News & Upcoming Events

June 2014 Events

May 15-17, 2014
David Forester attend the Teachers of Accounting at Two Years Conference from May 15-17 in Louisiana.  Topics included engaging accounting students in the 21st century, best online accounting education practices, and industry certifications.  

May 2014 Events

May 9, 2014
HART, the local community theater group, now has a new web site which was created as an integral part of larger effort by HART to rebrand itself.  In addition to creating a bold, new look for HART, the new web site also drastically reduces the need for HART to employ a web developer by providing a means for non-technical personnel to define the web site’s content.  This user defined content includes show banners, special events, show descriptions, ticket prices, performance dates, photographs, actors and roles, audition dates, newsletters, and more.  The new web site was created through a partnership between HART and the team of 2014 Computer Information Technology graduates.  HART’s web site is used frequently throughout the community and will serve to showcase the talent and ability of students in our Information Technology program.

April 2014 Events

April 1, 2014
Several Professional Crafts Fiber students have been admitted into a national juried student exhibition.  The Spotlight on Student Fiber Trends exhibition will be June 5-29 at the Lamar Dodd School of Art Galleries on the University of Georgia campus in Athens GA.  Deanna Lynch; Clara Schulte; and Dana Claire each had their artwork accepted into the exhibit.  The opening reception is 6 - 8 pm on June 5th.
April 1, 2014
Linda Caldwell, Chair of Alumni Committee, meet with her committee to choose the Alumni of Year—Dwayne Vigil, HCFS County Forest.

March 2014 Events

Students participated in building a new HCC Wood fired kiln at the Creative Arts Building. Professional potter and educator Shane Mickey led up the project. We expect to do the first firing later Spring semester.
Exciting news for the Student Business Incubation Center!  With the help of our wonderful maintenance team, HCC was able to retrieve a significant amount of equipment from the old Shoney’s and Burger King buildings this month.  This was a donation from the North Carolina Department of Transportation and will help to jumpstart our goal of providing a commercial kitchen for food-based start-ups!
The membership drive for PTK was a success this month.  George Thomas and John Weatherford received applications from around ten new members.  We are planning an initiation ceremony to take place soon.
 March 1-3, 2014
Haywood Community College Professional Crafts Clay students  finished hand crafted bowls for the Open Door Empty Bowl Fundraiser. The fundraiser combines good art, good will and a good meal this Saturday, March 1 from 3 until 7 p.m. at the Open Door.
March 1, 2014
Professional Crafts Fiber students visited an industrial weaving mill in Hendersonville in early March.  At the Oriole Mill, students were guided on a tour through the mill and learned about industrial jacquard weaving including a demonstration of the loom in operation.  The two hour tour also included a presentation on Oriole Mill fabrics and a tour of the design and production sewing areas.
March 5, 2014
Donna White participated in a free webinar presented by Pearson and received 1 CEU (free!) from my accrediting agency AHIMA. The webinar was called “Success Strategies for Teaching ICD-10”.
March 6-9, 2014
;Terry Gess attended the National Council on Education in the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) Conference where he presided over a table promoting the Professional Crafts Program.
Terry Gess, Lindsay Rogers and students attended the North Carolina Potters Conference in Asheboro, NC.
2nd year student Trish Salmon received an all expense paid scholarship fro the NC Potters Conference. She has also received a summer scholarship for study at Penland School of Crafts.
March 26-28, 2014

Linda Caldwell will be attending the 63rd annual conference of the North Carolina Association of Educational Office Professionals in Greensboro, NC, March 26-28, 2014.  The theme this year is “Dedicated to a Promising Tomorrow in Education.”    Workshops will include:

• Changes in technology
• What you can do with an iPad
• Laughter and humor in the office
• Focus on profession growth for the workplace
• Protection in the workplace
• Professionalism in the workplace

A scholarship will be given to a student enrolled in Office Technology in a community college in North Carolina to be chosen by the committee.  Money is raised at the conference for the scholarship.


