Nash Community College named one of the best colleges for technology use

Jonathan Vester at MCNC Community Day 2012

Nash Community College has been awarded as one of the best colleges for technology use in the Center for Digital Education’s (CDE) 2015-2016 Digital Community Colleges Survey.

Nash placed sixth in its division – a collection of mid-sized colleges of 5,000-10,000 students from across the nation. The community college ranked eighth last year in the same survey.

“The ranking validates all of the hard work and effort Nash continues to make to bring the best technology, distance learning, digital media, and social media resources to stakeholders,” said Nash CIO Jonathan Vester. “On NCC’s campus, technology does not dictate instructional innovations. Instead, we approach technology as a service to support the various college initiatives through our excellent technical and media staff. It is great for our whole team to be recognized for their accomplishments.”

MCNC recognized Jonathan Vester in 2012 with the Empower Award during NCREN Community Day at Elon University.

The North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) as a whole estimates it saves nearly $1.5 million annually by leveraging the capabilities of the North Carolina Research and Education Network, or NCREN. And, every institution has at least 100 Mbps connectivity.

A connection to NCREN provides community college students across the state with mission-critical and redundant infrastructure that can grow to meet their virtual education needs at stable costs for the coming generations of students. The implementation of IP-based video technologies makes individual community college resources even more accessible for North Carolina citizens wherever they live.

"We’re driven today by partnering with economic development leaders like MCNC to provide real-time education capabilities and job training to build and create jobs in North Carolina," explained Vester in a case study for NCCCS referring to the "classroomless class" approach to learning at Nash Community College. "New technology helps these students experience synchronous and asynchronous learning using leading-edge video tools and self-driven/user-driven applications such as Movi at a much lower cost."

The CDE’s survey creates the list based on several different aspects of colleges’ technical uses that improve services to students, faculty, staff and community. Winners must demonstrate a use of technology to encourage learning in online classes, mobile environments and apps, secure platforms and wireless networks.

“This year’s survey indicates that community colleges are making great strides in using data to improve decisions, providing professional development to assist faculty in the use of technology, and creating robust online and mobile environments for their students,” Dr. Kecia Ray, executive director for CDE, said. “Congratulations to this year’s survey winners.”

Five additional community colleges also received recognition: Fayetteville Technical Community College, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, Central Piedmont Community College, Cleveland Community College, and Halifax Community College.

The complete list of winning community colleges can be found here.