4C Visions, Season 2, Episode 7: Jon Matthews (Provost) / Mark Hall (Provost)

[R.V.] Welcome to 4C Visions I’m your host
R.V. Hight Director of Communications at Central Carolina Community College. In
this edition of 4C Visions it is my pleasure to welcome John Matthews
Central Carolina Community College’s new provost for Harnett County. Matthew who
has been at the college since August 2001 has served in various roles most
recently as associate provost and dean of Business and Media Technologies. John
welcome to 4C Visions. [John] Thank You R.V. it’s a pleasure to be here
today. [R.V.] Well John this must be an exciting time as you take over the reins as CCCC Harnett Provost what are your goals as the new Provost? [John] Well first of all I want to say it’s tough filling the shoes of a legend like Provost emeritus bill Tyson
but now he’s retired and I do have a few goals that I’d like to accomplish in the
next few years. First I want to ensure that all of our facilities and buildings
in Harnett County are safe and conducive to student learning second I want to
make sure that the people who live and serve in that area understand what all
of our programs are are all of our service offerings and to continue to
promote that so that the local officials and citizens know what we offer third I
want to ensure that our partners continue to build the relationships they
already have with us and that includes secondary school partners includes
County Commissioners and includes local employers so that we are a better able
or a better position to build in the kinds of programming and training that
are needed for future or emerging skills needs forth looking forward to building
a more collegiate environment in Harnett County so that the people that come to
our campuses and centers to work or to study feel like they not only have a
safe environment but it’s a really good place to work and study and then finally
to continue to promote and maintain the college mission for individual community
and economic development in the county. [R.V.] John how does being a native at resident
of Harnett County impact how you view your role is Provost?
[John0 Well I think it gives a unique perspective as a lifelong native of
Harnett County I guess acutely aware of the perception
of the college and the importance of the college and also I know that I’m
answerable to the very people who are my neighbor’s my friends my colleagues
because many of the people that are our employees and our students in Harnett
County are people that I know. So it’s truly a community obligation. [R.V.] Well there
are various multiple campuses in Harnett County tell our audience what is offered
at each of those campuses. [John] Well I would say that Harnett main campus being the
primary location we have anchor programs there such as lasers and photonics,
cosmetolog,y criminal justice, we also have obviously Associate in Arts and
Associate Science just like we do at our other campuses but we also have a
variety of time–it offerings of that location it is our largest campus in
Harnett County, Harnett Health Sciences Center is a 50,000 square foot
state-of-the-art medical training facility where we offer medical
assisting we offer practical nursing health information technology for those
people that don’t want to put their hands on people where they won’t be
involved in healthcare and we offer a full range of coned medical occupations
offerings from nurse a to phlebotomy to EMT. West Harnett center is a site located
on highway 87 between the libyans spout springs and there we’re currently
offering ESL and high school equivalency as well as motorcycle mechanics about
the coned and through dual enrollment and then last but not least the Dunn
Center is a newest location and that’s at the historic site of Harnett Training
school that was renovated about a year and a half ago and there we offer
culinary arts and we offer barbering and hopefully an Early College High School
starting in August 2017. [R.V.] Well you while offering a lot of
programs a variety of programs in Harnett County there’s been a presence at
Western Harnett County what are some of the new programs is going to be offered
in that area? [John] Well West Harnett Center presents a lot
of opportunities for growth I think some people don’t realize the number of
residents that live in that corridor approximately 15,000 residents many with
military affiliations that live between alidium spouts Springs on highway 87 so
there’s some untapped potential there so first thing we’re going to move the
automotive restoration and collision repair program from its current location
in Lee County over to that site in Harnett County and a new
state-of-the-art 10,000 square foot facility the county was generous enough
to deed to us recently and we also have room for growth in our original building
at that site and we’ve actually recently disseminated a digital survey through
social media to gather intel on what types of programs or training
preferences that the residents and area are looking for. [R.V.] what kind of dual
enrollment options are available to high school students in Harnett County? [John]
We really have three different flavors here we have the traditional dual
enrollment that we call career and College promise where students at any of
the four high schools in Harnet County can take courses usually online or at
one of our campuses or at some even at their high school taught by college
faculty so we’re still doing that at all four high schools well recently we’ve
added a couple of wrinkles that are pretty interesting one or what we call
apprenticeship programs where we have two of those at the Harnet main campus
one in welding the other machining and here the dual enrolled students get
their training both lecture or theoretical training and hands-on lab
work at the Harnett main campus but they also get an opportunity to work at
a local employer and practice those skills but the hard skills and the soft
