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Belmont Abbey College

Carolina Pro Musica: Period ensemble Carolina Pro Musica will present “Longings of the Soul” at 8 p.m. Feb. 9 the Abbey Basilica at Belmont Abbey College. The program will feature verses from “The Lamentations of the Prophet Jeremiah,” arias by J.S. Bach and instrumental works by Marcello and Veracini.

Carolina Pro Music features period instruments including an 18th century flute called a traverso, recorder, viola de gamba, chamber organ and voice.

Admission is free; donations will be accepted. For information, visit or

Open house: Belmont Abbey College will host a half-day open house from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. March 28.

Prospective students can tour campus, talk with current students and faculty, learn about financial aid, meet with admissions counselors, attend an optional mass and get to know other prospective students.

For information, call the Admissions Office at 888-222-0110.


Funds available for GED testing: The Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute College and Career Readiness Division recently announced that funds are available to cover student fees for both the GED high school equivalency tests and practice tests.

The GED test is administered via computer and has four sections: Reasoning through Language Arts, Mathematical Reasoning, Science and Social Studies. Funds are available to cover the cost of each section of the test. In addition, CCC&TI offers free practice testing prior to taking the actual GED exam.

Registration for GED preparatory classes is ongoing. Students must attend Adult Education Orientation and Assessment prior to enrolling in a class. All orientation, assessment and prep classes are free.

To sign up or to get information, call 828-726-2230 for the Caldwell Campus or 828-297-5253 for the Watauga Campus.

Continuing education: CCC&TI will offer several Continuing Education courses in the spring semester beginning 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:

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 detailed times. Cost is $181-$186.

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.


Math competition: Catawba Valley Community College recently hosted the fifth annual North Carolina Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges Math Competition.

CVCC won the tournament for the first time since the inaugural competition in 2010. The competition drew 93 students from 12 colleges.

CVCC students who participated in the event were: Zach Badertscher of Conover, Thomas Beasley of Taylorsville, Landon Fraley of Hickory, Michael Hester of Maiden, David Marhao of Granite Falls, Efrain Palafox of Hickory and Harrison Payne of Newton.

In the individual competition, CVCC’s Thomas Beasley finished first in the 90-minute calculus test. He received a plaque and a Visa gift card.

In team competition, groups of three or four students collaborated to solve problems in a range of pre-calculus subjects. Teams worked problems as quickly as possible to earn as many points as they could in 10 rounds.

The CVCC team of Badertscher, Hester, Marhao and Palafox won the team event with a score of 70 points. With nine correct answers, CVCC’s team led the second place team by 13 points, the most in the history of the NCMATYC competition.

Skills USA conference: Catawba Valley Community College recently hosted the first North Carolina SkillsUSA Post-Secondary Leadership Conference at its Corporate Development Center.

CVCC’s chapter, which holds the current Outstanding National Chapter award, had more than 100 students participating in the conference. Students attended sessions on creating an active SkillsUSA chapter and the importance of Skills USA for personal development.

The CVCC SkillsUSA Chapter Advisory Committee, which coordinates the college’s program, includes Keith Mackie, Gary Muller, Tammy Muller, Selena Maxie and Jennifer Eversole.

Sales for small business: The CVCC Small Business Center will offer a free seminar, “Sales Workshop for Small Business” 5:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 5 at the Corporate Development Center in Hickory.

The session will review more than a dozen channels for businesses to get their goods and services to the market and how to decide which strategy works best. Participants also will focus on developing processes to grow sales and prioritize sales opportunities.

Registration is required by calling 828-327-7000, ext. 4117.

Project management certification: The CVCC Workforce Development Innovation Center will offer a Project Management Certification Information Session at 5 p.m. Feb. 9 at CVCC’s Corporate Development Center.

The Project Management Certification program is for individuals who lead or direct projects and programs, either fully or in part. The extensive training follows the PMBOK® (Project Management Body of Knowledge) standards that include Project Planning and Control, Determining Business Requirements, plus hands-on management applications of Microsoft Project using real-world scenarios.

Through four courses, the certification program also prepares students to take the Project Management Professional and Certified Associate in Project Management exams.

