Fun Fact Friday – Watson Electrical Partnership

Fun FactDid you know that Wilson Community College (WCC), in partnership with Watson Electrical Construction Co., has the only traffic signal training center in North Carolina?

motors and controls class looking at traffic light setupWCC has partnered with Watson Electrical Construction Co. LLC (WECC) to offer a training program designed to provide skills for workers in the Integrated Transportation Systems (ITS) field. The ITS field involves dynamic message systems, fiber optic communications, cellular communications, closed-circuit TV cameras, central command centers, traffic signals, and traffic signal control boxes.

Watson Electrical approached the College with a need for workers skilled in the installation and maintenance of traffic signal systems.  To provide this training, WCC suggested the Motors and Controls certificate program, a 12-hour program that can be completed in two to four semesters. The certificate provides coursework in DC/AC Electricity, Motors and Controls, the National Electric Code, and Diagrams and Schematics. The courses for the program will incorporate content on traffic signal systems, including hands-on installation of these systems.

The program is unique in North Carolina, only being offered in Wilson. “This is an excellent partnership that will provide job opportunities for our electrical systems technology diploma and certificate graduates,” said WCC Dean of Industrial Technologies Margie Norfleet. The Traffic Control Division of Watson Electrical has provided the College with a functional traffic signal system that was recently installed at the Lee Technology Center of the College. The system consists of a signal control box, traffic signal, poles, signal head, and a Walk/Don’t Walk pedestrian head.

line truck installing traffic light training facilityUpon completion of the certificate, students are GUARANTEED an interview with WECC. Hiring requirements include a valid NC driver’s license, meeting the NC State requirement to obtain a NC Commercial Driver’s License, and meeting the standard employment requirement of WECC. Students who are hired with the Motors and Controls certificate will experience faster career advancement. “We believe in investing in our employees through training and career advancement. When we started developing the Motors and Controls certificate program, we wanted to put in place an education incentive for those graduates that join our team. This program is designed to help offset the education cost of the three specific Traffic Signal classes taken at WCC.  Our goal is to not only reduce the overall cost to the graduate but to also provide a solid foundation for a rewarding career with our company,” said David Garren, Vice President Human Resources, WECC.

For more information about the Motors and Controls Certificate program at Wilson Community College, contact Royce Jones, Electrical System Technology Instructor, at (252) 246-1238 • mj2198@wilsoncc.edu or Margie Norfleet, Dean of Industrial Technologies, at (252) 246-1210 • mnorfleet@wilsoncc.edu.

As always, we are proud to be YOUR community college!

Fun Fact Friday – Foundation

Fun FactDid you know that the Wilson Community College Foundation awards $100,000 in scholarships each year?  None of this would be possible without the generous support of our community!

The Foundation was organized in 1981 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and has an 18-member Board.  The Foundation exists to ensure that the College is able to provide a quality education at an affordable cost and to reduce the financial barriers to higher education.  We provide scholarship assistance for tuition and other fees to about 120 students each year. These may be awarded based on achievement, talent, or need.

Many Wilson Community College students rely heavily on scholarships to further their education.  Individuals and businesses can establish scholarships and endowments, and one can even designate an amount in his/her will or trust.  Donations can be made by check, cash, or online at www.wilsoncc.edu/foundation-home/giving-opportunities.  The Foundation also hosts events throughout the year to raise funds, and in the Fall of 2018, we held our first Unsung Heroes Banquet to honor and recognize first responders.

This year, the Foundation is holding its first ever Wilson Community College Scholarship Invitational Golf Tournament to raise money for student scholarships.  We would love to have as much support as possible!  If you like to golf or know someone who does, we would love to have you join us at Wedgewood Golf Course on Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 1 pm.  Or, if you would like to become a sponsor, let us know!  To read more about the tournament and sponsorship opportunities, please visit www.wilsoncc.edu/foundation-home/events or email Jessica Bailey at jbailey@wilsoncc.edu.

As always, we are proud to be YOUR community college!

Are you starting a nursing career?

Wilson Community College offers the steps to achieve your goal!

If you are interested in applying for either the SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM, ASSOCIATE DEGREE NURSING, or PRACTICAL NURSING curriculum, we strongly encourage you to attend one of our question and answer sessions. Counselors, advisors, and nursing faculty will be present to answer your questions on the requirements, steps, and timeline for acceptance. Choose only one information session. We hope to see you there!

Monday, June 10 • Noon
Tuesday, July 9 • 6 PM
Monday, August 5 • Noon
Tuesday, September 10 • 6 PM
Monday, November 11 • Noon
Wednesday, November 20 • 6 PM

Meetings will take place in the STARS Center (F-103e)

For more information, contact:

SGA Summer MiniFest

wilson community college SGAJoin the SGA for Summer MiniFest Wednesday, June 12 from noon – 2 PM on the building G lawn & the Campus Bistro. There will be Pelican’s SnoBalls, pizza, a photo booth, music, games and more!

