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Cleveland Community College is conducting a nationwide search to identify its next President.

The Board of Trustees of Cleveland Community College invites nominations and applications for the position of President. Screening of applications will begin October 31, 2017 with interviews beginning in January. The new President will assume office on April 2, 2018.


Cleveland Community College provides diverse and accessible learning opportunities to meet the educational and training needs of our community.


Cleveland Community College, founded in 1965, is located in Shelby, North Carolina, and serves the citizens and businesses of Cleveland County. Located in the southwestern portion of North Carolina, Cleveland County is centered between two of the largest metropolitan areas of North and South Carolina – Charlotte and Greenville/Spartanburg. The County has a population of approximately 96,000.

CCC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. The College is part of the North Carolina Community College System, comprised of 58 community colleges located throughout North Carolina. CCC offers associate degree programs including college transfer, one-year diploma and certificate programs. Average annual enrollment is 2,945 with an average of 426 graduates each year.

About the College

Information Packet 4In its 52-year history, CCC has steadily grown. New classrooms and training spaces have been added over the years. In addition, the staff and faculty of CCC have responded to industry and community needs with new programs.

Among the facilities added over the years is the Brown Emergency Training Center, which opened in 2002. This facility houses a two-story, residential burn building, rescue tower, space for vehicle extrication training, and classrooms. Home to innovative programs including the Firefighter Academy, Aircraft Rescue training, Paramedic and EMT training, and training via the flashover simulator, the Brown ETC has the third largest enrollment in fire and rescue training among the 58 North Carolina Community Colleges.

The College’s Allied Health programs include an Associate Degree Nursing Program that has had a passing rate of 94% three of the last four years and a Practical Nursing Program that has had a 100% passing rate three of the last four years. These and other allied health programs are housed in the Bailey Allied Health and Science Center, which also features state-of-the-art science labs including a biotechnology lab complete with a clean room.

Several years ago, the Cleveland Community College Foundation, with the support of the College’s Board of Trustees, entered into an historic partnership with Cleveland County and Cleveland County Schools for the construction of the LeGrand Center. The building provides offices and classroom space for CCC’s Continuing Education programs, Cleveland NCWorks, The Carl and Doris Dedmon Center for Cleveland Early College High School, space for Cleveland County’s economic development efforts, and a conference facility.

The U.S. Department of Labor Employment Training Administration awarded over $23 million to Cleveland Community College and a consortium of college and university partners in 2013 for the development of a Mission Critical Operations program. The curriculum was developed through real-world job analysis done by working mission critical professionals. Both associate degree and certificate programs were developed, and CCC welcomed its first students to the program in fall 2015.

In recent years, economic development efforts have resulted in several large advanced manufacturing facilities opening in the county. The College’s mission includes meeting the training needs of its community. Staff and faculty work closely with local industry to provide proper workforce training. In 2015, the College created the Machinist Academy and Robotics Academy programs in response to local industry needs. These 16-week programs are fast tracks for students to obtain the knowledge and skills needed to work at local companies as machinists or robotics technicians. Students in these programs also learn valuable skills in communication, résumé writing, interviewing and more.

Summer 2017 welcomed the first class to the Electrical Lineworker Academy, another fast-track training program developed in response to and with the guidance of local industry partners. This 10-week academy equips students with the basic skills, knowledge and training to obtain entry-level employment in the power utility industry. Eleven graduates completed the program.

In addition, plans are currently underway to construct an Advanced Manufacturing Center with the goal of strengthening the local workforce for current and future employment opportunities.

Student Support

Information Packet 5At CCC, there are two Centers on campus with professional staff who are eager to help students succeed. The Student Success Center and the Advising Center provide students with direction and support as they enter the college environment.

New students begin planning their college journey with an academic advisor from the Advising Center. Academic advisors specialize in knowing the recommended courses and pathways in order to assist students in successfully planning personal goals toward earning a degree, diploma or certificate.

In addition, a professional counselor is located in the Advising Center to assist students with general personal issues, test anxiety, stress management, major life transitions, and more.

The Student Success Center offers free tutoring and other services. It also houses the TRIO-SSS program, a federal grant-funded program specifically designed to assist first-generation college students with the transition into and through the college process. CCC is in its second, five-year grant cycle for the TRIO-SSS program.

In 2016, CCC also received a federal grant to sponsor the TRIO Talent Search program. TRIO Talent Search is an early intervention program that focuses on 6th – 12th grade students who live in a household with limited income and/or are potential first generation college students. The program exposes these students to the opportunities and possibilities associated with attending college.


There are approximately 260 full-time and part-time faculty members dedicated to helping our students be successful. Many have years of experience working in the field about which they teach, and they bring that real-world experience to the classroom. The student to faculty ratio is about 11 to 1. Small class sizes allow for a more intimate learning environment and encourages interaction between students and between the instructor and each student.

Technology at CCC

Many changes have occurred on the campus of CCC during the last 52 years, inside and outside. Most obvious have been the changes to the campus, with the addition of new buildings and facilities. Perhaps less obvious, but just as important, has been CCC’s innovative spirit, responding to industry needs with new programs, and providing for the needs of students, faculty and staff through technology.

