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Technology Drives New Programs at ECC

With technological advances changing nearly every aspect of our lives, Edgecombe Community College is embracing these changes by offering a slew of new programs and courses this fall.

“We’re enhancing programs that are already here,” says Dr. Kristi Snuggs, vice president of instruction. “Technology has changed so much of what we do, and the college’s new offerings reflect efforts to embrace current trends and know-how.”

Sustainable Agriculture certificate
“For example, agriculture has always been an important part of Edgecombe County, but times have changed the way agriculture operates.”

To keep up with these changes, Edgecombe Community College is offering a Sustainable Agriculture certificate program. It’s a short-term training program in which students earn 15-16 credit hours.

Classes include soil and fertilization studies, plant science, organic plant production, alternative crop production, and a business class.

“It’s designed to help our farmers understand what they can do to make their farms more sustainable,” Snuggs says.

Geospatial Technology degree
In addition to offering a Geospatial Technology certificate program, Edgecombe Community College has added a two-year degree in Geospatial Technology.

Geospatial technology deals with the capture, management, and analysis of data that includes a location component. Google Earth, floodplain mapping, law enforcement trends, archaeological analysis, and school bus routing are just a few applications connected to geospatial technology.

“The program will be part of the Computer Information Technology department, but we’ve aligned it with several other areas,” Dr. Snuggs explains. “Geospatial technology is used in so many different fields that we’d like to see a variety of students earn the degree and use it in their line of work.”

The college has partnered with Wake Technical Community College to offer this program.

New computer classes
Edgecombe Community College also has proposed adding two new computer classes to the statewide combined course library for community colleges.

Mobile Computing Devices would focus on how to use mobile devices, such as smart phones and tablets. The three-hour class also would deal with security, support, troubleshooting, and managing applications on the devices.

The second class - Mac OS Concepts - would deal entirely with Apple products, including networking, security, and system maintenance.

“More and more people are using Macs, and this is an introduction to that system,” Dr. Snuggs says.

Green Home certificate
Part of the two-year Historic Preservation degree curriculum, the Green Home certificate program is another short-term training class in which students learn about sustainable housing practices.

Course work includes energy use analysis, weatherization, and green construction. Students also receive practical experience in real-world situations, either at their own job site or at a site provided by the college.

In addition to receiving the Green Home certificate, students also will receive an industry certification in weatherization.

Tourism Ambassador certificate
With tourism on the rise in Edgecombe County, the college is offering a Tourism Ambassador certificate to help accommodate an influx of visitors that accounted for more than $51 million in 2011 in the county.

The college is working with county officials to promote activities and landmarks, such as the Veterans Museum, Blount-Bridgers House, and Quigless Clinic.

Students will receive instruction in six areas over a six-week period - Edgecombe County history, hospitality, historic properties, event planning, introduction to genealogy, and African-American history in the county.

Students must attend five of the six classes to receive a certificate.

To learn more about ECC’s new programs in sustainable agriculture, geospatial technology, mobile computing, Apple technology, green homes, or tourism ambassador, please call 823-5166.