18th Annual Cleveland County Fire and Rescue College At CCC This Weekend

(Shelby, NC) – The 18th Annual Cleveland County Fire and Rescue College will be held this weekend November 9,10, 11 at Cleveland Community College and the Brown Emergency Training Center. The weekend-long event offers training to dedicated fire and rescue personnel who travel from all over North Carolina and surrounding states to participate. Over six-hundred emergency personnel have already registered to participate in classes focusing on certifications and rescue operations. This is the largest pre-registration during the Fire College’s 18 year history and classrooms all over the campus are booked.  A live burn will begin at 1 pm on Sunday, November 11, in addition to many other rescue and fire exercises throughout the day.

For more information about the Fire College contact CCC Emergency Training Center Coordinator, Jimmy Hensley, at (704) 669-6656 or 980-721-6340. The Fire and Rescue College is sponsored by Cleveland Community College, Cleveland County Training Officer’s Association and the Cleveland County Firefighter’s Association.


CCC Graduate One of 50 Recognized Nationally at Advanced Technological Education Conference


(Shelby, NC) – A recent graduate of Cleveland Community College was one of 50 students selected from across the nation as an Advanced Technological Education Student of Excellence. Jim Aderholdt of Kings Mountain attended the ATE Conference in Washington, D.C., and was presented with a certificate of recognition for his accomplishments. In May 2012, Aderholdt earned an Associate in Applied Science degree in Networking Technology, as well as certificates in Cisco Networking, Microsoft Networking and Wireless Networking from CCC. He is currently employed at Hospice as an IT Specialist.

CCC Computer Information Technology Instructor, Jonathan Davis, says “It was an honor to for Jim to represent Cleveland Community College at the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education Conference. Jim truly is a ‘Student of Excellence’ and a shining example of how our educational programs can change the lives of students. We congratulate Jim and are very proud of his accomplishments.”

Aderholdt enrolled at CCC at the age of 42 after being laid off from Entertainment Distribution Center and says he knew going back to school would be a challenge. Aderholdt, in turn, thanks the instructors for their encouragement and says, “They helped me every step of the way and were willing to answer any questions I ever had. They even nominated me for a scholarship, referred me for a tutoring position, and introduced me to key people in local industry. I give them so much credit for my success.”


Aderholdt says the degree and certifications he earned from CCC gave him just the right amount of hands-on experience that is crucial in the real world of information technology and having the ability to use hands-on instruction, coupled with remote access to Netlabs systems was so beneficial in reinforcing what was being taught in the classroom. “As a student in the Cisco Academy, the idea of remotely accessing equipment was a new concept to me and it was a challenge. But once I was given the opportunity to also do work on Cisco switches and routers I felt more than prepared to go out into the job market and demonstrate my abilities,” he adds.


With the ever growing field of information technology and the influx of data centers coming to Cleveland County many would agree this career path could be one of the quickest ways to enter the workforce in two years or less. Aderholdt says he would certainly agree with that statement and says even more importantly, “If you are a student or thinking about becoming a student, you have to utilize the experience your instructors have and ask their advice on your career goals. They have all worked in the industry and still have close ties to folks in every industry and when the time comes to look for a job; it is a huge asset to have someone on your side who knows your strengths. They want you to succeed as a student, but more importantly as a person.”

The Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program focusses on the education of technicians for the high-technology fields that drive our nation’s economy. The program involves partnerships between academic institutions and employers to promote improvement in the education of science and engineering technicians at the undergraduate and secondary school levels. The ATE program supports curriculum development; professional development of college faculty and secondary school teachers; career pathways to two-year colleges from secondary schools and from two-year colleges to four-year institutions; and other activities. The ATE Conference was sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

Picture included: From left to right: National Science Foundation Director, David Campbell; ATE Student of Excellence, Jim Aderholdt; and ATE Lead Director, Celeste Carter. This picture was taken during the recognition breakfast on October 25, 2012, at the ATE Conference in Washington, D.C..

CCC C19TV Broadcasting Live for 2012 Election Night


(Shelby, NC) – Students in Broadcasting and Production classes at Cleveland Community College will make history on Tuesday, November 6, as the College’s television channel which broadcast on Time Warner Cable channel 19 will offer live coverage of the 2012 election. This is the first time C19TV has offered a live broadcast during election coverage and students will work behind-the-scenes as hosts of C19TV’s most popular show, Political Smackdown, offer analysis of election night results. C19TV will begin airing at 7:30 pm and will broadcast live every 15 minutes until all election results are in.

CCC Discipline Coordinator Broadcasting, Gregg Tillman, says “This will be a great opportunity and experience for our students to use what they are learning in the studio and classroom during a live show which is covering such a historical election. We are excited to provide them with this opportunity. Running a live show also means they will also get experience in solving problems quickly if things don’t run smoothly. That is always a condition when you go live with a show.”

The Political Smackdown team includes: Dennis Davis, Andy Dedmon, Mike Philbeck, and Dean Westmoreland. For a complete schedule of C19TV visit www.clevelandcc.edu and click on C19TV. The views expressed during Political Smackdown do not reflect those of Cleveland Community College, C19TV, Time Warner Cable, The Cleveland County Democratic Party, or The Republican Party of Cleveland County.