SECU Foundation Awards Scholarships

Congratulations to CCC students Sara Mayes and Haley Shasteen who each received scholarships from the State Employees’ Credit Union Foundation! They will each receive a total of $5,000 to help pay for tuition, books, fees and supplies during the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years.

Sara Mayes is a 2016 graduate of Kings Mountain High School. During her time in high school, she was a member of the Beta Club, National Honor Society, and the National Technical Honors Society. She has been involved in Girl Scouts, her church youth group, and the Ambassador Club, and has received the DAR Good Citizens Award and Academic Awards recognition. After completing her associate degree, Sara plans to transfer to Appalachian State University where she wants to major in Elementary Education and eventually pursue a master’s degree.

Haley Shasteen graduated from Shelby High School in 2016. While in high school, she was a member of the Beta Club and National Technical Honors Society. She also participated in the Interact Club, Health Science Club and Relay for Life. Having a passion for helping others, Haley has chosen to pursue a career in the nursing field. Upon completion of two years at CCC, she plans to continue her education at Appalachian State University. Her ultimate goal is to receive a master’s degree in nursing and specialize in neonatology.


Haley Shasteen, SECU representative Sherry Spikes, and Sara Mayes

Scholarships like these, as well as other forms of financial aid, are available. If you want to go to college, don’t assume you can’t afford it. Contact CCC’s Financial Aid office to find out more. Email: or 704-669-4028.

CCC Receives Grant That Could Save Lives

On Friday, August 12, during CCC’s Fire Academy graduation ceremony, representatives from The North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission presented a check for $50,000 to Cleveland Community College.

CCC's representatives receive a check for $50,000 from representatives of the NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commission.

Left to right: Emily Sisk, CCC Foundation Grants Development Coordinator; Patsy Rose, CCC Board of Trustees; Maggie Hamm, NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commissioner and SVP Chief Marketing Officer with Carolina Farm Credit; Richard Carroll, Instructor; and William Upchurch, Executive Director of the NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commission.

CCC’s Brown Emergency Training Center will use the grant funds to support training in agricultural machinery rescue. The project will feature mobile training equipment and materials that can be taken into tobacco-dependent, agricultural-dependent and distressed communities. There they will train farmers, their families, farm workers, and emergency personnel on ways to respond to farm accidents.

The project is in partnership with the NC Agromedicine Institute’s First on Scene program. This program’s purpose is to teach people who arrive first at the scene of a farming accident how to respond safely. The Institute is a partnership between East Carolina University, NC State University and NC A&T State University with a mission to promote health and safety among farmers, fishers, foresters, their families and workers.

About The North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission

The NCTTFC was created by the NC General Assembly in 2000 to help distribute NC’s share of funds from a multi-billion dollar settlement agreement between 46 states and four of the nation’s largest cigarette manufacturers. Two years later, the General Assembly budget designated funds for grant programs and administrative costs overseen by the NCTTFC. The goal was to help current/former tobacco farmers, individuals displaced from tobacco-related employment and others affected by the settlement agreement.

Interested in becoming a firefighter? Check out training opportunities through CCC and the Brown Emergency Training Center at

CCC Among Best NC Community Colleges

After analyzing 58 community colleges in North Carolina, ranked Cleveland Community College ninth in the state.

The website ranked the community colleges based on several variables including key performance metrics, learning options and affordability.

“Recognition like this just reinforces our commitment to our students,” said Dr. L. Steve Thornburg, CCC’s president. “CCC’s faculty and staff work hard to ensure we are preparing our students for their next phase in life, whether that’s transferring to a four-year university, getting a job or going after a promotion.”

The website states this about CCC: “While perhaps all North Carolina community colleges strive to excel as an educational hub, Cleveland Community College’s performance indicators deserve additional recognition. Of the 58 schools we reviewed, CCC earned top-10 rankings in the areas of distance education, affordability, student-to-faculty ratio and its graduation rate.”

Interested in furthering your education, learning a new job skill, or enhancing the job skills you have? CCC has the programs, faculty and staff to help. Contact our admissions office today at 704-669-4081 or