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PCC Ranks Among Top 100 in Awarding Associate Degrees to African-Americans

PCC Graduates 2009Preliminary data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics shows PCC is among the country’s best colleges and universities when it comes to providing education to African-American students.

According to the statistics, Pitt ranked 68th in the number of associate degrees awarded to African-Americans during the 2007-08 academic year. The ranking was 20 spots higher than last year, when PCC ranked 88th after awarding 180 associate degrees to African-American students in 2006-07.

This year’s report showed PCC conferred 202 degrees across all disciplines to African-Americans in 2007-08, a 12 percent increase from the year before. The total, which was comprised of 54 males and 148 females, represented 29 percent of all graduates from the college that year.


College Bringing Disney to Greenville Hilton

Disney Keys to Quality ServiceDisney Institute is bringing its renowned professional development program, “Disney’s Approach to Quality Service,” to Greenville on Aug. 5.

Sponsored locally by PCC's Continuing Education Division, the full-day event will give area professionals an opportunity to “experience the business behind the magic.” The program will bring the best of Disney Institute content to the Greenville Hilton.

Program registration is $250 per person and includes all course materials, continental breakfast and lunch. For more information or to register, call (252) 493-7260 or (252) 493-7317.


Enrollment Is Up 18 Percent This Summer

PCC's summer semester is well under way, and the school is once again experiencing a significant increase in enrollment compared to the same point a year ago.

According to an enrollment report by PCC Registrar Joanne Ceres, 3,298 students have enrolled at Pitt this summer, up 508 (an 18 percent increase) from last summer, when the college witnessed a seven percent enrollment growth.

The report showed the number of full-time students taking courses at Pitt this summer increased 49 percent from a year ago. A total of 420 full-time students are enrolled at the college this semester compared to 282 in 2008.


King’s Passion Earns Him Downing Award

Don KingDuring the college’s annual employee appreciation event in April, PCC administrators presented instructor Don King with the 2009 Joseph E. Downing Award for Excellence in Teaching.

King, a LaGrange native, teaches orientation classes for college freshmen and another for students getting started in health curricula at PCC. He said he felt honored and humbled to simply be nominated for the Downing Award, adding that he was “surprised” to win it.

“I can’t really say why I won, but I can say confidently that I am very knowledgeable in the areas I teach and am very passionate about my role as an instructor at PCC,” King said. “I see myself not just as a student’s instructor but as a facilitator in one’s personal and academic development.”


Army Ranger Who Led Troops in Somalia Discusses Leadership in Difficult Conditions

Jeff Robinson (l) and Danny McKnightIf anyone should know a thing or two about leading under the most difficult of circumstances, it’s retired U.S. Army Col. Danny McKnight.

As an Army Ranger in October 1993, McKnight led a convoy of U.S. military vehicles through the enemy-filled streets of Mogadishu, Somalia, on a mission to capture a Somali warlord responsible for massacring 24 United Nations troops. The intense firefight that took place that day is the subject of a book written by Mark Bowden titled, “Black Hawk Down,” and a movie by the same name released in 2001.


July Edition Quick Hitters ...

• PCC held its annual VISIONS Summer Institute June 15-19 to make a new group of program participants aware of the career and educational opportunities available to them locally. (READ STORY)

• The college welcomed a new group of Student Ambassadors last month who will represent PCC and assist college employees at a variety of events during the 2009-10 academic year. Click HERE to learn more about them.

• Southern Bank representatives visited the college last month to present the second installment of a pledge their business made to the PCC Foundation's Futures First Capital Campaign. (READ STORY)

• The PCC Foundation announced in June that the Grainger Foundation made a $5,000-donation to the college that will fund scholarships for students in the Construction and Industrial Technology Division. (READ STORY)

• Pitt opened a new advising center June 29 for students enrolling in the school’s University Transfer and Health Sciences (Associate in General Education or AGE) programs this fall. The center will be open weekdays until Aug. 12. (READ STORY)

• Student Support Services (or TRIO) held a disco-themed Summer Open Mic event June 25. For photos, click HERE.

• PCC Foundation Fall Golf Classic organizers are seeking teams and sponsors for the annual scholarship fundraiser. The Oct. 1 tournament will take place at Greenville Country Club. (READ STORY)

• A Red Cross Blood Drive at PCC June 30 yielded 45 productive units. Sixty-two people participated in the event, 18 percent of whom were first-time donors. The next blood drive on campus will take place Sept. 9.

• The college will hold an orientation program July 15 to welcome new students to campus. Click HERE for more details.

The Student Government Association's Summer Splash event will take place July 21 in front of the Ed and Joan Warren Building on Reedy Branch Road, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Bulldogs Finish 29th in Final PGC Polling

Justin NygardPCC Baseball, which ended the season with a loss to Surry Community College in the Region X Conference Tournament, finished among the top 50 junior colleges in Perfect Game Crosschecker's final poll for 2009.

The Bulldogs, who finished the year 36-8 overall, were ranked 29th in the PGC poll released June 3. Spartanburg Methodist College (#5) and USC-Sumter (#12) are the only other Region X teams in the rankings.


In other sports news ...

• PCC Athletics welcomed a new class of student-athletes to campus July 1 with an orientation program in the Craig F. Goess Student Center's multipurpose room. The college will field intercollegiate teams in four sports in 2009-10: baseball, basketball, softball and volleyball. The golf program has been placed on hiatus temporarily.

• PCC Basketball Coach Chad Reynolds is conducting several camps this summer to help players develop their hoops skills. For more information, click HERE.

• Former PCC baseball standout and current Kinston Indians third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall was recently selected to participate in the annual All-Star Game between the Carolina and California leagues. Chisenhall won a home run contest as part of the festivities held in conjunction with the game.