COA President, Dr. Jack Bagwell, Tours Currituck County Area

Currituck, NC – College of The Albemarle’s (COA) president, Dr. Jack Bagwell, spent the day in Currituck County on Wednesday, January 15, touring a number of businesses and meeting area officials.


The day began with a tour of Quality Machine & Fabrication, Inc., a family owned custom fabrication company located in Moyock. Following the tour of the facility, the group headed to the Currituck Terminal for the Knotts Island Ferry where the group learned about the ferry schedule and took a tour of the building. The group then headed to Currituck Health and Rehab Center, a site that serves as a clinical setting for COA health sciences programs such as Certified Nursing Assistant. Following lunch at Currituck BBQ, the remainder of the day included visits to Sanctuary Vineyards, Carolina Custom Cabinets and the Whalehead Club.

While hearing about the day-to-day operations at each business and prospective career opportunities available for COA students, Dr. Bagwell also discussed how the college can meet the needs of area businesses through potential partnerships, apprenticeships and customized training opportunities.

Photo caption #1 (left to right): Dr. Mark Stefanik, Superintendent, Currituck County Schools; Mike Payment, Currituck County Board of Commissioners; Paul O’Neal, COA Board of Trustees; Owen Etheridge, Currituck County Board of Commissioners; Mary “Kitty” Etheridge, Currituck County Board of Commissioners; Dr. Jack Bagwell, President, COA; Josh Bass, President, Currituck County Chamber of Commerce; Paul Robinson, Owner, Currituck BBQ Company; Michelle Waters, Dean of Business, Industry and Applied Technologies; and Mike Hall, COA Board of Trustees pose for a photo at Currituck BBQ on January 15, 2020.