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Promising Practices from
North Carolina Community Colleges

2019-2020 Academic Year

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Each college was asked to showcase one thing they did with their Perkins funds this past year. The video is supposed to describe the problem they faced, what action they did to overcome the problem, whether the action solved the problem, who benefitted from this action, other outcomes, and what they would do differently next time. These promising practice videos are shared with the other colleges, so they can be inspired and learn from their colleagues.

Alamance Community College

"Quality over Quantity"
Typical events
Refocused events
Manufacturing Day
College to Career Festival (Made in Alamance)
Introducing Haw the River Otter, the new school mascot.


Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College

A-B Tech at War with COVID-19
A-B Tech helped emergency personnel with equipment, supplies, and training
Making sanitizer using brewing equipment


Beaufort County Community College

Global Solutions Sustainability Challenge


Bladen Community College

STEM and Advanced Manufacturing Technology Training Facility
It was a community effort
SkillsUSA participation at state and national level


Blue Ridge Community College

New hospital beds
New surgical bed


Brunswick Community College

Professional development
Criminal Justice vehicle
Lawn mower and trimmers for Horticulture and Turfgrass Management
PediSpa in Cosmetology
Hire adjuncts for Nursing
Professional Development for Nursing
Med dispense system
Bed-side med administration system


Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute

Teaching to all aspects of industry
Develop "Careers in Caldwell" video series in Mechatronics, Machining, Biopharmaceutical Science, Human Services
Machining program video is highlighted


Cape Fear Community College

Side-scan sonar for Marine Technology program
Partnership with Pender County Schools
CTE Roadshow visits middle and high schools
Mechatronics Engineering pathway for high school students
New pediatric manikin in Nursing program
New radiographic thorax phantom for Radiography program
New hand-held X-ray system for Dental program
New Purevac high-volume evacuation system for Dental Hygiene program
Bringing students back to labs during COVID-19


Carteret Community College

New welder for Welding Technology program
New high-fidelity manikin for Nursing program
New mechanical ventilator for Respiratory Therapy program
Loaned ventilators to local hospitals during COVID-19


Catawba Valley Community College

Focus on success for students during COVID-19
Moving classes online.
Plan to continue lab hours
COVID-19 protocols in Machining, Welding and Automotive shops


Central Carolina Community College

Invest in new in-demand programs
BioProcess Technology
Supporting Veterans
Electrical Systems Technology
Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Technology
Supporting Special Populations with Emergency Aid


Central Piedmont Community College

Work-Based Learning Activities
Faculty WBL Coordinators
Employer Relations Specialist
Surehand self-service hiring platform


Cleveland Community College

New MIG/TIG welders for the Welding program
Fault Assistance Circuits for Electronic Training for the CCP program in Electronics
Laptop computers for student data center, CISCO Academy


Coastal Carolina Community College

New dual monitors in several computer labs


College of The Albemarle

Putting machining lab online, video lessons, during COVID-19.


Craven Community College

New welders for the Welding program.
New rigging system for Industrial Systems program
Professional development in Lean Six Sigma
New Chrome books and cart for use in CTE classes.
New Automotive STEM program in Automotive Technology


Davidson County Community College

Making connections with Business and Industry partners
Manufacturing Day open house, business reps and college lab tours
Industry visits to campus
Visits to business and industry


Durham Technical Community College

Caseworkers were hired and were assigned specific CTE programs to recruit and retain CTE students. Focus is to recruit underrepresented genders and other Special Populations into CTE programs


Edgecombe Community College

Purchased software to help with online teaching.
Automation Studio software
SMC e-Learning 200 software


Fayetteville Technical Community College

Hired new Instructional Coaches to help teachers teach better


Forsyth Technical Community College

Transportation Technology Center has expanded its offerings
Purchased 10 plastic welders, motorized bead roller, auto frame alignment computer, nitrogen plastic welder, Surface Go tablets, electronic thickness gauge, self-piercing rivet gun, engine-specific tools, ultra-sonic cleaner


Gaston College

Police SUV for BLET program
Drone for Broadcasting Department
Multimeters for Electronics
AC refrigerant recovery machine for Automotive
CAD software that talks to CNC machining
Surveying equipment


Guilford Technical Community College

Planning series of recruitment videos
Sample video for Advanced Machining
Return to industry experience - professional development
Titan Tech summer program
Hired work-based learning coordinator


Halifax Community College

New Incubator for Medical Lab program
Electronic microscope
Video camera in Nursing program
Large flat screen monitors in Nursing
Front-end alignment machine in Automotive


Haywood Community College

Daily Tip series for faculty to help encourage them during COVID-19


Isothermal Community College

Field monitor for Broadcasting program
Disability simulation equipment


James Sprunt Community College

Linking secondary to postsecondary
Articulation Agreement - state and local
CCP-CTE Pathways
Career Academies
Women in Agriculture seminar
Pig Party
Lunch with Professionals
Annual STEAMA Summer Camp


Johnston Community College

Program Developers to create, improve new CTE programs


Lenoir Community College

New Med Carts in Nursing
Student Success Coach program


Martin Community College

Secondary and postsecondary collaborations
New faculty, recruitment, enrollment in Automotive program
Homemade recruitment video for Automotive program


Mayland Community College

Equipment for new Emergency Medical Science program
stretcher, stair chair, scoop stretcher, basket, blood pressure monitor, thermometer, pediatric attack bags, video laryngoscopy, pediatric models


McDowell Technical Community College

A tour of the Cyber Crime Technology program
Industry certifications, variety of jobs, job outlook, job duties
Video Surveillance Panel
Industrial Process Panel


Mitchell Community College

Registered Apprenticeship in Mechatronics
COVID Interruption
Need to hire a coordinator


Montgomery Community College


Nash Community College

Strut spring compressor for Automotive Technologies
Student Safety


Pamlico Community College

Expand the size and scope of Welding
CAD, 3-D printers, portable virtual welder
Portable welder tracks student work, improvement


Piedmont Community College


Pitt Community College

Training to increase effectiveness of online courses
Quality Matters training for instructors
Course Development Academy


Randolph Community College

Advancing Manufacturing upgrades
4 modular conveyers to create a work cell in Advanced Manufacturing
New PLCs in PLC Lab


Richmond Community College

Salaries for simulated hospital
Created increased clinical skills
Simulated hospital tours
New Welding program and equipment
Welding labs during COVID-19
Commercial HVAC Program


Roanoke-Chowan Community College

Send two Nursing faculty to Nursing conference
New Nursing simulators in Nursing program


Robeson Community College

Respiratory Therapy Program faculty went to a national competition and convention.
Purchased three different ventilators and lent them to local medical centers


Rockingham Community College

Professional Development for faculty and staff
Travel to learn about Cybersecurity through the Marcraft program
GibbsCam and Solidworks training for Machining instructor


Rowan-Cabarrus Community College

New hybrid vehicle systems panel trainer for Automotive program.


Sampson Community College

Hiring Career Specialists who help students prepare for and get jobs.
Career Specialists also plan job fairs
New CCP pathway in Cosmetology


Sandhills Community College

New Car-O-Liner BenchRack System for Automotive Collision Repair Program
GoPro camera for Welding program to create series of video demonstrations to post online for students


South Piedmont Community College

Improve advising in CTE programs in rural high schools.
Updated equipment in HVAC and Welding programs.
Professional development for Digital Media faculty.


Southeastern Community College

Purchased 120 ChromeBooks for faculty and students to check out.
Students can check out ChromeBooks during COVID.
New SmartBoards in CTE programs
Nursing simulator
HVAC simulator


Southwestern Community College

Work-based learning in rural areas
Virtual internship during COVID


Stanly Community College

Academic and career exploration event for high school students and community.
New network servers to support students during COVID for certain courses.


Surry Community College

New VSim simulator for nursing students


Tri-County Community College

Special Population identification and messaging through Aviso.


Vance-Granville Community College

New equipment for HVAC, Culinary, IT, Early Childhood and Automotive programs.
Career advising program.
Professional Development for faculty.


Wake Technical Community College

New simulators in Healthcare


Wayne Community College

Laptop computers and cart
Veterinary ultrasound machine
VR headset for Swine Management program
TIG welder for welding program
Apprenticeship program
STEM summer camp for high school students


Western Piedmont Community College

New 3-D printer for Manufacturing and Engineering programs


Wilkes Community College

New advising program


Wilson Community College

New, expanded Welding program including robotic welding, plasma cutting


NCCCS Strategic Plan

This sharing of promising practices supports the following from the NC Community College 2018-2022 Strategic Plan.

Goal 4. Advance organizational effectiveness, operations, and decision-making to support a cohesive system of nimble, empowered, and community-driven colleges.

Objective 4.6. Improve cohesiveness between colleges, professional associations, System Office, and partners.

Strategy 4.6.1. Improve communication among all System entities and key partners.

Individual videos may address other strategies in the NCCCS Strategic Plan.

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