On a warm summer morning, John Gossett, president of McDowell Technical Community College, bounded out of his administrative building to welcome us to the college.
Gossett has served McDowell Tech in a variety of roles since 2012. On July 1, his 32-year career in the North Carolina Community College system will take him to Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, where he will serve as its seventh president.
We visited McDowell Tech to see nursing students who are receiving face-to-face instruction this summer as they work to finish their coursework so they can join the front lines in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.
We also had a chance to sit down with Gossett to reflect on his tenure as president of McDowell Tech, the challenges of COVID-19 for his college and others, and his journey as he prepares to take over A-B Tech.
As he looked back on his tenure as president, Gossett told us, “When you asked what I was proud of at MTCC, I’m proud of the relationships we built with our community partners — economic development, Chamber of Commerce, K-12, county commission, city leaders. I think our standing in the community has improved, which is so important for community colleges in rural North Carolina. “
Listen to the full interview below.