Finish Line Grant

Don't let a financial emergency keep you from crossing the finish line.

On July 12th, 2018, Governor Cooper announced the Finish Line Grant program that will help students complete their education when facing unforeseen challenges. Effective October 1, 2022, the administration of this program shifted from the Department of Commerce to the NC Community College System (NCCCS). In partnership with NCCCS and Wilson Community College, students who have completed at least 25% of their program of study and are in good academic standing can apply for the grant. Approval is subject to eligibility and the availability of funds. Effective October 1, 2022, the Governor’s Office funding source is the Emergency Assistance to Non-Public Schools (EANS).

Guidelines to Apply

  • Unanticipated financial emergency (short-term hardship that impacts student’s ability to complete a degree/certification)
  • Currently enrolled Curriculum and Continuing Education students are eligible
    • 25% of curriculum degree, certificate, or diploma program completed (including current semester)
    • Must be in good academic standing – minimum 2.0 GPA
    • Cost of Attendance (COA) not exceeded (Curriculum)
  • Limited up to $1,000, per student per semester.

Examples of Qualifying Events

  • Rent (No past due bills)
  • Auto Repair -sudden lack of transportation due to a car accident or unexpected mechanical problems
  • Loss of books/supplies after initial purchase, due to natural disaster, fire, or theft
  • Financial emergency preventing the payment of a current utility bill (water, gas, and electric)
  • Internet (if bundled, will only pay for internet service-not cable TV/phone) invoice must be itemized to isolate internet service
  • Child/dependent care-if student is participating in clinicals, labs, in-class instruction, or worksite learning
  • Medical/dental/vision care that impacts the ability for a student to complete a degree/certification
  • Utilities-water, gas, and electric bill (No past due bills)

Examples of Expenditures Not Allowed

  • No asset payments: laptops, phones, car payments, mortgage payments, property taxes, and/or tax payments
  • Renter insurance/rental deposits
  • Court fees, penalties, and/or late fees
  • Student account debt of a person attempting to return to college
  • No past due bills (Bills must be current)

Next Steps

  1. Complete the Finish Line Grant Application if you think you may meet the above guidelines.
  2. Once your eligibility has been verified, you will receive an email with the next steps.
  3. If approved, payment will be processed within three business days of receiving all required documentation.
  4. Student will be notified when payment is ready.
  5. Funds will not be distributed directly to the student but to the entity that will provide the service for the student.

Questions? Contact:

Joy Moore

Joy Moore

Financial Aid Coordinator

Department: Financial Aid

Phone: (252) 246-1417

Email: hjmoore@wilsoncc.edu

Office: F105b

2023-24 Child Care Assistance Program

The Financial Aid Office is accepting applications for the 2023-24 Child Care Assistance Program. The College offers the Program to curriculum student-parents in order to assist with daycare expenses while enrolled at our institution, reimbursing the provider $15 – $20 per day, depending on the number of children. Students must be enrolled at least half time (six credit hours) to participate.

Although each application is evaluated individually and priority is based on results from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, applicants do not have to be Financial Aid recipients to participate. We encourage all curriculum student-parents to complete this application. All applications received will remain on file through the end of Spring 2024 semester (There is no Child Care Assistance for Summer).

If you are interested, please complete the Child Care Assistance Program Application (these applications will not be available in the FA Office) and submit it to the Financial Aid Office. Incomplete applications will not be considered (Note: there is a section of the application that must be completed by the child care provider). If you have additional questions regarding Wilson Community College’s Child Care Assistance Program, please contact Darrah Lane at dlane@wilsoncc.edu or (252) 246-1344.

*The priority Spring 2024 application deadline is Tuesday, April 30, 2024.

Wilson Community College’s Soulful Wellness Black Business Expo: Empowering Health and Prosperity in the Wilson Community

Excitement is growing as Wilson Community College prepares to host its highly anticipated “Soulful Wellness: Black Business Expo for Health and Prosperity” in honor of Black History Month. This inaugural event is set for Tuesday, February 27, 2024, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Frank L. Eagles Center on the college’s campus. This fun, free event is open to everyone and promises to be a celebration of entrepreneurship and prosperity within the African American community.

Organized by the Wilson Community College Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, the Soulful Wellness Expo aims to showcase the talents and contributions of locally Black-owned businesses while promoting holistic well-being among attendees.

“The Soulful Wellness Expo is about bringing the community together to celebrate Black history and history in the making,” stated Robert Melton, co-chair of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee at WCC. “We are proud to provide a platform for local Black entrepreneurs to thrive and for our community to come together in support of health and prosperity.”

