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Distinguished Alumni Honored By CVCC

Distinguished Alumni Honored By CVCC

Catawba Valley Community College (CVCC) has announced its recipients for the 2022 Distinguished Alumni Awards. Each year, CVCC recognizes alumni who have brought distinction to themselves, credit to the college and have benefited their communities.

Alumni who have been awarded a degree, diploma or certificate from Catawba Valley Community College and who have made outstanding contributions and exceptional accomplishment in their chosen field; exceptional service in local, state or national affairs; and/or exceptional service in support of Catawba Valley Community College are eligible for nomination.

Winners are selected alumni from the School of Academics and Educational Opportunities, the School of Workforce Development and the Arts and the School of Health and Public Services at CVCC.

This year’s recipients are: Ramie Lee Robinson, director of CVCC Electrical Systems program (Class of 1996); Greg Martin, general manager of Southland Electrical Supply (Class of 1976 and 1978); and Megan Parsons, counselor/supervisor for Caldwell County Department of Health & Human Services (Class of 2010).

Robinson was nominated by his wife, Michelle, because of his hard work and dedication to not only CVCC, but also to the families of Alexander County. Ramie has worked tirelessly for three years to expand the electrical programs at CVCC while building community partnerships. This past December, Ramie was promoted to a director role.

As a director and teacher, he advocates for his electrical program, provides job opportunities for students and creates community connections. Ramie recently finished serving as the president of the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity where he also donated his time to help wire more than five homes.

Dr. Garrett Hinshaw presents award to Ramie Lee Robinson

Martin was nominated by Cindy Martin for the career opportunities that his two degrees from CVCC made possible and the accomplishments that he has had as a result in his career path. Martin started his career in textiles immediately after graduation from CVCC with Kayser Roth Hosiery in Hickory as an Industrial Engineer.

He worked in hosiery industry for more than 30 years with Gold Toe Brands, United States Hosiery and Kayser Roth. He held the positions of VP of Manufacturing, Operation & Sourcing Manager, Plant Manager and General Manager during his textile career.

Dr. Garrett Hinshaw presents award to Greg Martin

Parsons was nominated by Carla Brotherton. She was in the first graduating class of Challenger Early College High School, where she graduated with honors and received her Associates in Applied Sciences from CVCC with Honors. She went on to receive her Bachelor of Arts degree at Lenoir-Rhyne University with Honors and her Masters at UNC Chapel Hill with Honors — all by the age of 21.

Parsons is an advocate for her clients in the high school system in Caldwell County. She uses her social media outlets to promote awareness of issues related to rehabilitation. She works hard to place clients in appropriate job settings, showing each client the respect they deserve.

Dr. Garrett Hinshaw presents award to Megan Parsons

For more information about the CVCC Alumni Association, contact Melanie Zimmermann, 828-327-7000, ext. 4598 or