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Dr. Russell Tours Building Bearing His Name

Malcolm Waters, left, Guerry Barbee, center, show Dr. Charles Russell around the Russell Building construction site.WINTERVILLE—Former Pitt Community College President Charles Russell was on campus last month to see firsthand the progress being made on construction of an academic building that bears his name.

Russell, who served as president from 1984 until his retirement in 2003, toured the 54,000-square-foot facility on July 25, calling it “awesome” at the conclusion of his visit.

“You run out of words,” he said. “A lot of young people will be helped in this building by getting an education that will ultimately help them go to work.”

Russell said he was “overwhelmed” by the structure, adding that construction was “further along” than he’d expected.


Tobacco Trust Grant Helps PCC Students 

Student Gary Greenway received funding through Project Skill-UP for a nursing assistant course.WINTERVILLE—A grant from the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission has helped Pitt Community College students ‘skill-up’ for new careers.

Last year, the Tobacco Trust awarded the N.C. Community College System a $750,000-grant to establish Project Skill-UP. The workforce development initiative was created to help individuals affected by changes in the tobacco industry update job skills and learn new marketable skills reflective of fast-growing occupations and/or new industries within their communities.

Project Skill-UP features three core components: skills assessment, occupational skills training and tuition assistance.

PCC received $20,000 from the Tobacco Trust grant. That money was used to fund tuition for 85 continuing education students, who pursued a wide range of training options – from barber college to a variety of health care programs, including nursing assistant, pharmacy tech, EKG monitoring tech and paramedic academy.


Pharr Named Asst. VP of Academic Affairs 

Maria PharrWINTERVILLE—Maria Pharr has been named Pitt Community College’s new Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs. She replaces Dr. Dan Mayo, who is now the college’s Dean of Public Service and Fine Arts Division.

Pharr comes to PCC from Craven Community College, where she served as a Dean of Liberal Arts and University Transfer, Director of Planning and Assessment, and Chair of Science, Math, Health/PE. She also taught biology at Lenoir Community College and Craven.

“PCC has consistently been recognized as a leader in the North Carolina Community College System for its progressive programming and strong leadership,” Pharr said. “I am excited to be able to contribute my skills, knowledge and passion toward continued growth and innovation of its services and programs. It is a great institution, and I am proud to be a part of it.”


PCC Part of Effort to Create a More Highly-Educated Nursing Workforce in N. Carolina

PCC is part of a statewide effort to produce a more highly-educated nursing workforce.Over the next three years, grant funding from The Duke Endowment will help Pitt Community College nursing graduates make a smooth transition to East Carolina University in order to complete bachelor’s degrees in the field.

In June, the Foundation for Nursing Excellence (FFNE) announced it had received a $1.37 million-grant from The Duke Endowment to expand the Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses (RIBN) project. RIBN began in 2008 as a collaboration between Western Carolina University, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College and FFNE to establish a seamless progression for nursing students to complete bachelor’s degrees.

Based on the project’s initial success, The Duke Endowment provided FFNE with grant funding to expand RIBN to five regional partnerships involving 14 associate degree and five university nursing programs throughout the state.


August 2011 Edition Quick Hitters ...

• Each month, PCC President G. Dennis Massey provides a "College Update" with the latest college news. Click HERE for Dr. Massey's August 2011 update.

• Students in PCC’s VISIONS program took part in a special orientation session last month to help them prepare for the jump to higher education this fall. (READ MORE)

• Electrical/Electronics students Trevor Baugh and Elliot Gurkin received scholarships from the Pitt County Electrical Contractors Association (PCECA) in July. (READ MORE)

• The Student Government Association held its annual Summer Splash event July 12. The event took place in front of the college's Warren Building and featured food, games and music. (PHOTO GALLERY)

• Children participating in the first week of Kids' College last month showcased their acting (On Stage! Young Actor's Theater) and musical talents (Rhythm and Tunes: Glee Choir Camp) with a performance in the Craig F. Goess Student Center July 22.  (READ MORE)

• PCC received $5,970 in July for lab equipment to enhance the teaching of cell-culture techniques. (READ MORE)

Upcoming Events ...

• Aug. 4 - 10 Most Common Energy Thieves & How You Can Save Some Green

• Aug. 13 - Energy Expo

• Aug. 15 - Convocation

• Aug. 16 - Cosmetology Registration

• Aug. 17 - First Day of Fall Semester Classes

• Oct. 6 - PCC Foundation Golf Classic

• Oct. 16 - Inaugural Bulldog Run

• 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 Andre Gregory, Minority Male Mentoring and International programs coordinator, the 30-minute program airs on television (Cable Channel 7) and radio (WTIB 103.7). (MORE INFORMATION)

• Be sure to watch "PCC Outreach with Ernis Lee" Mondays at 8:30 p.m. on Cable Channel 23.

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PCC Volleyball Releases 2011 Schedule

PCC Volleyball will kick off the season with a pair of scrimmages this month before traveling to Vance-Granville Community College Aug. 30 to begin regular season play.

The 2011 schedule, which was released in July, features 12 home games for the Bulldogs, starting with Louisburg College Sept. 13. PCC's home-opener against the Hurricanes will start at 6 p.m. in the Charles Coburn Center.

With three players returning from a year ago, Coach Tom Marsh's squad will scrimmage N.C. Wesleyan Aug. 24 in Rocky Mount before traveling to Raleigh Aug. 26 for a scrimmage against Peace College.

Pitt will play in four tournaments this season, beginning with the Pioneer Classic at Spartanburg (SC) Methodist College Sept. 3-4. The Bulldogs will then travel to La Plata, Md., for the College of Southern Maryland Tournament Sept. 9-10.

In October, PCC will play in a one-day event at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale Oct. 1 before participating in the Brunswick Community College Tournament Oct. 14-15.

For PCC's complete 2011 volleyball schedule, click HERE.

August Athletics Quick Hitters ...

• There will be a cheerleader informational meeting Aug. 24 in the Charles Coburn Center followed by cheerleader tryouts Aug. 27.

• The Kinston Free Press wrote a nice article on PCC baseball signee and student ambassador Blake Herring last month. (READ ARTICLE)