19th Annual Fire College and Banquet Coming Up at Cleveland Community College

(Shelby, NC) – The 19th Annual Cleveland County Fire and Rescue College will be held November 8-10 at the Brown Emergency Training Center located on the campus of Cleveland Community College. 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. A live burn will begin at 1 pm on Sunday, November 10, in addition to many other rescue and fire exercises throughout the day.

This year’s Fire College Banquet will feature United States Marine Corps veteran, Clebe McClary. McClary suffered devastating injuries in the line of duty during the Vietnam War. Undeterred, he brings his story of strength, determination, and courage to motivate audiences all over the world. The Fire College Banquet will be held on Saturday, November 9, at 7 PM at the LeGrand Center. The public is invited and can purchase tickets by calling 704-669-4193.

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.


Contact: Margo Greene, Cleveland Community College

Public Information and Marketing Coordinator


(704) 669-4101

Transfer Tour Stopping at CCC

(Shelby, NC) – The North Carolina Community College Transfer Tour is making a stop on the Cleveland Community College campus Wednesday, November 6, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in the Student Activities Center. Representatives from the following colleges and universities will be on hand to answer student’s questions about college transfer: Art Institute of Charlotte, Fayetteville State University, Gardner-Webb University, Lees-McRae College, Lenoir-Rhyne University, Montreat College, Pfeiffer University, UNC Asheville, UNC Charlotte, and UNC Pembroke.

This event is free and open to the public.


Contact: Margo Greene, Cleveland Community College

Public Information and Marketing Coordinator



Cleveland Community College Receives $5,000 Grant to Support Workforce Training Curriculum

RALEIGH – The 7×24 Exchange Carolinas Chapter recently presented $5,000 to three North Carolina community colleges, including Cleveland Community College. On the same day, CCC and its partner colleges received over $23 million for the development of Mission Critical Operations programs through a grant through the U.S. Department of Labor. The 7×24 Exchange Grant, totaling $15,000, will support marketing and recruitment efforts of the new program.

The growth of Mission Critical Data Centers in the Mid-Atlantic region has created increased demand for operations personnel to maintain the dependability, reliability, and energy efficiency of such facilities. In response to that demand, 7×24 Exchange International’s Carolinas Chapter, the leading knowledge exchange for those who design, build, use and maintain mission-critical enterprise information infrastructures, agreed to support a consortium of higher education institutions, led by Cleveland Community College, that agreed to develop, equip, staff and scale curriculum programs to train and educate the workforce needed for these large data companies and users.

“The Mission Critical Operations skill train has arrived at the station. Those departing (retiring) are taking with them decades of formal and on-job-training skills. Yet, the individual skill sets of those waiting to embark are significantly less than is required by the Mission Critical Industry,” said Paul Marcoux, Senior Vice President of BB&T and the chapter’s Education Chair. “Mission Critical is not just about data centers, it’s about the thousands of people behind the scenes keeping critical support functions operating, 24-7, 365 days a year, including hospitals, critical manufacturing process, 911 call centers, bio manufacturing and hundreds of other critical industries, all facing the same skill shortage.”

According to CCC President Dr. L. Steve Thornburg, “These funds will help us get the word out about the Mission Critical Industry and the programs we are developing to put people to work in that industry. We are thankful to the 7×24 Exchange for partnering with Cleveland Community College.”

President of the Chapter, Tom Jacobik, Global Operations Manager at Apple, and Paul Marcoux, Senior Vice President of BB&T, presented a $15,000 check to Dr. L. Steve Thornburg, President of Cleveland Community College; Dr. Bill Carver, President of Nash Community College; Dr. Steve Scott, President of Wake Technical Community College, and N.C. Community College System President, Dr. Scott Ralls.

Picture included, l-r:

David Knight, 7×24 Carolinas Membership Chairman

Dr. Steve Thornburg, President of Cleveland Community College

Dr. Scott Ralls, NC Community College System President

Paul Marcoux, 7×24 Carolinas Education Committee Chairman

Tom Jacobik, 7×24 Carolinas President

Robin Aron, 7×24 Carolinas Advisor