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Student Life and Activities

CCC&TI believes that student participation in extracurricular activities contributes to the total development of the individual. Student Life includes clubs, student organizations, Student Government Association, intramural sports, Athletics, festivals, speakers, and events to engage the student body in the campus community and the community at large. Involvement in Student Life activities help students gain skills like reasoning, self-awareness and development, interpersonal interactions, group dynamics, civic responsibility, communication, strategic planning and personal behavior.

For information on the Hudson Campus you can contact Kim Lackey, Director Student Activities @ or 828.726.2301. For information on the Watauga Campus you can contact Diane Mazza @ or 828.297.2185

Student Government Association (SGA)

What is SGA?

The Student Government Association (SGA) represents the curriculum student body of CCC&TI. The purpose of the SGA is to serve as a united voice of the students, provide medium for leadership development, promote self-government within the student body in order to support students' rights, responsibilities and code of conduct and lead the student body in extra-curricular and student-life activities. SGA takes responsibility in promoting various activities and opportunities for out of class learning, social contacts, entertainment, and self-governance. General Assembly meetings are held to provide an opportunity for the student body to interact with the SGA and learn about upcoming events on campus.

Officers are elected in the spring of each year to serve the student body the following year. SGA Senators are elected in the fall and spring semesters. The elected officers strive to promote the general welfare of the students in a democratic fashion.

SGA meets every Monday, 1:00 pm -2:00 pm in E-118 on the Caldwell Campus and in the Student Services building room 100 on the Watauga Campus.

SGA Officers

Back row left to right: Calistia Gragg, Brandi Pastusic, Christian Williams Front row left to right: Diane Mazza (Academic Specialist / Coordinator - SGA), Cassie Roberts, Makayla Stinson, Kim Lackey (Director, Student Activities)

Meet Your 2019-2020 SGA Officers

Caldwell Campus

President Calistia Gragg

Calistia Gragg is a Lenoir native enrolled in CCC&TI’s Medical Assisting degree program. Her goal is to eventually earn a nursing degree and work in the local health care field serving senior adults. Gragg says that she decided to get involved with SGA because she was interested in leadership experience. “I wanted to do more than just come to class, do my assignments, and go home.” Gragg hopes to use her position with SGA to encourage other students to get involved with the college and the community at large. “I want to be able to have students connect with the community around them to see all the opportunities that can be presented to them.” In addition to SGA, Gragg is also involved with CCC&TI’s chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success, serving as the Vice-President for 2018-2019. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, fishing, traveling, and spending quality time with family.

Calistia Gragg

Vice President Cassie Roberts

Cassie Roberts

Cassie Roberts is a Hudson resident and attends the Caldwell Applied Sciences Academy and is working toward an Associates degree in General Education. She plans on transferring to a four-year university and eventually earn a degree in elementary education. Cassie says that part of the reason that she decided to get involved with the organization is that there has never been a Middle College student involved with student government at CCC&TI and she felt that this unique student group needed representation. She also wanted an opportunity to share her ideas and input on student activities and changes coming to the campus for students. In addition to her work with SGA, Cassie is also a CCC&TI Ambassador. Her hobbies include reading, singing and Zumba fitness classes.

Secretary Makayla Stinson

Makayla Stinson is a native of Lenoir and says she decided to attend CCC&TI because of all the great things she’s heard about the institution over the years. Stinson is planning to earn degrees in both Medical Office Administration and Office Administration. Stinson is also a member of TRIO and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. She says that she decided to get involved with SGA so that she can make a difference and help her fellow students take advantage of all the opportunities available to them. In her spare time she enjoys reading and helping others.

Makayla Stinson

Treasurer Shania Hamid

Shania Hamid

Shania Hamid is originally from the Caribbean island of Trinidad. She says that each year, she spent her time off from school in Lenoir. Following her high school graduation, she decided to move to North Carolina and begin her college education at CCC&TI. Hamid plans on earning her Associate in Art degree and to eventually attend law school. She says that she decided to become involved with SGA because she is passionate about being a leader. Hamid also says that she hopes being more involved will help meet new people and become more familiar with the education system in NC. During her time with SGA, she hopes implement several fun and innovative ideas that will bring students and faculty together. Another interesting fact about Hamid – she has a twin brother who is also attending CCC&TI with her this Fall.