The Eagles Center will feature a diverse array of businesses offering everything from health and wellness, natural haircare, financial literacy and travel agencies, to handmade crafts and delicious culinary delights. Attendees can expect to discover unique offerings while learning more about locally black-owned businesses. Products and services showcased at the Expo will be for display-only and not for sale, but Food Trucks on site will be open for attendees to purchase lunch.

The Soulful Wellness Expo is not only an opportunity to support Black-owned businesses, but also a chance to foster connections and build networks within the community. Attendees are encouraged to engage with vendors, participate in discussions, and forge meaningful relationships that extend beyond the event. With a focus on health, prosperity, and community, the Expo promises to be an unforgettable experience for all who attend.

“We believe in the power of education and empowerment to transform lives,” stated Joshua Harris, Executive Director of Marketing and Foundation. “We want to equip our community with the knowledge and resources needed to thrive in every aspect of life.”

As the clock ticks down to the opening of the Expo, residents of Wilson and beyond are showing interest on social media, and all vendor spaces are expected to fill. Mark your calendars for Tuesday, February 27, 2024, and join Wilson Community College for a day of inspiration, empowerment, and celebration.

Admission is free and open to students and the community.

For more questions, please contact Melody Parker-Eatmon at mparker-eatmon@wilsoncc.edu or Robert Melton at rmelton@wilsoncc.edu.

2023 at WCC

Thank you to everyone who made 2023 a great year at Wilson Community College!

Spring 2024 2nd 8-Week Session – Starts Mar 13

Enroll in a 2nd session 8-week course. Contact Admissions for more information.

The 2nd 8-week session runs from March 13 – May 6, 2024.

Important Dates

  • Registration for this term is March 11-12, 2024; Payment is due by 4:00 p.m. on March 12, 2024.
  • Late Registration/Schedule Adjustment for this term is Mar 13-14, 2023; Payment is due by 4:00 p.m. on March 14, 2024.
  • Classes start Mar 13, 2024.

Courses Available:

Section Instructor
ACA-111-NT1S2 College Student Success Alan Leonard
ACA-122-NT1S2 College Transfer Success Nikehchi Woherem
ART-111-NT1S2 Art Appreciation Jennifer Jackson
BIO-112-NT1S2 General Biology II Lee Anne Daughtry
COM-231-NT1S2 Public Speaking Molly Wallace
ENG-112-NT1S2 Writing/Research in the Disciplines Gary Redding
ENG-242-NT2S2 British Literature II Dominque Marshall
HEA-110-NT1S2 Personal/Health Wellness Shannon Debruhl
HIS-221-NT1S2 African-American History Jeffrey Wilhelm
HUM-115-NT1S2 Critical Thinking Wendy Bailey
MUS-110-NT1S2 Music Appreciation Sandy Pittman
NUR-114-01S2 Holistic Health Concepts Charlene Jones
NUR-114-51S2 Holistic Health Concepts Jennifer Williams
NUR-214-HY1S2 Nursing Transition Concepts Charlene Jones
PED-110-NT1S2 Fit and Well For Life Joanna Stegall
PHI-240-NT1S2 Introduction to Ethics Duston Mason
PSY-241-NT1S2 Developmental Psychology Alondria Richardson
SOC-210-NT1S2 Intro to Sociology Susan Fournier
SOC-225-NT1S2 Social Diversity Shandrika McNair-Williams
SPA-112-NT1S2 Elementary Spanish II Stephanie Wallace

 

Section codes:
HY = Hybrid (51% or more online; 49% or less face-to-face)
BL = Blended (less than or equal to 50% online; more than or equal to 50% face-to-face)
NT = Online (100% online)

The College reserves the right to cancel classes with low enrollment.

Financial Aid Note: Currently enrolled WCC students who have already received financial aid for the semester will not receive additional grant funds to pay for these courses. Please contact the WCC Financial Aid Office for more information.

WCC’s Year in Review

Writing these columns for the past few years has been an incredible journey as I’ve shared thoughts, information, and stories about Wilson Community College programs, students, and employees. As the College is heading into our winter break and wrapping up 2023, I am also wrapping up my time at WCC and beginning a new chapter in January. I look forward to reading these columns as other College employees share about the great things happening here.

And speaking of rounding out the year, I wanted to recap the impact Wilson Community College had on our community in 2023.

