New Members Join CCC Board of Trustees

(Shelby, NC) – Three new members and one reappointed member recently were sworn in as members of the Cleveland Community College Board of Trustees. New board members include Allen Langley, June Yarboro, and Jonathan Miller. Greg Melton was reappointed to a new term.

Allen Langley was appointed by Governor Pat McCrory. Mr. Langley is president of H & H Pest Control and Waterproofing. He and his wife, Amanda, have two daughters and reside in Shelby.

June D. Yarboro was appointed by the Cleveland County Board of Education. Mrs. Yarboro retired from Cleveland County Schools where she taught at Burns High School. She and her husband, Ed, have two daughters and live in Shelby.

Greg Melton was reappointed by the Cleveland County Board of Commissioners. He is an architect at Holland and Hamrick Architects. He and his wife, Emily, live in Shelby.

Langley, Yarboro, and Melton were appointed to four-year terms ending June 30, 2017.

Jonathan Miller was elected president of the CCC Student Government Association. He serves on the Board as an ex-officio non-voting trustee. Mr. Miller is pursuing an Associate in Applied Science degree in Emergency Medical Services. He lives in Shelby.

Other members of the CCC Board of Trustees include: Hoyt Q. Bailey, Chairman; Patsy Rose, Vice Chairman; Michael Cheng; Jim Gold; Gordon Hamrick; Ronnie Hawkins; Ellis P. Monroe; William Thompson; and Chris Turner.

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Jonathan Miller, Greg Melton, June Yarboro, and Allen Langley recently joined the Cleveland Community College Board of Trustees. New members, include Jonathan Miller, June Yarboro, and Allen Langley. Greg Melton was reappointed to a new term. Photo submitted by CCC.


CCC Receives $23 Million Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor Trade Adjustments Assistance Community College and Career Training

The U.S. Department of Labor Employment Training Administration has awarded over $23 million to Cleveland Community College and a consortium of college and university partners for the development of a Mission Critical Operations program. The total grant is $23,200,362. College partners include Moultrie Technical College in Moultrie, Georgia; Nash Community College in Rocky Mount; Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh; and The University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

CCC is the consortium leader and will be responsible for project management and all project outcomes of the grant. According to CCC President Dr. L. Steve Thornburg, “Our faculty in both our Automation and Computer Information Technology programs had a vision and worked collaboratively to develop the grant proposal. Support from the program comes from, most importantly, our local employers but also from regional and national organizations.”

“Cleveland Community College is very proud to have created this concept and looks forward to working with our college and industry partners to create opportunities for our local and regional workforce,” adds Dr. Thornburg.

The grant will be used to develop a career training pathway to address the demand for a mission critical workforce able to anticipate, prevent, mitigate, and respond to mission critical breaks. This includes everything from cybersecurity, infrastructure maintenance, communications, emergency operations and any factor of a system including equipment, process, procedure, or software whose failure will result in the failure of a business operation.

According to Senior Dean of Development and Governmental Relations, Eddie Holbrook, this type of training can reinvent our county’s economy. “Thanks to this grant we can now implement the programs and training we will need to reinvent, diversify, and better train our workforce to modern day mission critical needs. The project will merge two skill sets in the areas of industrial systems, like electrical or HVAC, and information technology.”

Local partners involved with the mission critical project include Duke Energy, Clearwater Paper, STEAG Energy Services, Region C Workforce Development Board, Charlotte Regional Partnership, NC Department of Commerce-Division of Workforce Solutions, 7×24 Exchange-Carolinas Chapter, Automation Federation, International Society of Automation, North Carolina Community College System, and NCSU Industrial Extension Service.

“Mission Critical skills are the skills needed to keep the place running,” says Vince Reese, Plant Manager of tissue product manufacturer Clearwater Paper. “It’s the need for equipment operators to understand the mission critical operations of the facility,” he adds.


CCC Announces New and Promoted Faculty and Staff

Eddie Atkins has been promoted to Electronics Engineering Instructor. Atkins previously served as an adjunct instructor for six years at CCC. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Management from Webster University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Science and Technology from Thomas Edison State College. He is retired from the Army as a Chief Warrant Officer 3. Atkins is an active member of SMARTT Electric Vehicle Challenge and First Robotics. He and his wife, Anita, have two sons and one daughter. They reside in Lawndale.

Keelie Scism Begley has been promoted to Cosmetology Instructor. A native of Shelby and graduate of Shelby High School, Begley earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Cosmetology Instructor and Cosmetology Certification from Isothermal Community College. She has been an adjunct instructor at CCC for two years. Begley is a member of the North Carolina Community Colleges Cosmetology Instructor Association. She and her husband, Nate, attend Eastside Baptist Church and reside in Cherryville.

Jessica Crowe has been named Instruction/Reference Librarian. Crowe is originally from Fayette, Alabama. She received a Master of Library Science degree, Master of Arts in Secondary Education and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Alabama. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and watching college football.

Erek McGinnis has been named Plumbing Instructor. McGinnis earned an Associate in Arts degree in Architectural Technology from Gaston College as well as a diploma in Heating, Air-condition and Refrigeration from Cleveland Community College. He and his wife, Emily, have one son and reside in Shelby.

Patricia Williams has joined CCC as Program Coordinator and Biotechnology Instructor. Williams has served as an adjunct instructor at CCC since 2010 teaching General Biology I and II, Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Nutrition, and Environmental Science. Williams is expected to earn a Doctorate of Higher Education in December 2013 from Walden University. She holds a Master of Science degree in Biology from East Tennessee State University and Bachelor of Science degree in Cell and Molecular Biology from King University in Bristol, Tennessee. Williams’ husband, Shaun, currently serves as a Professor of Chemistry at Lenoir-Rhyne University. They have one son, Noah, and enjoy volunteering at the Humane Society of Catawba County and also volunteering at various elementary schools promoting science and technology through hands-on activities. Williams and her family reside in Hickory.