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Gaston College Hires Workforce Development Head PDF Print E-mail
Education
By Administrator   
Wednesday, 21 August 2019 09:29
DALLAS, NC – Dr. Justin Arnold has been hired as the new Associate Vice President for Economic and Workforce Development at Gaston College. He is responsible for managing Business and Industry Training, Continuing Education, and Human Resources Development. He started his new position on June 3, 2019.
 
Dr. Arnold has been involved in workforce development across a variety of sectors, including private industry, government, and community organizations. He believes that systems-thinking and cross-sector collaboration are the keys to success in workforce education. For most of his career, he lived in the state of Michigan. 
 
From 2002-2010, he served as the educational program manager for a nonprofit while working as a production lead in manufacturing. From 2010-2017, he completed three degrees while working in corporate training and volunteering as a city planning commissioner, nonprofit consultant, and Chamber board member. Most recently, from 2018-2019, he engaged in post-doc work at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln as a workforce development specialist and extension faculty. 
 
Dr. Arnold received a PhD in Educational Leadership with a concentration in Workforce Development from Western Michigan University (2017), an MS in Career and Technical Education with a concentration in Corporate Training from Ferris State University (2013), and a BS in Public and Nonprofit Administration with a concentration in Economic Development from Grand Valley State University (2012).
 
“I’m excited to be a part of the Economic and Workforce Development division of Gaston College,” said Dr. Arnold. “The team of educational specialists I work with are amazing, and it feels good to be part of an optimistic and growing community. I look forward to contributing to the success of businesses and workers in Gaston and Lincoln counties.” 
 
UNC System Finds Money To Reimburse Tuition To School Of Science Math Grads PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Tuesday, 20 August 2019 08:37

The University of North Carolina System took action to ensure that graduates from the last two classes of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics will receive previously anticipated funding currently in flux due to the ongoing state budget stalemate.

NCSSM graduates have historically received full tuition reimbursement when they enroll in a UNC System institution. However, the budget delay has impacted the schools’ classes of 2018 and 2019. This year’s budget contains funding for the class of 2019, which is currently being treated as a credit by System Schools, butdoes notinclude funding for the class of 2018.

“This action will allow tuition payments to be made in a timely fashion and ensure that graduates of the classes of 2018 and 2019 receive the funds that they were promised,” said Alex Mitchell of the UNC Board of Governors. “These actions will help retain these highly-gifted students already enrolled in the UNC System.”

UNC System leaders have identified atemporary funding source for the approximately $1.1 million in funds promised to 176 students enrolled in institutions across the system. The UNC System will continue to work with the General Assembly on a bill that would replenish these funds.  

NCSSM Chancellor Todd Roberts credited theprogram for helping retain students in North Carolina, with the largest number of NCSSM graduates choosing UNC System schools upon graduation in over a decade. 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 August 2019 08:39
 
Dr. Peggy Valentine Named Interim Fayetteville State University Chancellor PDF Print E-mail
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By Donna Martinez   
Tuesday, 30 July 2019 09:23

University of North Carolina System Interim President Bill Roper today announces the appointment of Dr. Peggy Valentine as interim chancellor of Fayetteville State University. The appointment will be effective August 7, 2019.

 

Dr. Valentine is currently the dean of the School of Health Sciences at Winston-Salem State University. Her responsibilities include oversight of educational programs in clinical laboratory science, exercise physiology, health care management, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy and rehabilitation counseling. She also has administrative responsibility for the Center of Excellence for the Elimination of Health Disparities and the Rams Know H.O.W. mobile clinic. Her clinical experiences include work as a registered nurse and as a physician’s assistant.

 

“I am proud to announce the appointment of Dr. Valentine, someone in whom I am confident in and who has demonstrated great leadership capabilities during her tenure as a dean at Winston-Salem State,” Dr. Roper said. “While at WSSU, she has transformed the School of Health Sciences into a widely-respected and popular program, leading its continued growth and success. I know she will bring her remarkable attributes and skills to this new interim role at Fayetteville State. I wish to thank her for agreeing to take on this new challenge.” 

 

Dr. Valentine received her doctorate in education from Virginia Tech University and a master of arts and a bachelor of science degrees from Howard University. Dr. Valentine is listed in Who's Who of American Women and was honored as Educator of the Year by the American Academy of Physician Assistants. She is a fellow of the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions, and the Howard University Faculty Senate honored her for “Outstanding Contributions to the African Diaspora.”

