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    Name Changes
Names & Changes and New
Faces in Continuing^ncation
Scott Hunsinger is now the
Dean of Academic Affairs
at North Carolina Center for
Appl ied Textile Tichhblogy.
Sherry Allen is how the
Sales and Continuing
Education Codrdihator at
North Carolina Center for
Applied Textile Technology.
Laura L. Douglas has
Joined Randolph
Community College as Mce
President for Instructional
and Student Services. Laura
comes from Washtenaw
Community College in Ann
Arbor, Michigan where she
worked as the lead planner
for the Office of Planning
and Governance,
Joseph W. Grimsley,
President of Richmond
Community College in
Hamlet, died Friday, July
an apparent heart
atta^^He was 65. Grimsley
had oeen president of
Richmond Community
College for 16 years^v
John Price, founding
president of McDowell
Technical Community
College died at his
residence after several
weeks of serious illness.
He was 76. He served as
president of MTCC from
Construction Safety in Spanish
A scar running across the back of Alejandro Campos’ hand marks his
uneasy transition from selling snack food in El Salvador to painting homes
in Wilmington. Mr. Campos had been in the United States for less than a
year when he fell from a ladder resting precariously atop a sawdust-covered
floor last May. “I broke my hand and my nose,” he said in Spanish. “The
ambulance came and everything.”
Like many Latinos entering North Carolina’s booming construction
industry, Mr. Campos wasn’t familiar with its tools, building surfaces, and
safety procedures. He considers himself lucky he recovered and is back at
work supporting his wife and four children.
But Mr. Campos doesn’t plan to learn all his safety lessons the hard way.
He was one of nine Latino workers completing a class in basic construction
and safety Saturday at Cape Fear Community College. The painters, carpen
ters, roofers and bricklayers put the finishing touches on a model roof and
reviewed safety tips one last time in the cavernous brick building off Ship
yard Boulevard near the state port. The class, which began in January and
ends with a graduation ceremony Saturday, is the first construction safety
course to be offered in Spanish in North Carolina’s community college
Students learn everything
from how much clearance a
ladder should have over the
edge of a roof to what kind
of fire extinguisher to use on
an electric fire. They also
get trained to read blue prints, identify tools in English, and read informa
tional sheets describing the hazardous constituents of industrial chemicals.
The idea is to increase the number of people who can relay safety tips in
Spanish to their fellow workers, said instructor Fernando Trulin, a Lousiana-
Pacific Corp. engineer who also heads the Wilmington Chapter of the
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. “They may not be able to have a big
conversation,” he said, “but they know the word for fire extinguisher and
what caution tape means.”
The College is planning to offer the basic construction and safety class
again in the fall, along with a Spanish-language course in cabinetmaking.
* A complete .article can be obtained by contacting the Wilmington Star.
Brian Feagans (
Staff Writer, Wilmington Star, June 12, 2001
'7he)> may not be able to have a big
conversation,''he said, ''but they know
the word for fire extinguisher and
understand what caution tape means."
Editor’s Note...
I would like to take this moment to introduce myself to the
NCCCAEA board of trustees, the administration, and its members.
My name is Steve Downs and I am Director of Customized
Training and Development at Rowan-Cabarrus Community
College. It is very exciting for me to be involved with such a
highly respected and well established organization. I hope you
find the NCCCAEA fall newsletter informative and enjoyable.
that all NCCCAEA members will take a moment to review the content and format
of the newsletter. Can you see its potential? I can! Please keep those thoughts in
the back of your mind until the day that you receive a “call for articles” for the
spring edition. The NCCCAEA newsletter can only reach its highest potential if
members take the time to submit articles and information. There are to many new
and innovative programs in the community college system that are going unno
ticed. Share your ideas and suggestions. Together we can make the NCCCAEA
newsletter a valuable resource to all members. You may contact me at 704-788-
3197 ext. 539 or email me at dow' I look forward to meeting
many of you at the fall conference.

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