CCC Completes First General Instructor Training School ((Instructor School, Press Release))


(Shelby, N.C.) – Cleveland Community College recently announced the 100% pass rate of their inaugural General Instructor Training School.

“Those who are accepted into the GITS program are some of the best criminal justice personnel in the state of North Carolina,” said Aaron Vassey, Law Enforcement Training Coordinator at CCC.

The GITS is a two-week course that involves 80 hours of training by instructors with affiliation to law enforcement agencies in Cleveland County and surrounding areas. This course is designed to prepare criminal justice personnel planning to teach any course mandated by Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission or the Sheriffs Education and Training Standards Commission. Students are also prepared to teach any non-mandated course that may be required by the respective sheriff or chief.

Students are required to successfully complete this course which involves two weeks of very intensive research, writing, presenting, and they must successfully complete the 100-question State examination and apply for certification as a probationary general instructor for one year. Within this first year they are required to teach a minimum of 12 hours and be evaluated, before they can apply to be a full instructor.

“This very first GITS course couldn’t have been possible without the hard work of John Humphries, Jon Wright, and Tracy Curry of the Cleveland County Sherriff’s Department; Dave Allen, and Mackie Latham of the North Carolina Highway Patrol; retired Shelby Police officer Jeff Clevenger, and Lisa Proctor of the Kings Mountain Police Department,” said Vassey.

This course is open to any and all police officers, sheriff’s deputies, detention officers, telecommunicators, probation/parole, and prison guards, all of which must have a minimum of 4 years of experience and a high school education.

For more information about the General Instructor Training School contact Aaron Vassey, Law Enforcement Training Coordinator, at 704-669-4005 or email

Picture included, L-r: Nicholas Scott ; Monica Doby; Joe Griffin; Craig Lowrance

Second Row L-R: Amanda Stines; Chris Hutchins; Gary Hogue; Michael Radford; Stephen Strickland

Cleveland Community College Practical Nursing Students Honored at Pinning Ceremony


(Shelby, NC) – The eighty-fourth class of the Cleveland Community College Practical Nursing program held its pinning ceremony on Thursday, July 26, in the Student Activities Center on the CCC campus. Twelve nursing students were recognized during the ceremony for their achievements. 

Executive Vice President, Instruction and Student Development, Shannon Kennedy, welcomed family and friends and Adjunct Nursing Instructor, Amy Hamilton, served as ceremony speaker. Presentation of pins was made by Discipline Coordinator, Practical Nursing, Sharon Hamrick-RN, MSN and Practical Nursing Instructor, Anne Wise-RN, MSN.

Students in the practical nursing program endure a rigorous and challenging schedule to complete the one-year program. Upon graduation, students are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination which is required for practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse.

For more information on Allied Health programs at Cleveland Community College call Shellie Hamrick at 704-669-4073 or

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Row 1, l-r: Stacey Leigh Bailey, Micah Hamrick Holiday, Amber Renee Horne

Row 2, l-r: Juleigh M. Gilbert, Jennifer Ann Regan, Jamie L. Buice

Row 3, l-r: Justin Marvin Hamrick, Daniell K. Alewine, Cara Beaty Ervin

Row 4, l-r: Tasha Nichol Haskin, Meredith Rae Parsons, Allyssa Nicole Greene