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Aug. 04, 2015
HCC holds 2015 Convocation
WELDON, N.C. – Each year, Convocation serves as a welcome back to faculty and staff and launches the new school year. This year, our focus was on "Moving from Good to Great," and how our enrollment, retention and completion effect budgets for each academic year. The Halifax Community College (HCC) Family joins at this time to share College highlights and successes from the previous year.

The Convocation is a way to set the tone of the upcoming school year with renewed energy and direction. Dr. Ervin V. Griffin, Sr., President, gave the "State of The College". Some of the topics covered were:
  • Building Partnerships – 2015 Legislative Affairs Luncheon, Solar Center of Excellence Groundbreaking Ceremony, HCC visits to PCB Piezotronics of North Carolina, Inc., Safelite Glass Corp Manufacturing facility and Cummins, Inc
  • College Upgrades – Cosmetology Facility and Digital Sign at the entrance
  • PBI Funding Update – Room 403 Remodel of $13,209,Renovations to Room 108 for $78,000, Generators for $18,800
  • HCC Data – Spring Enrollment, Fall Enrollment, graduation Data
  • Resource Development – $446,401, pending $3,025,000
  • NC Community College 2015 Performance Measures for Student success – the performance measures for student success report is the North Carolina Community College system's major accountability document
  • Professional Development – HCC Leadership Institute of 2015, Pride Program Induction
Halifax Community College also enjoyed celebrations to include 2015 Southern Regional Equity Award. This award was presented at the 46th Annual ACCT Leadership Regional Awards Luncheon, in San Diego, AACC Awards of Excellence 2015 Finalist for Advancing Diversity, A.A.S. Early Childhood Education Degree Program accredited by NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children), 2014 Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll presented by The President of the United States of America, $100,000 from the Cannon Foundation, Inc., $450,000 received from Golden Leaf, $249,958 from the Duke Energy Foundation. As stated by Dr. Griffin, for more information we invite you to read our annual report on the HCC website, www.halifaxcc.edu.

A presentation was given by Jennifer Haygood, EVP and Chief Financial Officer of the North Carolina Community College System. Ms. Haygood's presentation, "Moving from Good to Great: What does this mean to for HCC", gave an overview of the following:
  • How are funds allocated among community colleges?
  • How is changing enrollment impacting HCC's budget?
  • How does student performance impact HCC's budget?
  • Why should you care about student enrollment retention and performance?
Additionally, her presentation covered the FY2014-2015 State Aid Allotments by Fund Sources, State Budget Allocations, and College Allotments, Tiered Funding and Performance Measures. The presentation focused on the basis for funding from the State of North Carolina. In conclusion, Ms. Haygood encouraged HCC to focus on enrollment, retention and performance, which helps determined the level of funding that the college receives from state allocations.

Presentations were also given from Academic Affairs-Dr. Deryl Davis Fulmer and the staff of Academic Affairs, Administrative Services-Debra Smith, and Institutional Advancement/HCC Foundation-Dr. Dianne Rhoades.

The Convocation will include professional development sessions throughout the week. The development session will help faculty and staff better understand teaching and learning strategies; and to know what is on the horizon for creating an environment for students to successfully learn and complete their programs of study. Dr. Fulmer, Vice President of Academic Affairs, ended the morning of Convocation with "Student success is our focus and students are at our core."
(pictured from left to right) Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Deryl Davis-Fulmer, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the NCCCS Jennifer Haygood, and HCC President/CEO Dr. Ervin V. Griffin, Sr.
Halifax Community College's Mission
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: Public Information Officer (vacant), 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