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1 Guilford Technical Community College Spring 2012 Volume 1 Issue 1 TM New President Taking the Reigns Which Career is Right for You? Nursing? Turfgrass Management? Radiography? Single Mom with a Degree Opts to Become a Welder Financial Aid 101 President Barack Obama Visits Jamestown

2 A NOTE FROM THE PRESIDENT I am honored to keynote my presidency of Guilford Technical Community College by introducing our new GTCC magazine, CareerFocus. Through these pages in print and online, GTCC will endeavor to spread the news about the initiatives and activities of North Carolina s third largest community college. I am aware of your community s collective sense of pride in this admirable institution. I assure you that as we move to the next level of effectiveness we will continue our mission to eliminate poverty, elevate the technical skills of our workforce, raise the standard of living and thoroughly resurface the road to the middle class which passes through GTCC s four campuses and two centers. Our commitment is to help all those who use our educational and training services Create Successful Futures for themselves, their families and their organizations. GTCC works with students who in many cases are at a critical juncture in their lives, many of whom are unemployed and at risk due to a variety of social and financial pressures. We employ our proven Achieving the Dream strategy to provide our students appropriate refresher courses and intensive advisement to ensure their success. Dr. Randy Parker As the managing partner for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation s Completion by Design initiative for North Carolina s Community Colleges, we are committed to finding new methodologies to help improve the completion and graduation rates for all of our students especially low income students between 18 and 26, the target group for the for the Bill and Melinda Gates initiative. We are challenged to ensure that our students complete a credential with market value when they leave our campuses. Rest assured that I will commit my more than 30 years in workforce development to promote the fields of aviation, transportation and logistics. I will put the experience I gained at the NC Global Transpark Authority to work on the facilities and programs at GTCC s new Cameron Campus near Oak Ridge. Aviation programming will continue to expand with what we do with TIMCO, HondaJet and other employers. Guilford Technical Community College is a powerful force in this community. Rest assured that my staff and I will positively manage our $200 million annual budget as we continue to grow beyond the 45,000 students we serve annually. We need your support and your suggestions. We need you on advisory committees and as contributors to the GTCC Foundation. We need you to send us students and to take our message of hope and growth to your colleagues and communities on street corners and in church pews and boardrooms as we challenge the county and the region to make a giant You-Turn and get on the highway to success. January 1 New Year s Day (College closed) 2 College reopens 2 Web Advisor ONLY - Payment due for previously registered classes by 7 pm - all non-paid classes dropped at 7 pm 3 Open registration begins for all students payment due by 7 pm - all non-paid classes dropped at 7pm 3 All faculty report 3 International Student Orientation 4 Registration continues - payment due by 7pm - all non-paid classes dropped at 7pm 5 Final Day to register - payment due by 7pm all non-paid classes dropped at 7pm 6 Faculty Professional Development Day 9 First day of classes 11 Last day for schedule adjustment for full-term courses 12 Third Thursday Theatre presents What a Wonderful World 16 Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday (College closed) February 16 Third Thursday Theatre presents Star Wreck 22 Employer Panel March 5 Regular Monday class day March 6-11 Pending Spring Break - no curriculum classes 6-11 International Student Club Spring Break trip to Florida 6, 7 Inclement Weather Make-up Days 8 Staff Professional Development Day (College Services Closed) 15 Third Thursday Theatre presents Captain Abu Raed 16 Graduation application submission deadline 21 Job Fair April 2 Last day to withdraw for full term classes 6 Good Friday Holiday (College closed) 11 International Student Club Luncheon 19 Third Thursday Theatre presents The Way I Spent the End of the World 24 Honors Ceremony 29 Summer Financial Aid deadline May 7 Last day of classes (Friday class day only) 8 Inclement weather make-up day 8 Payment due by 7pm for all previously registered Summer term classes - all non-paid classes dropped at 7pm 10 Commencement

3 TM CareerFocus is published each semester by Guilford Technical Community College to further the college s mission to provide access to lifelong learning opportunities for personal growth, workforce productivity, and community service. We serve all the diverse segments of Guilford County s population, delivering quality educational programs and services, through partnerships with business, community groups, and other educational institutions. Publisher:...Dr. Randy Parker s Contents CareerFocus Executive Editor:...Stan Turbeville Editor:... April N. Wright Graphic Designer:... Cheryl Hemric Guilford Technical Community College President Dr. Randy Parker Guilford Technical Community College Board of Trustees Coy O. Williard, Jr. - Chairman Susan Alt Dr. Janice Brewington Robert A. Bruggeworth James H. Bryant III Edith Chance J. Patrick Danahy Shirley T. Frye Charles A. Greene Jarvis Harris Mary L. Jarrell J. Robert Landreth, Jr. Darren Lipman SGA President To learn more about the college and its offerings, visit Questions about GTCC s programs and services described in this publication should be directed to the Call Center at (336) Comments and questions about the publication can be directed to April Wright in Marketing and Public Information at (336) ext or GTCC does not discriminate nor does it condone discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender, age, national origin, handicap, or religious or political belief/ affiliation. All rights reserved. No part of the material printed may be reproduced or used in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage retrieval system without the permission of the publisher Guilford Technical Community College 2 Getting You Back to Work 3 Where Are the Good Jobs? Right Here. Many fast-growing careers require two years of education 4 New President Taking the Reigns 6 Which Career is Right for You? 8 Guilford Technical Community College Program Listing 10 GTCC Nursing Department 10 Introduction to the Turfgrass Management Program 11 Radiography Program 12 Financial Aid Single Mom with a Degree Opts to Become a Welder 14 You Just Never Know Who is Going to Show Up! 16 Dream for High Point Campus: A Place to Reach Budding Stars 17 Former GTCC Student Makes Impact on High Point Church 18 Guilford Tech Leads North Carolina Gates Foundation CbD Cadre 19 Rules to Bend, Break and Ignore Some job hunting conventions no longer apply in today s job market 20 Our GTCC Scholarship Program Find More Online Download a free QR Reader for your smartphone and scan this code for more information about Guilford Technical Community College Guilford Community College Spring 2012 Volume 1 Issue 1 New President Settling In Which Career is Right for You? Nursing? Turfgrass Management? Radiography? Single Mom with a Degree Opts to Become a Welder Financial Aid 101 TM Guilford Community College Spring 2012 Volume 1 Issue 1 New President Settling In Which Career is Right for You? Nursing? Turfgrass Management? Radiography? Single Mom with a Degree Opts to Become a Welder Financial Aid 101 Get a FREE Digital Subscription to CareerFocus Interactive Valuable Career Information You Need Now Just graduated from high school? Looking for a new career? Ready to move up? Need a better income? The NEW Interactive CareerFocus magazine connects you directly to Guilford Technical Community College resources to help you choose the right education and career path. Sign up for a Free Subscription at gtcc.mycareerfocus.org I I Guilford Technical Community College CareerFocus I Spring 2012 I 1

