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First Community Partnership Awards Presented by CVCC


Catawba Valley Community College provides diverse learning experiences that involve partnerships with other individuals and organizations in the community. To recognize the contributions of those partners, CVCC awarded its inaugural Community Partnership Awards at spring commencement ceremonies. Each of CVCC’s three schools presented the award to an organization that has partnered with the college in outstanding ways to advance its educational mission.

The School of Academics, Education, and Fine Arts presented the award to Hickory Museum of Art. Dean Marvin Elliott presented Lisë Swensson the award on behalf of the museum. Museum staff integrated their programs and exhibits into a number of different curriculum programs for several years. Early childhood education majors participated in service learning opportunities, including serving as tour guides for an exhibit. Art appreciation students toured the museum, and graphic arts students worked with museum staff on production assignments. The museum employed co-op students from several arts programs, and the museum hosted the photographic technology portfolio show.

Developmental reading and English students, along with students from several other departments, participated in last spring’s “Torn from Home” exhibit at the museum. One English class developed digital stories, and Spanish classes viewed videos on immigration and refugee shelters. The social science department produced an oral history of Asian migration for the museum.

The School of Business, Industry & Technology presented the award to Grainger. Teresa Biggs, executive director of the CVCC Foundation, accepted the award presented by Dean John Enamait on behalf of Tim Huneycutt, branch manager for Grainger Branch 350 in Hickory. A supplier of more than one million products to two million customers in 157 countries, Grainger is a Fortune 500 company and is often listed in Forbes magazine’s Most Admired Companies list. Grainger’s Hickory branch has demonstrated continued committed to the School of Business, Industry, and Technology by providing scholarships to students in automotive systems, welding, computer engineering technology, and industrial systems technology.

Grainger has also provided assistance in the purchase of key pieces of equipment for instruction. Through generous donations from Grainger, CVCC was able to establish a new Programmable Logic Control (PLC) lab. Grainger funds have also allowed the college to purchase a FANUC Mobile Training Unit robot which allows students to learn how to program a robot in a real-time, safe and controlled environment.

The School of Health and Public Services presented the award to Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry. Dr. Kim Clark, dean of the School of Health and Public Services, presented CCM Executive Director Dr. Roger Baker the award. In collaboration with CVCC, the Diabetes Education Center was started. More than 160 individuals have successfully completed the American Diabetes Association’s approved education program. The program is taught in English and Spanish with student assistance to help patients manage their diabetes. Students assist nurses on duty getting patient vital signs, work with the pharmacy staff, assist with vision screenings, and help in the food pantry by putting together healthy food bags that also include some healthy food tips.  Students gain valuable experience in caring for patients but also the importance of community service. Students also provided additional support by holding food drives and fund raisers for CCM.

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