Message from the College President
This year’s theme is “Front and Center in the 21st Century” and you will find in this report Alamance Community College’s role in supporting local business and industry and the citizens of Alamance County.
Our College, like community colleges across North Carolina, prepares students for specialty career fields—Mechatronics, Nursing, Accounting, Criminal Justice and more. We also prepare students to transfer to a four-year institution if that is their plan. We provide equivalency degrees for those not finishing high school. We train our firefighters, police and paramedics. We help keep professional credentials current. We provide personal enrichment classes to lifelong learners. We provide customized training for business and industry.
I hope this year’s annual report provides you a window into all we do to serve our community. I hope too that you can see my passion: That we are not only a college of the community, but a college in the community.
At Alamance Community College, being front and center in the 21st century means introducing new programs of study that are critical to business and industry and the economic vitality of our county. In Alamance County, that means Histotechnology, Engineering, Agricultural Biotechnology and Forensic Science just to name a few.
Being front and center means looking for ways to make university transfer a more seamless process and we continued on that track through our recent dual enrollment program with N.C. State University.
Preparing our citizens for a 21st century workforce means engaging prospective students at the middle school level and we enhanced our summer enrichment programs over the past year. Witness our ongoing Minority Male Medical Bridge program, our computer-robotics camp for middle school female students, our numerous biotechnology and writing camps for all ages.
We continue to build relationships and forge partnerships with leaders in the life sciences and STEM arenas—this linked to growing our Biotechnology Center of Excellence. That Center, I believe, is critical to serving a burgeoning biotechnology corridor in central North Carolina.
This report also captures the rhythms of life at Alamance Community College: graduations, awards, VIP visits, efforts to ensure student success, and how we are empowering our graduates to compete in a 21st century economy.
I hope that as you review this report, you will take considerable pride in how Alamance Community College is putting our community front and center in the 21st century.
Thank you Alamance County for supporting this year’s education bond referendum and investing in the future of workforce training and economic development.
Dr. Algie Gatewood