CCC’s FRED Helps Sheriff’s Office Solve Crimes

Cleveland Community College and the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office are partnering to investigate cybercrimes through the use of the College’s Forensic Recovery of Evidence Device (FRED). The purpose of the agreement is for the collaboration and equipment sharing in the area of cyber forensics with the ultimate goals of maintaining a mutually beneficial cyber-forensic lab and ensuring students have opportunities to be exposed to subject matter experts in the field of cyber informatics and security.

The Forensic Recovery of Evidence Device (FRED) was acquired by the College in 2011 for use in the College’s Information Systems Security courses to teach students how to perform data recovery and digital/forensic investigations in a corporate setting. FRED is used as a tool for conducting forensic investigations on a variety of computing electronics, primarily smartphones, personal computers and laptops. Digital forensic investigators can use FRED to search hard drives and flash storage for evidence in criminal investigations. FRED can even recover files that have long been deleted by a suspect.


FRED is a valuable resource for CCC and the Sheriff’s Office.

According to Sheriff Alan Norman the use of FRED at CCC saves Cleveland County both time and money when investigating cybercrimes. “When an individual is charged with child pornography, for example, the alleged criminal’s computer is seized. The Sheriff’s Office must then use a device like FRED to thoroughly scan the computer for evidence. In the past, we have had to go to Charlotte to use such a device and often wait weeks to conduct our investigation. The partnership with CCC allows us to investigate almost immediately.”

In exchange for the use of FRED, the Sheriff’s Office will send an expert in the field to share experiences and information with students in the Information Systems Security program. Steve Putnam, Information Systems Security Discipline Coordinator is pleased with the opportunity for experts to speak to students. “You can only learn so much from a textbook. Students in our courses need the opportunity to get hands-on experience with FRED and learn from those that work in this field.”

“We value partnerships at Cleveland Community College. This is the perfect example of a partnership that allows the College to provide excellent opportunities for our students while saving money and bringing criminals to justice. What could be better?” contends Dr. L. Steve Thornburg, CCC President.

CCC offers the Associate in Applied Science degree in Information Technology – Systems Security, the diploma in Systems Security, and Certificates in Systems Security, Ethical Hacking and Countermeasures, and a variety of other computer-related degrees, diplomas, and certificates.

Exploring Careers: Medical Assisting

What is Medical Assisting? It’s not a new profession, but it’s a term that I for one was unfamiliar with until a couple years ago. The more I learn about this profession, the more interesting I find it to be.

Medical Assistants are sort of jack-of-all-trades health professionals. They are trained in both clinical and administrative duties to work beside and provide support to physicians and other medical providers. You will often find Medical Assistants working in doctor’s offices and outpatient clinics.

Of course actual duties vary depending on the particular office, but Medical Assistants can help physicians with patient exams (They can handle the computer so your doctor can talk to you without playing peek-a-boo from behind a screen.), obtain patients’ medical histories, perform basic lab tests, provide wound care and more. In addition to clinical duties, Medical Assistants are trained to code and file insurance claims, update patient records, schedule appointments, handle billing and book keeping tasks, arrange for hospital admissions or lab tests, and more.

Basically, Medical Assistants are multi-skilled health professionals who play a huge role in caring for patients and keeping an office running smoothly.

Anyone who likes variety in their routine would probably like this profession. But they also need to have critical-thinking skills, organizational skills and be efficient and able to multi-task well. The median yearly salary in 2015 was about $30,500 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the number of jobs available is expected to increase by about 23% through 2024 (the average growth rate for all jobs is 7%).

For more information on the Medical Assisting program at CCC, contact Colette Hill at

Want to know more about what profession might be a good fit for you? The 2015 North Carolina Career Clusters Guide, presented by NC Community Colleges and the NC Department of Public Instruction, contains information to help people choose a career pathway.


Broadcasting a Bright Future

Like a lot of high school students, Tim Anderson didn’t really know what he wanted to do in life. “I enrolled at CCC as a kid with no particular sense of direction as to what exactly I wanted to do as a career.”

Tim is a musician who has videos on YouTube, enjoys photography and videography as hobbies, and can take a computer apart and put it back together. So, perhaps it was natural for Tim to end up in CCC’s Broadcasting and Production Technology program. In December 2015 he graduated with his Associate in Applied Science in Broadcasting and Production Technology, having already earned an Associate in General Education and a diploma in Broadcasting and Production Technology in May.

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Tim Anderson earned an Associate in Applied Science in Broadcasting and Production Technology at CCC. Today he operates up to five cameras during live news casts at WSOC-TV.

He had found his path. He graduated with a 3.9 GPA and “a wealth of skills and knowledge that prepared me for a career and great life ahead of me.”A few months later, Tim landed a job at WSOC-TV Channel 9 in Charlotte. He operates up to five robotic cameras for live newscasts, making sure the cameras are where they need to be and set up to get the right shot. During the newscasts he monitors what the cameras are showing and makes adjustments as needed, plus he gives time queues and instructions to the on-air news anchors. It’s a lot to keep track of during a fast-paced newscast. It takes focus and attention to detail. “It’s really like driving several cars at once, but each one is probably much more expensive than a Lamborghini,” he says.

Tim’s experience in the Broadcasting and Production Technology program at CCC helped prepare him for this job. “Having the opportunity to run cameras for football games and both live and studio productions for C19TV really gave me the experience and confidence I needed in order to run several cameras simultaneously for a live newscast.”

The high school kid with no sense of direction has grown into a man who is passionate about his career. His current job is an amazing opportunity that he intends to enjoy and make the most of, but he’s also looking ahead. Don’t be surprised if someday you see Tim Anderson in front of the camera!

Tim found his passion at CCC. How about you? Are you looking for a job or career you can be passionate about? Have you found the right career but need some additional training to reach your future goals? Visit to learn more about our curriculum and continuing education class offerings. Questions? Give us at call at 704-669-4162 or email us at Registration for spring semester is going on now! Classes start January 9.