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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June  19, 2013
 
Inaugural culinary arts class graduates nine
 
WELDON, N.C. – Halifax Community College (HCC), Roanoke Salem Baptist Church (RSBC), the North Carolina Department of Commerce and Turning Point Workforce Development Board partnered earlier this year to offer a culinary arts program at the church for the community. On June 13, nine students were graduated from the RSBC Culinary and Hospitality Project. The class was the first of its kind at the church.

"Today, history is being made," said RSBC Pastor Rev. Dr. Robert Earl Sessoms. "We are going to expand from where we are today and in the future, we are going to have an excellent program. Who knows, we may even have a culinary arts school here."

Human Resources Development, Career Readiness and ServSafe certifications were presented as well as certificates of completion.

Graduates included:
  • Contrazena Arnold
  • Raymond Belcher
  • Diane Brooks
  • Chelsie Chavis
  • Mamie Cotton
  • Joy Lawrence
  • Marilyn Porter
  • Anthony Stephenson
  • Gary Weaver
Northampton County Board of Commissioners Vice-Chair Virginia Spruill was the keynote speaker. She noted that the graduates had accomplished a milestone in their lives and that the journey had not been easy. Spruill added that most of the students had responsibilities beyond the classroom, but by juggling their time and putting some things on hold, they had achieved their goal.

"Today signifies a magnificent occasion," said Spruill. "You are here because a change occurred in your life…The place where you sit today speaks volumes as a testimony of your own determination."

"You have set the standards for every class that is coming after you," said HCC President Dr. Ervin V. Griffin Sr. He encouraged the graduates to continue with their education. "Commencement is not the end. It is just the beginning of your new life," he added.

The next culinary class started on June 17 at RSBC. Classes will be held for 12 weeks from 12:30-4:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. The goal is to graduate 20 more students from the program.

Funding for the project was made possible through a grant awarded to RSBC by the N.C. Department of Commerce where Myra Beatty, customer ombudsman with the department’s Division of Workforce Solutions, provided leadership. Turning Point Workforce Development Board Executive Director Michael Williams and Carisa Rudd, business services coordinator, provided oversight. John Foriest, HCC JobLink manager, was instrumental in project design and currently assists with providing local oversight. The project represents total collaboration between the N.C. Department of Commerce, Turning Point Workforce Development Board, RSBC and the College. HCC Instructor Wylene Faulcon-Goins taught the class.
HCC RSBC
Halifax Community College (HCC), Roanoke Salem Baptist Church (RSBC), the North Carolina Department of Commerce and Turning Point Workforce Development Board partnered earlier this year to offer a culinary arts program. On June 13, a graduation ceremony was held for students who completed the program. Pictured are, front row from left, Contrazena Arnold, Anthony Stephenson, Raymond Belcher, Marilyn Porter, Mamie Cotton, Joy Lawrence, Chelsie Chavis and Gary Weaver; back row, Turning Point Workforce Development Board Executive Director Michael Williams, HCC JobLink Manager John Foriest, HCC President Dr. Ervin V. Griffin Sr., RSBC Pastor Rev. Dr. Robert Earl Sessoms, HCC Instructor Wylene Faulcon-Goins, RSBC Culinary Arts Project Coordinator Vicky Bennett and Turning Point Workforce Development Board Business Services Coordinator Carisa Rudd. Not pictured: graduate Diane Brooks
 
 
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Primary Media Contact: Melanie Temple, Director of Public Relations and Marketing, mtemple295@halifaxcc.edu, 252-538-4319

Secondary Media Contact: Dr. Dianne Rhoades, Interim Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Halifax Community College and Interim Executive Director of the Halifax Community College Foundation Inc., dbarnes-rhoades128@halifaxcc.edu, 252-536-7239