4 CareerFocus Getting You Back to Work Center for Business and Industry: Professional Development and Certification Department The Professional Development and Certification Department under CBI, offers three distinct programs to help put people back to work, transition to a new job or improve their current technology skills. For more information, call (336) ; Ext Upon completion of our Nursing Assistant I program, students are able to demonstrate skills necessary to qualify as a Nursing Assistant I with the North Carolina Nurse Aide I registry. Once a CNA, they can provide personal care for patients, residents, or clients in a health care setting. Our Real Estate program prepares students to pass the NC Real Estate Exam and qualify as a Provisional Broker. GTCC offers all three post-licensing required courses to complete the brokers training. Our Computer Technology program is extremely robust, ranging from beginning keyboarding to the highest level IT Certification courses which will qualify a student to enter the world of IT. Small Business Center The mission of the Small Business Center (SBC) is to increase the success rate and the number of viable small businesses in Guilford County by providing high-quality, readilyaccessible assistance to prospective and existing small business owners and their employees. The SBC is located in the Nussbaum Center for Entrepreneurship in Greensboro and offers classes and workshops designed to both help individuals prepare to start and grow their own business. The majority of our training consists of 2-3 hour workshops which are free of charge. Topics include: Thinking of Starting Your Own Business?, How to Write a Business Plan, and Financing Your Small Business. The SBC also provides free, confidential business counseling on business plan review, loan package development, financial analysis and marketing strategies. Quick Jobs with a Future The Quick Jobs program provides short-term job training for unemployed, dislocated and underemployed workers. A high school diploma or GED, along with basic computer skills is required to participate in the program. For more information about courses, schedules and cost, call (336) ; Ext Human Resource Development (HRD) HRD offers career development counseling and employability skills training to unemployed and underemployed adults. Individuals may qualify for the tuition fee waiver to participate in training at no cost. For more information, call (336) ; Ext NC Career Readiness Certificate Program The NC Career Readiness Certificate is a portable employability credential that focuses on workplace skills in reading, math and locating Earn your high school diploma Improve literacy and basic skills Family Literacy Basic Skills! More Than Just The Basics! All classes are FREE! That s right. FREE! GUILFORD TECHNICAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE Classes Available in High Point & Greensboro! It s the Gateway to Your Future! Greensboro Basic Skills - (336) ext High Point Basic Skills (336) ext Goal Setting Learn English through the ESOL program Employability Skills information. This credential ensures employers of a job seeker s skills. Individuals may qualify for the tuition fee waiver to participate in a CRC class at no cost. For more information, call (336) ; Ext Corporate Training The Corporate Training department of the Center for Business & Industry continues to support Guilford County businesses, industries and organizations through corporate and workforce training. The mission of this department is to be the preferred training resource for area businesses to increase knowledge and maintain competitiveness of their workforce. Our trainers and business coaches understand and model that Learning is a life-long process. Businesses are realizing that providing professional training for current employees is more effective and less costly than workforce turnover and the cost to retrain new employees. Recent corporate training deliveries include: Effective Business Writing for Atlantic Aero Interviewing Skills for Carson-Dellosa Publishing Communicating as a Leader for United Guaranty Microsoft Office Excel 2010 for Signature Properties Story Telling to Drive Innovation for VF Corporation Team Organization and Change Management for Partnership Property Management We are seeing increased demand for training in these areas: Supervisor/Group Leader, Industrial Maintenance & Reliability, and Cultural/Language training for foreign business implementations. As the Center for Business & Industry engages with local companies we continue to meet the training needs and requests through a wide range of client requested topics and delivery modes. Corporate Training is helping Guilford County companies to TRAIN. COMPETE. SUCCEED. For more information, call (336) Ext I Spring 2012 I CareerFocus Guilford Technical Community College I I

5 Where Are the Good Jobs? Right Here. Many fast-growing careers require two years of education CareerFocus Despite the storm clouds of bad news about jobs lately, there are a few sunny spots. The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics list of the top 50 fastestgrowing careers includes everything from biomedical engineers to tree trimmers. Some of these jobs pay big wages and require advanced degrees while others require no training and pay very little. But right in the middle are many jobs that pay good wages and require two years or less of education. Registered nurses, interior designers and commercial pilots are just a few examples. And although it s still true that jobs in healthcare, education and computer technology dominate the top 50, there are also some surprising fast-growing careers that haven t received as much attention. For our list, we cherry-picked some of the top-paying, fastest-growing jobs that require an associate degree in North Carolina. Every one of these jobs has a median income of $36,000 or more a year and is in the top 25 occupations expected to grow faster than average over the next ten years. Education: Accredited physical therapist assistant programs are usually associate degree programs offered at public and private twoyear and four-year colleges. Our program is at: physical-therapist-assistant Dental Hygienists 42 percent growth Median annual wage $62,800 Work: Dental Hygienists clean teeth and examine oral areas, head, and neck for signs of oral disease. May educate patients on oral hygiene, take and develop X-rays, or apply fluoride or sealants. Education: Accredited associate degree programs are offered at public and private two-year and four-year colleges. Find out more about our program at: programs-of-study/dental-hygiene Avionics Technician 19 percent growth Median annual wage $47,800 Work: Avionics Technicians install, inspect, test, adjust, or repair avionics equipment, such as radar, radio, navigation, and missile control systems in aircraft or space vehicles. Paralegal and Legal Assistant 20 percent growth Median annual wage $38,700 Work: Paralegal and legal assistants perform many of the same tasks as lawyers, assisting in preparation for closings, hearings, trials and corporate meetings and investigating the facts of cases. Education: Associate and certificate programs are offered at public and private two-year and four-year colleges. Check us out at paralegal-technology Radiologic Technologist and Technicians 22 percent growth Median annual wage $52,700 Work: Radiologic Technologists take X-rays and CAT scans or administer nonradioactive materials into patient s blood stream for diagnostic purposes. Education: Associate degree programs are offered at public and private technical colleges and community colleges. Find out more about our Radiography program at: radiography adjust lights and equipment, pass instruments and other supplies to surgeons and surgeon s assistants, hold retractors, cut sutures, and help count sponges, needles, supplies, and instruments. Education: Certificate and associate degree programs are offered at public and private technical colleges and community colleges. Our Surgical Technology website is: www. gtcc.edu/programs-of-study/ surgical-technology Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic and Installer 21 percent growth Median annual wage $38,600 Work: HVACR technicians install and repair heating, cooling and refrigeration systems in homes and in commercial and industrial buildings Education: Certificate and associate degree programs are offered at public and private technical colleges and community colleges. Find out more: air-conditioning,-heating-andrefrigeration-technology Physical Therapist Assistant 28 percent growth Median annual wage $52,900 Work: PTAs work in clinics and hospitals to assist physical therapists with treatments for patients to improve mobility, relieve pain and prevent or lessen physical disabilities. Education: Certificate and associate degree programs are offered at public and private technical colleges and community colleges. Check out our Avionics program at: of-study/aviation-electronics- (avionics)-technology Surgical Technologist 33 percent growth Median annual wage $37,600 Work: Surgical Technologists assist in operations, under the supervision of surgeons, registered nurses, or other surgical personnel. May help set up operating room, prepare and transport patients for surgery, Note: Find the full list of the fastest-growing careers at www. careeronestop.org. Just click on Explore Careers and select What s Hot followed by Fastest Growing Occupations. Growth and salaries are based on the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates for I I Guilford Technical Community College CareerFocus I Spring 2012 I 3