Parliamentarian Christian Williams

Christian Williams is from Granite Falls and is a student at the Caldwell Early College High School. He is working toward both an Associate in Applied Science and an Associate in Arts degree and plans to transfer to a four-year university to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. Christian was interested in serving with the SGA because he wanted to help with on-campus events and serve as a representative for his fellow CCC&TI students. As an officer, he plans to listen to student needs and interests and to hopefully help others improve their student experience while studying at CCC&TI. In addition to SGA, Christian is also involved with the Science Club and Intramurals. He is a big fan of video games, including Minesweeper, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Pokemon.

Christian Williams

Senator Elizabeth Blythe

Elizabeth Blythe

Elizabeth Blythe is originally from Lenoir and says she decided to attend CCC&TI because it was more convenient and much more economical than tuition costs at a four-year university. She is currently in her first year of studies and is working toward an Associate in Science degree. She plans to transfer and earn a Bachelor’s degree in psychology. Elizabeth says that she decided to get involved with SGA at the suggestion of one of her instructors who thought she’d be a great fit with the organization. She hopes to work with her fellow officers to make CCC&TI’s Caldwell Campus a great place to be for all her fellow students. Elizabeth also works part-time as a waitress at a local restaurant and enjoys spending time with friends.

Senator Shaneil Hamid

Shaneil Hamid is originally from the Caribbean island of Trinidad and now resides in Lenoir. He is currently enrolled in CCC&TI’s Associate in Science degree program and plans to transfer to a four-year university to pursue a degree in Radiology. Shaneil says he decided to join SGA in order to get more involved with campus activities and to get to know his fellow students and instructors. Shaneil says he hopes to use his position in SGA to help set an example for other students and to make the campus an even better place for current and future students. In addition to SGA, Shaneil is also involved with campus intramurals. In his spare time he enjoys gaming and sports.

Shaneil Hamid

Watauga Campus

Vice President Brandi Pastusic

Brandi Pastusic

Brandi Pastusic is from Bossier City, LA and now lives in the Boone area. She says the smaller class sizes, convenient location and class times and more personal experience all made CCC&TI the best choice for her when she decided to come back to school after 20 years. She is working toward an Associate in Arts degree and plans to transfer to ASU to pursue a Bachelor of Finance degree. Pastusic says that she decided to get involved with SGA so that she can be a voice for students and take an active role in bringing people together and boosting morale. In addition to her position with SGA, Pastusic is also involved with TRIO. She has four children and three step-children and in her spare time enjoys reading, and in the warmer months, rebuilding and riding go-karts with her husband and five-year-old daughter.

SGA President Letter to the Students

Hello, Cobras! My name is Calistia Gragg, and I would like to welcome you to your time at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute. I am honored to be serving as the Student Government Association (SGA) President for the 2019-2020 school year for both Caldwell and Watauga campuses.

What is SGA? The SGA is here to serve the student body as a united voice, provide growth in leadership development, and promote self-government within the student body. SGA representatives sit on different committees at the college to, providing insight as to what and how the students feel on different topics. We plan events for the campus that will represent the student body and improve the entire college experience for the students.

How can SGA help? If you ever need anything, please know the SGA office doors are always open. Feel free to come right in. The SGA representatives and myself are here to help you in any way that we can.

How do you get involved on campus? I hope that you consider joining an on campus organization or club. I know from firsthand experience that joining clubs and organizations – even though this is outside of my comfort zone – has been truly an amazing experience. Being involved has also help me in my personal growth as a leader and a student. Joining clubs and organizations will make your college experience more memorable as a CCC&TI Cobra.

The SGA has a very exciting, memorable year planned, and we cannot wait to share it with you. I wish you all the best of luck this year with your classes. We are ALL in this together as students but also as the COBRA Family!


Calistia Gragg
Student Government Association President

Calistia Gragg

The Student Government Association (SGA) Constitution is available in a PDF format for your review.

Voter Registration:

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Club Opportunities Beyond Regular Activities

General Information

C.O.B.R.A., is an incentives program instituted by the CCC&TI SGA, gives clubs greater opportunities for involvement in the Student Government Association. Each club is asked to appoint or elect a representative to attend General Assembly Meetings. These club representatives will make up the majority of the SGA Senate and will have the ability to enact legislation according to the SGA constitution.

To learn more about this incentives program, visit the C.O.B.R.A webpage.