skills of those employers are necessary for those students to become eligible
for full-time employment it’s a very unique program other that we also have
the Harnet Health Sciences Academy that is essentially a Career Academy where
students from any of the four high schools come to the Harnet Health
Sciences Center and they take college coursework but they also have the
opportunity to do job shadowing at Central Harnett Hospital or Betsey
Johnson and they have an opportunity to take
field trips to see what this clinical or career opportunities might be it’s a
good way for them to form up in their mind what they might want to study after
high schools over. [R.V.] And these high school students if they want to participate in
one of these program yeah what would they need to do to go through
that process? [John] Very easy they simply contact the embedded advisor at their
native high school we have an employee of the college embedded in each of the
local high schools that person serves as the liaison between the college and that
student other than that if they have general questions they can always search
our website or they can contact Mary Schmid Carter who is our coordinator of
those programs. [R.V.] Well what is CCCC’s role in the proposed Harnett County early
college in Dunn. [John] Well this is an exciting opportunity Early College High
School’s are kind of an interesting innovation in public secondary education
and in this case Central Carolina would be the higher education partner to
Harnett County Schools students would begin ninth grade at the Early College
High School and take mostly high school coursework and beginning between 10th
and 11th grade they would begin to take a small number of college courses by the
time they finished their fifth year in the Early College High School they would
have had an opportunity to finish an entire college credential with CCCC
while they’re there that could be in transfer to a university or could be
credits toward a career in technical education associate degree. [R.V.] Well one of
the most recognizable programs at CCCC Harnet is the Lasers and Photonics
program what is it that makes that program so recognizable? [John] Well a couple of
things actually one is that it’s a very unique program you could count on two
hands how many of these types of programs exist nationwide either at the
Bachelor or the associate degree level so it’s rare you just don’t find many of
them out there second the students that enter and
graduate these programs have myriad opportunities throughout a variety of
industries ranging from defense and aerospace to industrial manufacturing
and industrial servicing we have a graduates that are working
northrop grumman cree industries a variety of companies that are well-known
name brands and fiber optics photonics laser technology so it is one of those
boutique programs that you don’t see very often add to that the fact that the
graduates in this program typically exit with a job offer in hand even before
they graduated and many of them are commanding salaries between 45 and 55
thousand dollars a year starting well it’s pretty unique. [R.V.] That is well I want
to talk to you just for a minute about the Dunn center and one of the premier
programs there is the culinary program which is part of the Central Carolina
Culinary Institute talk a little bit about Harnett County’s role in the
Culinary Institute. [John] Okay we’re one of the three legs if you
will of the coin again stitute the original iteration of that is in Chatham
County as the natural chef cafe and then the second part of that was a program
operating in Lee County then in Harnet County the Dunn Center
gave us a unique opportunity to bring culinary arts to that County because on
that site of the other historic Harnett high score Harnet training school is a
full-size cafeteria with a commercial grade kitchen and so what we’ve been
able to do is we’ve added an extension of that Culinary Institute to the Dunn
Center and using that dining hall and cafeteria we’re training students in a
real-life environment preparing them for that entry-level chef role so we had
both the dining hall the commercial kitchen but we also have a couple of
lads kitchens next door where they can do meal planning and meal prep adjacent
to that facility is a very large greenhouse that we are eagerly
anticipating bringing online is already they’re bringing in online so that these
students can not only prepare the food and learn how to prepare meals and
banquets but they’ll also learn how to propagate produce that they can use as
raw ingredients or raw materials for their meals pretty unique opportunity
we’re glad to have it absolutely. [R.V] And I can vouch as someone who’s eaten there
at the center that’s a wonderful place and it’s open what days? [John] Wednesdays they
offer meals starting at 11:30 and we encourage people to get there
early and the meals range between five six dollars for a full on four including
beverage and then they have pantry stores and other side items for two or
three dollars fees. [R.V.] And also at the Dunn center is the senior services that we
offered Harnett County can you talk a little bit about that? [John] Certainly the city of Dunn operated a senior activity center for several years and when we and
began to become tenants of the Dunn Center they asked as a part of that
relationship and a handshake if we would take over if you will look at the
custodial management of the senior activity center its integrated into our
part of the Dunn center location and so that employee for the city of Dunn now
works for Central Carolina city have Dunn provides the funding for that
position in that program and with that with that service if you will we offer a
full range of recreation related opportunities for seniors in that area
and it ranges from day to day from crafts or like sewing to bingo to Zumba
and we even have seniors that are actively participating and preparing
meals for the Meals on Wheels program that our director there oversees.
