College shares best practices at statewide summit

Aug. 26, 2014 @ 10:10 AM

Officials from Vance-Granville Community College offered tips to colleagues from across the state at the inaugural N.C. Community Colleges Performance Partnership Summit held July 31 at Embassy Suites in Cary.

Vance-Granville was asked to present after being named a mentor college by the North Carolina Community College System for its practices related to student passing rates on various state licensure exams.

The presentation at the summit, entitled “Licensure Pass Rates Guided by Educational Excellence,” was given by college faculty and staff members Angela Thomas, dean of health sciences; Angela Gardner-Ragland, dean of business and applied technologies; Dale Fey, dean of continuing education; Steven Hargrove, chairman of the public services department; and Tomeka Moss, head of the cosmetology program.

The team gave an overview of seven programs: basic law enforcement training, cosmetology, detention officer training, emergency medical technician, associate degree nursing, practical nursing and radiography. Over the past five years, students from each of these programs have consistently met or exceeded the 80th percentile on the licensure pass rate.

The speakers shared practices that have contributed to student success and ways they are seeking to improve the programs. Among the examples were intensive test preparation and remediation, mock exams, individualized student service and community partnerships.

The summit was held to help colleges improve results on the various performance measures used by the state to gauge student success. Nearly 450 faculty and staff members were in attendance. Representatives were present from each of the 58 North Carolina community colleges.