Since its founding in 1967, Edgecombe Community College has been committed to fulfilling the education, training, and cultural needs of the Edgecombe County community and surrounding areas.
With campuses in Tarboro and Rocky Mount, the college serves about 13,000 individuals annually in its two-year degree, diploma, certificate, and continuing education programs. Excellent teaching and learning coupled with student achievement have characterized the College throughout its history.
In January 2016, the new Biotechnology and Medical Simulation Center on the Rocky Mount campus opened for classes. The cornerstone of this high-tech facility is a simulated hospital where students work in teams to assess and treat simulated patients.
By relying on patient simulation and a team approach in a realistic healthcare environment, teaching and learning in the Biotechnology and Medical Simulation Center is raising the standard of healthcare education throughout the region.
Dr. Deborah L. Lamm, president of Edgecombe Community College for 14 years, retired in May 2018. She established pioneering programs and unique partnerships at ECC, improving the standard and level of effectiveness of higher education in Edgecombe County.
Dr. Gregory K. McLeod, a North Carolina native and 17-year veteran of community colleges, was named president of ECC in July 2018. The College’s fifth president, he began his new post in mid-August. For the past seven years, Dr. McLeod has served as provost and chief campus administrative officer of academic and student affairs at community colleges in Florida and Virginia.
2018 successes include:
- Phi Theta Kappa, the student honor society, won 13 awards at the Phi Theta Kappa Carolinas Regional Convention in March.
- Michael Parker is the first ECC student and the first male to win the Joan Keller Servant Leader Scholarship, an award for Phi Theta Kappa honor society members in North Carolina and South Carolina.
- The Practical Nursing program was ranked sixth in the state after receiving a perfect score by a national nursing advocacy organization.
- For the third year in a row, ECC students brought home gold from the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference held in June. An individual and a team brought home gold medals, finishing first in the nation in their competitions.
- In the fall semester, the College launched a new Ophthalmic Medical Assisting program. Offered in the evening for the convenience of working adults, the program can be completed in four semesters.
- ECC signed a co-admission agreement with East Carolina University designed to improve transfer student access and success through a collaborative degree completion program.
- The Tutoring Center celebrated its 20th year of helping students succeeed.
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