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College Hosts BlueCross NC President and CEO

BlueCross NC President and CEO Dr. Tunde Sotunde talks with ACC President Dr. Algie Gatewood.

Above, BlueCross NC President and CEO Dr. Tunde Sotunde (left) talks with ACC President Dr. Algie Gatewood.

Alamance Community College on June 25 hosted the President and CEO of BlueCross NC, Dr. Tunde Sotunde, and five members of his executive team. Dr. Sotunde, appointed head of the company a year ago, is touring the state’s community colleges and universities to learn more about the institutions that utilize the services of BlueCross NC.

College administrators provided an overview about ACC that included topics such as:

  • Career Apprenticeship Program (CAP), designed for high school students to earn money on the job in an industrial apprenticeship program while also earning college class credits.
  • Telemedicine, a new program financed by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture that will create a network link between ACC and local EMS stations in order to bridge the gap between telemedicine and higher education.
  • Dental Assisting and its Community Dental Health Coordinator programs, which ACC offers to train dental assistants and hygienists to be dental health advocates, providing a pathway for them to work in pediatric offices to assist in navigating dental healthcare care for children.
  • Medical Bridge, an ACC initiative that keeps Alamance County male minority youth on track to medical careers as dentists, doctors, or other health professionals.

ACC President Algie Gatewood welcomed Dr. Sotunde by providing a summary of the College’s capital projects, including the 2017 Advanced Applied Technology Center which houses industrial programs; the Biotechnology Center of Excellence which begins construction soon; the expansion of Culinary Arts; the renovation of the former shop building to house Animal Care and an expansion of Horticulture; and the upcoming Public Safety Training Center in the Green Level community.

The capital projects are important to Alamance County, Dr. Gatewood explained, because it is important to operate from facilities that reflect the urgent needs of 21st century learning.

Dental Assisting student Sydnee Foust demonstrates an oral technique on a mannequin during the BlueCross NC tour.

Above, Dental Assisting student Sydnee Foust demonstrates an oral technique on a mannequin during the BlueCross NC tour.

Dr. Sotunde and his team were also treated to a brief campus tour that included a stop in the Dental Assisting department, which last year installed a new state-of-the-art sterilization center that streamlines the sterilization of dental instruments.

Accompanying Dr. Sotunde on the campus visit from BlueCross NC were Fran Gary, Senior Vice President of Government Markets; Danielle Andrews, Chief of Staff to the President and CEO; Kathryn Millican, Director of Congressional Relations and Public Policy Development; Cheryl Parquet, Director of Community Engagement and Marketing Activation; Melissa Biediger, Program Manager, Community & Diversity Engagement; and Kristy Kent, Manager of Healthy Blue County Engagement and Department of Social Services Liaison. Nation Hahn, Head of Growth, EdNC organized the visit.

Dr. Sotunde is a graduate of University of Ibadan College of Medicine in Nigeria and Howard University’s Hospital Residency Program in Pediatrics. He studied health care management at the Wharton School of Business.

College mascot Haw the Otter poses with some of the BlueCross NC team that toured the ACC campus on June 25

College mascot Haw the Otter poses with some of the BlueCross NC team that toured the ACC campus on June 25