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 @ firstname.lastname@example.org or 828.726.2301. For information on the Watauga Campus you can contact Diane Mazza @ email@example.com or 828.297.2185
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.
Pictured, standing from left to right are Caldwell Vice President Calistia Gragg, Watauga Senator Nancy Robinson, Caldwell President Jessica Osgood, Watauga Treasurer Andrew Greene, Caldwell Senator Valeria Cruz, Caldwell Senator Shania Hamid, Watauga Senator Lillian Sena, Caldwell Parliamentarian Bethany Brittain. Seated left to right are Watauga Vice President Brandi Pastusic and Watauga Secretary Danielle Brown
Jessica Osgood is originally from Columbus, Ohio and moved with her family to Hudson when she was just five years old. She says she decided to enroll at CCC&TI to get a fresh start on her academic career. She is working toward an Associate Degree in college transfer. She hopes to eventually transfer to a four-year institution to pursue a degree in Management and Strategic Leadership. Osgood says she decided to get involved with SGA to enhance her college experience, to meet new people and to be a voice for her fellow students. “As a student leader, I hope to make CCC&TI a better institution by thinking outside of the box and challenging the status quo,” she said. “I want to increase awareness of special populations, such as D.A.C.A. and minority students at CCC&TI.” In addition to her involvement with SGA, she is also a CCC&TI Ambassador and is involved with the National Society of Leadership and Success. She says she spends most of her spare time with her husband and son.
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.
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.
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.
Bethany Brittain is originally from Lenoir and has been attending CCC&TI since fall 2017. She says she came to CCC&TI after receiving some encouragement from a friend. “I was talking to a friend about how much I hated my job and he encouraged me to go back to school and pursue my dream of higher education,” she said. “I had been out of school for years and my finances were not in a good place. However, when I came and spoke with the advisor at CCC&TI, she assured me that the community college was for people just like me. I came to CCC&TI because I realized dreams really do start here.” Brittain is currently working toward her Associate in Science degree and hopes to continue on to East Carolina University and pursue a degree in medicine. Brittain says that she decided to get involved with SGA for the experience and to develop her leadership skills. She says SGA presented unique opportunities for involvement that were not as readily available to her during her home school education. She hopes to use her position with the SGA to encourage participation and help foster an environment of open-mindedness and activism about important issues. In addition to her position with SGA, Brittain is also involved with TRIO. She describes herself as a passionate nature-lover and says that in her spare time she enjoys hiking and spending time in the mountains with her field guide.
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.
Cassie Roberts is a Hudson resident and attends the Caldwell Career Center Middle College 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.
Yanderin Velasquez is originally from Guatemala and moved to the Lenoir area in 2005. She began her time at CCC&TI at the Caldwell Career Center Middle College. She is currently working toward an Associate in Science degree and plans to transfer to a four-year university and major in biology. Eventually, she hopes to study medicine and become a General Practitioner. Yanderin says that she decided to get involved with SGA to make new friends, get to know her instructors and college staff members and to help the institution and her fellow students. In addition to SGA, Yanderin is a Global Scholar and a member of TRIO and CCC&TI’s Global Student Club. In her spare time, she enjoys photography, swimming and hiking.
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.
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.
Danielle Brown is a Watauga County native and is currently working toward a general education degree. Eventually, she plans to earn a degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology. Brown says that when it came time for her choose where to continue her education, CCC&TI was the perfect fit. “Instead of being overwhelmed by the university, CCC&TI was much more my style. I have found the smaller class sizes and friendly staff have made my college experience fantastic.” Brown says her position with SGA will allow her to get involved with student life and help create a fun and engaging environment for her fellow students. Brown is also involved with CCC&TI’s TRIO organization. The self-proclaimed “homesteader” says that she and her family have a large assortment of animals in the form of both pets and livestock. In addition to being enrolled at CCC&TI, she also works at a local daycare and loves working with small children. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, longboarding and swimming.
Andrew Greene is a Boone native and says he decided to attend CCC&TI to save money and for a more personal college experience. He is in his second year and is working toward an Associate in Arts Degree. Following graduation from CCC&TI, he plans to transfer to Appalachian State University and pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in political science. Greene says that he decided to get involved with SGA for the fun and challenging experience and to help him gain leadership experience for the future. Greene hopes as treasurer, that he can help the organization plan both the most cost-efficient and fun year of student activities for all CCC&TI students. In addition to his service with SGA, Greene is also a CCC&TI Ambassador and President of CCC&TI’s chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success. In addition to being a full time student, Greene also works in the community. In his spare time, he enjoys basketball, working out, spending time with friends and meeting new people.
Nancy Robinson is originally from Statesville, NC but relocated to the Boone area in 2013. She says that many in the area recommended CCC&TI’s Watauga Campus so she decided to enroll in 2016. Robinson is currently working toward her Associate in Art degree. She plans to transfer to a four-year institution and eventually earn a degree in counseling or special and to get to know her fellow students. “I want to be a spokesperson for the college and be more involved in students’ lives and in activities at CCC&TI,” said Robinson. “I also want other students to be involved in as many activities as possible.” Robinson is also involved in TRIO Student Support Services and has interned at Blue Ridge Partnership for Children. She is a mom and grandmother and in her spare time enjoys riding horses and motorcycles, reading and spending time with family and friends.
Lillian Sena is from Boone, NC and is working toward a degree in Information Technology. She says that she decided to attend CCC&TI because of the colleges “stellar reputation and gorgeous views.” Sena says “I believe that this institution does a great service to the high country community by providing a quality education to anyone who seeks it, and I am proud to be a part of it!” Sena has completed one year of studies toward her degree and hopes to eventually find work in IT for a local nonprofit. During her time in SGA, Sena says that she hopes to help students find a connection to the campus and grow to love it and be proud of it, as she has. “Focusing on doing good on the ground level means looking around to see what you can do with what’s in front of you, and I thought SGA would be the best way to help my fellow students make the most of their college experiences!” Sena has a ten-year-old son and two cats and is an avid crafter and board game enthusiast.
Welcome students of Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute!
My name is Jessica Osgood, and I am honored to be serving as your 2018-2019 Student Government Association President for both Caldwell and Watauga campuses.
The Student Government Association (SGA) at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute is here to serve the student body as a united voice, provide leadership growth development, and promote self-government within the student body. Our goal is to represent the student body’s views and to improve the entire college experience for the students. The SGA also plans events on both campuses in collaboration with other organizations and clubs, which gives all students more opportunities to be involved.
When I first started attending Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute, I was not involved with campus activities, but I wish I would have been. As a current student, being involved in SGA and campus events have helped me grow as both a leader and a student. I encourage every student to become involved with our campus’s activities and clubs. Doing this will make your college experience so much more memorable as a CCC&TI Cobra.
Lastly, please remember the SGA doors are always open on both campuses. We are here for the student body, so please feel free to come and talk to any SGA representatives. The Caldwell campus SGA office is located in E-118 and the Watauga campus SGA office is located in the student lounge. We are so excited to share with you all the exciting activities we have planned.
On a final note, I would like to let everyone know that you are important, and we are ALL in this together as students. I wish each of you the best of semesters!
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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.