Dr. Scott Ralls, President of the North Carolina Community College System was on hand to welcome Haywood Community College staff and faculty back to campus. Dr. Ralls spoke to employees at a campus wide meeting on August 11.

Ralls began by noting how HCC has become a leader across the state in the green initiative. He also talked about how tough the budget year has been and how difficult it is to make cuts when the community college system is dealing with growth. “While several of the budget reductions will be difficult for our colleges to sustain as they face record enrollments, we are very appreciative of the support shown to community colleges by the General Assembly and the Governor, especially in these economic times.  Their efforts respond to our technology needs and bolster our healthcare and technical education programs, demonstrating strong support for our students, our colleges and North Carolina’s economic recovery.

“People really understand the role community colleges play in building our workforce,” Ralls explains. “Students who did not think of community colleges before are now thinking about them. Community colleges are creating success in North Carolina.  We realize areas of growth are healthcare and technical education. The community college system is making gains in tough times.”

HCC President Dr. Rose Johnson agrees, “The work we do is valued by our students and the community. “

Ralls said that 48 percent of all undergraduate students in North Carolina are community college students. “We inspire our students and transform their lives and in turn they inspire us.”