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Spring Semester Under Way Following Frosty Start

Edgecombe Community College spring semester classes began Friday, January 6. Shown are senior Nursing students working on their IV skills. From left are instructor Keela Johnson (standing) and students Jinny Joyner, Michelle Franklin, and Tosha Britton.

A new semester is in full swing today at Edgecombe Community College following a wintry weekend of snow and ice that closed the college for two of the first three days of spring classes.

Classes began Friday, January 6. The college was closed Monday, January 9, and Tuesday, January 10, due to hazardous road conditions.

“We are looking forward to better weather,” says Michael Jordan, vice president of student services.

“We’re excited to be back at school today and to be able to turn our attention to the business of teaching and learning. Spring term is the semester for graduation, and we always look forward to seeing our students complete their educational goals.”

He adds, “We’re excited to get students enrolled in the fall, but we’re even more excited to see them graduate in the spring!”

A new degree option in Surgical Technology begins this semester. The college has a highly regarded one-year diploma in Surgical Technology in place. The new two-year degree program is available to students who already hold a diploma in the field.

The degree requires just 15 additional hours beyond the diploma program. One course contains a clinical component, but all of the other classes are offered online.

Season Twelve of the Edgecombe Performance Series continues this spring with three outstanding shows.

On February 16, the Barter Players will present Great Expectations, based on the novel by Charles Dickens. Bill Leslie and Lorica, a celtic/folk/new age-blended ensemble, will perform on March 17. The New York Theatre Ballet returns to Tarboro for a fifth straight season on March 30. All performances are held in Keihin Auditorium on the Tarboro campus.

The annual Global Education Spring Symposium is set for March 9-10 on the Rocky Mount campus. Speakers and events will be announced.

The all-day Preservation Trades Fair meets April 29 on the Tarboro campus. Guests can visit the historic Norfleet House and various artisans and builders and learn about roofing, masonry, stained glass, window repair, floor repair, historic carpentry methods, and ornate plaster work.

Graduation is set for May 6.

Looking forward to the summer, ECC is planning its Camp College 2017 for ages 8 to 18. Camps being planned include Beauty School Camp, Drones Camp, Guitar Camp, Health Care Careers Camp, Junior Chef’s Camp, Splash into Art Camp, and STEM Camp.

Stay tuned for more great initiatives in 2017!