Craven Community College (Craven CC) will be holding an open house and a community day in the coming weeks. The goal of the events are to educate residents about academic programs, student services and unique programs offered by Craven CC. In a college survey of residents and leaders, over 98 percent of respondents were aware of the college. However, most respondents had an average understanding of all of the programs offered at the college.
“We hold the open houses because we want to showcase our programs and because people often say, ‘I didn’t know you did that.’ So, our open house is a great time to learn more about us,” said Zomar Peter, dean of enrollment management.
In addition to degree, diploma and certificate programs, participants can learn more about continuing education certification programs offered through Workforce Development (WFD), such as commercial driving, emergency medical, pharmacy technician and welding.
Attendees can learn more about special programs such as Scholars in Engineering and Science (SEAS), the Carolina Student Transfer Excellence (C-STEP) program that enables qualified students to transfer to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the college’s relationships with partners such as N.C. Wesleyan and East Carolina University’s State Employees Credit Union (SECU) Partnership East.
On Tuesday, March 28 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., the New Bern campus, located at 800 College Court, will be holding an admissions open house. Attendees will be able to speak with admissions staff, advisors, faculty and financial aid specialists. Campus and program tours will be offered. Staff will assist with applying to Craven CC and applying for scholarships. Potential students will learn more about the enrollment process for upcoming summer and fall semesters.
On Saturday, April 8, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., the Havelock campus will host its annual community day. The free event will allow individuals and families to experience the campus and staff, located at 305 Cunningham Blvd, through fun and educational activities.
This event will feature free haircuts, face painting, crafts, demonstrations, health screenings, military vehicles, emergency vehicles, helicopters, and other activities. Many of the activities have been planned by and will be run by staff, faculty and students, as well as local businesses. Food and drink may be purchased from food trucks. The Havelock High School Jazz Ensemble and Color Guard will perform at the event.
In addition to the family fun presented at the community day, attendees can learn about programs offered by Craven CC, including college and continuing education programs that are located at the Havelock campus such as aviation systems technology, N.C. State mechanical engineering systems bachelor’s degree program, and the Tools for Advanced Manufacturing for Veterans training program.
“We want the community to come see what a great option we are,” said Wally Calabrese, dean of learning and operations Havelock/Cherry Point Campus. Calabrese said also sees the event as a way for people to have a good time and for the college to give a little something back to the community.
Deborah Kania is the director of marketing, communications and development liaison at Craven Community College.
Article originally appeared in the New Bern Sun Journal.