[R.V.] Outstanding John you’ve been at Central Carolina since 2001 what makes CCCC such
a special place? [John] I would say the thing that makes it special in my mind is
perhaps that we have a sense of purpose and dedication and obligation to our
community as I said before many of the people we see every day are people that
live in our backyards or communities and we do feel a sense of purpose and
obligation and that every decision we make and every action we take we feel
like helps that person reach their educational goals so whether it’s
helping a person decide what they want to study or major in – what coned
course to take or removing an obstacle to their financial aid application we
know that everything we do helps that person better themselves. [R.V.] John thank
you for being with us today and we will return right after these messages. [John] Thank
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welcome Mark Hall Central Carolina Community College’s provost for Chatham
County since 2014. Hall has been at the college since January 2005 prior to
being named Provost he served as lead instructor of the humanities department
Mark welcome to 4C Visions. [Mark] Well thank you for having me here I
appreciate the time. [R.V.] Well Mark the growth in Chatham County is astounding
and as part of that growth will be a new presence by CCCC and the northern
portion of the county tell our audience about the new proposed Chatham Health
Sciences Center. [Mark] Sure much like the Harnett Health Science
Center this one will be a state-of-the-art facility and that will
house a lot of our medical programs its Lumia expansion of what we’ve been doing
in Siler City and it’s really gonna be in a great location on what we’re
calling the medical corridor between what will be Chatham Park in the next
five to ten years and then UNC hospital’s so if you go down 5501 right
now you can already see lots of medical offices and other medical services
popping up and so our students are in the position right in the middle of all
that. [R.V.] Well that’s exciting and CCCC Chatham is well known for its
sustainability program what is the sustainability program and what are the
various offerings as part of that program? [Mark] Well I’ll start off with a kind
of definition of sustainability it’s basically trying to use resources
thought to pleasing them and so all three of our programs housed in that
department sustainable agriculture, sustainable
technology and building construction technology they keeps their students
practical and employable skills with that mindset involved so when we when we
do agriculture on our organic farm they’re they’re using food scraps in the
culinary department there they’re recycling a lot of their own waste to go
back into the soul for composting so they don’t have to use a lot of
amendments or fertilizers from elsewhere so they’re trying to reuse all the
sources they have so basically they’re being living out one of the college’s
principles of stewardship on the farm and the same thing happens with building
construction sustainable technology they’re looking at ways to make
buildings more efficient ways to have them reuse a lot of the
materials and it comes down to even how you what sort of walls you want to put
in your house and how are you going to build in how to install proper solar
panels and other items like that just some even come around to how you orient
the the buildings so that’s what we do. [R.V.] With the CCCC Chatham College farm has
received national recognition how does the farm factored into the CCCC
sustainability program? [Mark] That’s a great question let’s say that the farm is the
integral part of not only our College programming but also the community it
started back in the early aughts around 2002 or so where the North Carolina
State Agricultural Extension Center officers talking with some local farmers
they decided there’s a little bit of gap in the knowledge of how to do organic
practices so they came to the college and they talked about how to to start
some training and they start on the short-term to continuing education and
that initially emerged into a full-fledged associate of Applied
Science in sustainable agriculture and that particular farm and then always it
give us a Learning Lab for all of our agricultural students it also gives the
place for our building construction and our sustainable technology students to
apply some the knowledge they have and how to build structures most instructors
on that farm have actually been built by our students the solar panels that are
on top of two of the structures were installed by our students learning how
to in a PV installation class and then our culinary students they come down on
the farm occasionally and they work with the farmers about picking out the right
produce and other items like that so it’s it’s really integrated into
everything else we’re doing here and it’s also it’s really great the
community like to see it and it’s just a great showpiece on the campus. [R.V.] Absolutely
well Mark another component of the sustainability program is the building
instruction program where students actually build a small house what makes
that program so popular in the Chatham County area? [Mark] I think in Chatham County
there’s a sentiment to try to simplify try to downsize and the small houses
provide people the opportunity to do and the nice thing about a house that
size we’re only talking about 600 square feet might be off about 100 or so feet
there but um you can put better quality materials in there because you’re not
building such a great house so invest in quality as opposed to size so it also
allows our students to see how to do some of the technologies how to set up a
set the house up so you have really great airflow rows so you don’t have to
use the a/c as much right materials so you have a better insulation value on
both your roof and your walls items like that I think people in Chatham County and
actually in the surrounding areas really appreciate that because the last house