  • Since January 1, WCC has served 5,783 students.
  • Of the 5,783 people served this year, 773 were high school students in our Career and College Promise program, or CCP for short.  These students take FREE college courses for credit while still in high school.  That’s pretty incredible!
  • We will wrap up our 122nd Basic Law Enforcement Training Academy with a graduation ceremony next week. Back in May, eight cadets graduated from the Academy.  And we trained 2,489 sworn law enforcement officers this year at our Coastal Plain Law Enforcement Training Center. This equates to 48,409 hours of training. These officers travel to our facility from all over the state.
  • Our 50th Fire/Rescue Training Academy, which has four fire cadets, will finish up on December 12.  We will also celebrate all 50 Academies with past graduates at a special celebration and luncheon that day.
  • We held our May commencement ceremony with 203 graduates. Our youngest graduates were 17 years old (and there were several of them!), and our eldest was 69 — proving it’s never too early or too late to get started at WCC.
  • We offered 15 online courses during the five-week Winter Semester – and saw registrations skyrocket because of the offerings, with 215 students taking advantage of the shorter semester.
  • We awarded more scholarships for just the fall semester than ever before, totaling almost $80,000. And we’ll award nearly that same amount for the upcoming spring semester.
  • We trained employees from 9 companies – a total of 278 individuals – through our customized training program. The companies were 3C Store Fixtures, Alliance One, Bridgestone, Collins Aerospace, Linamar, Merck, Old Saratoga, Strategic Materials, and Sun River. The total cost savings to the companies in providing this training was over $53,000.
  • Our Small Business Center helped start 29 new businesses.
  • And we held a Car & Truck Show in September and a golf tournament in October, raising thousands of dollars for student scholarships because of the support of our community.

For more information about WCC, give us a call at (252) 291-1195.  Of course, you’re always welcome to tour the campus.  Give me a call to line one up.  #WilsonCC We make Wilson work.

WCC Marketing Department

Calling all writers, visual artists, and photographers!

Wolf Print Magazine

Attention all writers, visual artists, and photographers. We are looking for Wilson Community College student contributions in poetry, personal essays, short fiction, visual art, and photography.

Entry Deadline: February 2, 2024 by 5:00 p.m.

Entries can be submitted through the Online Submission Form only. See additional entry information and guidelines below.

Wolf Print Magazine and the magazine contest are sponsored by the Wilson Community College Foundation.

Prizes

First, second, and third place students will be published in the magazine.

Author:

  • 1st Place: $100.00
  • 2nd Place: $75.00
  • 3rd Place: $50.00

Artist:

  • 1st Place: $100.00 (art on cover)
  • 2nd Place: $75.00 (art featured inside)
  • 3rd Place: $50.00 (art featured inside)

Competition

  • Students may submit one or more pieces for both the literary category and the cover art/photography category. Any student who submits more than one piece will only be eligible for one award in each portion of the contest.

Eligibility

  • The competition is open to currently enrolled students at Wilson Community College—Curriculum, Continuing Education, and Early College.
  • The Contest runs from December 1, 2023 – February 2, 2024.

Accepted Genres: Poetry, Personal Essays, Short Fiction & Cover Art/Photography

  • All submissions should be mainstream pieces that avoid extremes in subject matter and/or language.
  • Personal Essays and Short Fiction should be a maximum of 2,500 words.  Shorter pieces are preferred.
  • Poetry should be a maximum of 50 lines.
  • All literary submissions should be titled, double spaced, and free of mechanical and grammatical errors (editors reserve the right to make any editing changes deemed necessary).

Format

  • All written submissions should be typed in Microsoft Word and saved in Rich Text Format to ensure the file can be opened. Art/Photography submissions should be submitted as a .jpeg file.

Submissions

  • Submissions will only be accepted via the Online Submissions Form on the Wilson Community College website.  Submissions will not be accepted via email.
  • Be sure to complete the submission form in its entirety and upload your file properly.  Any work not submitted as directed will not meet contest guidelines and may not be published.

For more information contact:

wolfprintmagazine@wilsoncc.edu

WCC Corner – Offering Opportunities

November brings cooler weather, Thanksgiving, and the beginning of holiday plans. In all the busyness and anticipation of what’s to come, Veterans Day can pass by as just another holiday. Understanding the unique experiences of service members provides a deeper appreciation for the day and those it is meant to honor.

During my time in the NC Community College system, I’ve had the pleasure of knowing and working with members of the armed forces and their dependents, as colleagues, students and friends. Early in my career I had a close friend and co-worker who was former military herself and her husband was an Army staff sergeant at that time. Seeing her manage a full-time job and care for four school-age kids, while her husband was on an 18-month overseas tour, gave me a whole new perspective on what sacrifice means for military families. Another former colleague of several years shared the challenges her husband faced in dealing with PTSD from combat deployment, and how it resulted in years of readjustment and healing for him and their family. I also remember a student who received an honorable discharge after almost 20 years of service in the Army, and came to community college to build on the welding skills he acquired in the military. He initially struggled without the consistent structure and routine he had known since young adulthood, but he worked through those challenges, earned an associate degree in Welding, and was nominated for the statewide NC Community College Dallas Herring Award.

