On November 16, 2012, Edgecombe Community College celebrated the 45th anniversary of its founding. College personnel, local and state officials, former employees, and members of the community assembled midday for a special ceremony.
Eleven speakers, including Congressman G.K. Butterfield (through a prerecorded video), N.C. Representative Joe Tolson, N.C. Senator Clark Jenkins, Edgecombe County Commissioner Wayne Hines, and Tarboro Mayor Donald Morris spoke about the many ways the college has enriched their lives as well as the lives of their constituents.
Dr. Scott Ralls, president of the North Carolina Community College System, was on hand as well. He cited ECC as a shining example of how community colleges can help individuals who may have obstacles to overcome.
“Over the past few years, Edgecombe has been the fastest-growing college in our state because it has welcomed those folks who need a helping hand.”
Amidst the tributes and accolades from public officials and private citizens was the voice of one such individual - student Chris Knight - who shared his story with the audience and thanked Edgecombe for strengthening his future.
Knight, 23, president of the ECC Student Government Association, said the college was a “good choice” for him. As a father of a three-year-old daughter, he said he needed to attend a college close to home. “Instructors are always willing to help, and I have developed skills that will help me establish and succeed in a career.”
Knight, who will graduate in May 2013 with a degree in collision repair and refinishing, hopes to one day own and operate an auto sales and service business. “Thanks to Edgecombe Community College for making education affordable and accessible for people like me,” he said.
Since its beginning, the college has touched thousands of lives. Whether becoming an auto body shop owner, an EMT, a social worker, or a doctor is the goal, all students can start at Edgecombe.
The numbers tell the larger story of the college’s growth and achievement over the past 45 years:
- 125 acres with 11 buildings
- About 3,000 curriculum students and approximately 8,000 continuing education students
- More than 100 degree, diploma, and certificate programs
- 22 health sciences programs
- 23 programs in business and technologies
- 10 programs in arts and sciences, including the large College Transfer program
- 11 programs that are unique to this area, and two that are unique in North Carolina
- 292 distance education courses
Edgecombe Community College is a robust, thriving institution that serves as a beacon of light and hope for Edgecombe County. Our community is stronger and more successful because of the college. Our programs and services would not be successful without the support of our many friends, and we remain ever grateful to you.
Dr. Deborah L. Lamm
Edgecombe Community College
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