September 2013 Events
September 11 and 23, 2013
Jodi Wijewickrama participated in 2 professional development activities (webinar's) sponsored by NCHIMA. The NCHIMA hosted "ICD-10 Managing the Opportunities and Challenges" on September 11, 2013 and "HITECH-HIPPA Final Privacy Rule" on September 23, 2013.
September 25 and 26, 2013
HCC Professional Crafts Dept is offering two free workshops, Michael Kline Potttery Demo and Web Presence for Craftspeople. The Demo will be held on Wednesday, September 25, 10am-5pm in the clay studio in the Creative Arts Buidling. The Web Presence workshop will be held on Thursday, September 26, 9-10am in room 7105 of the Creative Arts Building. These workshops are open to the public and there is no need to register.
August 2013 Events
John Weatherford will be serving as the advisor for Phi Theta Kappa this year.
August 13, 2013
Year Prof Crafts Fiber student, Deanna Kaufman Lynch, has been awarded the prestigious Dendel Scholarship by the Handweavers Guild of America. The scholarship is competed for among full time fiber and textile students at colleges and universities throughout the United States and Canada. A Haywood Professional Crafts fiber student also won this award in 2012.
August 21-25, 2013
Linda Caldwell, Michelle Choate, David Forester, John Weatherford and Jodi Wijewickrama volunteered recruiting at the Haywood County Fair with Meg Conner.
August 22, 2013
LindaCaldwell attending the Open House at Bethel Christian Academy. She gave out departmental materials and HCC pencils.
August 23, 2013
Robert Blanton and Terry Gess attended the REAL Entrepreneurship Craft Artists Meeting on August 23, 2013. The meeting was held in the new CAB building on campus. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss a new project in Western North Carolina coordinated by NC REAL Entrepreneurship. The project will teach craft artists how to be better business owners and is funded in part by the Appalachian Regional Commission. Robert Blanton will be serving on the committee with NC REAL.
June 2013 Events
June 19-21, 2013
Linda Caldwell attended the NC REAL Boomerang Institute in Blowing Rock, NC on June 19-21, 2013. The REAL Entrepreneurshi Boomerang Institute is a 3 day course to deepen the John Weatherford will be serving as the advisor for Phi Theta Kappa this year.trained REAL facilitators to conduct REAL courses in high school, post-secondary, and community-based organization settings. Boomerang participants were engatged with each other and with new REAL facilitators being trained for the first time, allowing them to learn new techniques and pass on "lessons learned". Participants also served on a panel answering questions for new REAL participants.
Spring Semester 2013
The May 2013 graduating class in Computer Information Technology has completed and implemented a community service project in conjunction with the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds. The project has given Audrey Hager, marketing director for the festival grounds, the ability to provide far greater depth of information about events being held at the festival grounds. Previously, when the festival grounds wished to promote an event by creating a web page, the page had to be designed and created by a professional web developer.
With the new content management system designed and created by the HCC student project team, non-technical users employed by the town of Maggie Valley can now create a web page for each and every event at the festival grounds. Town employees are able to describe the details of the event, upload images, enter a schedule of activities for the event, contact information, and much more. In addition, event organizers who have no formal association with the town are also able to set up much of this information for their event. The new system gives both the Town of Maggie Valley and the event promoters a web-based marketing tool to advertise events at the festival grounds.
May 2013 Events
May 1-3, 2013
Donna White and Jodi Wijewickrama attended the NCHIMA Annual Meeting in Asheville, NC the week of May 1-3, 2013.
April 2013 Events
April 2, 2013
The 2013 Statewide Cisco meeting was held at Cleveland Community College, and was to inform all Cisco Academies in NC of upcoming changes to the Cisco Networking Academy. Starting Fall 2013, Cisco will be upgrading to a new platform for hosting all Networking Academy content called NetSpace. This meeting gave an overview on how to migrate to the new system as well as crash course on navigating the new environment. Cisco is also making revisions to the curriculum itself. Starting in August, version 5.0 of the curriculum will be rolled out. This update is primarily to remove outdated content and incorporate newer technologies. Not a lot of information was available on this new curriculum since it hasn't been released yet.
April 5-6, 2013
John Weatherford attended the 2013 Southeast Region Meeting for accounting faculty at two-year colleges in Nashville, TN on April 5th and 6th. He found the interaction with other accounting instructors to be particulary helpful. The group was able to compare methods of instruction as well as preferred texts. Several topics were coveered at break-out sessions including the use of technology in accounting courses. Overall, the breakout sessions were very informational and helpful.
April 9, 2013
Donna White and Jodi Wijewickrama attended a webinar on Social Media and the Implications in healthcare. This knowledge will be enhance their skills in the classroom.
