The U.S. Department of Education has awarded Johnston Community College a new five-year grant to help low-income, first-generation and disabled students through JCC’s TRIO program.
JCC will receive $231,103 each year for five consecutive years, with the money helping TRIO students graduate from JCC and transfer to a four-year college.
TRIO offers study-skills seminars, financial literacy and college-transfer assistance to eligible students. Initially funded in 2001, TRIO currently serves about 160 students.
Dr. Carrol Warren, director of the program, shared her excitement about the funding. “The TRIO staff and I are delighted to have another opportunity to serve students, and we look forward to seeing the TRIO students reach extraordinary achievements at JCC,” she said.
For information about how to apply to TRIO, visit http://johnstoncc.edu/studentresources/trio/trioapplication.aspx.
North High has new principal
David West is the new principal of North Johnston High School. The Johnston County Board of Education made the appointment on July 6.
West replaces Tim Harrell, who’s headed to the Central Office as director of career and technical education.
West has been an assistant principal at North Johnston since 2010. Before that, he was a math teacher and coach at his alma mater, Charles B. Aycock High School.
West is a 1996 graduate of East Carolina University with a bachelor’s degree in middle school math and social studies. He earned his master’s degree in school administration from Western Carolina University in 2010.
Customers can pay online
Smithfield utility customers may now pay their bill online via the town’s website, smithfield-nc.com, or by calling 1-855-331-7952. The town accepts Visa and MasterCard credit/debit cards or checks.
The transaction fee is $2.45, and payments are limited to $700 or less.
When entering your Town of Smithfield account number, remove the decimal. Example: Account number 23001234.0091 should be entered as 230012340091
Customers can still take advantage of other payment options, including bank draft, the after-hours drop box, walk in and mail.
JCC to offer home-care classes
Johnston Community College is adding home care and geriatric home care to its health-education offerings.
The two new continuing-education courses are designed to give certified nursing assistants enhanced training and skills, said Connie Grady, director of health education and nursing assistant programs at JCC.
“It makes sense for nursing assistants to have every certification they possibly can,” Grady said. “It enhances the skills they already have and adapts them to the home-care environment. It really makes them more marketable for employment in hospitals, long-term care agencies or home-health jobs.”
Home Care Nurse Aide is a 116-hour certification course that focuses on person-centered care, patient and personal safety, palliative care and other topics. Geriatric Home Care Aide is a 100-hour course designed to cover health issues that affect the aging client.
JCC will be the first community college in North Carolina to offer geriatric home care.
JCC is accepting registration for its Home Care Nurse Aide course, which will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays from Aug. 18 through Dec. 8. Geriatric Home Care Aid will meet in the fall, but specific class dates have not yet been set.
For more information, call Grady at 919-464-2355 or email her at email@example.com.
Interim fire chief
Capt. John Blanton is Smithfield’s interim fire chief. Patrick Harris retired July 1.
County backs bond proposal
Johnston County Commissioners have passed a resolution calling for state lawmakers to put Gov. Pat McCrory’s Connect NC bond proposal on the ballots.
“Local leaders understand the urgency of investing now to ensure North Carolina remains competitive in the future,” McCrory said. “I commend them for their call to invest now rather than reacting to infrastructure needs down the road.”
Highlights of the bond package include $734 million for projects on 10 University of North Carolina campuses and all 58 community colleges. Also, Connect NC would dedicate $67 million for improvements at 28 state parks and $80 million to enhance public safety.
The Johnston County resolution emphasizes the statewide benefits of the bond package. “These strategic investments, as proposed, are designed to benefit every community across North Carolina and will create jobs and improve the quality of life and environment for every North Carolinian,” the county’s resolution states.
County under quarantine
Johnston County has come under quarantine rules restricting the movement of hardwood firewood, ash nursery stock and other ash materials following the discovery of more trees infested with emerald ash borers.
The addition of Johnston brings the total number of counties under quarantine to 12.
While state inspectors found no borers in Johnston County, serpentine tunnels under the bark in trees along the Little River indicate the presence of emerald isle borers.
The beetle was first detected in the United States in Michigan in 2002. It is responsible for the death or decline of tens of millions of ash trees across the country.
Under the quarantine, all hardwood firewood and plants and plant parts of the ash tree cannot be moved outside the county. Only firewood that has been treated by an approved U.S. Department of Agriculture method can be moved outside the quarantine area.