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7 New President Taking the Reigns By Bob Burchette Since Dr. Randy Parker became president at Guilford Technical Community College last Sept. 1, he has been involved in a crash course of meeting people, learning about the four campuses he supervises and getting an overview of the many programs offered by the college. Parker has quickly learned his way around Guilford County since he and his wife Lou Ann settled into their residence in Jamestown. We have been well received, Parker said. Having several campuses isn t new for Parker, who came to Guilford County from Vance-Granville Community College where he was president for seven years. He sees GTCC somewhat like Vance-Granville with its many campuses and innovative programs, only GTCC is much larger. I ve been getting out in the community and meeting people. I ve been to several civic clubs, and had opportunity to visit the Furniture Market in High Point. The Furniture Market is quite impressive and has significant impact on our region, he said. You hear about the Furniture Market but to witness what is going on there is really an experience. Parker also has been meeting with faculty and staff members one-on-one and in small groups. Obviously, I still haven t had time to talk with everyone that I want to meet. I have been very impressed with the knowledge and commitment of the faculty and staff, Parker said. Parker also has taken time to chat with students, and said I want to do more of that. His friend Dr. Raymond Stone said at Parker s going away reception at Vance-Granville that Parker is student-oriented. He attributes that to Parker s background. Not many community college presidents went through a community college but Randy Parker is a graduate of Lenoir Community College. He went on to become an engineer, so he learned how to build. He used that knowledge to build relationships with his faculty and students, trustees, and the community. Parker was vice-president of instruction and student services at Lenoir Community College in Kinston from Parker received an associate s degree in mechanical drafting and design technology at Lenoir Community College. He earned a bachelor s degree in mechanical engineering at UNC-Charlotte, and a master s degree in mechanical engineering and a doctorate in higher education administration from N.C. State University. GTCC and other colleges face the challenges of changing the way we think and what we do in order to meet the needs of our nation, Parker said. Community colleges, among other things, are to help people who don t have the opportunity for access to higher education. We have a great responsibility to train and educate people so they can find employment and have a better quality of life, Parker said. That s our great challenge training the workforce, he said. America has moved from an agrarian economy to a manufacturing economy and to a knowledge economy. Now, we have a global economy and it s our job to meet the training needs for our society, he said. Meanwhile, he s quickly adapting to his new position one handshake at a time. GTCC and other colleges face the challenges of changing the way we think and what we do in order to meet the needs of our nation. Community colleges, among other things, are to help people who don t have the opportunity for access to higher education. We have a great responsibility to train and educate people so they can find employment and a better quality of life I I Guilford Technical Community College CareerFocus I Spring 2012 I 5

8 CareerFocus Which Career is Right for You? Take this informal checklist to explore your career interests Under each interest area, check all boxes that align with your interests. The Career Directions checklist is an informal inventory to help you reflect on your interests and be able to talk about them. Check as many items as you wish. Then list three to four areas that have the most check marks, and list a few jobs that you would like to learn more about. Interest 1: Artistic Do you enjoy: Drawing, painting, and other visual arts? Music or dance? Fashion design? Decorating? Writing stories or poetry? Doing crafts? Filmmaking? Using a computer for drawing and designing? Interest 2: Scientific Do you enjoy: Doing experiments to see how things work? Learning about nutrition and health? Reading about technical developments? Using math to solve real-life problems? Collecting and identifying rocks, shells, flowers, or other things found in nature? Studying a scientific topic like weather, agriculture, or chemistry? Interest 3: Plants and Animals Do you enjoy: Gardening? Landscaping? Analyzing soil, erosion, or environmental conditions? Caring for pets or farm animals? Training dogs, horses, or other animals? Reading and learning about nature? Working outdoors? Interest 4: Protective Do you enjoy? Teaching others about safety? Enforcing rules and laws? Coming to the aid of people who are in trouble? Resolving problems and disputes? Gathering facts about an incident? Being a role model for younger people? Working with the public? Interest 5: Technical and Mechanical Do you enjoy: Sketching out design ideas? Designing and building machines? Setting up a computer or sound system? Troubleshooting computer hardware problems? Taking things apart to see how they work? Woodworking and carpentry? Driving or repairing cars and trucks? Building models? Interest 6: Industrial Do you enjoy: Working with your hands, tools, and equipment? Doing projects that have concrete, visible results? Doing crafts or sewing? Building or assembling products? Helping friends to move into a new home? Working with others to pack boxes, collate papers, or get materials ready for an event? Working with others to make a product? Interest 7: Business Detail Do you enjoy: Managing financial information? Managing the details for a special event? Helping others to organize their time? Organizing papers or materials? Learning to use new computer software? Using a computer to store addresses, telephone numbers, or other information? Interest 8: Selling Do you enjoy: Finding out about the latest products? Reading about fashions and trends? Advising people about what to buy? Listening to people to see what they need? Negotiating with others? Calculating prices or fees? Promoting a product or idea? Interest 9: Customer Service Do you enjoy: Making people feel comfortable? Helping guests or out-of-town visitors? Selling tickets or ushering at a special event? Volunteering to help at a fund-raising dinner? Working pleasantly with all kinds of people? Providing direct services, such as hair care or restaurant service? Interest 10: Humanitarian Do you enjoy: Talking with people about their family or personal problems? Learning about social issues? Helping people who have medical problems? Helping people who have disabilities to learn new skills? Teaching or advising others? Taking care of children? Interest 11: Leadership Do you enjoy: Teaching or tutoring others? Doing research projects for school? Reading about law or court cases? Managing a club, an event, or a campaign? Holding leadership positions? Writing articles, advertisements, or reports? Interest 12: Sports and Physical Performance Do you enjoy: Playing sports? Outdoor adventures? Learning the rules of a game? Being a referee or umpire? Engaging in competition? Coaching others? 6 I Spring 2012 I CareerFocus Guilford Technical Community College I I

