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PCC Commencement Is Tonight in Minges
Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton Will Address Class of 2010
WINTERVILLE--PCC will hold its annual spring commencement tonight with Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton addressing members of the school's 2010 graduating class.
Elected lieutenant governor in November 2008, Dalton took office two months later, pledging to help create good-paying jobs, provide affordable and quality health care, and strengthen the state's public schools, community colleges and universities.
Dalton, a Rutherfordton native and former state senator, has long been a proponent of education. As a member of the N.C. General Assembly, he helped pass legislation to reduce class sizes, bring accountability to classrooms and increase teacher pay.
College Awarded $10.9 Million to Serve as Lead Institution for 13-State Consortium
RALEIGH - Gov. Bev Perdue announced last month that PCC had been named one of five institutions across the country to lead a regional consortium of community colleges to train thousands of new health information technology (health IT) professionals.
The new training opportunities in North Carolina will expand Gov. Perdue's JobsNOW "12-in-6" program that provides training for 12 careers in six months or less in key, fast-growing job sectors.
"North Carolina's community colleges and our JobsNOW initiative are aimed at training and retraining our workers to get them into fast-growing careers - such as health IT - where jobs are available right now," said Gov. Perdue. "These new professionals will also have a significant impact on medical care in North Carolina and around the country."
The PCC-led consortium received a $10.9 million cooperative agreement (#09CC0078) from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for the first year. Additional funding is available for a second year after successful completion of a mid-project evaluation.
College Celebrates Employee Achievements
WINTERVILLE—PCC celebrated employee achievements in April with the 27th Annual Employee Appreciation and Recognition Evening at the Greenville Convention Center.
During the program, the college honored recent retirees and presented service awards to employees who have been with the school for five, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 years. A number of special awards were also announced as part of the event.
The 2010 Joan and Ed Warren Staff Employee of the Year Award was presented to JoAnn Schuhbauer. As part of her duties as administrative assistant in the Office of Academic Affairs, Schuhbauer ensures the college is meeting N.C. Community College System curriculum standards and cooperative agreements with other institutions.
Student Adam Till Named Coca-Cola Finalist
WINTERVILLE--PCC administrators announced last month that University Transfer student Adam Till has been selected as a 2010 Coca-Cola National Finalist.
As a result of his selection, Till and 149 of his peers from community colleges across the country will receive a $1,000 stipend and be featured in USA Today on April 19.
Till, an Ayden resident with a 4.0 grade point average, is pursuing an associate in science degree. He is on track to graduate from Pitt in May with plans to double major in physics and biology at East Carolina University in order to become a doctor.
Leadership Group Inducts 54 New Members
WINTERVILLE--Pitt Community College’s Sigma Alpha Pi chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success recently inducted 54 new members during a ceremony in the Craig F. Goess Student Center that featured State Sen. Don Davis delivering the keynote address on the characteristics of good leaders.
Sigma Alpha Pi’s newest inductees are now part of the National Society of Leadership and Success’s long-standing tradition of academic excellence, leadership and service.
With a mission to create lasting, positive changes in people’s lives, the Society stresses the importance of giving back to the community. As a result, PCC Sigma Alpha Pi students have been involved in a variety of community service projects, including Stop Hunger Now, Relay for Life, the Carolina Pregnancy Center, and Give 2 the Troops.
May Edition Quick Hitters ...
• PCC's VISIONS program celebrated the upcoming high school graduations of its newest class. The event took place at Rock Springs Center. (PHOTO GALLERY)
• Student Support Services (TRIO) held its annual awards ceremony in the Goess Student Center April 29. (PHOTO GALLERY)
• PCC's chapter of Lambda Epsilon Chi inducted 14 students into the national paralegal honor society April 16. (READ STORY)
• Dr. Martin Schwarz, PCC foreign language instructor from 2003-2010, passed away April 7 at age 78. (READ TRIBUTE)
• PCC's Lisa Elmore was installed as 2010-11 president of the N.C. Association of Educational Office Professionals, Inc., during the organization's annual conference in Greensboro. (READ STORY)
• Students took part in a public speaking contest last month on the topic of health care reform and Natasha Smith took the top spot and the $150-prize. (READ STORY)
• David K. Erdmann, a PCC Networking Technology student, was recently named the Greenville Morning Rotary Club's 2010 Sen. Ed N. Warren Scholarship recipient. (READ STORY)
• Therapeutic Massage students raised $699 for cancer research by providing chair massages during this year's Relay for Life event held April 23-24. This is the fifth year students from the program have participated in the fundraiser.
Softball Headed to Utah for NJCAA Tourney
WINTERVILLE—After a remarkable regular season that featured a 19-game winning streak, national accolades for pitcher Charity Watson and center fielder Christie Brown and a regular-season conference championship, the Pitt Community College softball team put the icing on the cake this month with the program’s very first Region X Tournament title.
As a result, the Bulldogs (39-11) will travel to St. George, Utah, next week for the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I Fast-Pitch Softball Championship.
Bulldogs Claim Region X Title with Ease
PCC to Host Eastern District Championship at Minges-Overton May 21-22
BURLINGTON--The Pitt Community College baseball team coasted past USC-Sumter, 18-2, to claim the Region X Conference Tournament championship at Burlington Athletic Park May 8.
Sophomore first baseman Trey Holmes led the PCC onslaught with a 5-for-6 effort from the plate. Freshman shortstop Tanner Lovick was 2-for-5 with three runs batted in, while sophomore third baseman Matt Campbell finished 2-for-4 with a homer and an RBI, as Pitt tallied a total of 22 hits on the night.
Basketball Signs Two Nash Central Stars
ROCKY MOUNT--Dominique Holloway figured he’d be playing college athletics somewhere next season.
His teammate Terrance Copeland just wanted the same chance.
Both will end up side-by-side next season after the Nash Central basketball duo recently signed full scholarships to play for Pitt Community College.
Volleyball Signee Top N.C. Female Athlete
Pender High School star Leah Mackley will play volleyball for PCC this fall. Mackley was recently named North Carolina's female high school Athlete of the Year -- quite an impressive accomplishment.