Cleveland Community College Students Awarded Golden LEAF Scholarships

Eleven students from Cleveland Community College received scholarships through the Golden LEAF Scholarship program.  The Golden LEAF Scholarship program, designed to help North Carolinians attend the state’s community colleges, is funded through a $750,000 grant from the Golden LEAF Foundation.

The scholarship can be used for tuition, books, fees, supplies, transportation and childcare related to attending classes during the 2014-15 academic year, and industry-recognized credential testing expenses that address skill gaps upon course completion.  Eligible students must demonstrate financial need and reside in rural counties that are tobacco-dependent and/or economically distressed. Scholarships for both continuing education and college-credit students are available during the fall, spring and summer semesters. College-credit students may apply for up to $750 per semester and continuing education students are eligible for up to $250 per term.

The following students were awarded scholarships for the fall semester:

James Alexander, EMT – Basic

Ryan Carpenter, EMT – Basic

Nickolas Fulbright, EMT – Basic

Alexis Guerrero, Associate in Arts

Ciara Haynes, Associate in General Education

Andrew Jackson, Early Childhood

Telena Jones, Early Childhood

Dwight McGuire, Electronics Engineering Technology

Joshua McMillian, Associate in Arts

Margie Petty, Associate in General Education

Ethan Ramsey, EMT – Paramedic

“The Golden LEAF Foundation is proud to have awarded over 8,000 Golden LEAF Scholarships to help North Carolinians attend our state’s community colleges,” said Dan Gerlach, Golden LEAF President. “Our hope is that these scholarships will help build the talent, knowledge and skills of our current and future workforce, especially in the rural areas of our state.”

CCC Participates in 1,000 in 100 to Improve Workforce Training

Cleveland Community College is partnering with area agencies as part of the “1,000 in 100” workforce initiative. The initiative includes visits to 1,000 companies in 100 days across North Carolina.  The goal is to determine which types of skills are in demand and how to train workers to meet the need.

According to Governor Pat McCrory, who publicly announced the initiative last week in Charlotte, 40% of employers say they are having a hard time finding workers to fill certain jobs in North Carolina.  Jobs in information technology, advanced manufacturing, construction, and travel and tourism are areas in the Charlotte region in need of skilled workers.

Teams of workforce development partners from Cleveland County began visiting local businesses and industries in early August to hear their challenges and successes related to finding and retaining high-quality employees.

The Cleveland County effort is being led by co-chairs Bruce Mack, Director of Corporate Training at CCC, and Tim Mathis, Director of the Region C Workforce Development Board.  The local initiative includes representatives from Cleveland Community College, the Region C Workforce Development Board, Division of Workforce Solutions, Cleveland County Economic Development Partnership and Cleveland County Schools.  The group has selected the companies for each visit as well as the teams to conduct the visits.

“This is a great opportunity for us to partner with these agencies and bridge the skills gap between the employee and employer,” says Mack.

Mathis agrees, “The 1,000 in 100 initiative provides us with a wonderful opportunity to listen to the needs of our business customers. We are honored to partner with Cleveland Community College and other stakeholders to take these vital steps in serving the needs of our community.”

The initiative will conclude at the end of 2014. The information gathered will be paired with other research and best practices to develop recommendations for changes within North Carolina’s workforce system to better serve businesses and citizens.

Bailey Honored as Chairman Emeritus

Hoyt Q. Bailey was honored on October 22 at a reception at Cleveland Community College in celebration of being named Chairman Emeritus of the CCC Board of Trustees. The Board unanimously voted to bestow the title on Bailey at their September 2, 2014, meeting.

According to CCC President, Dr. L. Steve Thornburg, “Hoyt Bailey served with distinction for 15 years as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees. I valued his guidance and wisdom but most of all, his friendship. He is a proud supporter of the College which is evidenced by not only his service but his many monetary gifts. His dedication to education in Cleveland County is unmatched.”


Bailey was originally appointed to the CCC Board of Trustees by the Cleveland County Board of Education in 1987. In September of 1999, he was first elected as Chairman of the Board and was re-elected every year thereafter. During his tenure as Chairman, the College’s enrollment more than doubled and the physical size of the campus grew as well. As Chairman, Bailey oversaw the renovation of the Wright Complex and the construction of the Allied Health and Science Center named in memory of his wife, Anne, and in honor of Bailey. Bailey was also instrumental in forming the collaborative partnership with Cleveland County, the Cleveland County Board of Education, and the Cleveland Community College Foundation for the construction of the LeGrand Center.

Ellis Monroe, who has served on the Board for the past 14 years and was elected as Chairman in September commented, “Hoyt has been a great friend for many, many years. I was privileged to be on the Board for almost all of the years he served as Chair. I am humbled to be following him and only hope that I can lead half as well as he did.”


According to Bailey, “I love the College and have been honored to be a member of the Board of Trustees for more than 27 years. My 15 years as Chairman have been so rewarding. I have witnessed the evolution of the College from a small technical school to a nationally-recognized comprehensive community college. I am truly honored to have served as Chairman of the Board and enormously flattered to have been named Chairman Emeritus by my fellow board members.”

Thornburg added, “Because of Hoyt Bailey’s leadership of our Board and involved membership as a Trustee, Cleveland Community College is a stronger, better institution providing much needed workforce development and higher education opportunities for our community.”
Bailey will continue to serve on the Board of Trustees. His current term expires in 2016.