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Sunday, December 16, 2018

All COA surgical students pass exam

College of The Albemarle has received a merit award after 100 percent of its class of 2017 surgical technology students passed the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) exam.

The award was from the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.

This is the third time the Surgical Technology program has received the award for 100% pass rate since 2012. Brandy Wooten, Surgical Technology Program Coordinator, is head of the program

“Brandy Wooten and her team work hard on a daily basis to educate graduates that are ready for the intense, but highly rewarding, career field of Surgical Technology,” said Robin Harris, Dean, Health Sciences and Wellness Programs. “These efforts pay off in many ways, especially in placement of these well-trained students in local surgical facilities, helping to ensure quality and safe care for our community. This national recognition is well deserved by the faculty and the students!”

The CST is widely recognized in the health care community as the foremost credential for surgical technologists in the nation. The CST is required for employment within many local, state and national health care organizations.

“I am proud of the faculty and staff in the Surgical Technology program and the continuing trend of 100% pass rate. It reflects positively on the commitment of the Surgical Technology students and their desire to excel within their program of study,” said Dr. Robert Wynegar, President, College of The Albemarle.

Praise Temple recognizes Drew for work

Praise Temple Outreach Ministry of Edenton recently recognized church trustee Major Drew.

The congregation cited Drew as an outstanding member who has served the community by helping to feed the hungry, by caring for the lawn of the church, by being a good family man and by continuously encouraging others to have faith in the Lord. 

Twiddy, Morrisette are agents of the month

Long and Foster real estate firm recently named Rhonda Twiddy and Debbie Morrisette as its top agents for November.

Phyllis Bosomworth and Erin Nixon, company executives, made the announcement.

Twiddy, named Sales Agent of the Month, was a Multi-Million Dollar Producer in 2015, 2016, and a Mega-Million Dollar Producer in 2017. She was also the recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Service Award. Rhonda currently chairs the Elizabeth City-Pasquotank County Tourism Development Authority, is a board member of the Committee of 100, and serves as Secretary of the First Flight Society. She is a lifelong resident of Elizabeth City.

Morrisette, named Listing Agent of the Month, began her real estate career in 2004 and has received many awards for her real estate achievements. She has earned the CRS (Certified Residential Specialist) designation, GREEN designation, SRF, ResMil and the GRI designations. Debbie has earned Top Producer for Long & Foster Elizabeth City office for 7 consecutive years, 2011-2017. Debbie is a native of the Albemarle area.

Welding program partners with ferry division

College of The Albemarle has partnered with the Ferry Division of the North Carolina Department of Transportation to offer apprenticeships for students enrolled in the welding technology program.

COA officials first met with the Ferry Division two years ago to begin discussion of a partnership. Back in the spring, 

“We appreciate this partnership with COA and look forward to working with the students,” said Jed Dixon, Deputy Director, N.C. Ferry Division. “ It will give the students some valuable hands-on experience in the trade, and it will potentially give us a valuable local talent pool to fill our openings.”

The first internships were offered to COA students of the welding technology program over the summer of 2018. The nine students’ primary focus was Marine Diesel repair during the course of internships. Upon completion of the summer internships, the Ferry Division started thinking about how additional partnerships could be developed for programs at COA and other community colleges along the coast of North Carolina.

“Other jobs being considered for future apprentice programs include HVAC technicians, painters, chippers and electricians for boats with the Ferry Division,” stated Tim Sweeney, Dean, Dare County Campus. “While other community colleges offer these certifications, many do not have apprentice opportunities established. There is a great need for skilled labor along the coast and the partnership with the Ferry Division provides beneficial experience for our students.”