Training students for in-demand careers such as machining, mission critical operations, robotics, and more requires use of technology. That’s why CCC employs technology across its campus to help faculty teach and students learn. A few years ago, CCC began using Samsung Cloud displays in computer labs, classrooms and other areas of the College. This technology allows easy access to classroom software, even when different classes are held in the same room. For example, the Cloud technology allows CCC to schedule an accounting class, a photography class and an English class, each of which requires access to different software, in the same classroom without having to install the software on individual computers. This approach saves time and money, and it allows the College to maximize the use of classroom space. More importantly, it allows students to login to any Cloud display on campus and access their work. A student can leave their classroom, walk across campus to the library and login at another Cloud display to continue working.

In addition, over the years CCC has taken advantage of innovations in technology to add new tools, which help students have a better learning experience and become better equipped to enter their chosen field. One of the first programs offered when CCC opened its doors 52 years ago was nursing. That program is still offered today, but is training students using modern technology. Nursing students learn how to care for patients using specially-designed mannequins before they ever touch a human patient.

Information Packet 6In 2015, a section of CCC’s Jack Hunt Campus Center was remodeled to accommodate a new Data Center and high-tech classroom, which will be used to help train students for successful careers in the growing field of mission critical operations.

In automation and robotics courses students gain hands-on experience programming and using robots to perform tasks. Students studying biotechnology have a clean room, an enclosed space in which airborne contaminants and pollutants are kept within strict limits. These conditions are required in many areas of this industry including manufacturing, such as making electronic components.

With the innovation of 3D printing and its quickly expanding use in manufacturing, CCC purchased 3D printers. Use of these printers has been incorporated into courses that train students in skills related to creating and manufacturing products.

Welding students are using a simulator to help them learn proper techniques and gain virtual experience working under various conditions. At the Brown Emergency Training Center, students are using simulators to train for situations such as flash-over fires and aircraft rescues.

Those are all programs that use technology for hands-on training of students. In addition, CCC has employed technology to educate and train students through distance learning. Many courses, and in some cases entire programs can be completed entirely online. This option allows students to have a more flexible schedule and, at least to some degree, work at their own pace. The media-rich courses incorporate web-based resources, video, e-books, discussion boards, virtual chat, and more, and are taught by experienced, creative faculty.

CCC has been recognized for its innovative use of technology, ranking third nationally in the 2016-2017 Digital Community Colleges Survey among community colleges of similar size. The College ranked seventh in the 2015-2016 survey.

Financial Matters and Grants

CCC has an annual operating budget of approximately $18 million. Based on the audited financials for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016 the College maintains a solid financial position, reflected in an increase in net position of more than $1 million.

The CCC Foundation and the Grants Development Coordinator work to obtain grants from various sources to support programs at CCC. During the first half of 2017, efforts have resulted in more than $1.6 million of grant funding.

In the past two years, the College has been awarded the TRIO Talent Search, First in the World, National Fluid Power Association, and NC Works Career Coach Grants, as well as other awards. The TRIO Talent Search Grant has allowed CCC to provide services to middle- and high-school students who meet eligibility criteria. This grant resulted in three full-time positions, and one part-time position. The First in the World Grant exists as a partnership with Central Carolina Community College, and allows CCC staff to research student coaching initiatives. Most recently, the NC Works Career Coach Grant created two full-time staff positions at the College. This grant allows CCC to provide workforce development and career training counseling to area high-school students who may not have plans to attend a 4-year university. The National Fluid Power Association grant will help upgrade the fluid power laboratory and expand hands-on training for students.

In addition, the North Carolina Legislature in 2017 appropriated $5 million to CCC in support of the construction of an Advanced Manufacturing Center.

Submit Application Materials

The Board of Trustees has identified the following traits as important ones for the new President to possess:

  • A person who is persistent in ensuring student access and student success
  • One who clearly understands the multiple mission of the community college viewing equally occupational programs as well as college transfer
  • A person who can lead a complex organization which includes the college population, general public, government, and industry
  • A leader who is skilled in fundraising
  • An individual who is thoughtful in weighing the pros and cons in any situation, acts upon the decisions, and includes others in the decision-making process
  • A person who communicates effectively, both verbally and in writing, with individuals
  • One who establishes rapport with people at all levels
  • An individual who takes risks, admits mistakes, and seeks alternative solutions once errors are discovered
  • A person who has vision and demonstrates that vision through effective planning
  • One whose integrity is unquestioned
  • A leader who is sensitive to staff morale and is able to motivate others to pursue excellence
  • An individual who is the face of the college in community organizations, public education (K-12), business community, and media
  • One who demonstrates creativity in increasing enrollment
  • A person who meets the needs and responds well to a diverse population
  • An individual who is skilled in analyzing financial data

Requirements for the position include the following:

  • An earned doctorate from an accredited institution
  • Experience in upper-level management positions (5 years minimum)

Screening of applications will begin October 31, 2017 and continue until a suitable candidate is selected. Interested applicants should submit electronically through email: a letter of interest (3 pages maximum), résumé, unofficial transcripts, and references (3).

Submit application materials to:

Attention: Presidential Search
c/o Ms. Cindy Atkins, Administrative Assistant to the President

Telephone inquiries should be made to the Office of the President - 704-669-4004

CCC is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution