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September 20, 2013

Craven Community College dedicates helicopter gift from at its Havelock-Cherry Point campus

Craven Community College held a ceremony to dedicate a helicopter gifted by Dr. Stephen Dalrymple at its Havelock-Cherry Point campus on Wednesday, September 18th. The helicopter was donated to the college’s Institute of Aeronautical Technology (IAT) for teaching use.

“We are grateful to Dr. Dalrymple for his very generous and unique donation to the college. The helicopter helps our aviation technology students gain access to the latest technology. There is a high demand for these skills and this helicopter will help students become more competitive in the workforce,” stated Dr. Catherine Chew, president of Craven Community College.

Helicopter Dedication

(R-L) College president Dr. Catherine Chew, Dr. Stephen Dalrymple, Ms. Marion Dalrymple, Foundation board president Jennifer Dacey, and Foundation executive director Judy Eurich stand in front of donated helicopter at the college’s Havelock campus.

The helicopter is a fully-functioning 2005 Rotorway Executive 162 F Helicopter that was built over several years by Dalrymple. The Rotorway helicopter has a FADEC (Full Authority Digital Electronics Control) computer system that monitors and controls the aircraft’s engine and propeller. Dalrymple is a lifelong aviation enthusiast who received his pilot’s license before his driver’s license as a teenager.

“Much of the aviation technology in use today is at least 20 years old and this helicopter gives IAT students experience with newer technology,” stated Dalrymple, a New Bern neurosurgeon. Dr. Dalrymple added, “I have always been a big fan of the IAT program, so I was eager to answer the college’s request for help.”

During the afternoon ceremony, artists Jim Bisbee and Becky Badger were recognized for their generous donations of sculptures they created for the college. Attendees also toured the new Military Affairs center where military students and their families can receive one-on-one assistance for all their needs in one place—from course registration to financial aid assistance to veteran services.

The ceremony, and coordination of gifts, was made possible through the support and efforts of the Craven Community College Foundation. For information about the Foundation, contact Judy Eurich at 252-638-7350.

The Institute of Aeronautical Technology (IAT), located on Craven Community College’s Havelock-Cherry Point campus, is one of three aviation technology programs in the North Carolina Community College system. Since 2004, the IAT has offered comprehensive, state-of-the-art training in aircraft maintenance. This training prepares students for employment at Fleet Readiness Center East at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point or with private or commercial aviation firms. Students become eligible to test for Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certifications in both Airframe and Powerplant (A&P).

Founded in 1965, Craven Community College is part of the North Carolina Community College System. With campuses in New Bern and Havelock-Cherry Point, Craven serves more than 4,700 curriculum students and more than 11,000 continuing education students each year. The college offers a wide range of associate degree and certificate programs, as well as college transfer courses, career and occupational offerings, partnerships with four-year universities, specialized workforce training options, developmental studies and basic skills classes. Craven Early College High School programs are available on both campuses. Craven is also home to Public Radio East, one of the few community colleges nationally with this distinction. For more information about the college, visit

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