College of The Albemarle holds 21st Annual Medical Assisting Pinning

By on May 14, 2024

The 2024 graduates include (top, l-r) Emily Crumpler of Pasquotank County, Madison Kennedy of Perquimans County, Joyce Leary of Pasquotank County, and Kaileigh Nixon of Pasquotank County.

College of The Albemarle (COA) celebrated four Medical Assisting (MA) graduates in a pinning ceremony held Monday, May 6, 2024, in the Performing Arts Center at COA – Elizabeth City. During the ceremony, the graduates received their pins, participated in a candle-lighting ceremony, and recited the Medical Assisting Creed. They completed 840 class and lab hours and 180 hours in clinical settings.

Special recognition awards are presented during the pinning ceremony each year. This year, Kaileigh Nixon was honored with the Academic Excellence Award, a testament to her dedication and hard work. Joyce Leary was recognized with the Stella B. Gallop Spirit of Medical Assisting Award, symbolizing her passion and commitment to the profession.

“Congratulations to the COA Medical Assisting Class of 2024,” shared Rebecca Walker, Medical Assisting Associate Professor and Program Coordinator. “Medical assistants are in demand in our local area, and by attending the program at COA, you will be job-ready and eligible for certification in one year. The profession is versatile, and our program includes training in all aspects needed to function as a vital healthcare team member in a modern medical office.”

For information on COA’s Medical Assisting program, visit or contact Rebecca Walker at



Barnhill Building Group has been selected as the Construction Manager @ Risk by the College of the Albemarle and is seeking to pre-qualify construction trade contractors to submit bids for the furnishing labor, materials, equipment, and tools for the new College of The Albemarle – Allied Health Sciences Simulation Lab (COA Health Sciences) located in Elizabeth City, NC. Please note: Only subcontractors who have been prequalified by Barnhill will be able to submit a Bid.

The project consists of the new construction of a 38,000-sf, 2-story expansion to the existing Owens Health Sciences Center and will house classrooms, labs, and a simulation lab. The site is just over just over 4.5 acres and is located on an active campus. This new construction will be a steel structure with a brick and metal panel veneer, curtainwall, and storefront glazing with a PVC roof membrane.

Principal trade and specialty contractors are solicited for the following Bid Packages:

BP0100: General Trades

BP0105: Final Cleaning

BP0390: Turnkey Concrete

BP0400: Turnkey Masonry

BP0500: Structural Steel & Misc. Steel

BP0740: Roofing

BP0750: Metal Panels

BP0790: Caulking / Caulking

BP0800: Turnkey Doors/Frames/Hardware

BP0840: Glass & Glazing

BP0925: Drywall

BP0960: Resilient Flooring

BP0980: Acoustical Ceilings

BP0990: Painting & Wallcovering

BP1005: Toilet Specialties / Accessories / Division 10

BP1010: Signage

BP1098: Demountable Partitions

BP1230: Finish Carpentry and Casework

BP1250: Window Treatment

BP1400: Elevators

BP2100: Fire Protection

BP2200: Plumbing

BP2300: HVAC

BP2600: Turnkey Electrical

BP3100: Turnkey Sitework

BP3290: Landscaping

Packages may be added and/or deleted at the discretion of the Construction Manager. Historically underutilized business firms are encouraged to complete participation submittals.

HUB/MWBE OUTREACH MEETING: Barnhill Building Group will be conducting a HUB/MWBE Informational Session. You are encouraged to attend the following session to learn more about project participation opportunities available to you. These seminars will help to: Learn about project and scope; Inform and train Minority/HUB contractors in preparation for bidding this project; Assist in registration on the State of North Carolina Vendor link; Stimulate opportunities for Networking with other firms. Location and time TBD. Please visit our planroom at for more information.

Interested contractors should submit their completed prequalification submittals, by July 22, 2024, to Meredith Terrell at or hardcopies can be mailed to Barnhill Contracting Company PO Box 31765 Raleigh, NC 27622 (4325 Pleasant Valley Road, NC 27612).


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