Community college system president speaks to trustees, commissioners

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North Carolina Community College System President Peter Hans addressed the Wilson Community College Board of Trustees and the Wilson County Board of Commissioners during their annual dinner and discussion Thursday evening in the Frank L. Eagles Community Business Center.

Hans spoke for 30 minutes about both national and statewide community college and economic issues, focusing on the central role that community colleges play in workforce development education. He also congratulated Wilson Community College for this year’s 8.7% enrollment increase, nearly double the statewide average.

Hans said Wilson has a strong reputation for being “a city on the move,” one of the state’s leaders in innovation and a model county for its commitment to inter-organizational cooperation for the good of all its residents.

Not every county enjoys such a positive relationship among its government, education, business and civic organizations, he said. Hans answered several questions related to workforce development from both college trustees and county commissioners.

Also speaking briefly at the event were Wilson Community College Executive Dean of Student Development Amy Noel and Vice President for Academic Affairs Rob Holsten. Noel described the college’s recent reorganization of its admissions process to make it simpler and easier for students to navigate.

Holsten explained how and why the college studies data in order to schedule classes more effectively for the college’s several distinct student populations, and the positive enrollment results that have followed changes based on that study.

The dinner closed with Board of Trustees Chairman David West and Board of Commissioners Chairman Rob Boyette thanking Hans for his work and leadership and reaffirming the county’s commitment to Wilson Community College and its critical role in Wilson County’s ongoing growth and development.