2011 Year-in-Review: Part II (May-August)
• PCC’s largest-ever graduating class walks across the stage at East Carolina University’s Minges Coliseum. The 2011 graduating class consists of 1,037 students, an 11 percent increase from 2010. PCC administrators say 471 students take part in the ceremony.
• During graduation, college administrators present Distinguished Service Awards to PCC Trustees chairman Randy Collier, former PCC Health Sciences Dean Judith Kuykendall, and Donnie Skinner, former PCC Foundation Board chairman.
• PCC administrators announce that the school will receive scholarship funding from the Minges Bottling Group, Inc., for the next five years.
• Student Caroline Killmon receives the Pitt Golden K Kiwanis/Clifton E. Boyd Nursing Scholarship. A Winterville resident, she posted a 4.0 grade point average in her first year at PCC.
• Gov. Beverly Perdue visits The Roberts Company for the business’s announcement of a large expansion that could lead to jobs for PCC Construction and Industrial Technology graduates.
• PCC employees participate in the 1st Annual Pedal to Pitt event as part of a Pitt County effort to foster a better and safer bicycling community. The three-mile bike ride also helps bring attention to the less-than-desirable pedestrian/cyclist crossing on Memorial Drive.
• Darrick Mullins takes over as head coach of the men’s basketball program.
• PCC Softball earns a second straight bid to the NJCAA Division I Softball Championship in St. George, Utah. The Bulldogs give eventual national champion Yavapai College a run for its money before finishing the season 48-10 overall.
• Members of the recently disbanded Pitt County Memorial Hospital Volunteer Auxiliary present the PCC Foundation with a check for nearly $110,000 to establish a scholarship endowment for students pursuing health care careers.
• Sixteen rising seventh and eighth-grade girls take part in the Advancing Women in Automation Robotics Engineering Camp to learn more about the male-dominated field of electronics engineering.
• PCC’s VISIONS Program holds its annual Summer Institute to introduce a new group of participants to career and educational opportunities available to them in their own back yards.
• PCC announces that when classes begin in August, the college’s Business Division will begin offering Healthcare Business Informatics and the entire two-year Simulation and Game Development curriculum.
• The college's Information Systems Technology Department announces it has joined the Apple iOS Developer University Program, an initiative created for higher education institutions wanting to introduce iOS development into curricula.
• PCC's Student Development Services Division holds eight New Student Orientation sessions to help new enrollees get off to the right start.
• Former PCC President Charles Russell visits campus to see firsthand the progress being made on construction of an academic building that bears his name. Russell, who served as president from 1984 until his retirement in 2003, tours the 54,000-square-foot facility on July 25, calling it “awesome” at the conclusion of his visit.
• J. Paul Davenport, a retired military officer and local businessman, is named chairman of the PCC Board of Trustees. Davenport, a Pactolus resident, has served on the college’s governing board since he was appointed by Pitt County Commissioners in 2005.
• A $20,000-grant from the N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission helps PCC students ‘skill-up’ for new careers. The money is used to fund tuition for 85 continuing education students, who pursue a wide range of training options – from barber college to a variety of health care programs, including nursing assistant, pharmacy tech, EKG monitoring tech and paramedic academy.
• PCC announces that over the next three years, grant funding from The Duke Endowment will help PCC nursing graduates make a smooth transition to East Carolina University in order to complete bachelor’s degrees in the field.
• PCC holds convocation Aug. 15 with Dr. Scott Ralls, president of the N.C. Community College System, serving as the event’s keynote speaker. Ralls, who became NCCCS president in May 2008, centers his remarks on the need for community colleges to continue helping students achieve their dreams in spite of what he refers to as a “perfect storm” – divergent skill distributions, demographic shifts and a changing economy.
• During convocation, President G. Dennis Massey announces the addition of two new instructors who will teach foreign language courses at the college through the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program.
• A new campus smoking policy goes into effect, allowing for smoking on campus in designated areas only.
• The Continuing Education Division teams with Lowe’s Home Improvement for Greenville’s First Annual Energy Expo. Organizers say their goal is to educate the community on sustainable energy benefits and how to reduce energy costs.
• Through its Customized Training Program, PCC utilizes its mobile welding lab to provide welding training and certification to employees of Farmville’s Mestek, Inc.