For information and to reserve your spot for the information session, contact Dana Glenn at 828-327-7000, ext. 4590 or

Faculty make presentations: The Catawba Valley Community College Humanities Department will host a series of faculty presentations in preparation for a campus visit by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Sonia Nazario, author of “Enrique’s Journey: The True Story of a Boy Determined to Reunite With His Mother.”

Sessions will be held in the East Wing Auditorium on the Main Campus in Hickory.

At noon Feb. 18, a panel discussion featuring students, faculty, staff and community leaders will share their personal experiences with immigration.

CVCC drama faculty member Kim Stinson will direct her Play Production class in an informal presentation at noon March 25. The drama presentation will depict the many paths taken by immigrants when moving to a new country.

The faculty presentations culminate in the visit by Nazario at 11 a.m. April 1 in the Tarlton Complex and at 6 p.m. in the East Wing Auditorium. All events held in conjunction with “Enrique’s Journey” are free and open to the community.

For information, contact Donna Ross at 828-327-7000 x 4111 or

Job search seminar: The CVCC Alexander Center for Education will present “How to Find a Job with a Criminal Record” from 11 a.m. to noon Feb. 5 at the CVCC Alexander Campus in Taylorsville.

Former offenders will learn to move past criminal background concerns and toward future employment. Topics include presentation, emphasizing strengths in resumes, applications and interviews; explaining the past, networking and staying employed once hired.

Admission is free. To register or for information, contact Carolyn Gilreath at 828-632-8221 or

Business start-up seminars: The CVCC Small Business Center will offer the “Step Up, Start Up” program, a series of seminars to help individuals interested in starting a business understand the pros and cons of business ownership, beginning in January.

Seminars run 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Feb. 17 at the Corporate Development Center. Admission is free, but registration is required.

Sessions include:

Reaching Customer Targets: Feb. 3. Participants will learn how successful business owners create targeted marketing messages and choose appropriate media for effectively marketing products and services.

Keeping $ Score $: Feb. 10. Learn about standard scorecards for tracking business performance, cash position and net worth. Sources of startup capital also will be covered.

Roadmap to Success: Feb. 17. Compile data and conclusions from previous seminars into a business plan draft.

To register, contact the Small Business Center at 828-327-7000, ext. 4117 or

Personal enrichment classes: Catawba Valley Community College will offer several personal enrichment and learning classes this winter.

The lineup includes:

Be Your Own Wedding Planner: 7-9 p.m. Mondays, Feb. 9-March 16, CVCC East Campus, Room EC958. $70.

Quilting/Back to the Basics: 9 a.m. to noon Mondays, Feb. 23-April 13, City of Newton Recreation Center. $45.

Needle Fun: 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays, Feb. 24-April 14, City of Newton Recreation Department. All skill levels are welcome to learn more about knitting, embroidery, crocheting and other needle work. $45. Registration deadline is Feb. 17.

Intermediate Shag Dancing: 7-8:30 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 26-March 26, City of Newton Recreation Department. Partners are needed. Cost is $55.

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

Gaston College

Global commerce partnership: Gaston College recently joined nine other community colleges in the Charlotte region to form a new partnership focused on global commerce.

Other colleges in the Regional Collaborative for a Global Economy partnership include Catawba Valley Community College, Central Piedmont, Cleveland, Mitchell, Northeastern Tech, Rowan-Cabarrus, South Piedmont, Stanly and York Tech.

The collaborative group will work to bring together employers, leaders and workforce development partners to meet the needs and attract more global companies to the region. Member schools will collaborate on innovative skills training and share best practices on training workers.

Michael Almond, an attorney and former president of the Charlotte Regional Partnership, will serve as the executive director of the Regional Collaborative.

A Global Competitiveness summit will be held March 18 on the Harris campus of Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte. Regional policy makers and community and business leaders are invited to consider the region’s economic strengths and how to capitalize on them. For information on the summit and how to register, visit

Balancing Act seminar: Gaston College will offer 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 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 skincare 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

Documentary on aging: Lenoir-Rhyne University and the Western Piedmont Area Agency on Aging will present “Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory” on Feb. 5 in the Belk Centrum on campus.