9 About the Interest Areas Artistic Interest 1: Includes creative jobs in the arts, dance, music, drama, creative writing, and more, including both the fine arts and commercial work. Sample jobs include: advertising copywriter, art teacher, computer graphic artist, dance teacher, industrial designer, interior designer, multimedia software developer, photographer, video producer, writer/editor Advertising & Graphic Design, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Entertainment Technology - Recording Engineering Option, Concert Sound and Lighting Option, Music Performance Option, Artist Management Option or Simulation and Game Development Scientific Interest 2: Includes research, teaching, and professional jobs in science and medicine. Sample jobs include: medical researcher, biotech researcher, laboratory technician, botanist, meteorologist, nutritionist, geologist, environmental analyst, medical professional, statistician, science teacher, educational coordinator for science program or museum Biotechnology, Dental Assisting, Dental Hygiene, Radiography, Emergency Medical Science, Pharmacy Technology, Nursing, Associate Degree Nursing, Nursing Assistant, Practical Nursing, Medical Assisting, Surgical Technology Plants and Animals Interest 3: Includes jobs working with plants and animals, usually outdoors. Sample jobs include: manager or worker on a farm or in nurseries, garden centers, zoos, nature centers, or aquariums; veterinarian; dog trainer; plant breeder; soil conservationist; landscaper; agricultural extension worker; environmental services field chemist Turfgrass Management Protective Interest 4: Includes jobs in law enforcement, fire fighting, security, and related jobs. Sample jobs include: police officer, firefighter, security manager, security guard, investigator, corrections officer, park superintendent, police academy instructor, community policing manager Emergency Preparedness Technology, Fire Protection Technology, Criminal Justice, Basic Law Enforcement Technical & Mechanical Interest 5: Includes jobs designing, building and maintaining computers, office machines, industrial equipment, buildings, and more. Sample jobs include: architect, drafter/computer aided design, mechanic, engineer, computer systems analyst, computer technician, engineering technicians, construction trades Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Technology, Architectural Technology, Carpentry, Civil Engineering Technology, Electrical/Electronics Technology, Electrical Construction, Electronics Engineering Technology, Electronics Engineering Technology -Wireless Option, Plumbing, Industrial Systems Technology, Surveying Technology, Telecommunications and Network Engineering Technology, Welding Technology, Aviation Electronic (Avionics) Technology, Aviation Management and Career Pilot Technology, Aviation Systems Technology, Heavy Equipment and Transport Technology Industrial Interest 6: Includes jobs producing, packaging, shipping and receiving goods. Sample jobs include: assembler, baker (industrial), packer, order picker, shipper, printer, machine operator, machine setup, production supervisor, quality control specialist, inventory control specialist, numerical control operator, hazardous waste management technician, environmental services technician Furniture Upholstery, Mechatronics, Drafting, Computer Integrated Machining, Construction Management Technology, Manufacturing Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology - Drafting and Design Option, CAD Support Option Business Detail Interest 7: Includes jobs managing information and providing administrative support. Sample jobs include: executive secretary, accounting clerk, receptionist, dispatcher, legal secretary, medical billing clerk, medical records specialist, administrative assistant, survey interviewer, insurance claims representative, database administrator Accounting, Business Administration, Human Resources Management Option, Import/Export Compliance Option, Computer Information Technology, Computer Programming, Computer Technology Integration, Global Logistics Technology, Office Administration, Paralegal Technology, Networking Technology, Medical Office Administration, Information Systems Security, Web Technologies Selling Interest 8: Includes jobs in retail and non-retail sales. Includes jobs that use related skills, such as retail buyers or business purchasing agents. Sample jobs include: retail salesperson, sales representative, real estate broker, insurance agent, public relations, retail buyer, purchasing agent, sales engineer, store manager, marketing/merchandising Business Administration, Hospitality Management Customer Service Interest 9: Includes jobs working with the public to provide a variety of personal, travel, and tourism, services, and leisure-time activities. Sample jobs include: beautician, personal shopper, hotel desk clerk, restaurant manager, waitress/waiter, tour guide, travel agent, bus driver, customer service representative Customer Service Quick Jobs, Humanitarian Interest 10: Includes jobs helping people with their personal, physical, emotional and spiritual needs. Sample jobs include: social worker, case manager, counselor, family therapist, psychologist, occupational therapist, clergy, youth worker, residential care provider, group home manger, home health aide, child care teacher Pre-major Social Work, Early Childhood Education, Human Services Technology, Mental Health, Substance Abuse Leadership Interest 11: Includes a variety of leadership and professional jobs in business, government and social services. Sample jobs include: teacher, lawyer, writer/editor, business owner, urban planner, marketing director, management information systems director, accountant, market researcher, social sciences researcher, business administration, social services administration Accounting, Business Administration, Paralegal, Criminal Justice, Basic Law Enforcement, Project Management Certificate Sports and Physical Performance Interest Area 12: Includes jobs teaching, directing and playing sports and active recreational activities. Sample jobs include: athlete, coach, physical education teacher, dance instructor, fitness teacher, trainer, sports equipment/sales, sports club manager, tour guide/outdoor recreation Pre-major physical education, Pre-major health education, General studies Career Directions Checklist SUMMARY Top 3 or 4 areas that interest me (areas with the most check marks): Jobs I would like to know more about: For more information on GTCC programs, go to Adapted with permission, from the Career Development Toolkit from The Skills Library, I I Guilford Technical Community College CareerFocus I Spring 2012 I 7

10 CareerFocus Guilford Technical Community College Progr Arts & Sciences (College Transfer Programs) Associate in Arts General Studies (available online*) Pre-Major Art Education Pre-Major Business Administration Pre-Major Business Education / Marketing Education (available online*) Pre-Major Communication Studies Pre-Major Criminal Justice (available online*) Pre-Major Elementary Education Pre-Major English (available online*) Pre-Major English Education Pre-Major Health Education Pre-Major History (available online*) Pre-Major Middle Grades Pre-Major Nursing Pre-Major Physical Education Pre-Major Political Science Pre-Major Psychology Pre-Major Social Science Secondary Education (available online*) Pre-Major Special Education Pre-Major Social Work Pre-Major Sociology Associate in Fine Arts General Studies, Drama Concentration Pre-Major Music Associate in Science General Studies Pre-Major Biology and Biology Education Pre-Major Chemistry and Chemistry Education Pre-Major Engineering Pre-Major Mathematics Diploma General Studies, College Transfer Readiness (Non-Transfer Programs) Associate in General Education Associate in Applied Science Biotechnology Advertising & Graphic Design Certificate Advertising and Graphic Design - Computer Graphics - Photography Business Technologies Associate in Applied Science Accounting Business Administration (available online*) - Human Resources Management - Import / Export Compliance Option Computer Information Technology (available online*) Computer Programming (available online*) Cosmetology * Culinary Technology Cyber Crime Technology Early Childhood Education Entertainment Technology - Sound Engineering Option - Sound and Lighting Option - Performer Option - Management Option General Occupational Technology Global Logistics Technology Hotel & Restaurant Management Information Systems Security Networking Technology Occupational Education Associate (available online) Paralegal Technology Simulation and Game Development Web Technologies Diploma Accounting Cosmetology Culinary Technology Early Childhood Education Certificate Accounting Business Administration - Human Resources Management (available online*) - Professional Selling Computer Information Technology - Basic Certificate (available online*) - Operating Systems Cosmetology Culinary Technology Early Childhood Education - Early Childhood Administration - Early Childhood School-age - Infant-Toddler Care Networking Technology - Routing Occupational Education (available online) Paralegal Technology - Bankruptcy - Corporate Business - Real Estate Web Technologies - Basic Certificate - Advanced Certificate Health Sciences Associate in Applied Science Associate Degree Nursing (Integrated)* Dental Hygiene* Emergency Medical Science* - Bridging Program Healthcare Management Technology Medical Assisting* Medical Office Administration Office Administration (available online*) Physical Therapist Assistant* Pharmacy Technology* Radiography* Surgical Technology* Diploma Dental Assisting* Medical Transcription* (available online*) Pharmacy Technology * Practical Nursing (Integrated)* Surgical Technology* Certificate Medical Office Administration - Hospital Billing and Coding - Medical Billing and Coding - Electronic Medical Records Office Administration - Software Applications Human & Public Services Associate in Applied Science Criminal Justice Technology Emergency Preparedness Technology Fire Protection Technology Human Services Technology - Substance Abuse - Mental Health 8 I Spring 2012 I CareerFocus Guilford Technical Community College I I