Community colleges provide a new start for thousands of students every year, and WCC programs offer a wealth of opportunities for veterans who want to build on current skills or learn a new trade. Public safety programs such as Basic Law Enforcement Training and the Fire and Rescue Academy are always looking for new cadets. This might be the perfect time to earn a transfer degree and go on to a four-year institution. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Education Benefits provide financial support for qualified veterans and/or their dependents to receive postsecondary education and technical training. Benefits may include tuition and fees, housing allowances, and stipends for books and supplies for those who are eligible. Service members and veterans can learn more about their benefits on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website. Additional information about the process of using VA benefits at WCC is available on the College website or you can contact the Director of Financial Aid and Veterans Affairs, Lisa Baker at lbaker@wilsoncc.edu.

Join us for a brief ceremony in observance of Veterans Day, on Friday, November 10, at 10:00 a.m. in the courtyard on WCC’s campus. To learn more about a career in public service, contact the Director of Law Enforcement Training, Darlene Hall at dhall@wilsoncc.edu, or the Director of Health and Emergency Services, Ben Smith at bsmith@wilsoncc.edu.

Amy Noel

Amy Noel

Vice President of Student Development

Department: Student Development

Phone: (252) 246-1275

Email: anoel@wilsoncc.edu

Office: F103e

WCC Corner – Lee Technology Center’s completion means more training for trades

In 2014, the Wilson Community College Foundation was generously gifted property from the Lee Family. Located on the corner of Highway 301 and Ward Boulevard, the property that was once home to the former Lee Ford and Lee Nissan dealerships, is more than ten acres of land and 43,000 square feet of building space.

Not long after, the College renamed the property the Lee Technology Center (LTC), made renovations to the two existing buildings, and has just completed a new building on the site.

All of this renovation and construction has enabled WCC to expand its programs in automotive and advanced manufacturing. Two of the existing buildings were renovated into what are now buildings R and W. Building R, the former Ford dealership, houses the Automotive Systems Technology program, the Small Business Center, and has general classrooms and meeting spaces. The old Nissan dealership was renovated into building W, which now houses the Applied Engineering Technology program.

Over this past year, what was the old motorcycle shop at Lee Motor, was raised and a new structure built in its place. The new building, Building S, was completed in August and will be home to the College’s Building Construction Technology, Air Conditioning, Heating, and Ventilation (HVAC), and Electrical Systems Technology programs. These trades programs are being moved from the main campus to LTC and have increased their space to provide even more training.

Trades workers are an essential part of our lives and society, and we need to train more of them to keep up with the decreasing number of trades workers. By promoting the trades as a viable and rewarding career path, we can help address the shortage of these specialized workers and ensure that we have a skilled workforce for the future. And now with the completion of the LTC site, the long-term vision of a dedicated location for the majority of industrial technology and trades programs has been realized.

Rob Holsten, Vice President for Academic Affairs, shared, “When the College received the gift of the LTC in 2014, I knew then it was an opportunity to focus our efforts on trades programs. I pledged to our Board that we would revamp our programs, focus our efforts on increasing the number of students entering and completing a trades program, and meet the workforce needs of our community for HVAC, electricians, and building construction technicians.” The completion of LTC is allowing us to do all of those things.”

All of the trades programs at LTC prepare students for good-paying jobs that exist right now in a fairly short amount of time. The Electrical Systems Technology program may be completed in one year, and students can earn two-year degrees in Applied Engineering Technology, HVAC (a 1-year diploma is also an option), Building Construction, and Automotive Systems Technology. The Building Construction program even includes plumbing coursework that can lead to immediate jobs. And if you don’t have time for a one or two-year program, you can take just a few classes and earn a certificate.

For more information about our trades programs or LTC, visit our website at www.wilsoncc.edu, or give us a call at (252) 291-1195. If you would like to check out the newest building, WCC is holding a ribbon cutting and open house for Building S on Wednesday, October 11, at 10:00 a.m.

Constitution Day 2023

Wilson Community College SGA logoJoin us virtually Monday, September 18 from noon – 12:30 PM for Constitution Day. We will be showing the documentary A More Perfect Union: George Washington and the Making of the Constitution.

Join the Google Meet

Or, by phone: ‪+1 334-409-1196
PIN: ‪420 013 971#

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Main Campus

902 Herring Avenue
Wilson, NC 27893
Phone: 252-291-1195

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Lee Technology Center

4815 Ward Blvd
Wilson, NC 27893

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Coastal Plains Law Enforcement Training Center

3997 Ward Blvd
Wilson, NC 27893

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