JCC, Chambers host breakfast networking event

March 18, 2014 

Sona Precision Forge is JCC’s Business and Industry Partner award recipient for 2013. Pinto Ahluwalia, representing Sona, center, is pictured with JCC Foundation board director Scott Parrish, left, and JCC trustee Durwood Woodall.


Johnston Community College and the Johnston County Chambers of Commerce hosted the Breakfast Before Business event Friday, Feb. 28, at JCC’s main campus in Smithfield.

Approximately 150 business and community leaders attended the breakfast, which was sponsored by First Citizens Bank, Four Oaks Bank and KS Bank.

The college recognized Sona BLW Precision Forge, Inc. as the recipient of its Business and Industry Partner Award for 2013. A Selma manufacturer of forged gears and axle components, Sona has contributed to curriculum development and provided job training opportunities for several of JCC’s workforce training programs.

“We are so appreciative of the training opportunities and industry expertise Sona has provided JCC,” said JCC President David Johnson. “We look forward to the growth of our partnership with Sona as we continue to work together to enhance our educational programs and to close the skills gap of current and future advanced manufacturing employees.”

Phil Buckley, a nationally recognized speaker, SEO, digital marketer, connector and web developer, shared the value of effective Web communication and social media for businesses with the group. SGA president Rudolph Raynor also spoke about the positive impact of his college experience at JCC.

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