County Commissioners recognize CCC President Dr. L. Steve Thornburg

(Shelby, NC) – Cleveland County Commissioners recently recognized Cleveland Community College President Dr. L. Steve Thornburg as the Wells Fargo President of the Year for NC Community Colleges.

Commissioner Johnnie Hutchins presented Dr. Thornburg with a resolution honoring his accomplishments during his 23 years of tenure as president of CCC. Over the course of this time, Thornburg has been an integral part of many new programs including automation engineering technology, surgical technology, and biotechnology. These have led to the College’s growth not only in student population, but also in facilities and resources on campus, including the Paksoy Technology Center, the Bailey Allied Health and Science Center, the Brown Emergency Training Center, and the LeGrand Center. Most recently under Dr. Thornburg’s guidance, CCC, leading a consortium of higher education institutions, was awarded more than $23 million as part of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant program.

Over the years, Thornburg has been just as active in the community as he has on campus by serving on countless boards and serving as chair of many of them. He currently serves as chair of the Cleveland County Economic Development Partnership, and has led the Cleveland County Chamber, the United Way, and the Shelby Rotary Club. Dr. Thornburg has also served locally on the Region C Workforce Development Board, the Cleveland County YMCA Board, the Boy Scouts of America Council Executive Board, as well as, Jefferson Elementary School PTA co-president with his wife, Peg.

Prior to joining CCC, Thornburg served as president of Eastern Maine Technical College in Bangor, Maine, for two years. Having grown up in Lincolnton and attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for undergraduate and master’s degrees, and North Carolina State University for his doctoral degree, CCC and Cleveland County were a perfect fit. Dr. Thornburg resides in Shelby. He is married to Peg and has a son, Michael, who is a junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Pictured l-r: Commissioner Johnnie Hutchins, Dr. Steve Thornburg, Peg Thornburg, Commissioner Susan Allen, Commissioner Eddie Holbrook, and Commissioner Jason Falls


CCC Practical Nursing program ranked #2 in North Carolina by

(Shelby, NC) – The practical nursing program at Cleveland Community College has been ranked #2 in North Carolina by “The College is really proud of the success of our PN students. The number two ranking speaks to our faculty members’ dedication and devotion to student success,” says CCC President Dr. L. Steve Thornburg. “The faculty in the Practical Nursing program work really hard to help students be successful in both the classroom and clinical setting. They want to help students reach their goals and fulfill their dreams.”

According to its website, uses a ranking methodology by “retrieving NCLEX-PN pass rates from all LPN and LVN programs state by state through various methods including making Freedom of Information Act requests.” Cleveland Community College has had a 100% pass rate on the NCLEX-PN for the past five years.

CCC Discipline Coordinator for practical nursing, Sherry Hamrick says, “Give your students 100% and they will give you 100% back. Their success is your success. Never settle for less than 100%. Demand it,” she adds. Hamrick and CCC Nursing Instructor Anne Wise have both been recognized for their classroom efforts over the last year. Hamrick was selected as CCC’s 2013 Excellence in Teaching Recipient and Wise was named 2013 Practical Nursing Instructor of the Year by the North Carolina Board of Nursing. “This is a great honor for Cleveland. It represents the quality of the students that graduate as well as the faculty and staff that prepare our students for the nursing profession,” says Wise.

The LPN program also prides itself in working closely with area healthcare providers and building relationships that benefit students once they graduate. “As Director of Nursing for Cleveland Pines Nursing Center, I feel very confident hiring nurses from the LPN program at Cleveland,” says Angela Moses. “The program is well organized, the education the students receive is excellent, and Sherry Hamrick and Anne Wise are awesome,” she adds.

The practical nursing program at CCC prepares individuals with the knowledge and skills to provide nursing care to children and adults. Admission to the program is competitive among qualified applicants and there is a limited application period and exact admissions criteria are revised and updated annually. For more information about the Practical Nursing program at CCC visit or call Allied Health Admissions Counselor, Shellie Hamrick, at 704-669-4073.


FAFSA Day to be held at CCC

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(Shelby, NC) – Cleveland Community College and the College Foundation of North Carolina will sponsor FAFSA Day on Saturday, February 22, from 9 AM – 12 PM in the Student Activities Center on the campus of Cleveland Community College. Any student who is planning to attend any college or university during the 2014 school year must complete the Federal Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for federal grants, scholarships, and student loans.

CCC financial aid experts will be on-hand to help students and parents fill out the FAFSA application. All students and their parents/guardians are invited to this free event.

To register for FAFSA Day visit, or call toll free 866-866-CFNC. You can also visit or call 704-669-4028.