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PCC 2014 Year-in-Review Part III: Sept. – Dec.

By Rob Goldberg Jr.
PCC Media Relations Director

Customized training for local business and industry, a new statewide initiative to reduce unemployment and a record-setting Holiday Show highlighted the last four months of the year at Pitt Community College.


WINTERVILLE—Customized training for local business and industry, a new statewide initiative to reduce unemployment and a record-setting Holiday Show highlighted the last four months of the year at Pitt Community College.

As another year has drawn to a close, the following is the final of three installments that look back on the events that took place at North Carolina’s seventh-largest community college in 2014.


• PCC kicks off the second year of its Community College Leadership Preparation Program with a presentation by N.C. Community Colleges President Scott Ralls.

• Upon her retirement from PCC, friends and family of Leslie Rogers establish a scholarship with the PCC Foundation to honor her longtime service.

• Nursing student Lauren Porter is selected as the 2014 recipient of the PCC Faculty Senate Scholarship worth $500.

• Instructor Katherine Clyde is promoted to serve as dean of the Business Division, which is comprised of four programs of study.

• With Mariela Ychante teaching in the foreign language department, PCC has at least one faculty member teaching through the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program for the fourth year in a row.

• The PCC Foundation holds its annual Fall Golf Classic and Golf Ball Drop fundraisers.

• The Tutorial and Academic Success Center reports it is on a record pace in terms of student visits and the number of students served.

• The 2nd Annual Forklift Rodeo takes place at Overton's in Greenville.

• Natural Blend Vegetable Dehydration, LLC., holds its grand opening. PCC provides customized training to the Farmville company and partners with them on a pre-hire training program.

• PCC welcomes 32 families to campus for the college’s 1st Annual Latino Day.

• The Kiwanis Club of Golden K Greenville Foundation makes a contribution to the PCC Foundation in support of the Ricks Automotive Scholarship.

• The 2014 Eastern NC Film Festival takes place at PCC.


• PCC hosts an Align4NC Works Workforce Learning Summit – the 20th of 22 summits that take place at community colleges throughout North Carolina as part of Gov. Pat McCrory’s NCWorks initiative to reduce unemployment.

• The PCC Foundation reports that three fundraisers it has held this fall have raised nearly $100,000 for student scholarships and educational activities.

• Admissions staff are using a new method to place new students into appropriate math and English courses called Multiple Measures for Placement.

• Firefighters from three area stations participate in a live burn qualification course in Greenville through PCC’s Continuing Education Division.

• The college celebrates the success of its TRIO programs Oct. 27-31, as the federal outreach and student services initiative marks its 50th anniversary.

• Continuing Ed. teams with NCWorks on a course to help individuals looking for work or additional employment discover “The Secrets of Landing a Job.”

• A pair of houses built by Construction and Industrial Technology students are sold by public auction to fund future training activities.

• The PCC Women's Resource Center sponsors a Women's Resource Fair.

• Radiography student Jordan Tillett receives an $1,801.50-scholarship from Greenville’s Eastern Radiologists, Inc., for academic achievement.

• In conjunction with National Respiratory Care Week (Oct. 19-25, 2014), the PCC Respiratory Therapy program holds an open house on campus.

• The PCC Small Business Center’s effort to prepare individuals for self-employment results in a “Centers of Excellence Award” for innovation.

• PCC’s marketing and media relations departments receive Medallion Awards during a National Council for Marketing & Public Relations district conference.

• Environmental biology students participate in a hands-on, scientific study of pond fish at Greenville’s River Park North.


• The 2014 Down East Holiday Show sets new fundraising and attendance records by drawing more than 12,500 attendees and generating more than $115,000.

• PCC’s 17th Annual Veterans Salute features remarks from U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Marie Voegel.

• Ten years after it began, VISIONS is thriving as it welcomes 49 high school juniors and their parents to campus for orientation and seeks more applicants.

• The PCC Foundation recognizes student scholarship recipients and thanks those responsible for establishing and supporting the awards.

• The PCC Alumni Association begins selling personalized bricks that will be part of a patio and gardens surrounding the college’s future campus clock tower.

• N.C. Central Dean of Students Gary Brown speaks with PCC students about the importance of tailoring speech, dress and behavior to the appropriate situations.

• The PCC Men's Resource Center holds Men's Day on campus.

• Gay/Straight Alliance members wrap up a successful food drive to benefit the Pitt County Animal Shelter and the Pet Food Pantry of Eastern North Carolina.

• Students and employees gather at the Peace Pole on campus as part of the college's celebration of International Education Week.


• PCC Student Ambassadors present an $1,800-check to the Ronald McDonald House of Eastern North Carolina to wrap up their annual service project.

• President G. Dennis Massey participates in an education summit sponsored by the Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce.

• The PCC Drama Club presents a new twist on the traditional Christmas story, when it performs “The Butterfingers Angel, Mary & Joseph, Herod the Nut and the Slaughter of 12 Hit Carols in a Pear Tree.”

• The PCC Foreign Language Department recognizes students Haywood Johnson and Michael Winterstein for their participation in a series of cultural presentations titled "Around the World without Leaving Campus."

• The PCC Symphony Orchestra performs its annual holiday concert at Reimage Church in Winterville.

• TRIO concludes its annual Christmas Sponsorship Program, touching the lives of 18 students and their families by presenting them with gifts provided through generous donations.