opportunities for Caldwell and Watauga county high school students to earn free college credit through the Career and College Promise program. CCC&TI offers pathways in business, engineering, math, social sciences, health sciences and more.

For information on how to apply or register for classes at CCC&TI, contact Student Services at 828-726-2700 on the Caldwell Campus and 828-297-3811 on the Watauga Campus.


Duke Energy award: The Duke Energy Foundation recently announced a $250,000 investment in the Catawba Valley Community College Foundation.

The funds will be used to equip and renovate space at CVCC’s future Alexander Applied Technologies building across from the CVCC Alexander Center in Taylorsville. An effort supported by the college and county officials, the manufacturing technologies center will feature state-of-the-art welding and metallurgy training and advanced technology upholstery, cutting and sewing. The unique training facility will help meet the needs of local employers.

Blogs for small business: CVCC will offer “Using WordPress for Your Small Business” 6:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Corporate Development Center in Hickory.

WordPress is a free and open source blogging tool and a content management system which many small businesses use to create their own websites. WordPress offers templates and plug-ins allowing users to create a professional looking website for a minimal cost. This introductory seminar shows participants the basics of WordPress and starts them down the road of creating their own website.

The seminar is free, but registration is required. For information, call 828-327-7000, ext. 4117.

Pottery classes: The CVCC Potters’ Workshop will offer a series of noncredit pottery classes January through March. No experience is necessary. Classes are $111, including registration, supplies and insurance.

The schedule includes:

Hand Building I with Evelyn Arnold: 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 14-March 4

Pottery on the Wheel with Evelyn Arnold: 6-9 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 12-March 9

Functional Pottery II with Kim Ellington: 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 14-March 4

Independent Study with Kim Ellington: 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 13-March 3

Space is limited. For more information or to register, visit or call 828-327-7000 ext. 4032.

Gaston College

Paramedic program earns accreditation: The Paramedic Program at Gaston College recently received accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.

Gaston College was recognized for its substantial compliance with nationally established accreditation standards. Earning the designation ensures that students graduate from a quality program with instructors who have the necessary academic credentials.

Gaston College is one of nine programs that holds CAAHEP national accreditation in North Carolina and is one of two community colleges with the standing in the region. Gaston’s Paramedic Program takes 18 months to complete.

The accreditation runs through March 2019.

Therapeutic massage classes: Applications will be accepted for the new Therapeutic Massage Program’s evening classes at Gaston College through Dec. 1. Students can earn a diploma or two-year associate’s degree.

Applications for the fall semester will be accepted Jan. 1-April 30. For information, visit massage/admission-requirements/.

For information, call 704-922-2275 or email

Balancing Act seminar: Gaston College will offer a series of professional development seminars with information on what educators, friends, families and the community should know about students experiencing mental health issues while attending college.

Topics and dates are Oppositional Defiant Disorder, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Jan. 22; Addiction, noon-1 p.m. Feb. 13 and Bipolar Disorder, noon-1 p.m. March 30. All seminars will be held in the Robinson Classroom Building, Room 238, on the Dallas Campus.

The workshops are free and open to the public. For information, call Hisayo Tokuro-Gallo at 704-922-6341.

Cosmetology students offer services: The Cosmetology Program at Gaston College offers skin-care and hair-care services to the public on two campuses.

An Esthetics Day Spa with facials, peels and other skin-care services is open 9-11 a.m. weekdays and 6-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday on the Kimbrell Campus, 7220 Wilkinson Blvd. in Belmont. Walk-ins are welcome, or appointments can be made by calling 704-825-6295.

Hair services including cuts, styles, color, highlights, lowlights, perms and relaxers and spa services including waxing, manicures, pedicures, gel polish and more are now available at the Cosmetology Salon on the Lincoln Campus. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and 5-7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.

Seniors 55 and older receive half off the cost of services on weekdays. Other specials include $10 perms and relaxers on Wednesdays.

Walk-ins are welcome or call for an appointment at 704-748-5252.

Art exhibits: Gaston College will showcase several art exhibits this semester.

A Visual Harvest, an annual juried art exhibition, will be presented through Dec. 10 in the Jeanne Rauch Gallery in the Rauch Science and Fine Arts Building on the Dallas Campus.

A Holiday Art Show and Sale will be Dec. 3-4 in the D. F. Beam Center for Visual Arts Gallery on the Dallas Campus.

