Gaston & Catawba

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Truck drivers graduate: Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute celebrated the graduation of 11 students from the Caldwell Campus Truck Driver Training program day class during a ceremony on Dec. 18 at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center in Lenoir.

The graduates were: Michael Brown, Amanda Cole, James Gabor, Daniel Kirby, Vincent Mathis, Darren Roberts, Maher Salama, Jose Vega, Johnny Walker, Nartarshia Walker and Robert Wilson.

The next series of eight-week classes begins on Jan. 6 at CCC&TI, Feb. 16 at Gaston College and April 20 at Catawba Valley Community College. For information about Truck Driver Training at CCC&TI, which offers classes throughout the year in Caldwell, Catawba, Gaston, Iredell, Rutherford and Yadkin counties, call 828-726-2380.

Continuing education: CCC&TI will offer Continuing Education courses in the spring semester in January. For information or to register, call 828-726-2242 for the Caldwell and Hudson campuses and 828-297-3811 for the Watauga campus, or visit

The lineup includes:

Manicurist: 5-10 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, Jan. 8-July 14 on the Caldwell Campus. Cost is $181.

Medication Aide: 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday and Friday, Jan. 8-23, Watauga Campus, Boone. Cost is $126.

Nurse Aide I: Sessions on the Caldwell Campus in Hudson offered: 8 a.m. to noon Monday-Thursday, Jan. 12-May 7; 12:30-4:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, Jan. 12-May 7; and 5-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, Jan. 12-May 7. Sessions on the Watauga Campus in Boone will be offered noon to 4 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, Jan. 6-June 10. A Nurse Aide I Hybrid class also will be offered 5-9 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, Jan. 12-Aug. 17 on the Caldwell Campus. Cost is $181.

Industrial Maintenance Technology: 1-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, Jan. 12-April 13, Caldwell Campus, Hudson. Industrial Maintenance Technology II also will be held 1-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, Jan. 12-March 23. Cost is $181 per class.

Welding: Several sessions, including Basic Welding, MIG/TIG/Pipe Part 1 and Part 2, will be offered on the Caldwell Campus in Hudson and Watauga Campus in Boone. Visit for times. Cost is $181-$186.

Construction trades: Class offerings include Cabinetmaking, Plumbing and HVAC. Sessions begin Jan. 12. Cost of each class is $181.

Introduction to Industrial Sewing: 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 20-April 1 on the Caldwell Campus in Hudson. Cost is $181.

Massage Therapy: 5-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, Feb. 9-Oct. 15, Watauga Campus, Boone. Cost is $181.

Phlebotomy: 5-9 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, Feb. 16-Aug. 30, Caldwell Campus, Hudson. Cost is $181.


Scholarship renamed: The Shuford Federal Credit Union Scholarship at Catawba Valley Community College was recently renamed the SCU Bruce A. Blackburn Scholarship.

The name change honors Blackburn’s service as chairman of the Shuford Credit Union board of directors and his passion for investment in education. Blackburn was presented with a clock plaque at the December staff and board Christmas gathering to reflect the name change of the scholarship.

Personal enrichment classes: Catawba Valley Community College will offer personal enrichment and learning classes in January.

The lineup includes:

Income Tax Preparation: 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 6-20, CVCC East Campus Room 958. $50.

Photography: Digital Basics: 6-8 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 9-Feb. 13, CVCC East Campus. $70, plus textbook. Students must have their own SLR camera.

Basic Gunsmithing for Handguns: 6-9 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 12-Feb. 23, CVCC East Campus, Room 975. $75, plus a $40 tool kit fee. Participants must be 21 years old or older. Registration deadline is Jan. 5.

Watercolor Techniques: Intermediate to Advanced: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 12-Feb. 23, CVCC East Campus. $50.

Freelance Writing for Fun and Profit: 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 13-March 3, CVCC East Campus, Room 1001. $75. Registration deadline is Jan. 6.

Oil Painting on Canvas: 1-4 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 14-March 4, West Hickory Senior Center or 5:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 14-March 4, CVCC East Campus. $50. Registration deadline is Jan. 7.

Oil Painting on Canvas and More: 9 a.m. to noon Wednesdays, Jan. 14-March 4, CVCC East Campus, Room 1209. $50. Registration deadline is Jan. 7.

Decorative Bird and Duck Carving: 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 14-March 4, City of Newton Recreation Center. $50. Registration deadline is Jan. 7.

Beginning Sewing Level 1: 6-9 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 15-March 5, CVCC East Campus, Room 975. $70. Registration deadline is Jan. 8.

Conversational Spanish for Beginners Level 1: 6-8 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 15-March 5, CVCC East Campus. $70, plus textbook. Registration deadline is Jan. 8.

GED in Spanish: 4:30-8:30 p.m. Fridays, Jan. 16-March 6 or 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, Jan. 17-March 7, CVCC East Campus, Room 955. A third session will be offered 4:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 15-March 5, CVCC East Campus, Room 1009. $70.

Italian Cooking Level II: 6-9 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 22-March 12, CVCC East Campus, Room 1209. $80. Registration deadline is Jan. 15.

Drawing and Painting: 6:30-9:30 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 26-March 16, CVCC East Campus, Room 1209. $60. Registration deadline is Jan. 19.

Sign Language for Beginners Level II: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 26-March 16, CVCC East Campus, Room 1118. $70, plus textbook. Registration deadline is Jan. 19.

