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Celebrations, May 6

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A new small business support group has been formed among staff at several agencies, including College of the Albemarle’s Small Business Center, the Eastern Women’s Entrepreneurship Center, Small Business & Technology Development Center and Elizabeth City Downtown Inc. Among those involved from these agencies are (l-r) Jaime Baròn, Ginger O’Neal, Caitlin Davis, Michael Twiddy, Deborah Malenfant and Shannon Baylor-Henderson.

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Sunday, May 6, 2018

Ferebee wins soybean research scholarship

The North Carolina Soybean Producers Association recently announced a local recipient of the 2018 North Carolina Soybean Research Scholarship.

The recipient of the scholarship for the 2018-2019 academic year is John G. Ferebee of Currituck County. Ferebee is a student at N.C. State University's Agricultural Institute, majoring in general agriculture.

The scholarships are awarded annually to N.C. State students majoring in agriculture or related fields. To qualify, students must demonstrate how their studies and work experiences will impact soybean production and/or research in their future careers. They come from farm families and receive one-time scholarships from $2,500 to $5,000.

“The North Carolina Soybean Producers Association is proud to provide scholarships through the soybean checkoff to deserving students interested in careers in the soybean industry,” said John Fleming, president of the North Carolina Soybean Producers Association. “We look forward to seeing the positive impact they will have on soybean farming and agriculture.”

The North Carolina Soybean Producers Association is a statewide trade association representing all North Carolina soybean producers, responsible for research, education and promotion programs to benefit the state’s soybean farmers.

Battey joins Eastern Carolina Engineering

Matthew Battey, PLS, has joined Eastern Carolina Engineering, PC, as the Director of Land Surveying.

Battey brings more than 24 years of experience in land surveying, including boundary surveying, construction staking, ALTA/NSPS Surveys, topographic surveys, as-built surveys, hydrographic surveys, FAA 1A& 2C certifications, and telecommunications surveys.

He is registered with FEMA to provide floodplain solutions, including elevation certificates, Letters of Map Amendments (LOMAs), and Letters of Map Revisions (LOMRs). Additionally, Battey has extensive experience in heavy/civil projects including highways, bridges, and water/wastewater treatment plants.

He and his wife Krystin reside in Currituck County. In his free time, Battey enjoys traveling, gardening, cooking, and riding his motorcycle. He is also the vice-chairman of the Currituck County Board of Adjustments.

Camden Woman’s Club rewards volunteers

The Camden County Woman’s Club has stepped up to spotlight the county's Meals on Wheels volunteers.

The club recently presented each volunteer with a $25 gas gift card for all their hard work and dedication to the citizens of Camden County. Volunteers at the county senior center were noted as being "a great group of people."

The club also received a certificate from the Camden County Senior Center.

Support group forms to aid small businesses

College of the Albemarle’s Small Business Center, the Eastern Women’s Entrepreneurship Center, Small Business & Technology Development Center and Elizabeth City Downtown Incorporated have developed a resource partnership to serve and support small businesses.

“Almost eighty-five percent of economic development comes from existing companies in a given region, county or city. Given the correct tools and resources businesses can thrive working synergistically within communities creating strong relationships,” stated Jaime Baròn, Business Counselor for the SBTDC.

A Small Business Training Crawl launched in January 2018 to assist businesses through providing targeted help for areas that need improvement throughout the year.

The groups partnered to create a panel of professionals to discuss and collaborate on ways to implement ideas and solve issues for the participating small businesses. The Crawl gives participants a way to work with all the service providers in the region to assess needs and work towards goals. To date, sixteen businesses have taken part in the program and are already seeing positive results.

“It is important for our small businesses to find ways to solve problems given feedback from our organizations that will help them implement solutions to reach their goals,” stated Caitlin Davis.

Anthropology/Sociology Club builds on its mission

Dr. Carol Jo Evans, Associate Professor at College of The Albemarle, says participation in the Nacirema: Anthropology/Sociology Club, which she formed last fall, is growing.

“I started the club a year ago and an anthropology class this spring because I wanted students to have more interaction with and an understanding of the diverse cultures within America and global issues at large,” said Evans.

The Anthropology/Sociology Club is following its mission for “the appreciation of cultural diversity and respect for others.” The club had a “Wishing Tree” last winter and a “Giving Tree” this spring, to collect items to donate to the local Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and to the Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters.

Newly elected president, Morgan Rowland, along with members of the club, are planning a trip to attend the Cherokee National Holiday Powwow or a trip to the Appalachian Mountains to gain an understanding of the unique culture of Appalachia. Their ultimate goal is a trip to Washington DC, to explore the cultural diversity there and to visit several museums.

Membership in the Nacirema: Anthropology/Sociology Club is open to all current COA students and alumni. For more information contact: Dr. Carol Jo Evans 252-335-0521 ext. 2266 or carol_evans@albemarle.edu .

Tourism, hospitality graduates honored

College of The Albemarle’s Dare County Campus held its Hospitality and Tourism certification ceremony on April 26.

Graduates, along with business partners, were in attendance as Dr. Tina Bradley, COA Tourism and Hospitality Instructor, elaborated on the principles behind the study of hospitality.

“Our certification program is filling a great need in our community. It is designed to develop graduates into stellar professionals which will be apparent to customers, coworkers and employers,” noted Dr. Bradley.

Business partners agree that COA is preparing workforce ready graduates. Danny Register, Surf or Sound Realty Operations Manager, was the keynote speaker at the ceremony, sharing his experience with the program and with hiring COA graduates. He worked with COA to have a Customer Service training implemented for the entire staff at Surf or Sound Realty. The training was eye-opening and led to positive feedback from employees who were at first skeptical about having to take the training.

Upon completion, students can enter, or continue, their careers in the hospitality industry. The COA program can be completed in just a few months. Grants and scholarships for the unemployed or those economically challenged are available. For more information about the Tourism and Hospitality Program, contact Dean Tim Sweeney or Sherri May at 252-473-2264.

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