April 9, 2013
Renee Finsterwalder came to OST 149 01 (Medical Legal Issues) class on Tuesday, April 9 at 8:00am. She gave a presentation on Workplace legalities. The topics that she covered were: Employment Discrimination Law, FMLA, Hiring and Firing Processes, Fair Labor Standards Act, Workplace Safety Laws, Worker's Compensation Law, and Employment Security Act.
Michelle Choate and Sharron Donnahoe, as a part of the Haywood County Certified Entrepreneurial Community team, visited Burnsville, NC, to participate in the CEC Lunch and Learn program. Sharron and Michelle are the HCC representatives on the CEC team and will be working with the EDC and the Chamber to ensure that our community continues to thrive as one which supports entrepreneurial efforts.
April 11, 2013
The articulation agreement with Western Carolina University for our Business Administration majors was finalized this month.
April 18, 2013
On April 18, 2013 the induction of the National Technical Honor Society occurred in the HCC Auditorium for the 2012-2013 academic year. Inductees had a minimum GPA of 3.75 in a technical major and had compelted at least 30 credit hours of classwork. Ten new students were inducted this year. Linda Caldwell and David Forester are the co-advisors of the National Technical Honor Society.
April 19, 2013
On April 19, 2013 David Forester attended the Community College Accounting Instructors Conference at Western Carolina University. The focus was on discussing best practices in teaching accounting at the community college level and in better partnering with Western Carolina University.
April 23, 2013
The OST 149 01 (Medical Legal Issues) had debates held on Tuesday, April 23 at 8:00 am. The debates were between the Pro's and Con's of Cloing, Stem Cell Research and Genetic Engineering. A student who is involved in this class had a preplanned vacation and was not going to be available to help her group present their topics. Due to the hard work of her group it was decided to Facebook Video Chat the student into class so she could be involved with the project. Thanks to Marc Lehmann and Ken Hipps and room 221, we successfully had our student joint the class and present her material.
April 26, 2013
On Friday, April 26th, a group of HESA (Haywood Entrepreneurship Students) traveled to Western Carolina University to tour the Rapid Prototyping Center, campus, and meet with WCU Entrepreneurship Faculty. This is a great way for students to see how their ideas can become reality as they continue their education at WCU.
April 30, 2013
The HCC Investment Club wound up a spring semester event of a stock market challenge simulation game. The student winners were given monetary awards totaling $100 from the HCC Foundation. The students competed against the HCC employees in the contest. A similar contest was run during the semester in BUS 125 (Personal Finance) taught by David Forester. Clay Couch and David Forester are co-advisors of the Investment Club.
Donna White served on the Excellence in Teaching Selection Committee.
March 2013 Events
March 6-8, 2013
Linda Caldwell attended the 62nd Annual North Carolina Association of Office Professionals Conference held March 6-8, 2013 in Greensboro, NC. Educational office personnel and administrators from schools and community colleges in North Carolina attended the event. Speakers included Kelly Swanson who is a motivationsl speaker and small business owner; Lela McClanahan, Instructor at Carteret Community College, and Susan Hite of Hite Resources, Inc. The NCAEOP has given over $1,000,000.00 in scholarship money over the pas thirty years to students in North Carolina. Vendors were on-hand to demonstrate a variety of new office equipment and show the lastest trends in business.
Instructors Jodi Wijewickrama and Donna White have been working with a very enthusiastic group of first-year MOA students to "reactivate" the HBI/MOA Student Club. A student, Kren McCracken, apprached the instructors and told them that she and a least 6 or 7 other students were interested in forming the club. Instructors told them the history of the club and that the lack of on-campus participation was the main reason that the club was not active since so many of the program students are online. Karen assured the instructors that the group was committed. Since then, students have met with Paul Denkenberger for guidance around SGA club guidelines and processes. The group is planning a both for Spring Fling. The group would like to foremost be a presence on campus, as well as to find ways to perform community service and network by attending professional seminars.
February 2013 Events
February 15, 2013
Linda Caldwelll completed HCC Van training that will allow her to accompany students on field trips but utilizing her ability to drive our vans.
February 18 - 21, 2013
HCC celebrated National Entrepreneurship Week February 18th through February 21st. The Business and Entrepreneurship Department, with the contribution from the HCC Foundation awared $450 in prizes to student entrepreneurs in the Entrepreneurship Showcase Competition and the "I Have A Great Idea" video contest. We also featured a very fun game show event, Haywood Squares, featuring five local entrepreneurs as contestants: Adam Hambleton (HCC Graduate and owner of Hamberton Law Care and Maintenance Services), Kevin Sandefur (owener of BearWaters Brewery), Robin Starrs (owner with wife and HCC employee, Teresa Starrs, of Robin's Specialty Sauces), Jessica DeMarco (owner of Copper Pot & Wooden Spoon), Peggy Morgan (owner of Aermor). Amanda Sorrells of New Generation Ventures spoke to students about the resources and funding opportunities available to budding entrepreneurs, ages 18 to 30. Linda Caldwell served as the game show host and Rachel Earley, an Entrepreneruship student served as co-host. In addition, Denise Finger hosted a Cosmetic Arts Professionals Panel discussion, featuring three local professionals.