11 am Listing GTCC GUILFORD TECHNICAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE Diploma Cosmetology Culinary Technology Early Childhood Education Certificate Basic Law Enforcement Training Emergency Preparedness Technology Human Services Technology - Mental Health Technology - Substance Abuse Prevention - Substance Abuse Treatment Industrial, Construction, & Engineering Technologies Associate in Applied Science Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Technology Architectural Technology Computer Integrated Machining Civil Engineering Technology Construction Management Technology Electrical/Electronics Technology Electronics Engineering Technology - RF Technician Option Industrial Systems Technology Manufacturing Technology Mechanical Engineering Technology - Drafting and Design Option - CAD Support Option Mechatronics Surveying Technology Telecommunications and Network Engineering Technology Turfgrass Management Diploma Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Technology Architectural Technology Carpentry Construction Management Technology Electrical/Electronics Technology - Electrical Construction - Master Electrician Electronics Engineering Technology Furniture Upholstery Industrial Systems Technology Machining Technology - Machinist Manufacturing Technology Mechanical Engineering Technology - Drafting and Design Telecommunications and Network Engineering Technology Turfgrass Management Welding Technology Certificate Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Technology - Air Conditioning - Comfort Systems Design - Commercial Control Systems - Control Systems - Heat Pumps - Heat Pump Service - Refrigeration - Year-Round Comfort Systems Architectural Technology Carpentry - Basic & Advanced Civil Engineering Technology Construction Estimation Construction Supervision Electrical/Electronics Technology - Basic Wiring Skills - Basic Electrical Construction - Industrial Electrician - Advanced Construction Electrician Electronics Engineering Technology - Basic Electronics - Photovoltaic Installation Furniture Upholstery - Furniture Upholstery - Sewing Industrial Systems Technology - Packaging - Troubleshooting - Controls Machining Technology - Basic Conventional Machining - Intermediate Conventional Machining - CNC Set-Up - CNC Operator Manufacturing Technology - Basic Manufacturing Mechanical Engineering Technology - CAD Certificate - CAD / BIM Certificate Surveying Technology Plumbing Telecommunications and Network Engineering Technology - Basic - Advanced Turfgrass Management - Landscape Design - Landscape Maintenance Welding Technology Transportation Systems Technologies Associate in Applied Science Automotive Systems Technology - Ford Option * - GM Option * - Generic Option Aviation Management / Career Pilot Technology - Aviation Management Option - Career Pilot Option Aviation Systems Technology* Aviation Electronic (Avionics) Technology* Heavy Equipment and Transport Technology - Medium/Heavy Duty Truck Diploma Collision Repair and Refinishing* Heavy Equipment and Transport Technology - Medium/Heavy Duty Truck Certificate Collision Repair and Refinishing* Automotive Systems Technology - Generic Option Aviation Management / Career Pilot Technology - Aviation Management Option - Career Pilot Option Aviation Systems Technology - Airframe and Powerplant Option - Airframe Rating Option - Powerplant Rating Option Heavy Equipment and Transport Technology - Medium/Heavy Duty Truck Limited Enrollment Program * I I Guilford Technical Community College CareerFocus I Spring 2012 I 9

12 CareerFocus GTCC Nursing Department he GTCC Nursing Department faculty is excited about the profession of nursing and nursing education. The faculty looks forward to collaborating with students who share our passion for elevating the health and well-being of society. To that end, we offer several levels of nursing education. The Nursing Assistant program trains individuals to care for the basic physical and safety needs of clients of all ages. The two semester certificate program has an estimated cost of $1,200. After the first semester, the student is eligible to take the state Nursing Assistant I exam for listing on the North Carolina Nurse Aide I Registry. After semester two, the student is eligible for Nursing Assistant II listing with the North Carolina Board of Nursing. Graduates may gain employment in home health agencies, hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, and physician offices. This is a limited enrollment program. Contact Jenny Wallace at ext for more information. The Practical Nursing program teaches individuals how to participate in assessment, planning, implementing, and evaluating nursing care. This diploma program takes three semesters to complete. The courses are offered primarily in the day but there may be evening and/or weekend clinic hours. Estimated program cost is around $4,500. Upon completion, the graduate can apply to take the national licensure exam for Practical Nursing which is required to practice as a licensed practical nurse. Employment opportunities generally include hospitals, longterm care facilities, clinics, and physicians offices. This is a limited enrollment program. Contact Jenny Wallace at ext for more information. The Associate Degree Nursing program provides individuals with knowledge, skills, and strategies to integrate safety and quality into nursing care, to practice in a dynamic environment, and to meet individual needs which impact health, quality of life, and achievement of potential. The program has two generic completion options. The Day option is five semesters long and begins in the fall. The courses are generally offered during the day but may include evening or weekend clinic hours on occasion. The Evening Weekend option is five semesters long and begins each spring. The courses are offered in the evenings and/or on the weekend. After the second semester, students are eligible for Nursing Assistant II listing with the North Carolina Board of Nursing. A third option in the Associate Degree for Nursing is for the returning Licensed Practical Nurse. This option takes three semesters to complete and begins each summer. The program cost ranges from an estimated $4,500 for the LPN-RN program to $7,500 for the generic Associate Degree program. Upon completion of the Associate Degree in Nursing, the graduate can apply to take the national licensure exam for Registered Nursing which is required to practice as a registered nurse. Employment opportunities are many within the health care system including acute, chronic, extended, industrial and community health care facilities. This is a limited enrollment program. Contact Lori Sarmiento at ext or Kathy Phillips at ext for more information. Turfgrass Management he Turfgrass Management Technology curriculum is designed to provide skills necessary to perform duties related to management of golf courses, sports fields, lawn care, irrigation design and installation, hardscape construction, the horticultural industry, greenhouse facilities, turfgrass equipment maintenance, and sod production. It is a hybrid curriculum that incorporates Turfgrass, Horticulture - Career Pilot Option, and Agriculture components with an emphasis on Sustainability. Coursework includes turfgrass management, irrigation, ornamental horticulture, soil science, entomology, plant pathology, hardscape design and installation, landscape gardening and maintenance, low voltage landscape lighting, landscape design and installation, introduction to reel grinding, small engine technology, as well as, courses 10 I Spring 2012 I CareerFocus Guilford Technical Community College I I

