Bladen Community College and West Bladen students have returned with medals from the regional SkillsUSA competition in Fayetteville. West Bladen student Sarah Allen won first place in Job Skills Demonstration in category A. BCC student

Ricardo Vazquez Ramirez won fourth place in the welding competition. Both students will advance to the state SkillsUSA competition in Greensboro in April.




DUBLIN - Bladen Community College will welcome Dr. Stanley Knick to campus on March 26, 2018, at 11 A.M. in the library (building 7) to discuss Contemporary Challenges Facing Native Americans.


Before his retirement, Dr. Knick was Research Associate Professor and Director of the Native American Resource Center at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. During this tenure, he taught university courses in Native American health, contemporary issues of Native Americans, archaeology, cultural anthropology, and video ethnography.


His current interests include video ethnography of N.C. American Indians, Native American health, archaeology in southeastern North Carolina, art and culture of Native Americans, and global traditional cultures.


Dr. Knick is a recipient of the Hamilton McMillan Award for service to the Lumbee Indian community and is an honorary member of the Lumbee Tribe.


In his presentation, Dr. Knick will address the issues of cultural diversity, stereotypes, state and federal government regulation, religious freedom, health and substance abuse, and the Pan-Indian movement from cultural and historical perspectives.


 This program is made possible by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and Bladen Community College. 


The public is invited to attend the discussion. For more information, contact Joyce Bahhouth, at 910 879-5540.


BCC student receives NC Space Grant Community College STEM Scholarship


DUBLIN - BCC welding student, Savannah Doyle Schmidt, has been awarded the North Carolina Space Grant Community College Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Scholarship.

The Community College STEM Scholarship is based on academic merit and potential for successful matriculation into a 4-year degree program. It is the goal of the scholarship award to foster community college retention in STEM academic tracks through graduation or transfer to a four-year institution, to promote STEM career awareness and workplace skills while recognizing high academic achievement and promise, and to increase participation of all students, including underrepresented minorities, females, and students with disabilities, in STEM-related careers.

In May of 2018, Schmidt will receive both an Associate Degree of Applied Science in Welding Technology and an Associate Degree of Applied Science in General Occupational Technology from Bladen Community College.


“I have always had an interest in learning how to weld,” remarked Schmidt. “I always thought if I ever learned, I would just do little things with it here and there. I never knew that once I signed up, I would love it as much as I do.”


In May of 2017, Schmidt won second place in Job Skills Presentation at the national SkillsUSA competition in Louisville, Kentucky. She plans to compete again in June of 2018.


The national SkillsUSA competition is the world’s largest showcase of skilled trades. More than 15,000 students, teachers, education leaders, and representatives from 600 national corporations, trade associations, businesses and labor unions participate in the event.


The SkillsUSA experience encourages professional growth and creative expression. While Schmidt does not consider herself to be an artist, she does enjoy working with metal.


“The fusion of metals is very fascinating, and seeing what you are creating through your shield is sometimes unbelievable,” she stated. “I have come to love and enjoy everything about it.”   


Schmidt hopes to gain applied work experience for a few years after graduation and is considering becoming a Certified Welding Inspector. “I'd love to instruct and hopefully get students involved in SkillsUSA. Maybe I will have a fabrication and welding art business on the side.”


She stated, “I had no clue I would be where I am today and have accomplished so much in this short amount of time. All I did was sign up for a welding class. You never know where God is going to lead you.”


For more information about the BCC welding program, contact Edward Dent at 910-879-5562.


BCC Welcomes Marcia deAndrade to Campus


DUBLIN - Marcia deAndrade has joined the faculty at Bladen Community College as a Nursing Instructor in the Allied Health Programs curriculum.


deAndrade, a native of Elizabethtown, most recently served Harrell’s Christian Academy for eight years as the school nurse. She has worked as a Nursing Clinical Instructor for Sampson Community College, and as a registered nurse for Cape Fear Valley Bladen County Hospital.


 She is excited to bring her experiences as a clinical nurse to a student setting on a community college campus. “As a clinical nurse, each patient was different and I constantly had to adapt to what was being presented to me at the time,” explained deAndrade. “Teaching is actually similar as I must adapt my teaching style to various types of learners at the same time.”


deAndrade holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and is currently completing coursework for a Master’s degree in Nursing from UNC-W.


