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Dr. Bagwell Tours Edenton-Chowan Businesses

Chowan — College of The Albemarle’s (COA) president, Dr. Jack Bagwell, spent the day in Edenton and Chowan Counties on Thursday, Dec. 5, touring a number of businesses and meeting area officials.

The day began with a meeting and breakfast with the Edenton-Chowan Partnership at Vidant Chowan Hospital. During the meeting, Edenton Mayor, Roland Vaughan, presented Dr. Bagwell with a “key” to the town; a thumb drive shaped like a key that included a presentation on the history of the Edenton-Chowan Partnership. Immediately following the meeting were tours of the hospital, Colony Tire, J. Leek Associates, Inc. Regulator Marine, Jimbo’s Jumbos, Northeastern Regional Airport and Albemarle Sportsfishing Boats.

At each location, Dr. Bagwell and the group toured the facility, heard the history of each business and the day-to-day operations, and learned about prospective career opportunities available for COA students. While at each facility, Dr. Bagwell discussed how the college can meet the needs of each business through potential partnerships, apprenticeships and customized training opportunities. During the visits, Dr. Bagwell was also able to connect with a few COA alumni employed at the area companies.

“The tours were a fantastic testimony to the spirit of this community. I am grateful for the working relationship COA currently has with the Town of Edenton and Chowan County and I am looking forward to expanding upon the opportunities available for our students and community members in the future.” Dr. Bagwell shared following the day’s events. “Thanks to the business owners, Patti Kersey, Anne-Marie Knighton, Peggy Anne Vaughan, Sally Francis Kehayes, Robin Zinsmeister, Amy Alcocer and Valerie Mueller for scheduling such an informative and productive day, and for welcoming me into the community.”

Additional tours in each county of COA’s service area are being scheduled, with community receptions to follow at a later date.