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Fun Fact Friday – Six Sigma

Fun FactDid you know that Wilson Community College (WCC) is one of two community colleges in NC that are accredited in Six Sigma Yellow Belt Training?

The College is recognized through the Council of Six Sigma for Lean Six Sigma White Belt and the Lean Six Yellow Belt Certifications.  Two of our instructors are certified through the Council of Six Sigma to teach for WCC: Zack Cleghorn, MS, CTM, LSSMBB, and OSHA Outreach Trainer; and Joshua Stevens, BS, LSSBB.

What is the Six Sigma Certification?

Six Sigma is a set of tools and techniques used by companies to improve production processes, eliminate defects, and guarantee quality. The Six Sigma certification helps in validating professionals who are skilled in identifying risks, errors, or defects in a business process and removing them. This is a highly sought-after industry certification.

The Six Sigma certification comes in various skill levels: White Belt, Yellow Belt, Green Belt, Black Belt, and Master Black Belt. These certifications can be obtained through an accreditation body like the American Society for Quality (ASQ).

  • Six Sigma White Belt:  This is the basic level of certification that focuses on the basic Six Sigma concepts. White belts support change management in an organization and engage with local problem-solving teams that assist projects.
  • Six Sigma Yellow Belt:  At this level, you know the specifics of Six Sigma, and how and where to apply it. You will support project teams on problem-solving tasks.
  • Six Sigma Green Belt:  At this level, you understand advanced analysis and can resolve problems that affect quality. Green belts lead projects and assist black belts with data collection and analysis.
  • Six Sigma Black Belt:  Black belts are experts and agents of change. They supervise and manage multiple projects in an organization.

We are proud to offer this training at YOUR community college!

Summer 2019 Pell Grant Disbursement

Pell Grant refunds should be available to the students by June 21, 2019 (If applicable, Loans will follow within a few weeks).  If your charges exceed your eligibility or you withdraw, you may owe a balance to the school.

Beginning with summer semester, Wilson Community College has partnered with BankMobile Disbursements to deliver financial aid refunds to students.  The new refund program will give students the option to deposit refunds into and existing account or into BankMobile Vibe checking account.

In order to receive your refund in a timely manner, please follow instructions being sent in an email from BankMobile OR look for a green envelope arriving in your mailbox (please make sure your address is correct with the Admission’s Office).

More information about BankMobile:

www.wilsoncc.edu/bankmobile

www.wilsoncc.edu/new-system-for-student-refunds

New System for Student Refunds

In order to provide more flexible options for receiving refunds, Wilson Community College has partnered with BankMobile Disbursements to deliver financial aid and other school refunds to our students beginning on June 7, 2019.

The new refund program will give students the following options for receiving refunds:

  • Deposit To An Existing Account
  • Deposit To A BankMobile Vibe Checking Account

All students will be asked to select a refund delivery preference from the options listed above. Here’s what you need to do:

Update mailing address

BankMobile will mail a Personal Code to students at the current address on file at the College.

Look for the Personal Code

Starting on May 17, 2019, you should look for your Personal Code, as it will arrive in a bright green envelope and via email from BankMobile. You may use either code to select your refund preference.

Select how you want your money delivered

Once your Personal Code arrives, go to RefundSelection.com and enter your code to select how you would like to receive your money. If you select the BankMobile Vibe checking account as your refund choice, you will receive a temporary virtual Debit Mastercard® to use until your physical card arrives in the mail.

For more information, visit www.wilsoncc.edu/bankmobile

Fun Fact Friday – Graduation 2019

Fun FactIt’s graduation week at Wilson Community College!  To celebrate, here are a few fun facts:

We recently had 62 students graduate with their High School Equivalency diploma and three with their Adult High School diploma.  Yesterday, eight cadets graduated from Basic Law Enforcement Training.  Today, we have 45 Associate Degree Nursing students graduating.  And tonight, 268 students are graduating from WCC. Of the 268 graduates, many of them are Wilson Early College Academy students, who not only graduated last night with their high school diploma, but tonight earn their associate’s degree diplomas – for free!  Our youngest graduate is only 17 years old and, in fact, there are 11 of them.  The oldest graduate this year is 60.  We have a few pairs of family members graduating – husband and wife, as well as siblings.  We are proud of each one of them and wish them well in their next endeavor.

ASE Graduates 2019

113th BLET graduates

Congratulations to all of the graduates!

As always, we are proud to be YOUR community college!

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