CVCC Launches Interdisciplinary Read Sept. 30

Blood Done Sign My Name book cover imageCatawba Valley Community College’s Interdisciplinary Read Committee has selected “Blood Done Sign My Name” by Timothy B. Tyson for its annual read.

The first in a series of discussions on the book will be held Sept. 30, at noon in the East Wing Auditorium on the Main Campus in Hickory.

Social sciences faculty member Amy Bechtol will discuss the misconception that a harmonious society must abandon its unique backgrounds and assimilate to become a homogeneous culture. Entitled “Equal Does Not Have to Mean the Same: The Value of Ethnic Identity,” Bechtol’s talk will address how a common set of values and/or a shared purpose can create a concentric core, allowing for both diversity and harmony. Continue reading

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Independent Order of Odd Fellows Scholarships Awarded Through CVCC Foundation, Inc

Odd Fellows Scholarship PhotoThe Independent Order of Odd Fellows Mountain Lodge No. 19 (Lincolnton) recently presented two Catawba Valley Community College students with a scholarship through the CVCC Foundation, Inc. Established as a memorial to beloved lodge members John Scott, Jr. and Joe Scott, Jr., the Odd Fellows Scholarship assists deserving CVCC students.

The $600 scholarships were presented this year to Marissa Williams and Melissa Patterson.

An Arizona native, Williams is of Navajo ancestry and is fluent in the Navajo language. She lost both parents to cancer before she graduated from high school, and her paternal grandfather was a Code Talker in World War II. Williams has been active in outreach to her Native American community, traveling with her church to serve other Native American reservations in need and assist with youth basketball camps.

She plays basketball for the CVCC Red Hawks as a point guard. She is studying to pursue her dream of becoming a nurse or sports therapist.

A native of Lenoir and Taylorsville resident, Patterson is a survivor of domestic violence, sexual assault and cancer. She was a stay at home mom until a marital separation resulted in her return to work. In her mid-30s, she enrolled at CVCC to study criminal justice so that she can help domestic violence victims. She ultimately wants to work in homicide investigation to speak for those who cannot.

The Independent Order of Odd Fellows is an altruistic and benevolent fraternal organization founded on the North American Continent in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1819. The command of the Odd Fellows is to “visit the sick, relieve the distress, bury the dead and educate the orphans.” Today, there are 10,000 lodges in approximately 26 countries.  The U.S. headquarters is located in Winston-Salem, N.C.

The mission of the CVCC Foundation, Inc. is to foster and promote the growth, progress, and welfare of CVCC. For more information on giving, contact Teresa Biggs, executive director of the CVCC Foundation, Inc., 828-327-7000, ext. 4288,


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CVCC’s Early Childhood Education Program Earns National Accreditation

Portrait of a group of children in a huddleCatawba Valley Community College’s Early Childhood Education program recently earned accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

The NAEYC Commission on Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation recognizes associate degree programs that have met Professional Preparation Standards. The organization’s mission is to raise the quality of education for all children from birth through age eight. Graduates of NAEYC accredited programs generally are assured of acceptance of their educational credentials in virtually any state.

The 18-month accreditation process involved a self-study by faculty and staff and a three-day site visit. Reaccreditation requires an annual progress report and application in seven years. Continue reading

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CVCC Holds Screening of “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History

Latino American PBS Video Cover ArtCatawba Valley Community College’s Humanities Department and Library will host a screening of the PBS film “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History” Episode V Prejudice and Pride at noon on Sept. 23, in the East Wing Auditorium.

The film sets the stage for the college’s special programming related to the “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History” competitive grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association.

The only community college in North Carolina to receive the NEH and ALA grant, CVCC will hold a series of public programming this academic year. Activities include faculty-led discussions, dramatic productions, a student photography exhibit and will conclude with the Celebration of Nations festival sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs. Continue reading

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CVCC’s ValleySim Hospital in #1 Movie “War Room”

movie camera imageIn a critical scene in the number one movie in the country “War Room,” viewers will see a familiar hospital setting. It’s familiar, that is, if you are a Catawba Valley Community College student or former student who trained in the college’s ValleySim Hospital.

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Completed in 2011 with the primary function of providing simulated hospital experiences for health care students, the ValleySim Hospital was used as a filming location last summer for the popular “War Room” movie that has topped the box office charts for the past few weeks. Continue reading

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