The morning screening at 10 a.m. is open to health care professionals and caregivers. Registration is required by calling 828-484-4265. The evening screening at 6:30 p.m. is open to the campus and community. Registration is not required. Admission is free.

The award-winning documentary focuses on people diagnosed with dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and other cognitive impairments and how music therapy can help ease their suffering. Dan Cohen, founder of the nonprofit organization Music & Memory, fights against a broken health care system to demonstrate music’s ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to those suffering from it. The film won the Documentary Audience Award at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

For information, contact professor Amy Hedrick at 828-485-4265 or

Cleveland Duo and James Umble: As part of Lenoir-Rhyne University’s 2014-15 Concert Series, The Cleveland Duo and saxophonist James Umble will perform at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6 in Grace Chapel.

The innovative and eclectic concert will feature a program of chamber music, jazz and Jewish music for saxophone, violins and piano.

Admission is free. Doors will open at 7 p.m. For information, visit or call 828-328-7147.

Psalms and daily life: Rolf Jacobson, a professor, preacher, speaker and writer who blends humor, enthusiasm and Biblical scholarship, will speak at 7 p.m. Feb. 5 in Grace Chapel at Lenoir-Rhyne University.

Jacobson also will speak at 1 p.m. Feb. 6 in Christ Chapel at Lenoir-Rhyne’s Center for Graduate Studies in Columbia.

Both visits are part of the university’s 2014-2015 Speaker Series sponsored by the Institute for Faith and Learning. The event is free and open to the public.

A prominent scholar of the Psalms, Jacobson will talk about how the verses and faith relate to everyday emotions and moments of life. Jacobson is an assistant professor of Old Testament at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn., a position he has held since 2003. He provides inspirations not only through his sermons and lectures, but also through his own life story after losing both legs to cancer.

For information, visit


Saturno earns certification: Nick Saturno, director of Customized Training and Development at Western Piedmont Community College, recently earned Manager of Environmental, Safety and Health (MESH) Certification.

The MESH certificate series is sponsored by NC State University, the Safety and Health Council of North Carolina and the NC Department of Labor. The program works to increase the professionalism of environmental, safety and health managers and raise industry standards through a rigorous series of continuing education programs.

Customer service excellence: WPCC will offer a Customer Service Excellence Certification program for retail, restaurant and hospitality management in morning and evening sessions Tuesday-Thursday, Feb. 24-April 23.

Orientation for the program will be at 11 a.m. Feb. 12 at the Foothills Higher Education Center, 2128 S. Sterling St. in Morganton. Fees are waived for applicants who are unemployed or meet federal guidelines for under-employment.

Topics in the 96-hour program include Safe Food Handling, Emergency Customer Care, Loss Prevention, Conflict Resolution, Teamwork, Time Management, and Up-Selling.

For information, contact Faith Schmitt at 828-448-6145, 828-448-6140 or

Help for small business: Western Piedmont Community College’s Small Business Center helps individuals who are beginning a new business venture, expanding an existing business or need help with a business plan.

The free program offers training, one-on-one counseling and assistance with contacts and information.

The center also has a library of full-length online courses for small business owners and entrepreneurs. Each course is delivered online with animated slides accompanied by narration, PowerPoint presentations, worksheets, tool sets and access to a comprehensive knowledge base. Courses run three to four hours and can be accessed any time after registration.

Several on-site workshops also will be offered beginning in February. The schedule includes:

Selling Products Online and eCommerce Part 1: 6-9 p.m. Feb. 4, Foothills Higher Education Center (FHEC).

Create an Online Store and eCommerce Part 2: 6-9 p.m. Feb. 11, FHEC.

Writing an Effective Business Plan: 6-9 p.m. Feb. 17, FHEC

Goal Setting for Business Planning: 6-9 p.m. Feb. 25, FHEC

To register for any or all of these seated classes, visit, select Business & Industry, and then choose Small Business Center Small followed by Business Center Seminars and Workshops.

For information, contact Eddie McGimsey at or 828-448-6719.

New York for spring break: Western Piedmont Community College will offer a series of courses that include 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. Feb. 12 and April 2. For information, contact Mark Poteat at 828-448-3538. Compiled by Leigh Pressley