CCC Basic Law Enforcement Graduates Honored


(Shelby, NC) – Six students from the Cleveland Community College Basic Law Enforcement program were recently honored for their achievements during a special graduation program held in the Mildred H. Keeter Auditorium on the CCC campus.

CCC Coordinator Basic Law Enforcement, Aaron Vassey, gave an overview of the BLET program and BLET student Paul Creaman served as speaker for the ceremony. Vassey also gave the final roll call for the class and presented the graduates.

The graduating class also had a 100% passing rate on their first attempt on the State law enforcement exam. Each of the graduates is now eligible to be sworn as a law enforcement officer through the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission and/or the North Carolina Sheriff’s Education and Training Commission once they are hired by a law enforcement agency.

For more information about the BLET program at CCC contact Aaron Vassey at 704-669-4005 or

Picture included:

Front row, l-r: Paul Ryan Creasman, Alycia Nicole Pueschel, Dustin Wayne Tessneer

Back row, l-r: Joshua Cody Stamey, Jonathon Adam Spiering, Garvis Joe Ross III

CCC Announces First Robotic Initiative

(Shelby, NC) – Cleveland Community College’s Automation Center of Excellence is pleased to announce the formation of a First Robotics initiative in conjunction with The International Society of Automation, The Automation Federation, and Cleveland County Schools.

The First team will be a single team made up of students from the eleventh and twelfth grades for the initial year.  Local industry professionals will be asked to be team mentors. CCC will provide the facilities and labs for the team to develop and build their robots. In future years, the number of teams will likely be expanded and the program will include other competitions for elementary and middle schools. The team is expected to compete in the North Carolina state competition with the hopes of attending further regional and national competitions.

First is a not-for-profit organization devoted to helping young people discover and develop a passion for science, engineering, technology and math. The primary thrust of First is highly compatible with the direction of the Automation Center of Excellence and will be a model for other community colleges to pursue the field of Automation Engineering and implementation of the program from the K-12 through college level.

“Cleveland Community College is pleased to spearhead the First Robotics initiative. We recognize the need to emphasize the study of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). First helps us instill the love of these subjects in our high school and college students which will help them have successful future careers,” says CCC President Dr. L. Steve Thornburg.

The First team is open to students in all of the county’s five high schools. For more information, contact Mark Gengler at or 704-669-4173.

Spring 2013 New Student Orientation

(Shelby, NC) – Cleveland Community College will hold New Student Orientation on Tuesday, October 23, from 5 pm – 8:30 pm.  CCC has an open door admissions policy and students are allowed to apply for admission at any time.  Applications for admission and the most current spring schedule of classes can be found online at or can be picked up in the office of Student Services located in the Jack Hunt Campus Center. You can also call 704-669-4103 to speak with an admissions counselor.