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PCC Launching New Leadership Program

MRC, Human Resources Combine Efforts to Start Monthly Speaker Series

Jasmin SpainWINTERVILLE—The Pitt Community College Men’s Resource Center is teaming up with the college’s Human Resources Department to sponsor a monthly speaker series for employees on leadership preparation.

According to Jasmin Spain, co-chair of Pitt’s Men’s Resource Center, the “Community College Leadership Program” will feature PCC administrators speaking with employees about their community college careers and offering them advice on how to pursue leadership positions within the community college system.

"This initiative is a chance for key PCC leaders to provide employees with opportunities for professional growth by offering their insight on what it takes to be a leader,” Spain said. “In addition to providing services to students, the Men’s Resource Center is also committed to serving employees and investing in their futures.”

The first leadership presentation is scheduled for Sept. 18 at 12 p.m. and will feature Dr. Virginia Hardy, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at East Carolina University. A Pitt County native, Hardy has also served as a member of the PCC Board of Trustees since 2008.

Subsequent segments will feature PCC President G. Dennis Massey, Susan Nobles (Vice President of Institutional Advancement), Dr. Stephanie Rook (Arts and Sciences Division Dean), Maria Pharr (Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs), Donna Neal (Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs) and Dr. Dan Mayo (Public Services and Fine Arts Dean).

Spain says each session will take place in the Walter and Marie Williams Dining Room on campus and last approximately one hour. Each program will feature a 15-20-minute presentation followed by a 15-minute question-and-answer session, he said.

In addition to discussing their professional backgrounds, Spain said speakers would focus their remarks on the challenges and opportunities associated with their specific PCC roles.

Spain noted that the series is open to all PCC employees, including part-time staff. He added that the benefits to those who attend are many, including certificates of completion for those who register for and attend five or more sessions.

"It is our hope that this speaker series will contribute to the retention of quality employees and aid in the recruitment of quality professionals to Pitt Community College," he said.