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.
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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 President Emily Norwood is from Newton, NC and, despite the long commute, decided to attend CCC&TI for the Culinary Arts Program. She is in her third year at CCC&TI and is working toward degrees in both Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management. Once her CCC&TI degrees are completed, she plans to apply for the Disney Culinary program in Florida and eventually earn a bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management. Norwood says that she was very involved as a student at her high school and decided that she also wanted to be involved during her college experience, as well. She originally joined SGA to meet new people and to serve her fellow students. In the years since she joined, she discovered another reason to stay involved. “I have realized how much of a passion I have for being a leader here at CCC&TI and how much I enjoy serving my fellow students.” Norwood hopes that during her time as president, that she can help facilitate more communication between students, Student Government officers and staff and faculty so that more students can get involved and make the most of their time at CCC&TI. Norwood says that she plans to devote as much time as possible to SGA this year and encourages her fellow students to seek her out if they have ideas, suggestions or just want to talk. “If you ever need anything, come find me!” she says. “I’ll either be in the SGA office in Room E-111, or sitting in a meeting representing you and I’ll get back to you ASAP.”
Tia Wilson grew up in Hickory but now makes her home in Hudson. She says it was her interest in the Speech Language field that brought her to CCC&TI and she is currently working toward an associates degree in CCC&TI Speech Language Pathology Assistant program with plans to graduate in 2023. From there, she hopes to find employment in the field and eventually hopes to continue her education at Appalachian State University. Wilson says she decided to join SGA to make her time at CCC&TI more of a memorable experience. “I wanted to be able to get involved with the school and not just be at school,” she said. “I plan to get more students involved and be an encouragement to them. I want to show them that no matter what hardships you go through, being able to finish school is still a possibility.” In addition to her SGA position, Wilson is also President of the SLPA club and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society. In her spare time, Wilson, who is also a mom to three, says that she loves to spend time with her family, hiking and loves to crochet and paint.
Sandra Bowers is originally from Collettsville and decided to attend CCC&TI because it offered an affordable, close-to-home option where she could start working toward her educational goals. She is currently working on her Associate in Arts degree and hopes to continue her education in Christian ministry and religious studies. Bowers says she decided to get involved with SGA to learn more about being an effective leader and because she values the opportunity to serve her fellow students and help them enhance their college experience. “I plan on interacting with all students to let them know that they belong here and everyone appreciates who they are.” Bowers is also involved in CCC&TI’s TRIO Student Support Services program and Global Scholars. In her spare time, Bowers also volunteers with several community organizations including Habitat for Humanity, Pay It Forward Food Pantry, Shelter Home of Caldwell County and the NAACP. She also volunteers her time at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center in Lenoir.
Savannah Rhea is a Granite Falls native and came to CCC&TI to stay closer to home for her first two years of college. Rhea is currently working on a degree in Early Childhood Education. Once she completes her associates degree, she plans to continue on toward a bachelor’s degree at ASU. Rhea says that she decided to get involved with SGA for leadership experience and also because she enjoyed the SGA activities that she attended as a student early on. “I was motivated to run for office after SGA’s Kindness Day event. It was a great event and I enjoyed it,” she said. She hopes to make a positive impact during her time in office. In addition to SGA, Rhea is also a member of The National Society of Leadership and Success, CCC&TI Ambassadors, TRIO, Global Students Club and the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Rhea says that her service at CCC&TI will be a continuation of her involvement and service in her younger years. “I have accumulated hundreds of service hours since middle school, high school and college,” she said. In her spare time, Rhea says she loves to collect things like snow globes, minerals and rocks.
Magi Lemus Rangel is from Longview in Catawba County and says she fell in love with CCC&TI after taking a continuing education course on the Caldwell Campus. “There’s something about Caldwell that I couldn’t find at any of the other nearby community colleges,” she said. Rangel has been taking classes at CCC&TI for the last couple years, taking pre-requisites for health sciences classes and trying to decide on a direction for her future. She hopes to enroll in the Nursing Program in the coming months. Rangel says that student government has always been an interest since her high school days and said that now seemed like the right time to give it a try. “I love being involved in activities and I like making things happen,” she said. “Whenever you tour a university, there is always some kind of student life activity going on and I want that for Caldwell.” In her spare time, Rangel enjoys gardening, reading and writing, and all things science. When she’s not busy with her SGA Senator duties, she says you’ll probably be able to find her in the library doing homework, or just browsing the book collection.
Alex Vazquez is a Boone native and says he decided to attend CCC&TI to stay close to home while also working on his college education. Vazquez is working toward an Associate in Arts degree and plans to transfer to Appalachian State University and pursue a degree in history and social studies education. Vazquez says he decided to get involved with SGA because of his own experience getting involved in campus activities during his first year at CCC&TI. “I decided to run for student government because of a sense of duty. Student government provided many activities in my first year of college, and it helped me feel like I belonged,” he said. “I would like to provide the same opportunities for students to feel welcomed.” Vazquez says he wants to use his time in office to better CCC&TI through his service to other students. I hope to make CCC&TI a better institution by creating a sense of community and inclusion, and help provide more opportunities for my fellow students to better themselves.” In his free time, Vazquez says he enjoys reading, cooking, gaming, creating art and especially enjoys the fall season in the North Carolina Mountains.
Hiya Cobras! My name is Emily Norwood, and I have the honor of being YOUR Student Government Association President for the 2022-2023 school year! I am SO excited to be serving as your voice for this academic year. If you ever want to find me, please come to the bottom of E building (at the Caldwell campus) across the hall from the bookstore in the SGA office. I am looking forward to serving you this school year!
To me, Student Government is a fantastic group of hardworking individuals that all come together to bring extracurricular activities to campus. We also sit in on a variety of different committees to be your voice such as Academic Affair, Board of Trustees, and Executive Council. We want to make sure that you are spoken for and well taken care of while on campus.
Want to become more involved on campus? Great! There are so many ways to do that such as CCC&TI. It’s a fantastic way to grow both personally and professionally and learn so many skills in the process. Being involved also opens doors with working with other people, internship opportunities, scholarships, and so much more. We are here to make the college experience one to remember, and becoming involved is a great way to pave your own way through CCC&TI! The experiences you will have here are ones that you will never forget and the bonds you form will be strong for years to come. We hope to see you join us this year as an involved student!
Starting college, the same year that Covid-19 hit, I felt very secluded due to going to a brand-new school far away from home. I never had the chance to make friends before school began. On my way to my first class, I stumbled upon the table the current SGA was sitting at welcoming students back to campus after the sudden lockdown the year before and giving out goodies for all that walked by. I immediately walked over and wanted to claim my prize when I was told about SGA and how involved they were on campus. I was thrilled at the thought of being in a group of people again so I applied. Needless to say, I am still in the Association two years later, and taking on the Presidential role. Now, in my final year at CCC&TI, I am ready to guide those who are willing to spend their time serving the student body.
Thank you so much for reading about me and I cannot wait to meet all of you!
Emily M. Norwood
Student Government Association President 2022-2023
Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute
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