13 Introduction to the Radiography Program he Radiography Program is a new limited enrollment program at GTCC. The program resulted from the program transfer from the long standing Cone Health Radiologic Technology Program to GTCC. The Cone Health Program enjoyed a hugely successful program with job placement, passing of credentialing examination on the first attempt, and program completion rates. The faculty are now operating the GTCC program. The program faculty are currently working toward transferring the Cone Health programmatic accreditation with the Joint Review Committee in Radiologic Technology to the GTCC program. The program accepted its first class of eighteen members in the Fall of The program has six semesters. The first semester is general education courses prior to admission into the limited enrollment portion of the program. The first class will complete the program in May There will be eighteen students accepted into the next class in August If you are interested in this program, contact GTCC Admissions to find out more. Radiologic Science is both an art and science. As a radiologic science professional, radiographers combine technology and direct patient care. Technologists use ionizing radiation to produce images of internal body structures for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes. Technologists use their knowledge of subject matter to create permanent medical images that are a part of patients medical records. These images may reveal evidence of disease, injury, or other significant medical information. Radiologic Technologists (RTs) are the link between doctor and diagnosis. They work in concert with a radiologist (a medical doctor specializing in imaging), and are concerned with the proper operation of radiographic equipment to obtain high quality images. The radiologic technologist positions the patient, sets exposure factors on a control panel, and exposes the patient to X-rays to record an image of the exposed body part. The radiologist then interprets the image. The profession requires a dependable personality with a mature and compassionate nature. Radiology services are offered in various settings such as hospitals, health care facilities, physician s offices, mobile imaging companies, industrial plants, and commercial sales. A person trained in radiography may specialize in an area within imaging sciences or pursue careers as educators, researchers, consultants or administrators. The field is constantly changing and growing which has created many exciting career opportunities. There are a variety of choices to make when considering a career in this field. Employment opportunities offering flexible work schedules accommodate various lifestyles and needs. Salaries do vary across the country; however, the range usually reflects the training, education, and experience of the individual. There are excellent benefit packages included with most full-time positions. Radiologic technology is first and foremost a people-oriented profession. High-touch patient care to provide compassionate service is required. Radiologic technologists are educated in anatomy, patient positioning, examination techniques, equipment operation and protocols, radiation safety, radiation protection and basic patient care. Students attend classes and most labs at Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital. The faculty consists of the Program Chair, Clinical Coordinator, part-time instructor, and adjunct faculty. Other health care professionals participate in the educational process by giving lectures in their area of expertise and evaluating student clinical performance. These may include radiologists, radiographers, mammographers, radiation therapists, sonographers, interventional technologists, nuclear medicine technologists, MRI technologists, CT technologists, cardiovascular technologists, physician assistants, physical therapists, and registered nurses serving in various roles. The clinical education portion of the program emphasizes a handson approach to learning. During clinical education, the students spend a great deal of time with patients. Depending on the semester, the students spend approximately 30 hours per week in class, lab and/or clinical. Clinical experience is superb and gained at The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital, Wesley Long Community Hospital, The Women s Hospital of Greensboro, and Annie Penn Hospital, the four hospitals within Cone Health. Students also have outpatient clinical rotation opportunity at Greensboro Imaging Centers and orthopedic offices. All classes and the majority of clinical hours are during the day. The students will have limited clinical rotations times on evenings, nights, and weekends. Students benefit from working with experienced radiologic technologists and radiologists. Students may earn an Associates Degree in Applied Science upon completion of all GTCC requirements. The graduate is eligible to apply to take the examination given by The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). To those who pass the examination, a certificate is issued which confers upon that individual the right to use the title Registered Radiologic Technologist and its abbreviation R.T.(R)(ARRT). Certification and registration with the ARRT is the nationally recognized standard of the profession. For websites to gain knowledge of the profession: (certification info) (general profession) (programmatic accreditation) Program in communications, computers, and the social sciences. Graduates should qualify for employment at golf courses; local, state, and national park entities, sports complexes; turfgrass and horticulture property management; horticulture design and maintenance; highway vegetation and right of way management, green industry diagnostic lab settings; greenhouse and garden center management; turf maintenance; irrigation companies; airports; cemeteries; estates, as well as, private and public gardens. Graduates should also be prepared to take the examination for the N.C. Pesticide License, N.C. Certified Plantsman, N.C. Irrigation License, N.C. Certified Turfgrass Professional, and N.C. Landscape Contractors Registration Board License I I Guilford Technical Community College CareerFocus I Spring 2012 I 11

14 CareerFocus Financial Aid 101 The cost of tuition shouldn t stand in the way of getting an education. Most students rely on some form of financial aid to get through college. Guilford Technical Community College s Financial Aid Office will walk you through the application process to help you get the most aid available. What is financial aid? Financial aid is money provided by federal, state and institutional sources to help students meet expenses while attending college. Many students find it increasingly difficult to finance a college education without some assistance. In general, most students that are enrolled in an approved degree or certificate program are eligible to receive financial assistance. The entire financial aid process seems overwhelming and confusing. How can I get financial assistance if I m not even sure how to apply? Applying for financial aid can be confusing. The College s Financial Aid Office can help you fill out applications and answer any questions you have about the process. Glossary Grants Money a student receives based on financial need. The student does not have to pay back a grant. Scholarships Money a student gets based on grades or talent that is not paid back. Loans Money borrowed for college that must be paid back. Work-Study Program Money a student earns by working while attending college. I m not sure I qualify for financial aid. Should I complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)? Yes, the best way to determine what funds you qualify for is by completing a FAFSA application. It doesn t cost anything to apply. Financial aid removes financial barriers for families who cannot afford the cost of an education and also provides needed funds for families who can afford only a portion of college costs. Your financial eligibility will be determined by a number of factors including family income, the size of your family and number of family members attending college. You can complete a FAFSA in the following ways: Online (FAFSA on the Web) at gov Call to obtain an application. When do I file a FAFSA? If you plan to pay for courses with financial aid, you should file your FAFSA by March 15 for the upcoming aid year to receive priority processing. What happens once I file my FAFSA form? After the FAFSA form has been filed, you will be mailed a Student Aid Report (SAR), which indicates your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and your Federal Pell Grant Eligibility. If you file electronically, you will be notified via . If I am not eligible for the Federal Pell Grant, what other types of financial aid are available? There are a variety of other federal and state grants, scholarships, workstudy and loan programs available. The FAFSA is used to determine your eligibility for these programs. How do I apply for a Federal Stafford Loan? Students must complete a FAFSA form, even if they are not eligible for a Pell Grant Students must follow the steps outlined at in order to get a loan at GTCC. You must be enrolled for a minimum of six credits in order to get a loan. What is the difference between a subsidized Federal Stafford Loan and an unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loan? Subsidized loans are need-based loans. The interest is paid by the federal government while the student is attending school at least half time (six credits). Unsubsidized loans are not need based, and the student is responsible for the interest while attending school. Students have the option to defer making the interest payments if they are enrolled part time. For more information, visit and click on Financial Aid, to view the site and to find more information. You may also call us directly at (336) ext I Spring 2012 I CareerFocus Guilford Technical Community College I I

15 Single Mom with a Degree Opts to Become a Welder CareerFocus Article and photo by Bob Burchette JAMESTOWN Sparks have been flying around Carmen Jackson since she decided to give up her job in childhood education and become a welder. Jackson, 29, is in her second year in the welding program, and has been impressive enough in her new venture to receive a $1,000 scholarship from Piedmont Chapter 109 of National Association of Women In Construction. She is doing great (as a welder). Carmen is a very good student, and is always prepared when she comes to class, said welding instructor Don Ellington. Jackson formerly worked in child care for nearly six years, and also became a volunteer with Greensboro s Habitat for Humanity. I do all kinds of things with Habitat. I just like doing that kind of work, Jackson said. Since I already knew a lot about building houses, I didn t enroll in the carpentry program, Jackson said. I wanted to learn something new. She also worked with a welfare reform liaison project through Job Links. I did this to decide if I really wanted to pursue a career in the construction industry, Jackson said. This was a job readiness program designed to retrain workers in the construction field and give them the necessary experience to secure a job. I decided after that training that I wanted to learn more about the construction field and not be a laborer for the rest of my life. That s what led me back to school, she said. Jackson, a graduate of Smith High in Greensboro who also has a bachelor s degree in education from UNCG, once thought of becoming an auto mechanic. She enrolled in the automotive program at GTCC in 2003 but dropped out. I felt after completing the program I would have a job, not a career. I found working on cars interesting but I wasn t passionate about it, she said. At that young age (22-23) I wasn t prepared to deal with the stress of being an African-American female in a male dominated field, Jackson said. Welding isn t necessarily only a man s job, she said. It s not dangerous if you take the proper precautions, Jackson said. That means she has to have protective covering, including heavy gloves, a jacket and a welding hood when the sparks start flying from the electrode. Ellington said, We typically get one to two women in the welding program each year. Women make good welders; they have an eye for detail and they listen to what you tell them. Jackson keeps a tight schedule. I have classes Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., and Fridays 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. I m taking two construction management classes in the evenings and a yoga class on Monday and Wednesday afternoons. Meanwhile, the single mom finds time for son Keyshaun, 9, whom she describes as a good student. He gets on the school bus at 6:30 a.m., and since my first class isn t until 8:30 (a.m.), I study until time to go to class, Jackson said. She and her son aren t alone in their educational interests in their family. My mother, Deborah Walker, graduated from GTCC last May. She has a part-time job and is looking for something full-time in business administration, Jackson said. By December 2012, Jackson hopes to have an Associates Degree in construction management and a diploma in welding. I want to start working as a welder and eventually move into construction management, Jackson said. I d like to build commercialtype buildings. We typically get one to two women in the welding program each year. Women make good welders; they have an eye for detail and they listen to what you tell them I I Guilford Technical Community College CareerFocus I Spring 2012 I 13