Moving from clinical nursing to instructional nursing was a refocus for deAndrade. “I chose the field of nursing for my desire to help people. As I have evolved, I have found the importance of bringing up the next generation of nurses. I want to be a part of providing strong nursing leaders for our community.  I am motivated, as most teachers are for that ‘light bulb’ moment when the student is able to put the pieces together.”


For more information about academic and career opportunities at Bladen Community College, call 910.879.5500.




DUBLIN - Bladen Community College is offering personal interest classes beginning in February.


Conversational Spanish is scheduled for Tuesdays, beginning February 6 and continuing through March 27, from 6 P.M. until 7:30 P.M. The location is to be announced.


Understanding Your Laptop is scheduled for Wednesdays, beginning February 7 and continuing through February 28, from 6 P.M. until 8 P.M., in building 6, classroom 117, on the Dublin campus.


Piano for Beginners is scheduled for Tuesdays, beginning February 13 and continuing through April 3, from 6 P.M. until 8 P.M., in building 3, classroom 102, on the Dublin campus.


Wreath Making is scheduled for Mondays, beginning February 19 and continuing through March 26, from 6 P.M. until 8 P.M., at the East Arcadia Center.


Fun with Microsoft Publishing is scheduled for Mondays, beginning February 26 and continuing through March 26, from 6:30 P.M. until 8:30 P.M., in building 2, classroom 207, on the Dublin campus.


Basic Sewing is scheduled for Tuesdays, beginning February 27 and continuing through March 27, from 6 P.M. until 8 P.M., in building 3, classroom 212, on the Dublin campus.


Some fees apply. To register for a class or get more information, contact Cynthia Munguia at 910 879-5577.



BCC welcomes Alex Albright to discuss the B-1 Naval Band


DUBLIN - On Tuesday, January 30, at 11 AM, Bladen Community College will welcome author, editor, playwright, and college professor, Alex Albright to the campus library (building 7) as part of the Writers Series hosted by the college.


Albright will speak about the infamous World War II 45-piece regimental Navy band called the B-1. Comprised of black students attending North Carolina A&T, the men became the first African Americans to serve in the Navy at a rank higher than messman in the modern Navy.


In his 2013 book The Forgotten First: B-1 and the Integration of the Modern Navy, Albright describes the band as frontline pioneers in breaking the Navy’s color barriers at a time when racial unrest prevailed.


In 1942, the B-1 musicians served at the Navy preflight training school in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where they had to comply with strict segregation laws. Every morning, the musicians would march two miles to the naval campus, play for the raising of the colors for the all-white cadets, and march back to their quarters for lunch. As was the custom of the time, blacks could not be served lunch on the whites-only campus.


Albright is a native of Graham, North Carolina. He earned a Bachelor of Art at UNC-Chapel Hill and a Master of Fine Art at UNC-Greensboro. Albright worked in bookstores in Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and Gastonia before joining the faculty at East Carolina University, where he has taught English and creative writing since 1981.


Albright was the founding editor of the North Carolina Literary Review. He has written and co-produced two music programs. The UNC-TV documentary Boogie in Black and White (1988) is about the making and restoring of the 1947 black cast musical comedy Pitch a Boogie Woogie. Coming into Freedom - The End of the Civil War in Eastern North Carolina is a one-woman show which was performed by Louise Anderson and the North Carolina Symphony in 1990.


Albright has edited numerous poetry publications including Leaves of Greens: The Collard Poems (1984), Dreaming the Blues: Poems from Martin County Prison (1984), The North Carolina Poems (1994), and Mule Poems (2010).  


His literary awards include the Jack Kerouack Literary Prize, the 1998 R. Hunt Parker Award for lifetime contributions to North Carolina literature, and the Roberts Award for literary inspiration. He and his wife Elizabeth were awarded the 2012 Brown-Hudson Award from the North Carolina Folklore Society.


Albright lives in Fountain, North Carolina with Elizabeth and their son, Silas, where they operate the R.A. Fountain General Store.


This program is made possible by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and Bladen Community College. The event is free and open to the public. For more information about the BCC Writers Series, contact Dr. Joyce Bahhouth at 910 879-5540.   (0122)