Jeanne Rauch Gallery and Beam Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday. For information, contact Jason Story at 704-922-6245 or or Barbara Chadwick at 704-922-2231 or

Notary training courses: Gaston College will offer Notary Training courses on the Dallas and Kimbrell campuses this fall. The course may also be used for a current Notary’s re-commission.

Classes are available 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 11 in Room 208 of the Dalpiaz Student Success Center on the Dallas Campus.

On the Kimbrell Campus in Belmont, classes will be held 5:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 1 and 3 in Room 201 of Harney Hall.

Students must be at least 18 years old or legally emancipated, reside in or have regular work in North Carolina, be a legal U.S. resident, have a high school diploma or equivalent, and be able to speak, read and write the English language. Students must have no felony conviction or civil judgment. A photo ID and a copy of the “Notary Public Guidebook for North Carolina, Tenth Edition” also are required.

Registration is required. For information, visit

Lenoir-Rhyne University

Christmas program: The A Cappella Choir, College Singers, Brass Ensemble and Handbell Ensemble will present “A Lenoir-Rhyne Christmas” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7-9 in Grace Chapel on campus.

The program will include diverse music from the ensembles and seasonal carols by the audience, as well as a candle lighting ceremony by the choir. In candlelight, the audience will hear the reading of the Christmas gospel from St. Luke. Paul Weber will present a premiere performance of his Advent carol, “Holy Emmanuel” for alto solo, choir, oboe, strings and two “singing” handbells.

Seating for the free show is limited. Tickets are required and are available 4-6 p.m. weekdays through Dec. 6. Any remaining tickets will be available one hour before each concert at Grace Chapel. An offering will be received at each show. For information, call 828-328-7234.


Customer service graduates: Fifteen students recently graduated from Western Piedmont Community College’s Customer Service Excellence Certification program.

The program is designed for restaurant employees, retail sales consultants, hospitality employees and administrators who want to apply excellent customer service skills on the job.

The 96-hour certification program is recognized and endorsed by many area businesses as well as the Burke County Chamber of Commerce and the Burke County Tourism Development Authority.

Recent graduates are Mark Smith, Margaret Tate, George Thompson II, Bonnie Bender, Eddie Woods, Teresa Hein, Christopher Hein, Marsha Killian, Chanda Lovelace, Kenneth Wilson, Johnna Chester, Joy Clark, Esmeralda Medina, Myleen Moore and Miranda Verster.

Orientation for the next Customer Service Excellence Certification program is Feb. 12, with classes beginning Feb. 23.

Apply for spring: New students planning to attend Western Piedmont Community College in spring 2015 should submit an admission application by Dec. 9.

Applying by this date ensures new students complete placement testing and time to go through the financial aid process. Advisers are available in the new Advising Center in Hildebrand Hall.

For information, visit and select Apply Now. Printable applications are available by selecting Students and then Admission. To seek financial aid, students must visit and use the Federal School Code for WPCC of 002982.

Registration for spring classes will be held 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Jan. 7 and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 8. For more information, contact Student Services at 828-448-6046.

Classes begin Jan. 12.

Free business seminars: WPCC’s Small Business Center will offer several free seminars in December. The schedule includes:

How to Start a Business: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dec. 9, both at FHEC. A starting point for the journey of business ownership, this course covers business structures, licensing and zoning, trademarks, copyrights, patents, insurance, financing alternatives, record keeping and taxes.

How to Find Money for Your Business: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dec. 10, FHEC. Speaker Eddie McGimsey will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of a variety of funding sources and how to determine how much money is needed to start and grow a business.

Writing an Effective Business Plan: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dec. 11, both at FHEC. Participants will discuss tools needed to write a business plan that helps raise capital and serve as a guide for business success.

To register for any of the seated seminars, visit Select Business & Industry, Small Business Center, then Business Center Seminars and Workshops.

Online entrepreneurship training: Western Piedmont Community College’s Small Business Center will offer “HP LIFE Online Entrepreneurship Training,” an online course available on demand through Dec. 31.

HP Learning Initiative for Entrepreneurs offers aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners valuable business skills for free. The program also is self-paced to accommodate the schedules of more aspiring business owners.

To register for the free online course, visit and select Business & Industry, Small Business Center and Business Center Seminars and Workshops. Compiled by Leigh Pressley