College salutes industry

March 31, 2014 

Pinto Ahluwalia, center, of Sona Precision Forge accepts the Business and Industry Partner Award from Scott Parrish, left, JCC Foundation board director, and Durwood Woodall, JCC trustee.


Johnston Community College, in partnership with the Johnston County Chambers of Commerce, served “Breakfast before Business” Feb. 28 on the main campus in Smithfield.

Some 150 business and community leaders attended the breakfast, sponsored by First Citizens Bank, Four Oaks Bank and KS Bank.

The college presented its 2013 Business and Industry Partner Award to Sona BLW Precision Forge Inc. A Selma maker of forged gears and axle components, Sona has contributed to curriculum development and provided job-training opportunities for several of JCC’s workforce-training programs.

“We are so appreciative of the training opportunities and industry expertise Sona has provided JCC,” said David Johnson, JCC president. “We look forward to the growth of our partnership with Sona as we continue to work together to enhance our educational programs and to close the skills gap of current and future advanced manufacturing employees.”

Phil Buckley, a nationally recognized speaker, shared the value of effective Web communication and social media for businesses. Student Government Association President Rudolph Raynor spoke about the positive impact of his college experience at JCC.

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