For information or to register, contact CVCC’s Learning and Enrichment Continuing Education Center at 828-327-7037 or Cheri Toney at

Pottery traditions: The CVCC Potters’ Workshop will present a new lecture series for 2015, “Turning with Tradition: Keeping the NC Pottery Tradition Alive through Contemporary Works.”

Artist Cynthia Bringle will kick off the series at 7 p.m. Jan. 15 in the CVCC East Wing Auditorium. An instructor at Penland School of Crafts and a resident artist there, Bringle will speak about the Penland tradition, its importance and how its relevancy is maintained through contemporary instruction and practice.

Additional lectures will feature Catawba Valley potter and workshop director Kim Ellington on Feb. 19 and Seagrove potter Ben Owen III on March 19.

The free events are open to the public. For information, visit, or call 828-327-7000 ext. 4032.

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 information or to register, visit or call 828-327-7000 ext. 4032.

Gaston College

MLK reflections: Davidson College professor Dan Aldridge III will speak on “Reflections of Martin Luther King, American Liberalism, and the Continuing Relevance of Civil Rights Activism” at 9:30 and 11 a.m. Jan. 22 in the David Belk Cannon Auditorium at Gaston College’s Dallas Campus.

His lecture is presented in celebration of the Martin Luther King holiday by the Multicultural Affairs Committee at Gaston College.

A professor of history and African studies at Davidson College, Aldridge specializes in 20th century U.S. history and African-American history. He is the author of “Becoming American: The African American Quest for Civil Rights, 1861-1976.” Aldridge earned a doctorate from Emory University and a law degree from Northwestern University.

Seating is available on a first come basis. For information, contact Judith Porter at 704-922-6346 or

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 now offers skincare and haircare services to the public on two campuses.

An Esthetics Day Spa with facials, peels and other 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.

Lenoir-Rhyne University

Heaney honored: Lenoir-Rhyne University English professor Rand Brandes recently honored the late Seamus Heaney, one of the most widely recognized poets of the 20th century and a Nobel Prize winner.

Brandes, who was Heaney’s friend, has written numerous articles, reviews and books about the poet, the most recent of which is a Lenoir-Rhyne University publication. Brandes also served as co-curator of an exhibition of Heaney’s work at the Grolier Club in Manhattan, America’s oldest and largest society for bibliophiles and graphic arts enthusiasts.

The Nobel Laureate died Aug. 30, 2013, at age 74.

Brandes and other curators continued with the exhibition as an appreciation of the poet’s life in print. About 80 pieces of poetry and accompanying art were featured, some of which were worth $20,000 to $30,000. Brandes also gave a curator talk at the opening reception in New York.

In the fall, Brandes will travel to Dublin to help the Heaney family inventory and organize the poet’s estate.

Criminal justice degree added: Educational opportunities continue to expand at Lenoir-Rhyne University with the recent addition of a Criminal Justice major to its undergraduate studies program. Interested students can pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice through the University’s College of Arts & Sciences.

The new Criminal Justice major requires 42 hours of study in addition to core curriculum requirements and includes such classes as Victimology, Criminal Law and Procedure, Corporate and White Collar Crime, Drugs and Criminal Justice and Comparative Criminal Justice Systems.

A minor in criminal justice requires 18 credit hours in addition to core curriculum requirements.

For information, visit or call the Office of Admissions at 828-328-7300.


New York for spring break: Western Piedmont Community College will offer a series that includes a trip to New York City April 7-11.

The trip will incorporate curriculum classes Art 115 Art History Survey II, Humanities 120 E31 Cultural Studies, and Drama 111 E31 Theater Appreciation as well as the Continuing Education cultural enrichment course “New York Cultural Experience.”

Tuition cost of the Continuing Education class and the curriculum classes will each be about $210. Approximate cost of the trip for participating students is $750, including airfare, hotel and transfer.

Mandatory on-campus meetings for all participating students will be 7-8:50 p.m. Jan. 22, Feb. 12 and April 2. For information, call Mark Poteat at 828-448-3538.

Long featured in new book: Western Piedmont Community College Professional Crafts Program Coordinator Courtney Long is a featured artist in John Britt’s new book, “A Complete Guide to Mid-Range Glazes.”

Britt covers a range of topics including mixing, application, specific firing and cooling cycles, and all the factors that make glazes work. Long’s lidded casserole and set of bowls with the words “Eat Crow” along with her iron rich recipe are featured in the book.

To learn about Long’s work, visit

Law enforcement training: The WPCC Law Enforcement Training Center recently hosted Basic Homicide Investigation Training, a five-day course that combined classroom instruction with three days of hands-on training.

Six mock crime scenes allowed law enforcement officers from Lenoir Police Department, Statesville Police Department, Hickory Police Department, Hudson Police Department, Newton Police Department, Morganton Department of Public Safety, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and Burke County Sheriff’s Department to hone investigative skills.

The training was coordinated by Steve Warren, WPCC’s director of Law Enforcement Training.

Spring semester registration: WPCC will hold registration for the spring semester 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Jan. 7 and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 8-9 on the campus at 1001 Burkemont Ave. in Morganton.

Students will meet with an academic adviser, sign up for classes and pay tuition and fees. Registration is open to any new or returning students.

For information, call Student Services at 828-448-6046.

Classes begin Jan. 12.

Compiled by Leigh Pressley