July Anniversaries (years)
Hyacinth Ingram (23); Cynthia Davis, Janice Stuart, Phillip Gowins, Santosh Shonek, Susan Cheng (16); Melissa Ockert (15); Elizabeth Payne (10); Wanda Sutton (9); Patrick Hines (8); Tracy Bennett (7); David Kittrell, Deidre Lancaster, Jacquelyn McKeithan-Foster, Karen Mosley-Lyon, Charles Farrow, Clara Hawley (5); Lynn Unsworth, Brenda Wasson, Brian Edwards, Darrell Chandler, Marshall Fuller (4); Kenya Harris, Heidi White, Jessica Vaughan, Pamela Krakow (3); Gregory Stilley, Paeder Wall, Toni Brown (2); Mark Hand (1).
July Birthdays (date)
George Allen, Darlene Covington-Brown (1); Johanna Brown, Jonathan Cook (2); William Schuck (3); Tammy Nelson (4); Shavon Williams (5); Nathan Smith Sr. (7); Laura Pantano (8); Dorothy Wood (9); Bruce Black, Danyece Allen (12); John Stauble Jr. (13); Karin Abell (14); Patricia Gould (15); Steven Kerrigan (16); Teri Kaasa (17); Naomi Feaste, Bonnie Tilson, Theresa McLaurin, Clara Hawley (18); Melissa Mitchell, Herman Taylor III, Margaret Memory (19); James DePalma, Vanessa Spence, Gabrielle McCutchen, Carrie Griffin (26); Marina DelVecchio, Michael Szczerbiak (27); Angela Tevepaugh, Anita Moore (28); Sharron Crisp, Emma Borynski (30); Linda Chalmers, Meredith Lewis, Paeder Wall (31).
North Carolina State House Representative Graig Meyer will travel with Durham Tech students, faculty, and community members during a study abroad trip to Cuba in October.
Meyer, who represents Durham and Orange counties, will be among 15 participants in the expedition. The study abroad program is an extension of the college’s Center for the Global Learner, which was founded in 2009 to help foster intercultural understanding and the development of engaged global citizens. Meyer is an advisory board member for the Center.
N.C. Rep. Graig Meyer
“I am very excited about this community education opportunity,” Meyer said. “It has long been on my personal bucket list to visit Cuba. As our official governmental relations with Cuba evolve, I also have a professional interest in learning about our neighbor.
“Traveling with a group from Durham Tech seems like a great opportunity to learn about the community with a broad cross-section of community members,” Meyer continued. “As the United States seeks to rebuild a relationship with Cuba, I can’t think of a better way to help forge new ties.”
Durham Tech students will be among the first in the U.S. to visit Cuba following President Barack Obama’s announcement in December to increase travel and engagement with the southern country.
Although scholars and some others have been allowed access to Cuba in recent years, Dr. Constanza Gomez-Joines, director of the Center for the Global Learner, said the trip abroad will give Durham Tech students and community members a chance to see the dynamic country during a period of historical change.
“We’re excited about the opportunity to share with students and the community in our mission to broaden our international scope,” Gomez-Joines said. “Because of the changing political relations between Cuba and the United States, I believe that we have a limited time to experience the Cuba of 50 years ago. This will be a life-changing experience for all participants.”
Participants are enrolled in a continuing education class that focuses on Cuban history, culture, politics, and literature. The trip begins October 10 with a visit to Little Havana in Miami, then continues to Cuba where it will conclude October 18.
Durham Tech students have traveled abroad several times in recent years. In 2012 and 2014, students explored Caribbean society and culture in the Dominican Republic. In 2009, the group traveled to Ecuador and stayed with host families in Quito, Ecuador’s capital city. Students toured Buenos Aires and Uruguay in 2008 and viewed the legendary Inca ruins of Peru in 2007.
Bank of America Senior Vice President Rick Brown and Senior Vice President and Triangle Market Manager Virginia Parker present a check for $20,000 to Durham Tech President Dr. Bill Ingram at the Orange County Campus on June 3.
Durham Technical Community College’s Orange County campus in Hillsborough has announced a $20,000 grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation.
The funding will support an expansion of Durham Tech’s Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program, continue efforts to increase the number of students preparing for opportunities along the nursing career ladder and strengthen the college’s presence as a cornerstone of regional healthcare employment training. “With this grant, nursing education at Durham Tech will continue to meet growing community needs. Healthcare technology is rapidly advancing, particularly in medication management, and the award will bolster the program’s equipment inventory, allowing students and faculty to use state-of-the-art technologies,” said Dr. Ingram. “This is one of several grants the college has received from Bank of America, and we thank them wholeheartedly for their generosity and ongoing support.”
“If people can’t secure a stable job, they can’t begin to think about their overall financial security and future,” said Kari Stoltz, Triangle market president, Bank of America. “Our support of Durham Tech is creating a path to great opportunity and is one way our philanthropic investments are working to connect individuals in our community to the resources they need to lead financially stable lives.”
Nursing Assistant Program Director Pam Krakow adds, “The new equipment will provide our students with opportunities to gain hands-on career experience, such as with frequently used medication carts that securely store and manage pharmacy inventory and track medication dispensing, thereby reducing medication error. Students will also gain knowledge of sophisticated intravenous (IV) medication used by area hospitals.” The funding will equip the new Orange County campus lab with additional manikins, infusion pumps, medical dispensing equipment and supplies.
The new lab also will enable the college to eventually expand its Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) to Associate Degree in Nursing Transition program. Students in this program can work during the day while advancing their careers in the evening program in just two semesters. The college plans to purchase equipment, set up the lab for immediate use by the CNA program, and offer the Transition program at a later date.
Durham Tech has long-standing and well-developed working relationships with Duke University Medical Center and UNC Hospitals. Penny Gluck, Executive Dean for Orange County, reports that UNC Hospitals has donated hospital beds for the lab space and the college has received a letter from the UNC Hillsborough Hospital indicating their support of the nursing lab expansion and a commitment to employ skilled workers. The hospital is directly across the street from the community college; medical offices and clinics are open, and the emergency department, outpatient surgery, and inpatient services will be available later this summer.
“Durham Tech’s expansion of nursing education offerings will offer opportunities to enhance the skills of our local workforce, increase salaries and employment options, and serve the immediate and future demand for competent and well-trained healthcare professionals, as well as grow partnerships with area healthcare institutions,” Dr. Ingram said.