In April 2013, I received a letter of notification that Edgecombe Community College had received the ACT Career Preparedness Award in North Carolina.
Other college leaders and I were very gratified to learn that our efforts to prepare students for careers and the workplace were working well enough to be acknowledged on the state level.
In May, I was elated to receive a second letter announcing that Edgecombe had moved forward in the competition to receive the national Career Preparedness Award. “National?” I thought. “Wow.”
The ACT organization commended Edgecombe for its program with Edgecombe County Public Schools that offers WorkKeys to high school, college, and GED students.
Officials estimate that 90 percent of jobs in the United States require competencies in applied mathematics, reading for information, and locating information. These areas are assessed by WorkKeys through Career Readiness Certificate (CRC) testing.
Edgecombe Community College has offered CRC testing since 2007. Edgecombe students are given the WorkKeys assessment in curriculum program courses. Since 2010, 70 percent of graduating Edgecombe students have earned a CRC, which is awarded at graduation in May.
For a school like Edgecombe, which serves 13,000 people a year, to receive a national award is an unparalleled highlight for all of us. As extraordinary as this recognition was, it was not the only triumph at the college in 2013.
Student success was evident across campuses in Tarboro and in Rocky Mount:
- Army veteran and criminal justice student Kelly Miller was one of 15 national winners of the Army Women’s Foundation Legacy Scholarship.
- Business administration student Andre Cooper won a national public speaking award at the Future Business Leaders of America – Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference.
- The business club Phi Beta Lambda received nine awards at the state leadership conference.
- Seniors in the medical assisting program won first place in a state Quiz Bowl for medical assistants.
- Practical nursing, MRI, and CT graduates scored 100% on their national certification exam.
- Phi Theta Kappa, the college’s honor society, won a national Honors Case Study Challenge Award in a competition sponsored by USA Today.
Edgecombe students are succeeding both in and out of the classroom. They are excited about learning, and our committed faculty and staff work hard to help them accomplish their educational goals and excel in the process. We are indebted to you for supporting our efforts to help each and every student thrive. Thank you.
Dr. Deborah L. Lamm
Edgecombe Community College