we sold was someone in Orange County so. [R.V.] Wow well obviously the CCCC Chatham main
campus in Pittsboro offers more than sustainability what are some of the
other program offerings there at the main campus in Chatham? [Mark] So in
addition to the ones I’ve already talked about stainless agriculture, sustainable
tech, building construction and culinary we also offer medical assisting if you
ever been in a doctor’s office someone you’re calling a nurse is more likely
actually a medical assistant they learn the clinical skills both some of
clinical skills a nurse gets as well as knuckle office management skills
and so there’s a combination of that we also on the curriculum side we provide
university transfer programming as well so someone can come to our campus and
earn a two year degree in the transfer to university as a junior so that’s
that’s mostly on the curriculum side on the con-ed side- the continuing education
we offer a lot of short-term training we do creative write and we have published
offers coming out of our creative writing program which is just a Saturday
workshop in addition to we’ve had some classes on brewing beer we’re looking at
some options and classes about doing distillery with liquor as well as
continuing all the things that made our program our campus great working with
the AG center and other instructors in the community and farmers to work
on sustainable agriculture.[R.V.] The CCCC Chatham main campus also has a beautiful
library share with our audience the relationship
between the college and the county and providing this library to student and
county citizens alike. [Mark] So many years ago they decided they needed a new library
because the old community library was pretty rundown and the college also
needs a library on us on a campus there’s a great partnership between the
county and the college where we have in now on the our campus which is centrally
located in Chatham County a 25 thousand square foot building that houses the
college’s collection as well as the county’s collection allows us to to have
the facility if it wasn’t for that partnership that wouldn’t be there and
then really great thing is that building is actually tied to our campus because
it’s tied its utilities its water is electricity is heat is actually tied in
with the utilities at our sustainable tech buildings so it is really a
symbiotic relationship. [R.V.] CCCC Chatham also has a campus in Siler
City what program offerings are available at the Siler City Center? [Mark] We do
a lot of the high school equivalency programming there as well as English to
the second language we also have medical occupation programs, like
nurse aide one and two so you can sit for your certified nursing exam and
become a certified nursing assistant we also have a really unique program called
sleep disorder technician how to get that out but a it’s a really unique
program that if you’ve ever had to have a sleep test for like sleep apnea like
that the technician was someone that we could have trained
almost forgot- ceramics pottery that’s a really something we really do a
lot over there as well as coming in fall of 2017 artistic and industrial Welding.
[R.V.] Wow well what is CCCC’s role in the new Chatham School of Science and
Engineering? [Mark] We’re the higher education partner in that Early College High
School right now those students are housed at the Chatham center for
innovation they’re going to spend there two years they’re taking mostly high
school classes they will occasionally take a couple of college classes while
they’re there they’ve already taken our required PE and some of them are
actually precalculus and then at year three
they’re going to come over the Pittsburgh campus to finish out their
two year degrees in either Associate of Arts, Associate of science or Associate in
Engineering and then transfer to University in North Carolina.
[R.V.] Well Mark you’ve been at Central Carolina Community College since 2005
what makes Central Carolina Community College such a special place in your
mind? [Mark] I must say it’s the people all the people the people I get to work with
every day the people the students who come in the doors and in the communities
that support us we have a across all three counties not just in Chatham
across all three counties we have this great support from our communities we
wouldn’t be the the institution that we are if it wasn’t for our students our
co-workers and the communities are in a better day and that’s what makes us
special. [R.V.] Well I know that you’re very proud of
what’s being accomplished in Chatham through the Community College what has
it been like since you’ve been Provost? [Mark] It’s been a really unique learning
process I was a teacher for ten years then moved into administration a couple
years ago but it’s been really great to get to know the community and be
welcomed by them and to learn all the different dynamics in the community it
Chatham County is 709 square miles give or take and what you see and bonnet and
bond Lee and Bennett it’s different than what you see in Farrington or governor’s
club and different what you see in Soho and down among here and it’s just a
really much more of a diverse kind of people think and it’s really great to
drive by all the farmland and pastures as well as see some of the industry
we’re doing like Olympic steel and arauco and basic and she needn’t
corporation I mean just it’s really dynamic County and we have the mega site
and over by Siler City that just we it’s not if it’s when we have a tenant there
as well as the mega site that’s down in Long here and so we’re the county itself
is positioned to do a lot of great things and I think that’s why we have
developments like Preston develop coming in and developing Chatham Park and that’s
why Brower troppo is doing well really well and
it’s just an exciting place to be. [R.V.] It is an exciting place and Mark we want to
thank you for being with us today and we want to thank our viewers for being with
us for 4C visions.

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