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April 3, 2015
HCC Board of Trustees receive enrollment update during March meeting
WELDON, N.C. – The Halifax Community College (HCC) Board of Trustees met on March 31 for their monthly meeting. During the meeting, they received an update on enrollment.

Spring enrollment for 2015 is 1,183. A comparison was given that included spring 2014, which totaled 1,360, and spring 2013, which totaled 1,537.

HCC President Dr. Ervin V. Griffin Sr. explained that colleges across the state and nation are facing the same enrollment issues.

“When the economy is good, people don’t usually enroll with us and when it’s bad, it’s just the opposite,” he noted.

Griffin along with Dean of Student Services & Enrollment Management Dr. Barbara Bradley Hasty discussed current efforts to increase enrollment. These include connecting with HCC students before they leave in order to register them for the next semester, outreach to high school students and staff regarding the Career & College Promise program, outreach in the community, advising and training, and registration incentives.

“This is happening all over the community college system. Some schools have lost more than we have,” said Griffin. “We’re not sticking our heads in the sand. We are reaching out.”

In addition, the board approved a change to the adverse weather/emergency closing policy regarding faculty/staff leave. Prior to the change, college employees had to take vacation leave when HCC was closed due to inclement weather or other emergencies. Now, when the College is closed, employees will not have to take leave. If the College opens on a delay, however, employees will be expected to arrive on campus at the adjusted time or they will need to take leave to cover the time missed. Employees who are on pre-arranged vacation or sick leave will charge leave to the appropriate account with no provision for make-up time.

Other business included:
  • Cummins-Rocky Mount Engine Plant has donated $7,000 to the HCC Foundation Inc. along with a robot to benefit the Industrial Systems Technology program.
  • Program reviews were given for Basic Law Enforcement Training, Business Administration, Greenhouse/Grounds Maintenance, Human Services Technology, Masonry and Office Administration.
  • Distance Learning statistics for 2014, which includes all distance learning methods (Internet courses, two-way video, hybrid, etc.), were shared. Last year, 4,804 HCC students or 44.89 percent of the population were involved in distance learning courses.
  • HCC has been approved by the NC State Approving Agency through 2016 to administer veterans’ benefits to eligible veterans and their dependents. New programs in engineering, emergency management, pharmacy technology, hospitality and dietetic technician are currently being researched. The
  • Curriculum Committee will conduct surveys to establish need in the service area, collect information regarding duplication from nearby community colleges, and review the financial ability to start new programs, the job outlook and employer needs in the region.
  • North Carolina Community Colleges and the UNC System have been involved in a pilot program to develop a process to allow reverse transfer to occur seamlessly. Students who left a community college prior to attaining a degree, but have since earned enough credits at a four-year system university for the degree to be awarded will benefit. All 58 community colleges are participating in the reverse transfer program and by July, all community colleges will receive transcript data from 11 of the 16 universities in the UNC System. By the end of 2015, all 16 UNC campuses will participate.
Updates were also provided on the default prevention management plan, financial reports, PSG performance survey results, Brick-by-Brick Campaign, calendar of events, campus happenings and Student Government Association activities.
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Halifax Community College strives to meet the diverse needs of our community by providing high-quality, accessible and affordable education and services for a rapidly changing and globally competitive marketplace.
Primary Media Contact: Melanie Temple, Director of Public Relations and Marketing, mtemple295@halifaxcc.edu, 252-538-4319

Secondary Media Contact: Dr. Dianne Rhoades, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Halifax Community College and Executive Director of the Halifax Community College Foundation Inc., dbarnes-rhoades128@halifaxcc.edu, 252-536-7239