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Ralls Helps Kick Off Leadership Institute

Dr. Scott RallsGREENVILLE—Dr. Scott Ralls, newly-elected president of the N.C. Community College System, was the featured speaker June 4 as Pitt Community College kicked off its annual Leadership Institute at the Greenville Hilton.

Ralls, who replaced retired NCCCS President H. Martin Lancaster in May, told Leadership Institute participants that there has never been a more important time than now for community colleges and for leadership within those institutions.

The former Craven Community College president cited several factors in support of his assessment, including a rapidly increasing number of retirements among Baby Boomers, which has produced workforce shortages nationwide, particularly in the area of health care.

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NCADA Contributes $1,500 to Foundation

WINTERVILLE—The North Carolina Automobile Dealers Association (NCADA) has made a $1,500-contribution to the Pitt Community College Foundation in support of PCC’s Automotive Systems Technology program.

NCADA Check Presentation at PCC.According to NCADA Chairman Bill Brown, the funds are part of a National Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation program honoring five former CEOs of the National Automobile Dealers Association Board from North Carolina. As the NCADA’s chairman, Brown had the freedom to distribute the funds however he saw fit.

Brown, the owner of Greenville’s Brown and Wood Pontiac/Cadillac/Buick/GMC and Brown and Wood Jeep/Mazda, said he chose Pitt as a way to support the local community and help an automotive student get an education.

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VISIONS Holds Annual Summer Institute

VISIONS Summer InstituteWINTERVILLE—A group of rising seniors from Pitt County high schools spent time at Pitt Community College last month as part of a program designed to make them aware of career and educational opportunities available to them in their own backyards.

The students—all participants in PCC’s VISIONS Career Development and Scholarship Program—toured many of the college’s curriculum programs and visited local businesses and industries throughout the week as part of the annual VISIONS Summer Institute. The event provided valuable information that will guide the students through their final year of high school and into higher education.

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Nobles Selected to NCCCS Foundation Board

Susan NoblesRALEIGH—Susan Nobles, Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Pitt Community College, has been selected to serve on the North Carolina Community College Foundation Board.

Nobles, who also serves as executive director of the PCC Foundation, is part of a 28-member board that oversees the NCCCS Foundation, which was founded in 1986 to help sustain the mission and programs of the state’s 58-member community college system.

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PCC Group Takes Part in Habitat Project

WINTERVILLE—A pair of Pitt Community College Respiratory Therapy students and their instructor participated in a Habitat for Humanity project in June that resulted in a new home for a Greenville family.

Angie Chapman and Kirsten Mitchell, both rising sophomores at PCC, took part in the 2008 Habitat for Humanity Home Builders Blitz along with Wendy Ayscue, clinical education director of the college’s Respiratory Therapy program.

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Cleveland Selects Chisenhall 29th Overall

Lonnie ChisenhallWINTERVILLE—Following a season in which he batted .410 and helped Pitt Community College reach the NJCAA Eastern District Championship, the Cleveland Indians made Bulldogs infielder Lonnie Chisenhall the 29th pick of the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft on June 5.

"This was the best player available," Indians director of scouting Brad Grant told MLB.com. "Lonnie's been a guy that we've had targeted from the beginning. Picking at 29, it's really difficult to know who's going to be there. There were no surprises above him, [and] he was the best talent on the board at 29."

PCC Baseball Coach Tommy Eason said he was almost at a loss for words knowing Chisenhall had been chosen in the first round. “There’s only 30 first-round draft picks and for him to be one was phenomenal,” he said.

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