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A Message from the President

On April 13, 2015, Wayne Community College suffered an unparalleled tragedy when a gunman entered the College’s print shop and killed veteran employee Ronald Dwight Lane, Jr. Words cannot express how saddened the College community is at Ron’s loss. He will be missed. Our continued thoughts and prayers are extended to his family.

The College’s trustees, administration, faculty and staff, and students offer a sincere thank you to the local and state public safety agencies who responded during and following the crisis. Local city and county law enforcement provided all the necessary steps to ensure that the campus was safe and that the assailant was captured. We also thank the community, the state, and the nation for the amazing outpouring of support. Your positive thoughts and deeds have and will continue to sustain the College.

Please be reassured that the College will continue to provide a safe and healthy environment for students, employees, and visitors. Wayne Community College has a strong safety record and continuously stresses appropriate safety measures and practices. WCC students and employees are to be commended for following the safety and emergency protocols provided and practiced for just such an incident.

It will take Wayne Community College some time to return to normal, albeit, a “new normal,” but the heinous act of the past week will not weaken this institution. Instead, the College will continue to provide quality education and workforce training to its students and the community it serves. It will continue to provide a variety of support services to its students and employees. WCC will continue to improve and exercise its safety measures. The College will continue with innovative practices that lead to our students’ successes. And the College will emerge even stronger!!!

Thank you for your continued support as Wayne Community College’s students and employees heal.

Dr. Kay H. Albertson, President, Wayne Community College

 A Message from the WCC Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees of Wayne Community College joins WCC President Kay Albertson in expressing our condolences to the family of Ron Lane, who lost his life last week. Having something awful like this happen on our campus is something none of us can fathom. We are shocked and saddened that someone would commit such a violent and evil crime on the WCC campus, but we are proud of the way our faculty, staff and students handled this harrowing situation. Special thanks go to the law enforcement personnel (many of whom are Wayne Community College graduates) who responded, and to our wonderful community for so much support during this difficult time.

We will not allow the murderous action of one person to define our college. We will grieve together, and together we will move forward.
Chris Martin, Chair, Board of Trustees of Wayne Community College

Statement on Campus Closing

Friday, April 17, 2015, 12:50 p.m.

Statement by Dr. Kay H. Albertson, President, Wayne Community College

The information that came forward this morning that Wayne Community College (WCC) had a bomb threat was incorrect.

WCC has received several threatening phone calls over the last two days. Goldsboro Police Department and Wayne County Sheriff’s Office were informed and investigated these threats. The College was advised to operate normally with heightened security.

However, Wayne Community College houses a public school on its campus that has different safety protocols. Wayne County Public School officials made a decision to cancel the high school classes for Friday. In order to alleviate confusion among college students and our employees, it was decided that the WCC college classes would also be cancelled. The College was NEVER in any danger today. We acted purely from a precautionary perspective.

Since release of students and employees, it has come to the attention of the college that the suspect making the threats has been identified. These types of threats will not be tolerated and law enforcement will continue to be involved.

College Closed for Weekend

Wayne Community College will be closed from 10 a.m., Friday, April 17 until normal operating hours on Monday, April 20. This precautionary action is being taken to insure the safety of its employees and students. All classes and activities, including the administration of the ACT, are cancelled.

The rescheduled ACT test date will be posted at www.actstudent.org as soon as it is set. Registered examinees will receive official notification from ACT. This announcement is only for those examinees registered at Wayne Community College.

Summer and Fall Curriculum Registration

Summer priority registration – April 16   8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Summer open registration – April 17   8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Fall priority registration – April 20-22  8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and April 23 – 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Upcoming Events

The CLIFF Minister’s Group is hosting a prayer service for our community following the event that occurred at Wayne Community College this past Monday. The time is 12:15-12:45 p.m. on Thursday, April 16 in the First Baptist Church Sanctuary, 125 S. John Street, Goldsboro.

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Funeral services for Ron Lane will be held on Thursday, April 16 at 2:00 p.m. at Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home Chapel with the family visiting friends immediately after the service. A private graveside service will take place at a later date. Directions and Ron Lane’s obituary can be found on the Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home website.

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The Celebration of Ron Lane’s Life that was set for Friday has been postponed. The new date and time will be announce when it is rescheduled.

Memorial Options

Anyone wishing to send notes of condolence and support to the college and to Mr. Lane’s family. They can send them to Public Information Officer, Wayne Community College, P.O. Box 8002, Goldsboro, NC 27533-8002.

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A memorial fund is in the process of being established through the Foundation of Wayne Community College, Inc. For more information, contact the Foundation office at 919-739-7007 or awnorthington@waynecc.edu.

The fund established on-line at https://mymfunding.com/campaign/MemoryofRonLane requesting donations in memory of Ron Lane is not an official memorial sanctioned by Wayne Community College or Ron Lane’s brother and sister.

Services Resuming

Wayne Learning Center third floor will reopen Wednesday, April 15. The library, Distance Education, Academic Skills Center, and Educational Support Technologies will be operating on their regular schedules.

Announcement

The Recognition Ceremony for exemplary students (Awards Ceremony) is on schedule for tonight at 6 p.m. in the Moffatt Auditorium. A reception will follow in the atrium.

This is a previously scheduled event that is not associated with Ron Lane.

Incident Update – 6:50 a.m., Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The college is operating on its normal schedule. The third floor of the WLC Building will be closed today. This area includes the Library, Academic Skills Center, Distance Education, Educational Support Technologies, and Printshop.

Counseling services will be available for employees and students beginning at 8 a.m. today in the Counseling Services area located on the first floor of the WLC building.

Incident Update – 3:46 p.m., Monday, April 13, 2015

campusThe public, students, and employees are welcome to leave memorial items for Ron Lane beginning after 8 a.m. on Tuesday, April 14 at the Plunk Clock, which is located in the quad area in the center of the main campus.

Incident Update – 2:56 p.m., Monday, April 13, 2015

The entire third floor of the WLC building will be closed Tuesday, April 14, 2015. This includes the Library, Academic Skills Center, Distance Ed, Educational Support Technologies, and the Printshop.

Counseling services will be available for employees and students beginning at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, April 15, 2015 in the Counseling Services area, which is located on the first floor of the WLC building.

Incident Update – 1:47 p.m., Monday, April 13, 2015

The college will be operating Tuesday, April 14, 2015. Counseling will be available for students and employees for those who may need assistance.

Incident Update – 1:29 p.m., Monday, April 13, 2015

At approximately 8:10 a.m., Monday, April 13, a single suspect entered a building on the Wayne Community College campus. An employee, Ron Lane, was shot and was fatally wounded.

The college went into lockdown, following its protocols. Law enforcement established a perimeter and is actively searching for the suspect.

There was not a hostage situation on the campus. Students and employees were evacuated from their lockdown positions in an orderly fashion.

The college is closed for the remainder of today. All classes and activities are canceled. Information regarding classes for the remainder of the week will be announced when available.