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PCC Providing Welding Training at Mestek
FARMVILLE—Through its Customized Training Program, Pitt Community College is utilizing its mobile welding lab to provide welding training and certification to employees of Mestek, Inc.
Within the past two months, PCC welding instructors have provided a pair of 40-hour MIG welding courses to a total of 13 Mestek employees. The most recent round of training began Sept. 12 and ran for two weeks before concluding with a welding certification test for the six employees taking part.
PCC welding instructor Bobby Perkins, who taught the first class at Mestek in August, said the employees he worked with were “ecstatic” about the instruction they received and had learned a lot.
Region D Director Reports Successful Year
The director of the PCC-led Region D Health Information Technology (HIT) Consortium is reporting a successful first year for the 20 community colleges she oversees as part of a federally-funded program that prepares workers to implement electronic health records (EHR).
According to Kay Gooding, Region D Project Director, of the five regional consortia that have been offering newly-created HIT training since September 2010, Region D has enrolled the most students—4,366, or 28 percent of the national total. She also noted that nine of the top 25 colleges with the highest current HIT enrollment are from Region D, which includes states from New Mexico to North Carolina.
Gooding said 82 colleges across the country, including PCC, are offering the six-month HIT training online. Of those schools, she said, four Region D colleges are in the top 20 with regard to the number of students who have completed the program.
New Scholarship Fosters Global Learning
PCC's first ‘Global Scholars’ have successfully returned from their education abroad experiences, which were made possible through the college’s newly-created International Education Travel Scholarship (IETS).
The brainchild of Darlene Smith-Worthington, an instructor and coordinator of the PCC Abroad travel program, IETS is based on the Gilman Scholarship, which provides awards for study abroad opportunities to undergraduates receiving Federal Pell Grant funding.
Andre Gregory, PCC’s International Programs Coordinator, said college administrators established IETS as part of the school’s mission to ensure students are globally knowledgeable.
Human Services Honors One of Its Founders
PCC's Human Service Technology (HST) program paid tribute last month to a woman credited with helping start the curriculum 41 years ago.
During an orientation lab for new human services students on Sept. 9, Dr. Ray Taylor, HST Department Chair, presented PCC retiree Maggie Barbee with a plaque in recognition of her nearly 31 years of service to the college.
“Pitt Community College is grateful for Mrs. Barbee’s commitment to the philosophies and ideals of the human services profession,” Taylor said. “It was her vision many years ago that led to the development of a human services program at PCC, which has produced graduates of the highest quality for more than 40 years and will continue to do so for many years to come.”
October 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 October 2011 update.
• The PCC Leadership Institute took place Sept. 28-30 at the Greenville Hilton and Rock Springs Center. The annual professional development program for PCC employees was scheduled to take place in New Bern but had to be moved to Greenville due to flooding. (GROUP PHOTO)
• PCC will open its doors to the community for Open House Oct. 15, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (PCC INSIGHT INTERVIEW WITH JOANNE CERES)
• The PCC Symphony Orchestra's fall concert will take place Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Faith Assembly of God Church on Corey Road in Winterville. (PCC INSIGHT INTERVIEW WITH CONDUCTOR LARRY SPELL)
• PCC's ESL Department celebrated foreign cultures and countries with "International Day" on Sept. 27 in the PCC Greenville Center. (PHOTO GALLERY)
• The Student Development Services Division released the first edition of "PCC Student Affairs Quarterly" in September. (READ MORE)
• PCC radiology graduate Angela Thomas was recently honored for her teaching work at Vance-Granville Community College. (READ STORY)
• Construction and Industrial Technology (CIT) students have once again combined efforts to produce a pair of homes to be sold by public auction Oct. 15 for the benefit of future CIT training activities. (PCC INSIGHT INTERVIEW WITH BILL HILL)
• Support the PCC Foundation by purchasing a chance to win a Bushnell Laser Rangefinder bonus pack. The drawing will take place during the PCC Foundation Golf Classic Oct. 6. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS)
• On Sept. 21, PCC held "Nature: Power, Promise and Revelation," a Readers' Theater event to help promote East Carolina University's Eastern North Carolina Literary Homecoming, which took place in Joyner Library Sept. 23-24. (PHOTO GALLERY)
• The college celebrated "Constitution Day" Sept. 15 with a program in the Goess Student Center. (PHOTO GALLERY)
• PCC welcomed its international student population to campus Sept. 14 with a special reception in the Craig F. Goess Student Center multipurpose room. (PHOTO GALLERY)
• The Craig F. Goess Student Center was buzzing with activity Sept. 8 as students took part in Clubs and Subs. The event was an opportunity for student clubs and organizations to raise awareness of their activities and recruit new members. (PHOTO GALLERY)
• PCC was included on a list of "military-friendly schools" released last month.
Upcoming Events ...
• Oct. 6 - PCC Foundation Golf Classic
• Oct. 6 - National Student Day
• Oct. 11 - PCC Symphony Orchestra Concert
• Oct. 12 - Fall Fiesta
• Oct. 15 - Open House
• Oct. 16 - Inaugural Bulldog Run
• Oct. 18 - PCC Foundation Scholarship Reception
• Oct. 28 - Trunk or Treat
• Oct. 29 - PTK Fall Yard Sale
• Nov. 4-6 - Down East Holiday Show
• 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.
Volleyball Now 15-3 after 12 Straight Wins
The Pitt Community College volleyball team extended its winning streak to 12 games Saturday with victories over Northern Virginia Community College, 3-1, and Delaware Tech, 3-0, in Annandale, Va.
Since tonight's scheduled home match against Vance-Granville has been canceled, next up for PCC is a road trip Oct. 7-8 for matches against Spartanburg Methodist College, Andrew College, Catawba Valley Community College and Wilkes Community College.
The Bulldogs, who are 15-3 overall, 8-0 in the Region X Conference, won their tenth straight match on Sept. 28, a 3-0 victory over Region X Conference-rival Lenoir Community College in Kinston.
Megan Mansfield led the Bulldogs’ attack with 10 kills as PCC rolled past the Lancers, 25-15, in the first set before taking set two, 25-11, and set three for the win by a 25-20 count.
Brandi Tanner tallied eight kills for Pitt, and Leah Mackley finished with 14 assists.
PCC’s last defeat came Sept. 4 to Brevard Community College in the Pioneer Classic hosted by Spartanburg Methodist College.
October Athletics Quick Hitters ...
• PCC Baseball traveled to Cary Sept. 13 for an exhibition game against the Team USA 18U squad. The Bulldogs led early, 2-1, before eventually falling, 11-2. (READ STORY)
• PCC Basketball has rescheduled its annual Blue-White game for Oct. 12. The intrasquad scrimmage will get under way in the Charles Coburn Center at 12 p.m., near the conclusion of SGA's "Fall Fiesta" event. For the complete 2011-12 basketball schedule, click HERE.
• PCC Softball will scrimmage East Carolina University Oct. 21 at the ECU Softball Stadium as part of the Bulldogs' fall practice slate.
• For a look back at PCC's Major League Baseball draft picks over the years, click HERE.