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.

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