16 CareerFocus You Just Never Know Who is Going to Show Up! Some days on our campus, you never know who may show up. Our campuses are the perfect venues for all type of political figures. We ve had local, state and federal officials here and Governor Beverley Perdue is a routine guest at Guilford Technical Community College. This time was a little different. On October 18, 2011 we were honored with a visit from the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama. During his visit President Obama hosted a roundtable event with educators and student teachers in the GTCC Child Care Center. He also rallied a crowd including GTCC faculty, staff and students at the Ragsdale YMCA. President Obama said, How well we do as a country is going to depend on how well we train our young people. And it starts early. So we re at a terrific early childhood education program here at the community college. Members of the discussion panel were: Anna Hartgrove Director of the GTCC Children s Center Mary Skrabec Department Chair for Early Childhood Education Linda Witte Phillips High School Teacher, Ragsdale High School Craig Preston Babcock Elementary School Teacher, Millis Road Elementary School Shelby Elizabeth Kroh GTCC Early Childhood Student Tyresse Wade GTCC Early Childhood Student. As the President sat down for his discussion with the group of teachers and soon-to-be teachers, he talked about how cuts to education at the state and local level have become an alarming trend: One of the concerns that I ve had over the course of the last several months in fact, the last couple of years are the layoffs that we ve seen in education and the cutbacks we ve seen in education all across the country. States and local governments are under a big crunch. And at precisely the time when we need to be emphasizing education and putting our resources into education, we re seeing cutbacks all across the board. Teachers are losing their jobs. Schools are having to cut back on vital programs that are helping young people. After the 20 minute panel discussion, President Obama moved to the Ragsdale YMCA where he addressed a maximum capacity crowd to discuss employment and the role of education in the nation. While this was an invitation-only and ticketed event, the GTCC faculty and staff of the Early Childhood Education Program as well as Guilford County school teachers were special guests. These constituents were able to be seated behind the President during his speech. School children from Millis Elementary School across the street from GTCC lined High Point Road to wave to the President as he departed the YMCA. It was both a thrill and an honor to have President Obama on our campus, stated Anna Hartgrove. One student exclaimed that I have never been so 14 I Spring 2012 I CareerFocus Guilford Technical Community College I I

17 proud to be a GTCC student as I am today. GTCC strives to provide the best quality education and opportunities to its students. GTCC creates successful futures and is a place where even presidents want to visit. About the Children s Center The Guilford Technical Community College Children s Center opened in March of 1979 as a laboratory school for the Early Childhood Education Department. The Center is licensed by the Division of Child Development and Early Education and has a five star rating. Our Children s Center is located on the beautiful Jamestown Campus in the Service Careers building and enrollment is open to children of students, staff, and faculty as well as children of the community. We accept enrollment for children between the ages of six weeks and five years of age. The center currently How well we do as a country is going to depend on how well we train our young people. And it starts early. So we re at a terrific early childhood education program here at the community college. has an enrollment of over 80 children at this time. The strength of the Children s Center hinges on the caring and educated staff as well as the philosophy that children learn through their play and are allowed to be independent thinkers. We believe that children are capable of making choices when given the opportunity to do so and the opportunity to make choices will help them grow to be responsible citizens. Each child is treated as an individual and as a collective part of the group. The children have opportunities to play indoors and outdoors each day and enjoy exploring the grounds of the Jamestown campus. Emphasis is placed on nutrition through fresh fruits and vegetables; gross and fine motor development skills are enhanced through physical activities to help grow healthy minds and bodies. For more information on the Children s Center or to enroll your child, please contact Anna Hartgrove at extension Quote by Anna Hartgrove It was truly an honor and privilege for me to welcome President Obama to the GTCC Children s Center. It was very exciting to have that much attention put on the importance of education and it was such a great opportunity for others to see what a wonderful environment we have for young children I I Guilford Technical Community College CareerFocus I Spring 2012 I 15

18 CareerFocus Dream for High Point Campus: A Place to Reach Budding Stars By Bob Burchette HIGH POINT The dream for continued growth of Guilford Technical Community College is big on all of its campuses across the county. And in High Point, the dream even reaches the stars. This is where the Larry Gatlin School of Entertainment Technology attracts many students interested in learning various facets of the entertainment industry. Housed on the High Point Campus, Entertainment Technology is already a national leader recognized for its unique programs where students learn recording engineering, concert sound and lighting, music performance and artist management. While the Gatlin School teaches performance and working behind the scenes in the entertainment industry, GTCC also sets the stage for budding performers following their stars in the Drama program, which is currently housed on the Jamestown Campus. The move of the Drama program to the High Point Campus will result in the final step in the college s vision for a centralized Center for Creative and Performing Arts. Housing all aspects of these programs at one location provides the opportunity for sharing academically across all program areas, significantly improving the learning environment for all students, says Jeff Little, Department Chair. There weren t any visions of a musical theater and classes for entertainers and support personnel to learn their craft when what is now GTCC had its meager beginning in The genesis of the schools was all about training furniture and hosiery workers. A small building at 716 English Road was the birthplace of what would be chartered as Guilford Industrial Education Center on June 12, The English Road location was the site of the first classes started in 1955 by High Point furniture and hosiery manufacturers and High Point Public Schools. Dean Pruette, superintendent of schools, enlisted Bruce B. Roberts, director of the schools Diversified Occupations program, to organize and direct those first classes. Roberts not only followed Pruette s directive, he became director of what would become the Guilford Industrial Education Center. Rent on the first building that housed the looping school was $35 per month. Roberts was director of the school when it moved to the former Guilford County TB Sanatorium property in Jamestown. He and his wife Rachel lived in a two-story house on the 89-acre sanatorium property, located between the present Medlin Campus Center and Davis Hall on the Jamestown campus. GIEC was one of 10 industrial training centers approved by the state. Guilford County Commissioners were allocated $50,000 from the N.C. General Assembly to start the school. Even the move to Jamestown would not cut the school s connection with High Point. As the school grew and took on many upscale training programs for other industries, High Point continued to play a crucial role in creating job training and academic programs. The High Point part of the school would have scattered sights for classes until 1982 when it got a permanent home at the former site of a Chrysler dealership at 901 South Main St. Earlier High Point classes were taught in a variety of locations: In the early 1970 s, Continuing Education classes at the Arcade Building at 329 North Main St. in High Point (also known as the Broadhurst Theater) were being run from the Jamestown Campus Continuing Education Division. In 1981, several staff members from the Jamestown Campus came to High Point to teach at the old Arcade Building which would be renamed the High Point Center. Sandra Lichauer became the first dean of the High Point Campus. Some classes already established in the Campus Center were moved to the Snow Building at 1501 South Main Street. These programs included Continuing Education: Sewing and Typing; HRD, ABE, GED, and Adult High School. In 1982, the current 901 South Main St. location was acquired, and the Continuing Education Programs were moved to that location. The Literacy program stayed at 1501 South Main Street. In 1988, the automotive program moved from 901 South Main Street to Jamestown to occupy the new Automotive Technology Building. In the fall of 1988, the upholstery program moved from Jamestown to the High Point Campus Building No. 2. In the fall of 1989, with the Dutch Laundry Building renovated, the Literacy/Basic Skills programs moved from 1501 South Main St. into building H3 at 901 South Main. In the spring of 2004, The Entertainment Technology Building, also known as H4, had an open house. Programs occupying the building were: Entertainment Technology, Human Services, Pharmacy Technology, Massage Therapy, Continuing Education, computer classes, and Basic Skills classes. The fifth building on the High Point campus was opened Sept. 16, The $8 million, 38,000 square foot building provided a 30 percent increase in floor space on the crowded campus, according to Janette McNeill, Dean of High Point Campus. Simulation and Gaming Technology was moved from Jamestown Campus to the new building. Several Arts and Sciences and Developmental Education classes were added as well. We are very excited that the new building is filling quickly. Meeting current space requirements is already a challenge. McNeill added. And the dreams continue to grow. 16 I Spring 2012 I CareerFocus Guilford Technical Community College I I