 

Dr. Valentine’s area of research specialization is homeless and minority health issues. She has published in refereed journals, textbooks and manuals. She is the founding editor-in-chief for the Journal of Best Practices in Health Professions Diversity. She has served on the boards of Novant Health, the North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research and the Consortium on International Management Policy and Development. Other service includes board membership with the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions, the National Society of Allied Health, SciWorks and others. She is a Paul Harris Fellow for Rotary in Winston-Salem.

 

Dr. Valentine was instrumental in WSSU’s offering of its first doctoral degrees—in physical therapy and nursing practice. In addition, WSSU’s School of Health Sciences has expanded under her leadership and now offers programs in clinical laboratory science, exercise physiology, healthcare management, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, rehabilitation counseling, social work, and therapeutic recreation. These in-demand programs have consistently experienced high licensure exam pass rates.

 

In an effort to increase diversity in the health professions, Dr. Valentine has also overseen the development of early assurance agreements that guarantee admission into high-demand graduate programs for WSSU undergraduates who meet certain requirements. The school expanded its work toward eliminating health disparities among the residents of Winston-Salem under her leadership.

 

“I am honored to be asked to serve in this role at Fayetteville State University,” Dr. Valentine said. “I look forward to working with the Board of Trustees, administration, and faculty to move FSU forward during this time of transition. FSU has a proud tradition of excellence and is one of the most diverse universities in the country. With nationally-ranked academic programs, growing research capacity, and strong military partnerships, FSU is a major economic engine for the entire Fayetteville and Cumberland County region.”

Dr. Pam Jackson, FSU provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, has been serving as acting chancellor at Fayetteville State since the resignation of Chancellor James Anderson on June 13. Dr. Jackson will continue to serve in an acting capacity until Dr. Valentine assumes her new role.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 July 2019 09:25
 
UNC System, Army Partner To Spur Student Interest In STEM Fields PDF Print E-mail
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By Donna Martinez   
Tuesday, 30 July 2019 09:19

Several thousand U.S. Army engineers and scientists are nearing retirement age. The Army will develop and attract the talent it needs to fill those vacancies through a new partnership with the University of North Carolina System.

On June 18, 2019, U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Army Research Laboratory, the army’s corporate research laboratory also known as ARL, formally signed an educational partnership agreement (EPA) with the UNC System. The purpose of this initiative is to stimulate student interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math disciplines) education, particularly in areas of relevance to the Department of Defense’s mission.

The EPA is a master agreement designed to facilitate new partnerships between the Army and individual UNC System institutions. It allows institutions, colleges, and even departments, to expedite their own potentially groundbreaking EPAs with ARL.

"By streamlining the approval process for education partnership agreements at individual institutions, this agreement will open up collaboration opportunities and a pipeline of new ideas," said ARL Director Dr. Philip Perconti. "We will be able to get innovative coursework and research opportunities up and running more quickly and reach more students, attract better talent, and ultimately identify cutting edge solutions to the military's challenges."

The partnership model will help the army to accomplish three central objectives: (a) to encourage and enhance the study of STEM disciplines; (b) to provide technical assistance that will enhance STEM teaching throughout in the UNC System; and (c) to leverage regional collaborative efforts in support of STEM educational goals that will benefit students, government, industry, and non-profit organizations. 

In pursuit of these objectives, the EPA encourages partnering institutions to establish student and faculty research opportunities at ARL. By providing hands on, experiential learning opportunities in state-of-the-art labs, these exchanges will help STEM students and researchers apply basic academic skills and theoretical concepts to realistic contemporary applications.

In addition, ARL will help partnering institutions develop and teach new courses. North Carolina State University’s proposed “Hacking for Defense” course will serve as a template. In this course, military customers will bring real-world battlefield challenges to teams comprising engineers, business, and management students. These joint teams will work together to keep warfighters at the cutting edge of technology. This proposed course exemplifies how the EPA will connect the military community with faculty and students, who will earn college credit while working to find solutions to security challenges.

Finally, through the EPA, UNC System institutions will be able to secure material and intellectual resources from ARL. Surplus equipment can be loaned to or donated to partnering institutions. Partnering institutions will have access to the Army’s vast array of research facilities and equipment, and the laboratory’s representatives will be available to offer academic and career advice and assistance to students enrolled at partner institutions.

“This agreement reflects the UNC System’s long and productive partnership with the U.S. military,” said UNC System Interim President William Roper. “Together, we will develop life-changing opportunities for our students and faculty. At the same time, our collaboration will lead to innovations that will protect liberty at home and abroad.”

 

 
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