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2015 Year-in-Review: Part II (May-August)

WINTERVILLE—Graduation, a multitude of training opportunities and new beginnings highlighted the middle part of 2015 for Pitt Community College students and employees.

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

• Graduate La’Quon Rogers serves as the featured speaker as the Class of 2015 turns its tassels in East Carolina University’s Minges Coliseum. During commencement, PCC administrators honor former trustee Kelly Barnhill Jr. with a Distinguished Service Award.
• PCC architectural technology students Chris Birdsong, Ann Marie Coble, Harold Pierce and Hannah Roberts create designs for a potential tourist attraction in the coastal town of Beaufort.
• N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory visits PCC to promote his Connect NC bond proposal that would provide funding for education and infrastructure improvements statewide.
• The PCC VISIONS Career Development and Scholarship Program celebrates the upcoming graduations of high school participants.
• PCC Trustees agree to name the college’s Construction and Industrial Technology Building for local businessman and PCC alumnus Craig M. Goess.
• The PCC Alumni Association honors David Laney, Happy Gingras and Dana Cole Parker for their accomplishments professionally, in the community and in service to their alma mater.
• Student Jessica Nellis receives the 2015 John Minges Criminal Justice Scholarship in recognition of her academic excellence.
• PCC’s barber school is recognized by the N.C. Board of Barber Examiners for having one of the highest passing rates on the state’s barber licensing examination for the second consecutive year.
• After their team finishes 34-13 overall, several PCC baseball players receive awards for their outstanding play during the 2015 season.

• VISIONS students participate in the annual Summer Institute to learn more about career and educational options available to them locally.
• A new group of Student Ambassadors meets for the first time to begin preparations for their responsibilities during the 2015-16 academic year.
• The State Employees’ Credit Union Foundation awards $750-SECU Continuing Education Scholarships to Greenville’s Juan Aguirre and Temika Teel and Ayden’s Te’quisha Farrow.
• The Pitt County Committee of 100 presents a $40,000-check to PCC administrators to support the college’s efforts to prepare a skilled workforce for area biomanufacturing and pharmaceutical companies.
• The heat and humidity can’t keep students and employees from having a little fun during Summer Splash.
• The PCC Symphony Orchestra performs at the Greenville Town Common as part of the city's annual "Sunday in the Park" series.
• The Architectural Technology Department holds “Outside the Box: An Architectural Exploration Camp” on campus.

• Former PCC pitcher Jeff Ferrell, a member of the Bulldogs baseball team that reached the 2010 NJCAA Division I World Series, is called up to the Major Leagues by the Detroit Tigers.
• Students continue registering for fall semester, as the college holds orientation sessions throughout the summer to ensure the newcomers make successful transitions from high school to college.
• Pitt alumnus Richard Wilson is selected as one of 20 up-and-coming artists to compete in a national label design contest organized by the Blue Moon Brewing Company in celebration of its 20th anniversary.
• Travis White’s dedication to his studies pays off, as he receives the Dr. Robert Shaw Respiratory Therapy Scholarship worth $500.
• A year after the Golden LEAF Foundation awarded Pitt County a $1.25 million-grant to address the region’s growing need for advanced manufacturing workers and entrepreneurs, 32 middle school teachers from Pitt and surrounding counties receive entrepreneurship training at PCC.
• After six months of rigorous training, nine volunteer firefighters from Winterville, Ayden, Eastern Pines and Red Oak fire departments graduate from the college’s 8th Fire Academy.
• The U.S. Department of Education notifies PCC that grant funding for its TRIO: Student Support Services program has been renewed for another five years.
• Nine students take part in Project Skill-UP to gain Snap-on torque certifications, hands-on training in basic electricity, lean/six yellow belt certification and instruction in WorkKeys Applied Technology, blueprint reading, shop math and workplace communications.
• The Kiwanis of the Golden K Foundation present a $1,000-check to the PCC Foundation in support of the Ricks Automotive Scholarship.
• PCC completes a rebranding campaign that was created and implemented by the Michael Weeks Agency and features local personality Brent Baker as campaign spokesperson.
• Members of the State Board of Community Colleges select Greenville’s Scott Shook to serve as their chair for the next two years.

• PCC administrators and Town of Farmville officials unveil the sign denoting the college’s new Farmville Center on Main Street.
• An N.C. Community College System (NCCCS) report shows students who attend PCC for career and technical programs see a 34 percent increase in their annual salaries – significantly higher than the average gain in earnings seen at most of the state’s other community colleges.
• Employees meet for convocation to look back on the previous academic year and prepare for the one ahead.
• PCC receives a $125,000-grant from NCCCS to coordinate a comprehensive review of the state’s office and medical office administration curricula.
• For the fourth year in a row, PCC barber school students give Pitt County youngsters in grades K-12 free haircuts to make sure they are looking sharp when school starts back the following week.
• The college holds several events to welcome students back to campus, including a part-time job fair, international student reception and Bubble Soccer.
• The Pitt County Early College High School on the PCC campus opens its doors to 75 freshmen for the first day of school.