19 Former GTCC Student Makes Impact on High Point Church CareerFocus Photo and Story by Bob Burchette Even as a seventh grader growing up in First Baptist Church in Sumter, SC, Timothy Langford was infatuated with twisting the knobs on the church s sound console. I loved to be able to get the sound just right for the choir and for the minister, he said. Now he has opportunity to twist knobs and do a lot much more each week. Langford 27, is the media director at Green Street Baptist Church in High Point in The door for that position opened after Langford earned a two-year degree from the Larry Gatlin School of Entertainment Technology on GTCC s High Point campus. But he does much more than push knobs or turn buttons. Not only is he responsible for getting appropriate sound levels in the church auditorium or in other areas of the church, Langford is responsible for lighting, video projects, operation of TV, projection and recording systems and maintenance of the equipment.. He also is responsible for reimaging projects. Langford is in charge of the 25 to 30 volunteers who help him bring all parts of the sound, lightening and video together for worship services and special programs. He has worked to recruit and train a team of skilled volunteers who execute all phases of the media ministry each week, said Rev. Mark Loy, minister of worship. Tim is a hard working young man who quietly works through each of his tasks with a good attitude. He is not afraid of challenges and demonstrates a willingness to learn new things, Loy said. He describes Langford as having a servant s heart. It was the training he received in college that made it possible for him to work at a unique job, he said. The training at GTCC was great. They gave me what I needed to do the job. The staff is very knowledgeable about this field, Langford said. They were always there to help. Langford enjoys setting up a sound system even when he used to help a traveling quartet meet the challenges of getting the sound just right in a variety of churches, he said. Langford found out about GTCC s entertainment school of technology from a magazine advertisement. That looked good because I wanted to go to school and GTCC wasn t all that far from home. So, I came up here and Jeff Little (head of the school and also an internationally acclaimed pianist) showed me around. I liked what I saw. It was as good or better than what I had seen in other schools, he said. Jeff (Little) knows what s going on in the industry and that is why we are equipped with what we need, Langford said. That was in 2005, the same year he and Amanda were married. I left school for a while and came back in 2007 and got my degree in 2009., he said. He already had been volunteering edat Green Street Church. The Langfords first child, Kayla, was born June 9, 2011, and Langford is pleased to have a job which keeps him close to home. He didn t want a job as a traveling sound engineer when he graduated. I didn t know where I was going to end up. I knew I would like to work in a church but I was open to whatever the Lord needed me to do, he said That s the kind of attitude that Jeremy Hansard, the former music minister at First Baptist in Sumter, remembers about Langford and his brother Thomas, now 25. Both were faithful playing in the church orchestra, Timothy on the trombone and Thomas on the trumpet. They were the best we had, said Hansard, who is music director in a Cayce, SC, church. Timothy has an incredible giving spirit. He helped out with sound quite a bit and had a great ear for mixing. He could speak techie language as well as the musical language, Hansard said. Langford said playing the trombone for eight years helped him develop an ear for mixing sound. The best way to get the sound right is by listening. Don t let mechanics get in the way, he said. A good ear can put a soundman in a class by himself I I Guilford Technical Community College CareerFocus I Spring 2012 I 17

20 CareerFocus Guilford Tech Leads North Carolina Gates Foundation CbD Cadre In October 2010, President Obama convened the first White House Summit on Community Colleges. The summit was part of President Obama s focus on the need to dramatically increase the number of Americans holding college credentials. At the summit, Dr. Jill Biden, wife of the Vice President Joe Biden and an instructor at Northern Virginia Community College, led a discussion on how to improve the low graduation rate for community college students. Nationally, only one in five community college students completes an associate degree within three years of their first enrollment. The day before the summit convened, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced a five-year, $40 million dollar initiative to increase graduation rates at U.S. community colleges. After a lengthy application process and a site visit by the Gates Foundation, Guilford Technical Community College was selected as one of four colleges to receive a Completion by Design grant. GTCC leads a cadre of five North Carolina colleges as managing partner. Other community colleges in the North Carolina cadre are Davidson County Community College, Central Piedmont Community College, Wake Technical Community College, and Martin Community College. The other colleges receiving the grant are located in Florida, Texas, and Ohio. GTCC was selected to lead the North Carolina Cadre because of its past success with Achieving the Dream and with the Developmental Education Initiative, also funded by the Gates Foundation. Completion by Design builds on the work of both previous initiatives but focuses on improving graduation rates for young (18-26), low-income community college students. The Obama administration has focused on the problems facing the American workforce at present and in the future. The United States ranks 16th among developed countries in the number of citizens holding post-secondary certificates or degrees. According to the National Association of Manufacturers, 40 percent of 17-year-olds do not have the math skills and 60 percent lack the reading skills to hold down a job at a manufacturing company. This skills gap is critical since almost two-thirds of all American job openings in the next five years are projected to require some sort of postsecondary education. North Carolina s community colleges were built on a foundation emphasizing open access to everyone who can benefit, notes GTCC President Dr. Randy Parker, but we clearly must give as much attention to student success as we have to access. This issue is important to not only our students but also to our state and national economy. Dr. Scott Ralls, president of the North Carolina Community College System, agrees: Completion by Design is a key initiative to aid us in determining how to make sure students entering our door remain engaged, overcome barriers to their education and leave our campuses with a certification, diploma or degree that will allow them to find gainful employment to support themselves and their families. GTCC and the North Carolina cadre were awarded a first-year planning grant of $495,000 by the Gates Foundation. Faculty and staff from all five community colleges are planning for an additional, fouryear grant which will allow the colleges to implement their proposed solutions. We are faced with a tremendous challenge: to substantially raise community college completion rates for large numbers of students while maintaining open admissions, controlling costs, and ensuring the quality of our programs said Ed Bowling, executive director for North Carolina Completion by Design. 18 I Spring 2012 I CareerFocus Guilford Technical Community College I I

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