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2013 Year-in-Review: Part II (May-August)

A record 1,551 credentials were awarded to graduates during the 2012-13 academic year.

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• RELATED LINKS: 2013 YIR: Part I      ¦      2013 YIR: Part III

WINTERVILLE—A record number of graduates, official notification of accreditation, the start of a bond referendum campaign, and a historical feature on UNC-TV highlighted the middle portion of this year for Pitt Community College students and employees.

As another year draws to a close, the following is the second of three installments that look back on the events that transpired at North Carolina’s seventh-largest community college in 2013.


• Representatives from various health organizations speak with students about employment opportunities as part of the college’s “Health Sciences Career Fair.”
• PCC's English as a Second Language Program celebrates the various cultures of its students with an International Day program on campus.
• Pitt County Commissioner Jimmy Garris addresses members of PCC’s 2013 graduating class. A record 1,551 credentials were awarded to graduates during the 2012-13 academic year.
• Duke football player Blair Holliday attends the 2013 nurse pinning ceremony to pin nursing graduate Chelsea Gibbons and thank her for saving his life after he nearly died in a jet skiing accident on Lake Tillery on July 4, 2012.
• Though this year’s graduating nursing class was PCC’s largest ever with 96 students, there was technically a 97th. Hope, a one-year-old Fox Red Lab, served as a diabetic alert dog for her owner, nursing grad Sara Lynn James.
• After a successful spring, drama instructor Lee Armstrong reports that 18 of his students can officially refer to themselves as “working actors,” after shooting or casting 21 different film/television roles, four music videos and a commercial.
• The PCC softball team competes in the 2013 Fast-Pitch Softball National Championship in St. George, Utah, for the third time in four seasons.
• An idea first suggested in 2011 finally comes to fruition, when SGA officers unveil a brand new bulldog sculpture on campus.
• Three welding students—John Grillo, Justin Shearin and Jeremiah Vernon—top their peers from community colleges throughout North Carolina and Virginia in the American Welding Society Carolina-Virginia Welding Competition.
• Nursing students Jennifer Curlee, Rebecca Haislip and Erin Markowski receive Pitt Golden K Kiwanis/Clifton E. Boyd Nursing Scholarships.
• The N.C. State Board of Refrigeration Examiners announces it has awarded scholarships to students Christopher Cobb and Cody Tyndall.
• After months of planning, PCC prepares to pilot a program aimed at improving student retention through increased personal contact. Called “Way to Success,” the program asks employees to serve as “success coaches” and mentor students who have been identified as possibly benefitting from early intervention.
• Local leaders gather at the college as Pitt County joins Wayne County as the only two North Carolina communities to earn Certified WorkReady Community status.
• The VISIONS Career Development and Scholarship Program celebrates the success of its high school seniors during a program at Rock Springs Center.
• Former PCC student Rex Nobles returns to campus to demonstrate for Electrical/Electronics Technology students a device he designed and patented to make light pole installation and maintenance safer and easier.


• Student Development Services personnel conduct orientation sessions throughout the month to help new students become familiar with services available at the college as well as the educational requirements of their respective programs of study.
• The PCC Orchestra makes its first-ever appearance at the Greenville Town Common as part of the "Sunday in the Park Series."
• Pitt is selected as one of 12 North Carolina community colleges to pilot a reverse transfer program that awards credit toward an associate degree to students who have already transferred to universities.
• The PCC Library is awarded a $23,655-grant to determine how to maximize study space and provide students with greater access to technological resources.
• The NJCAA recognizes the 2012 PCC volleyball team and three of its members for outstanding academic achievement.
• Students and teachers from the Northeast Regional School of Biotechnology and Agriscience visit campus to participate in biotechnology and ecology laboratory exercises led by PCC faculty.
• VISIONS holds its annual Summer Institute to introduce new participants to career and educational opportunities available to them locally.
• Administrators receive official word that the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges Board has voted to reaffirm PCC’s accreditation with no additional follow up.
• The college launches its annual Summer Program for Academic Navigation to help recent high school and GED graduates make a successful transition into higher education in the fall.
• Greenville’s Scott Shook is introduced as one of three new members of the State Board of Community Colleges—the first time in decades Pitt County has had a representative on the board.
• Work finishes on a new 3,000-square-foot greenhouse on the PCC campus. The facility will be utilized by the college's new Horticulture Technology program.


• Data from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics shows PCC remains among the nation’s top institutions when it comes to awarding associate degrees to African-Americans.
• Students interested in transferring to East Carolina University learn more about their educational options at the university, when ECU academic advisors visit campus to meet with them during lunchtime.
• PCC holds a pair of orientation sessions July 24 to prepare new students for the fall. An information fair takes place in the Coburn Center throughout the day.
• PCC Trustees convene a special meeting and vote unanimously for the college to pursue a $19.9 million bond referendum in November to build a new science building and move law enforcement training services closer to the main campus.
• A pair of Advancing Women in Automation, Robotics and Engineering (AWARE) Camps take place at PCC. The camps are organized each year to spark interest among rising fourth, fifth and sixth-grade girls in careers that deal with science, technology, engineering and math.
• A four-member delegation from China's Wuxi Institute of Technology visits campus to tour the college's Building Construction program and Facilities Services Complex. The group also stops by the Craig F. Goess Student Center and Charles E. Russell Building to see how the buildings were designed.
• PCC partners with ECU, DSM Dyneema and the City of Greenville to sponsor “Tools for Advanced Manufacturing for Veterans,” a training program that helps vets re-enter the workplace.


• First-year nursing student Morgan Dawson becomes the inaugural recipient of the newly-established PCC Faculty Senate Scholarship worth $500.
• The Public Services and Fine Arts Division launches a new program for students interested in pursuing careers in the field of therapeutic recreation.
• PCC receives notification that it has been awarded a $47,092-federal grant to enhance its Transitional Studies program.
• Convocation features a presentation by noted motivational speaker Steve Gilliland about "Making a Difference" in the lives of students.
• PCC students and Pitt County residents interview for jobs with McDonald’s, when Dixon Foods holds an event on campus to hire employees for 10 of its restaurants in the Pitt County area.
• The State Employees’ Credit Union Foundation presents a $5,000-scholarship to criminal justice student Brian Wilson.
• Pitt’s English as a Second Language Program is awarded two grants – one that funds new instructional videos and another for distance learning programming.
• A five-minute feature on PCC premieres on UNC-TV’s “North Carolina Now” program as part of an ongoing series that showcases North Carolina community colleges. The segment features an interview with President G. Dennis Massey and highlights the college’s unique VISIONS program, its close relationship with ECU, and its emergence as a leader in health care education.
• The college welcomes international students to campus with a reception organized by the PCC Multicultural Activities Committee and PCC Global.