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Employees Meet for Annual Convocation

By Rob Goldberg Jr.
PCC Media Relations Director

PCC President G. Dennis Massey welcomes employees to convocation in the Charles Coburn Center Aug. 13. The annual meeting takes place before the start of each fall semester, giving faculty and staff a chance to look back on the previous academic year and look ahead to the one that began with the start of classes Friday.


WINTERVILLE—More than 500 Pitt Community College employees met for convocation last week to reflect upon the previous academic year and prepare the one that began Friday with the start of fall classes.

Held in the Charles Coburn Center Aug. 13, the program featured remarks from several college administrators and new Student Government Association President Austen Cheeks, who will serve as an ex-officio member of the PCC Board of Trustees throughout the 2014-15 academic year.

As part of his annual “State of the College” remarks, President G. Dennis Massey, now in his twelfth year with Pitt, outlined four new goals PCC Trustees established as part of the college’s 2014-17 Strategic Plan. In addition to emphasizing successful student learning and workforce development, the goals underscore the importance of student and community engagement and integrating technology into college operations.

“We must step it up to ensure that Pitt County is viable and competitive with other parts of the state,” Massey said. “We don’t want to become just a place where people yawn on their way to the coast.”

Massey also reminded employees of the successful passage of a $19.9 million-bond referendum, which has already resulted in the purchase of a new facility for law enforcement training and will soon lead to construction of a new science building on campus.

Massey said that when the science building has been completed, it will be PCC’s largest at 68,000 square feet. He added that if the college is successful in its bid for a $2 million-federal Economic Development Administration grant this fall, the facility could end up with additional space.

Construction of the science building, according to Massey, is set to begin next summer. It is anticipated the building will be ready for classes in January 2017.

Convocation was also an opportunity for PCC Vice President of Academic Affairs Tom Gould to discuss Completion by Design, which, he explained, is a commitment to ensuring students complete their academic goals and continual improvement. The initiative, he said, will provide a pathway to achieving the college’s strategic goals and improving upon performance measures established by the N.C. Community College System.

Following convocation, employees participated in professional development workshops pertaining to academic advising, financial aid and distance learning.