February 20, 2013
David Wijewickrama, Attorney-at-Law, spoke to the OST 149 01 (Medical Legal Issues) class regarding Professional Malpractice and Liability.
February 21, 2013
Linda Caldwell attending the fourth annual women's conference "Embracing the Fabulous You" sponsored by Park Ridge Health Systems. The speakers were great and gained valuable information to share with co-workers and students. The sponsors--including Asheville Regional Airport, United Community Bank, Morris Broadband, WNC Woman & Sophie Magazine--has informational booths. The Corporate Comedy Chicks were special guest this year. Several speakers were small business owners and spoke about their experience in business.
February 26, 2013
Three students majoring in Accounting and David Forester attended the Meet the Firms Night sponsored by Western Carolina University in Asheville on February 26. The Meet the Firms event is an opportunity to spend time with faculty from Western Carolina University while giving students the opportunity to talk to potential employers in the fields of public accounting, banking, and industry.
February 28, 2013
Donna White has been working with Glen Grady, Program Manager of Medical Assisting, preparing for the CAAHEP Accrediation for the Medical Assisting Program. The reviewers will visit her MED 130 01 (Administrative Office Procedures I) class on Thursday, February 28, 2013.
January 2013 Events
The 2013 Computer Technology project class is in the initial stages of a project to create a content management system for the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds. Currently, when the Festival Grounds wish to promote an event by creating a web page specific to the event, the page must be designed and created by a professional web developer. This will change once the student change once the student-created content management system is complete and in place. The content management system will allow a non-technical user employed by the town of Maggie Valley to create a separate web page for each and every event at the festival grounds. Town employees will be able to describe the details of the event, upload images, enter a schedule of activities for the event, contact information, and much more. In addition, event organizers who have no formal association with the town will be allowed to set up much of this information for their event. This student-designed, student-run project is expected to give the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds far greater depth of information about the events held there while reducing or eliminating the cost of custom designed web pages for specific events.
Haywood Community College will be sponsoring several activities February 18th - February 21st, in recognition of National Entrepreneurship Week. The calendar of events may be seen from our website. The Mountaineer will feature a story highlighting these activities, as well as the Entrepreneurship program at the college.
January 17, 2013
Linda Caldwell spoke at April Haider's senior English class at Pisgah High School in Canton, NC, on Thursday, January 17, 2013. The presentation was called "Interviewing Techniques".
January 25, 2013
Dr. Michelle Choate attended an organized meeting for the new Business Administration Faculty Association, at South Piedmont College in Monroe, NC. This new association will afford Business Administration Faculty across the state to begin working together to share ideas, best practices and resources for teaching, curriculum improvements, and professional development. Dr. Hilmi Lahoud with the NCCCS office and Dr. Joseph Fox, Department Chair for Business at AB-Tech, started this process last Fall. Dr. Choate and Dr. Fox will work together to begin drafting by-laws for the Association. Tentative plans for an April meeting of the Association are pending.
January 29, 2013
The Investment Club was estabilished on January 29, 2013. The purpose of the club is to bring students together from various programs to explore investment optios an dhow to become better investors. Investment topic include stocks, bonds, mutal funds, exchange traded funds, real estate, and alternate investments. Clayton Couch and David Forester are co-advisors of the club. The club meets on the third Tuesday of the month in room 207 from 1:00-2:30pm. All are welcome to attend!
December 2012 Events
December 11, 2012
Dr. Bill Aiken, Interim President, Dr. Laura Leatherwood, VP for Continuing Education and Workforce Development, Sharron Donnahoe, Small Business Center Director, and Dr. Michelle Choate, Interim Department Chair Business and Entrepreneurship attended the Holiday Cheer and Live and Silent Auction sponsonered by Haywood County Chamber of Commerce.
December 18, 2012
REAL Graduation Ceremony held on December 18th. Graduates comprised of a variety of majors including Entreprenuership, Business Administration and Cosmetology.
November 2012 Events
Michelle Choate has joined the Certified Entrepreneurship Community certification team and the Business Development Committee for Haywood County. She also attended the WNCEDNET/STEM Planning meeting in Sylva, North Carolina, to explore the possiblity of HCC serving as a grant partner in efforts to integrate STEM education and entrepreneurship in grades K-20 in the Western most counties of North Carolina.
November 27, 2012
Donna White's MED 114 (Professional Interactions in Healthcare) is studying Cultural Sensitivity. Her class had a guest speaker, Karen Arias. Ms. Arias is the Latina Victims' Advocate for the 30th Judical District Domestic Violence/Sexual Abuse Alliance.