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CIT Division Set to Auction House Oct. 30

CIT Division to Auction This House Oct. 30!WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College Construction and Industrial Technology (CIT) students have once again combined efforts to produce an energy-efficient home to be sold by public auction this month.

According to Bill Hill, department chair of PCC’s Building Construction Technology program, students have built a 1,568-square-foot-home that will be sold to the highest bidder at 10 a.m. on Oct. 30. Proceeds from the sale will go back to the CIT Division for future training activities, he said.

For more than 20 years, students from Pitt’s AC, Heating and Refrigeration, Architectural Technology, Electrical/Electronics Technology and Building Construction Technology programs have taken part in the construction of an energy-efficient house. Hill said the project provides the students with knowledge and extensive hands-on experience in the construction trade.


Minority Male Mentoring Receives Grant

PCC Grad and Former Next Level Student Jamel CannonWINTERVILLE—The N.C. Community College System (NCCCS) recently announced that Pitt Community College is one of 41 North Carolina community colleges that will receive funding to support programs geared toward creating success among minority males.

In the 2010-11 budget, the N.C. General Assembly set aside $900,000 in recurring funding for minority male mentoring (MMM) programs at the state’s community colleges. The money was paired with a $407,000 federal College Access Challenge Grant to expand or launch college efforts that promote the development of personal, professional and academic growth among minority males.

"Minority male mentoring programs at our community colleges provide a lifeline to many young men who have great potential but often lack a support system,” said Dr. Scott Ralls, NCCCS President. “Since we began this initiative in 2003, we have had many students in this program receive two-year degrees, go on to four-year colleges and universities, and find meaningful employment as a result of the encouragement and support they receive.


Hunter, Neal Receive SECU Scholarships

2010 SECU Scholarship PresentationWINTERVILLE—The State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) Foundation presented scholarships last month to PCC students Brad Hunter and Matt Neal.

Hunter, a Kinston resident, and Neal, who lives in Goldsboro, will each receive $5,000 through their awards to be used toward their PCC tuition and other educational expenses.

The son of Kinston’s Derek and Emma Hunter, Brad Hunter is working on an Associate in Science degree at PCC with plans to pursue a four-year degree in Civil Engineering. A 2010 South Lenoir High School graduate, he is a PCC Student Ambassador and an outfielder on Pitt’s intercollegiate baseball team.


PCC Presented Dalton D. Bright Scholarship


Dalton D. Bright ScholarshipGREENVILLE—The Dalton D. Bright Scholarship was presented to Pitt Community College in a ceremony Aug. 4. The Independent Insurance Agents of North Carolina, Inc. (IIANC) has given an $8,975-contribution to the scholarship and—when combined with a donation from Hooker & Buchanan, Inc. in Greenville—this gift raised the endowment to $50,000.

The scholarship honors Dalton D. “Skip” Bright, who passed away in 2006 and was a former member of IIANC and long-time employee of Hooker & Buchanan, Inc. It will help support the academic pursuits of deserving PCC students.

PCC President G. Dennis Massey was present at the ceremony, along with Hooker & Buchanan, Inc. President Lester Brown, PCC Foundation Director Susan Nobles and Bright’s widow, Judy.


October Edition Quick Hitters ...

• PCC will open its doors to the community for a fourth straight year with an Open House event on Oct. 30. This year's Open House, which will feature a special celebration of the college's upcoming 50th Anniversary, is scheduled to take place on PCC's main campus from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (MORE INFORMATION)

• The Men's and Women's resource centers sponsored a presentation on "First Impressions" Sept. 14 in the Goess Student Center. The program featured Mitchell's Hairstyling Academy representatives discussing how individuals can have a professional appearance by staying within the bounds of good taste while still having an edge of individuality. Another "First Impressions" program will take place Oct. 19 with Brooks Brothers Clothing representatives focusing on how to create a 'perfectly polished look' for interviews and the workplace.

• The Disney Institute's newest professional development program, "Disney’s Approach to Quality Service for Health Care Professionals," is coming to the Greenville Hilton Oct. 10. (MORE INFORMATION)

• The Fifth Annual Greenville Area Green Building and Solar Tour kicks off at PCC Oct. 9, giving the community a chance to see firsthand various styles and sizes of ‘green’ building projects. (MORE INFORMATION)

• The annual PCC Foundation Golf Classic is scheduled for Oct. 7 at Greenville Country Club. The event raises money for PCC scholarships and educational activities.

• The PCC Foundation's Down East Holiday Show will take place at the Greenville Convention Center Nov. 5-7. (MORE INFORMATION)

• The PCC Symphony Orchestra will present its fall concert at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 12 at Faith Assembly of God in Winterville. (MORE INFORMATION)

• The 2010 PCC Leadership institute takes place at the Riverfront Hilton in New Bern Oct. 13-15.

• Wendy Perrini, department chair of PCC's Occupational Therapy and Therapeutic Massage programs, was part of a team of rehab therapists that traveled to Haiti in June to provide physical and occupational rehabilitation services for victims of the earthquake that devasted the country in January. Perrini gave a presentation on her Haitian experience in the Goess Student Center Sept. 22.

• In collaboration with East Carolina University, PCC's Arts and Sciences Division hosted a Readers' Theater event Sept. 9. The program was part of the lead up to the 2010 Eastern North Carolina Literary Homecoming. (PHOTO GALLERY)

• Each month, PCC President G. Dennis Massey provides a "College Update" with the latest college news. Click HERE for Dr. Massey's October update.

• The annual ECU/PCC Career Fairs will take place Oct. 7. (MORE INFORMATION)

• Each Monday at 6:30 p.m., catch the latest Pitt Community College news on PCC InSight. Hosted by PCC Alumni Relations Director Ashley Smith and Levy Brown, Director of Cooperative Education and Secondary Alliances, the 30-minute program airs on television (Cable Channel 7) and radio (WTIB 103.7). (MORE INFORMATION)

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Volleyball on a Nine-Game Winning Streak

Natalie SalterThe Pitt Community College volleyball team has gotten off to a great start in 2010 and will take a nine-game winning streak into tomorrow night's game at Louisburg College.

The Bulldogs are 14-4 overall and undefeated in Region X Conference play at 6-0. Pitt began its current run of success Sept. 11 at the College of Southern Maryland Invitational with victories over Catonsville Community College and Potomac State.

Since that time, PCC has reeled off wins over Sandhills, Brunswick, Guilford Tech, Piedmont Baptist College and Johnston Community College twice. The Bulldogs also picked up a key conference win at home against previously undefeated Cape Fear Community College on Sept. 29.

Pitt's next home match will take place Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. against Lenoir Community College.

October Athletics Quick Hitters ...

• PCC Softball went 2-1 in the Campbell Stampede Oct. 1-2. The Bulldogs topped Louisburg College, 5-0, on Friday and Methodist College, 6-2, Saturday before falling to Campbell University, 4-1. Pitt is now 3-2 overall this fall. (2010 FALL SCHEDULE)

• PCC Baseball scrimmaged the Puerto Rican national team in Cary Sept. 25 as part of its fall practice slate.

• Basketball will open the 2010-11 season at home Nov. 13 against Sandhills Community College at 3 p.m. The Bulldogs have one returning player, Clint Mixon, from last year's team that finished 11-14 overall.