February 2014 Events

February 3, 2014
David Forester's BUS 125 (Personal Finance) class had Austin Lee, Networking Instructor, presented on the topic of real estate on February 3, 2014.  Mr. Lee is a real estate investor, and he brought his more than a decade of experience in flipping real estate and holding properties as long-term rentals to the classroom.  Topics included niche market, the importance of credit scores, how to find properties, and establishing a real estate philosophy of investing that works for differing individuals. 
February 7, 2014
The CTS 120 (Hardware/Software Support) class and other Networking Technology students came in on Friday, February 7 to learn to build PCs from scratch. Many had never had any hands on experience working inside a computer, so this was a valuable experience for them. Austin Lee also had Marc Lehman come by to speak with them about the PCs for GED program. Several students were interested in helping out the program by refurbishing the old PCs in their spare time to continue building on the skills they learned that day. We even had one student donate several old computers to the PCs for GED program later that same day. It was a very productive day!
February 9-11, 2014
Michelle Choate attended the Emerging Issues Forum: Teachers and the Great Economic Debate in Raleigh, together with Buddy Tignor, and fellow Department Chairs Steve Heulett, Patricia Smith, and Wendy Hines. The sessions focused on the types of educational organizations, here and abroad, in which student success is shown to be strongest. Governor Pat McCrory addressed participants with his plans for evaluating teacher salaries, and improving working conditions.
February 14-16, 2014
HCC Fiber students win national design competition for the fifth year in a row.  Amy Tromiczak placed first in the Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association Student Design Competition and Natalia Ehrlich placed fourth.  The students were awarded scholarship prizes at an awards ceremony in Nashville, TN last weekend.
February 17-21, 2014
strong>During the week of February 17-21 HCC Celebrated National Entrepreneurship Week across campus with a variety of events including a documentary viewing, guest lecturer, and open house at the HCC Student Business Center.
February 18, 2014
Zeb Smathers, an Attorney from Canton spoke to the Medical Legal Issues class on Tuesday, February 18. Mr. Smathers spoke on Law for Health Professionals.
February 20-21, 2014
On February 20, Entrepreneurship Instructor Meredith Carpenter and new SBC Director Katy Gould attended a NACCE Summit in West Virginia on  artisan tourism in Appalachia.  The reported their findings to professional craft students on Friday, February 21 as a part of National Entrepreneurship Week
February 25, 2014
On February 25, 2014 David Forester and nine Accounting majors attended the Meet the Firms Night sponsored by Western Carolina University on the campus of UNC-A.  The event was an opportunity for students to explore accounting careers in public accounting, industry, government, and banking along with interfacing with faculty members from Western Carolina University.

December 2013-January 2014 Events

December 31, 2013
Jodi Wijewickrama graduated from East Carolina University in December 2013 with her Masters Certificate in Heath Informatics.

November 2013 Events

Entire Month
Meredith Carpenter was featured in an online article called How 3 Teachers are Shaing Up Online Learning by Katie Lepi (  Meredith delivered an online interview about "Flipping the Online Classroom".  She discussed using innovation as the central of her vision, critical to her missiona and something she embrase every day.  She discussed how flipping her classroom has helped her to prepare students for the realities of owning a business..
November 1, 2013
John Weatherford's BUS 137 01 (Principles of Management) class turned in their projects which included ideas for departmental t-shirts.
November 1, 2013
David Forester and John Weatherford attened the Community College Accounting Instructor's Conference:  Sharing Best Practices in Sylva, NC with a focus on technology in the classroom.  The conference is a collaboration between Western Carolina University and local instructors of accounting with this year's conference being held at Southwestern Community College.
November 1, 2013
The Investment Club began their annual virtual stock market contest which will be completed on May 1, 2014.  The contest is grouped in categories of students versus the faculty/staff.  The top three winners on the student side of the competition will be awarded a total of $300 from the HCC Foundation while the top faculty/staff winner will be awarded a dinner from the HCC Foundation.  The Investment Club has built a website to assist those participating in the contest with concepts of how to better thie overall performance while using fundamental and technical stock investment concepts.  David Forester and Clay Couch are co-advisors of the Investment Club.
November 5-7, 2013
Linda Caldwell's OST 131 (Keyboarding) experimented in keyboarding.  She played different songs and the students typed the lyrics.  This was an excellent exercise. 
November 7, 2013
Larry Ammons, a retired Haywood County banker, was invited by the Investment Club to present the topics of Understanding Financial Statements.  He presented that topic while using an example of financial statements from Home Trust Bank and talking about their stock to a group of 24 students.
November 8, 2013
Robert Blanton attended a NC REAL (Rural Entrepreneurship through Action Learning) advisory committee meeting on November 8, in Asheville at Handmade in America.  NC REAL is in the process of developeing a Business and Marketing curriculum for Professional Crafts Artists.  Robert is serving as the Professional Crafts respresentative on this committee.


November 11, 2013
Amy Putansu was awarded a Regional Artist Project Grant from the Jackson County Arts Council to hel psupport her own woven artwork development.


November 14, 2013
Donna White viewed a webinar titled "Data Governance for HIE's (Health Information Exchanges).  The webinar was presented by Just Associates and was offered through Advance Magazine.


November 15, 2013
Professional Crafts Fiber first-year students entered a national design competition sponsored by the Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association.  Entries were original woven textile designs using alpaca fiber and a suggested use for each textile, such as clothing, blankets, and handbags.


George Thomas and John Weatherford are co-advisors of the PTK.  They have completed their membership drive and held their first meeting of the year.  Officers were elected at the meeting.
Linda Caldwell visited several places in the community distributing brochures for our programs.



October 2013 Events


September 3, 2013
Visiting Artisit in Clay, Michael Kline Pottery, demonstrated and discussed pottery making.



September 2013 Events

September 3, 2013
Linda Caldwell has been working with April Heider's senior English class at Pisgah High School.  She made a presentation to the class on September 3, 2013 on "Interviewing Techniques" and conducted mock interviews with the students.  The class was divided into groups to answer interview questions both correctly and incorrectly.  The groups then made a presentation on the correct way to interview for a job.  Some of the students expressed an interest in attending Haywood Community College when they graduate in May 2014.

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.
April 11, 2013
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.