Experience PCC Academics Continuing Education Distance Learning Faculty & Staff Contact
Apply Now Click Here

2015 Year-in-Review: Part III (Sept.-December)

WINTERVILLE—A groundbreaking, fundraising and customized training highlighted the final four months of 2015 for Pitt Community College students and employees.

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 last year.

• PCC employees and students meet with community college experts from the prestigious Aspen Institute in an effort to help the college continue improving student success and services.
• The PCC Student Veterans Association holds its “#22-A-Day Walk” on campus to raise awareness of the alarming rate of suicide among the nation’s veterans.
• The PCC Foundation holds its annual Fall Golf Classic at Greenville Country Club.
• Students learn the importance of financial responsibility during the "Cash Rules Everything Around Me" seminar sponsored by PCC’s NEXT LEVEL Minority Male Mentoring Program.
• The State Employees' Credit Union Foundation awards $750-SECU Continuing Education Scholarships to Nursing Assistant I students Aisha Bradley, Adriana Angel-Sanchez and Winterville's Shanessa Ruffin. The organization also presents scholarships to curriculum students English Dean and Haley Warren worth $5,000 ($2,500 per year for two years) to be used for tuition and other educational expenses.
• The PCC Scholars of Global Distinction Program, a new initiative to encourage students to incorporate global education into their programs of study, kicks off with a meet-and-greet in the library.
• Dr. Michael Waldrum, CEO of Vidant Health, tours the college's health sciences programs.
• The Foundational Studies Division adds a new eight-week course to help foreign students prepare for testing to become naturalized U.S citizens.

• PCC breaks ground on a 75,000-square-foot science and technology training center on Warren Drive.
• The college announces that 15-year-old Charles Goodman has become its youngest Associate in Science graduate and its first-ever (and North Carolina’s youngest) student to complete the Career and College Promise (CCP) College Transfer pathway.
• A report reveals that a reverse transfer program PCC piloted in 2013 has helped more than 1,400 students earn associate degrees after transferring to University of North Carolina institutions.
• Already on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, the college launches a new Instagram account.
• PCC English as a Second Language students visit Tryon Palace.
• Members of the N.C. Coastal Society for Human Resource Management draw from their personal experiences to offer PCC Transitional Studies students sage advice about obtaining employment.
• PCC's Beta Nu Upsilon chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society inducts 22 new members.
• Fall Fest gives student clubs and organizations an opportunity to recruit new members and raise funds for various educational activities and charitable causes.
• PCC alum Joe Walston, who is the Carolinas Division purchasing manager for D.R. Horton Homes, visits classrooms and speaks with students about career opportunities, internships and tips for success.
• Students and employees join their counterparts at community colleges across the nation pause for a moment of silence to honor the nine individuals who lost their lives during a mass shooting at Umpqua Community College.
• PCC Student Ambassadors visit the N.C. Community College System Office as part of a leadership development retreat in Raleigh.
• The PCC Foundation holds a reception to honor scholarship recipients and thank the individuals and organizations whose generosity made the awards possible.
• A group of second-year Automotive Systems Technology students assist with the 5th Annual Petty’s Garage Car Show and meet NASCAR legend Richard Petty.
• PCC Volleyball hosts a "Dig Pink Rally" to raise funding for the Side-Out Foundation, an organization that supports breast cancer patients and their families.

• The 2015 PCC Foundation Down East Holiday Show opens with a special shopping event and ends up drawing more than 11,400 over the course of four days. The event, which raises funds for student scholarships and educational activities at PCC, features a record 178 vendors.
• PCC Student Ambassadors and the Student Activities Center’s Volunteer Services organize a food drive and collect 451 pounds of food to donate to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.
• The PCC Foundation thanks its most ardent supporters during a special reception at the Hilton Greenville.
• PCC honors the nation’s military veterans with a ceremony that features remarks from retired Navy Rear Admiral Gretchen Herbert.
• Representatives from 12 four-year institutions take part in PCC's University Fair, which gives college transfer students an opportunity to learn more about their educational options.
• Gamma Beta Phi and the PCC Center for Student Activities combine efforts to hold a successful blood drive on campus.
• PCC science instructor Joy Moses-Hall visits Edenton’s Shepard-Pruden Memorial Library to discuss “Wretched Refuge,” a book she wrote in 2014.

• PCC announces it is teaming up with Ayden’s CMI Plastics, Inc., to train 60 employees at the thermoforming company through $30,000 from the NCWorks Customized Training Program.
• The college holds a ceremony to officially name its Construction and Industrial Technology Building for local businessman and PCC alumnus Craig M. Goess.
• PCC Athletics honors the life of former basketball coach Charles Coburn with a basketball tournament featuring 14 teams and an appearance by NHRA champion drag racer Tony Shumacher.
• Christy Harris, a PCC Business Administration student, wins the PCC Foundation's Mercedes-Benz drawing, a fundraiser that raises enough money to support approximately 50 student scholarships.
• For the eighth year in a row, TRIO holds its Christmas Sponsorship Program to ensure students in the program and their families have a merry Christmas.
• To enhance safety, PCC installs new surveillance cameras in all of the buildings on the main campus.