• Breakfast Event Celebrates College Supporters, Business Partners

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    March 06, 2013

    Johnston Community College in partnership with the Johnston County Chambers of Commerce hosted the Breakfast before Business event Thursday, Feb. 21 on the main campus in Smithfield.

    Some 150 business and community leaders attended the breakfast, which was sponsored by Pierce Group Benefits, BB&T, First Citizens Bank, Four Oaks Bank, and KS Bank.

    The focus of the program was celebrating partnerships, and during the event the JCC Foundation recognized 37 individuals, businesses, and industries who contributed to the 30 for 30 fundraising campaign in celebration of the Foundation’s 30th anniversary. In total, the campaign raised more than $70,000 to support the College and its programs.

    “Through your generous support, we are beginning to fully realize the possibilities of this great institution, for the students, employees, and our greater community,” said Jody McLeod, president of the JCC Foundation Board of Directors.

    The College also recognized Caterpillar, Inc. and Smithfield Manor, Inc. as the recipients of its Business and Industry Partner awards for 2012.

    “Caterpillar and Smithfield Manor have both been a viable part of Johnston County for many years, and we are so thankful for their longtime support of JCC,” said Dr. David Johnson, JCC president. “The partnerships we enjoy with both of these businesses not only enhance our instructional offerings but also positively impact the success of our county’s workforce.”

    Tom Little, co-owner, franchisee, and managing partner of Zaxby’s restaurants in Smithfield, Clayton, Goldsboro, Rocky Mount, Knightdale, Garner, and North Raleigh, was the keynote speaker. Little and his business are supporters of the Foundation and he asked attendees to encourage their employees to give back and get involved in the community.

    “We are trying to brand our business as givers in the community, but to do that it takes more than just me,” Little told the group. “Moving forward the question is how do we bring people along on this trip with us?”

    Rick Childrey, President
    (919) 934-9166

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