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2015 Year-In-Review Part I: January - April

WINTERVILLE—Campus growth, new learning opportunities, and student and employee awards highlighted the first four months of this year for Pitt Community College students and employees.

As another year draws to a close, the following is the first of three installments that look back on the events that took place at North Carolina’s seventh-largest community college in 2015.


• PCC administrators join Pitt County government officials to announce a $2 million-U.S. Economic Development Administration grant that will go toward construction of a new science and technology building.
• During the 3rd Annual Martin Luther King Scholarship Breakfast, the PCC Multicultural Activities Committee presents scholarships to students Alex Robol and Alyssa Comer. Funding comes through previous PCC events to honor the life and legacy of the late civil rights pioneer.
• PCC selects university transfer student Eric Walls, an Ayden resident, as its recipient of the N.C. Community College System (NCCCS) Academic Excellence Award in recognition of outstanding classroom achievement and volunteerism.
• Pitt County Schools Superintendent Ethan Lenker shares his views on leadership with employees participating in the college’s Community College Leadership Preparation Program.
• PCC Global introduces this year’s group of International Education Travel Scholarship recipients. One group is to participate in a cultural study of Cuba while another is to study fine arts in China. A third group is to explore China’s health care system, while the final contingent is to conduct a service learning project in Belize.
• PCC names Missouri native Katelynn James as its new head volleyball coach.


• PCC administrators release an Economic Modeling Specialists International report detailing the positive economic impact the college has on the community and region. The report shows PCC to be a considerable benefit to the local business community and generates a positive return on investment for students, taxpayers and society, in general.
• Clear skies and frigid weather greet PCC's clock tower, as the new campus landmark—a gift from the Ed and Joan Warren Estate—is lifted into place.
• The college partners with Winterville’s Roberts Company on a pre-hire training program consisting of 24 hours of free welding instruction, OSHA training, and resume and interview preparation.
• The PCC Foundation begins selling chances to win a 2016 Mercedes-Benz. Proceeds from the fundraiser will support scholarships and educational activities.
• The State Employees’ Credit Union Foundation awards $750-SECU Continuing Education Scholarships to Greenville’s Shmekka Yarrell and Shaquita Dickens and Grimesland’s Heather Speight.
• PCC celebrates Black History Month with a program that features remarks by Dr. Albert Reddick, author of “Becoming One: The USA & Diversity.”
• PCC Basketball wraps up the season with a 94-70 loss to Louisburg College in the conference tournament semifinals. The Bulldogs finish 21-10 overall.


• A large attendance and overwhelmingly positive response have organizers of the PCC Foundation’s “Accelerating the Future” fundraiser celebrating like they’re in victory lane. Nearly 400 people visit campus to participate in the inaugural racing-themed event.
• La’Quon Rogers becomes the first PCC student to receive NCCCS’s prestigious Gov. Robert W. Scott Student Leadership Award.
• PCC presents Academic Excellence Awards to more than 50 top students for excellence in the classroom, on campus and in the community.
• University transfer student Michael Bean receives Greenville Morning Rotary’s 2015 Sen. Ed N. Warren Scholarship worth $1,000. Bean, who hopes to work as an electrical engineer and actor, intends to pursue a bachelor’s degree in theater and master’s in electrical engineering.
• PCC and East Carolina University announce they are partnering to create the East Coast’s finest training center for biomanufacturing and pharmaceuticals through Golden LEAF Foundation funding.
• A distinguished panel of women highlights Pitt’s Women’s History Month celebration. The program features Marina Alexander, Martina Ferguson, Alice Keene and Diane Taylor sharing their stories of personal and professional success.
• PCC celebrates the many cultures of its English as a Second Language students with a special “ESL International Day” event.
• Sophomores from Pitt County’s six public high schools visit PCC for Career Expo.
• PCC partners with the Pitt County NCWorks Career Center to help individuals receiving unemployment insurance benefits prepare for landing their next jobs.
• PCC’s Billy Mozingo is elected to a board position with the Council for Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Educators.


• The college opens a new addition to the Craig F. Goess Student Center that houses a bookstore and a variety of services, including a career center, student lounge, offices, conference rooms, and a 45-station computer lab.
• The Construction and Industrial Technology (CIT) Division holds an open house featuring program tours and demonstrations. Faculty talk about educational offerings and industry representatives discuss career options.
• PCC celebrates employee achievements with a program that features administrators presenting service awards to 74 employees with a combined 760 years of service. Ty Davis receives the Joan and Ed Warren Staff Employee of the Year Award while Karen Lee is named the 2015 Joseph E. Downing Award for Excellence in Teaching recipient.
• PCC administrators sign a pair of articulations with Barton College to establish clear pathways for University Transfer and Human Services Technology (Gerontology) graduates to pursue four-year degrees at the nearby college.
• Former ECU football coach Ruffin McNeill stresses the importance of education to students taking part in PCC’s College Bound program.
• The PCC Men's Resource Center set up its "Best Foot Forward" clothing store to assist male students in their search for employment.
• Eric Walls wins PCC’s annual public speaking competition after sharing his thoughts on the cost of higher education.
• Community college students from across the state, including five from PCC, visit the General Assembly to support raising instructor pay, funding year-round instruction at community colleges, and maintaining affordable tuition rates.
• The PCC Men’s Resource Center presents its 2015 Man of Excellence Award to science instructor Charles Goodman in recognition of his dedication to higher education and student success.
• The college cuts the ribbon on “Red Core,” a new campus sculpture built by fine arts students and their CIT Division counterparts.
• For the first time since 2010, PCC hosts the Region X Conference Softball Championship. As part of the event, seven Bulldog softball players are recognized by the conference for their accomplishments on the field in 2015.