Two New Faculty Members Join DCCC’s School of Health, Wellness and Public Safety
March 11, 2015 – Davidson County Community College welcomes two new faculty members to the School of Health, Wellness and Public Safety.
Renee Fortenberry serves as program director/faculty for Surgical Technology and Central Sterile Processing, new programs that start admitting students this fall. Brandy Clarke joins the Associate Degree Nursing faculty team.
Fortenberry oversees the organization, administration, continuous review, planning, development and general effectiveness of both new programs that the college will host at the Davie Medical Center – Mocksville surgical suite. The Surgical Technology two-year associate degree program prepares students to assist in the care of patients in the operating room as members of the surgical team. The Central Sterile Processing certificate program prepares students to properly disinfect, prepare, process, store and issue both sterile and non-sterile supplies and equipment for patient care.
“My goal is to prepare students to provide excellent patient care as they move forward in a changing global environment,” Fortenberry says.
Fortenberry earned a diploma in Surgical Technology from the Carolinas College of Health Sciences and an associate degree in General Education from Cleveland Community College. She has 13 years of experience in all surgical specialties, including five years of trauma experience at Carolinas Medical Center. She formerly taught as an adjunct instructor for the Foothills Surgical Technology Consortium that includes Cleveland, Isothermal and McDowell Technical community colleges.
Clarke facilitates learning in both the classroom and clinical settings to prepare students to graduate and become Registered Nurses.
“I look forward to making the transition from bedside nurse to nursing faculty here at DCCC,” Clarke says. “I hope the skills and nurturing personality I’m bringing to the table will contribute to nursing students making their transition to the health care profession.”
Clarke received her associate degree in nursing from J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College in Richmond, Virginia, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Winston-Salem State University and Master of Science in Nursing from Western Carolina University. She worked as a Registered Nurse for 12 years in the areas of psychiatry, med-surg and pediatrics. She previously taught Nursing Assistant I classes on a part-time basis.
*Editor’s Note: In the first photo is Renee Fortenberry, who serves as program director/faculty for Surgical Technology and Central Sterile Processing. In the second photo is Brandy Clarke, who is joining the Associate Degree Nursing faculty team.
Founded in 1963, Davidson County Community College is noted for its quality educational programs and services. As one of 58 institutions within the North Carolina Community College System, DCCC offers studies in more than 50 degree programs. A fully accredited, multi-campus college, DCCC celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013 and is looking forward to serving students in Davidson and Davie counties for many years to come. The college is committed to developing minds, inspiring imaginations and preparing students for enhanced career and educational opportunities within a changing global environment. Visit Davidson County Community College at davidsonccc.edu.