This fall, Craven Community College (CCC) will begin celebrating its 50th year of operation in Craven County. While the Craven County school system had already begun educating area adult residents in conjunction with the Lenoir County Industrial Education unit, the college was officially established on July 1, 1965. In 1963, the N.C. General Assembly created the Department of Community Colleges by combining twenty industrial education centers, six community colleges and five extension units. Today, 58 community colleges across the state make up the North Carolina Community College System. Many colleges in the NCCCS have been and will be celebrating their 50 year anniversaries at this time.
“Our 50th anniversary is a wonderful time to reflect on what the founding board of trustees and college supporters started,” said Diane Tyndall, chair of business, technology and education. Tyndall is also the chair of CCC’s 50th anniversary committee, and was the chair of the 25th year anniversary committee in 1990. Tyndall started with CCC in 1985 as the college’s public information officer. She said the year will have many activities to celebrate the support received from many individuals, businesses and organizations in the county.
As a community college, CCC is a unique educational institution because of its strong ties to its community. There are countless examples of cooperation between the community and the college over the past 50 years. Buildings, scholarships, donated equipment, educational partnerships, and other support have been essential to the college’s ability to provide quality education to area residents.
A recent example of community support for CCC is the design of its 50th logo. Eric Cashion, a New Bern resident and designer, heard that the college was going to celebrate its anniversary. Cashion reached out to CCC offering to design a logo. “My wife Ginny received an email from the college about its upcoming anniversary and encouraged me to offer to design the logo,” said Cashion. Cashion said that he was excited to give back to the college because of how much the college has benefited his family and the community. Cashion’s wife Ginny was an adjunct instructor and his daughter, Katie, is a dual-enrolled high school student taking college courses at CCC.
Cashion was inspired by the 1960s era and the college’s anniversary theme “The beat goes on,” which is a song by duo Sonny and Cher from 1967. This song was also a featured piece of music from CCC’s 25th anniversary. Cashion collects books and periodicals, which he used to research design and typography that was popular back in the ‘60s. He said he wanted to create a logo that was nostalgic, yet timeless.
CCC will kick off its anniversary year with a Community Day on September 27, where the public is invited to attend. CCC is encouraging alumni, friends of the college, students and staff to participate in upcoming the anniversary year activities. For more information, visit www.IamCraven50.com.
Deborah Kania is the director of marketing, communications and development liaison at Craven Community College.
Article originally appeared in the New Bern Sun Journal.