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Human Services Honors One of Its Founders

Dr. Ray Taylor, right, presents a plaque to Maggie Barbee in recognition of her contributions to PCC's Human Services Technology program. Barbee spent nearly 31 years with the college before retiring in 2000.

WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College's Human Service Technology (HST) program paid tribute this 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.”

Barbee, who retired in 2000, helped start Pitt’s Human Services program in 1970 through a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health. At the time, she said, it was one of only 17 HST programs in the nation.

Barbee recalled having just 11 students in her class when the HST program began and was impressed with the hundreds of students that are currently enrolled.

“You have the opportunity to improve the quality of life of the neediest people of our society,” she told the students attending orientation.

In addition to offering an associate degree, PCC’s Human Services Technology program has expanded to offer concentrations in gerontology and substance abuse.