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Dwayne Evans Takes Charge of MCC's Electrical Program

August 10, 2020

Martin Community College (MCC) has hired Dwayne Evans to take charge of MCC's Electrical Systems Technology program. Evans, a resident of Nashville, NC, brings a wealth of both practical and managerial experience to the program. He joined the faculty on August 3. Evans states, "I want to make MCC the 'go to' Electrical Systems Technology program in this region. I want MCC's electrical students to be able to go to work and perform the tasks they learned with confidence in the field."

When asked what made him choose electrical work for a career, Evans recalls, "My father, a Command Sergeant Major in the US Army, encouraged me to learn a trade. He told me that 'no matter how many degrees you have, the trades will always have a job for you' and he was right. I have built a very successful career on my electrical training and experience."

Evans' career has spanned more than 30 years. Initially following in his Dad's footsteps, Evans joined the Army and made Computer Analyst and Satellite Repair Technician his MOS (Military Occupational Specialty). After six years in the military, and rising to the rank of 1st LT, Evans went to work for National Spinning in Warsaw, NC. In 1996, he started his own company, Evans Electrical Contractors, Inc., so that he could spend more time with his family.

As Evans' reputation for getting jobs done as planned, on time, and within budget became widespread, he was offered and accepted jobs at large companies like Watson Electrical Construction (Encompass), FSE INC. (Four Seasons Environmental Inc.), ConAgra Foods Inc. (Frozen Foods Division), Bridgestone America Tire Operation, and Kaba-Ilco Corporation (Key Manufacturer). In 2016, Evans returned to entrepreneurship and established Evans Electrical Services LLC, in Rocky Mt.

Despite recent offers to return to industry, Evans felt called to teach his trade skills to others. He noted a startling statistic from the NC Board of Licensed Electrical Contractors, "In 2018, there were 12,000 licensed electrical contractors in North Carolina. Only 180 of those were under the age of 30. The average age was 56. This paints a dire picture for our state's ability to recruit industry. As the owner of my own electrical contracting business, I know that maintenance jobs are among the toughest to fill in the state. When MCC contacted me and asked me if I wanted to teach, it just felt like the right thing to do."

Evans is no stranger to teaching. He has been teaching a variety of continuing education classes for Nash Community College (NCC). He states, "Even though I have been teaching classes for NCC at night, after an 8-hour day at work, I have found the experience to be fun and exhilarating. It just didn't seem like work. I love sharing my experience with the students. Teaching has been very satisfying for me and I am very excited about re-building the program at MCC."

Evans earned his B.A. in Operations Management and Analysis from Ashford University in 2014 and his MBA from Ashford University in 2016. He also holds numerous Professional Diplomas and Certifications.

Dr. Tabitha R. Miller, MCC's Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs/CAO stated, "MCC is honored to welcome Mr. Evans to the College. Mr. Evan's breadth of experience coupled with his enthusiasm to teach the next generation of electricians make him a perfect fit to help the college build and expand the electrical program to help meet the regional workforce needs and provide a sustainable career path for our students."

For more information, or to enroll, please contact Daniel Price at 252-789-0251 or via email at daniel.price@martincc.edu. Students may also enroll online at www.martin cc.edu. MCC's fall semester starts August 19. Financial aid is available for students who are qualified.