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Class of '10 Turns Tassels on Job Well Done
GREENVILLE—Members of Pitt Community College’s Class of 2010 put the finishing touches on a job well done when they turned their tassels at the conclusion of last month's graduation ceremony in East Carolina University’s Minges Coliseum.
With family and friends filling the arena to capacity, more than 400 members of the graduating class participated in the ceremony. According to PCC Registrar Joanne Ceres, the college awarded 971 degrees, diplomas and certificates to this year’s graduating class compared to 907 a year ago, an increase of seven percent.
For graduate Jamie Nanney, commencement marked the culmination of an educational journey that began in 2006, after he lost his job of 30 years due to a plant closing.
Gov. Perdue Discusses HIT Consortium, Health Care Jobs During PCC Campus Visit
WINTERVILLE—Health care jobs were the topic of discussion in May, when Gov. Beverly Perdue paid a visit to Pitt Community College’s Health Sciences facilities.
Gov. Perdue met with PCC administrators in the William E. Fulford Building May 21 to learn more about how a federal Health Information Technology (HIT) consortium will help get more North Carolinians working in health care professions.
In April, PCC was one of five institutions in the United States selected to administer a $70 million national HIT training program.
As part of the project, the college received $10.9 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to lead a consortium that includes 21 community colleges in a 13-state region stretching from the Southeast to New Mexico and including almost one-third of the nation's population. Pitt may receive an additional $10.9 million for a second year after successful completion of a mid-project evaluation.
PCC InSight TV Show Debuts Tonight at 6:30
WINTERVILLE—PCC InSight, the college's brand new television show, debuts tonight on Cable Channel 7 in Greenville at 6:30.
Hosted by Levy Brown, Director of Cooperative Education and Secondary Alliances, and Alumni Relations Director Ashley Smith, PCC InSight's first guest will be President G. Dennis Massey.
The 30-minute program about PCC news and events will air Mondays at 6:30 p.m. on television (Channel 7) and radio (WTIB 103.7).
Summer Enrollment Is at an All-Time High
WINTERVILLE—PCC Registrar Joanne Ceres reported during the May College Council meeting that 3,897 students had enrolled for the college's 2010 Summer Semester.
According to Ceres, this summer's enrollment is 18 percent higher than a year ago, when 3,317 students enrolled. Summer enrollment, Ceres said, has increased each year since 2,350 students enolled in 2006.
The number of full-time students attending PCC this summer has increased dramatically. Ceres said 728 students are enrolled full-time this semester, a 71 percent increase from 2009.
Of this summer's enrollment, Ceres said 2,603 students (67 percent) are receiving some type of financial aid.
June Edition Quick Hitters ...
• Members of the PCC Amateur Radio Club will participate in the annual ARRL Field Day this month. This 24-hour event officially begins June 26 at 2 p.m. It will take place outdoors, behind PCC's Robert Lee Humber Building. The public is invited to attend.
• The N.C. Community College System's "Listening Tour" made a stop on the PCC campus last month. The event was an opportunity for community college administrators from Pitt, Beaufort and Martin counties to share information with NCCCS personnel and the State Board. The PCC stop featured presentations on the college's VISIONS program and Building Construction Technology curriculum. (PHOTO GALLERY)
• The Arts and Sciences Academic Advising Center will be open June 30 - Aug. 5. Located in Rooms 227-228 of the Raymond Reddrick Building, the center will operate Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Last year, the center advised more than 1,100 students in five weeks.
• PCC's Business Division will operate an advising center this summer from June 30 to Aug. 2 in Room 110 of the Robert Lee Humber Building. The center's hours of operation are the same as those of the Arts and Sciences Academic Advising Center.
• TRIO will hold Open Mic Beach Party June 23 in the Craig F. Goess Student Center from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. The event is open to all persons within the college community. Those interested in participating should contact Tabitha Miller by phone at (252) 493-7765 or e-mail.
• The Student Government Association's annual Summer Splash event will take place on campus July 8 at 10 a.m.
• PCC will hold New Student Orientation on July 20. The college holds this event each summer to help incoming students get off to a great start. Orientation features divisional information sessions (9 a.m., 2 p.m., and 6 p.m.), placement testing, an information fair about various PCC and community services, campus tours, and an opportunity to meet with academic advisors to register for classes.
• PCC's VISIONS program will hold its annual Summer Institute June 21-25. The program will introduce a new class of VISIONS students to PCC educational programs and services and to some of the potential employment opportunities available to them in the area.
• The Daily Reflector's June edition of Mixer magazine features an article on 2010 PCC graduate Jamel Cannon. Jamel was an excellent and active student during his time on our campus and has a bright future ahead of him. Click HERE to read the Mixer article on Jamel's dream of a musical career.
• Former PCC Student Ambassador Josh Jones penned a letter to The Daily Reflector concerning the college's need for funding. A Snow Hill resident, Josh will be enrolling at UNC-Chapel Hill this fall to pursue a bachelor's degree. To read his letter, click HERE.
• Each month, PCC President G. Dennis Massey provides a "College Update" with the latest college news. Click HERE for Dr. Massey's June update.
Baseball Ends Season in Grand Junction
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.—Pitt Community College's stay in the NJCAA Baseball World Series ended early with consecutive losses to College of Southern Nevada and Temple College (TX).
The Bulldogs had a remarkable season, finishing second in the Region X Conference during the regular season before winning the Region X Conference Tournament in Burlington for the second time in three years. PCC earned its first-ever trip to Grand Junction for the JUCO World Series by beating Potomac State College of WVU twice at Minges-Overton in convincing fashion.
Though the Dawgs got off to a good start against College of Southern Nevada on day one of the World Series, things turned sour quickly as the Coyotes used the long ball to take a 13-5 victory.
Against Temple College, PCC appeared to be well on its way to the program's very first World Series victory after jumping out to an 8-1 lead. But the Leopards got to Pitt's bullpen after starter Justin Nygard went down in the fifth with an eye injury.
Temple scored five runs in the sixth and four more in the seventh to go on top 10-8 before adding a solo homer in the eighth to close out the scoring.
PCC, ranked fourth in the country going into the NJCAA World Series, finished the season with a 41-13 record.
Softball Season Ends in NJCAA World Series
ST. GEORGE, Utah—After winning the Region X Conference regular season and tournament titles, PCC Softball made its first-ever appearance in the NJCAA Division I Fast-Pitch Softball Championship in May.
The Bulldogs were seeded 16th for the national tourney and met up with top-seed Salt Lake Community College in the first round. Though PCC was within reach of the Bruins after four innings, a lack of execution at the plate and misplays in the field ultimately took away any chance of a comeback.
SLCC led just 3-0 going into the bottom of the fifth but took advantage of a pair of misjudged balls by the Pitt outfield to tally five runs and bring the Mercy Rule into effect for an 8-0 win.
“The final score really doesn’t provide a true picture of the game,” PCC coach Junior Bailey said. “It was really a 4-0 game going to the sixth with two more chances to battle back. But once the lead got to eight, it was over by rule and there were no chances to come back.
“A couple of plays there—if we finish those plays—we’re still playing ball and we’ve got the meat of our order coming up.”
In game two of the tournament, Seward County Community College (KS) ralled from 2-1 down with two outs in the seventh to tie the game and beat Pitt Community College in extra innings, 5-2.
PCC's season ended with the Seward loss at 39-13 overall.