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PCC Instructors Awarded World View Grants

Funding from UNC-Chapel Hill Program to Help Globalize Curriculum Courses

By Rob Goldberg Jr.
PCC Media Relations Director

Along with PCC Global Director Jessica Jaimes (left), recent World View grant recipients Karen Carpenter, Dan Mayo and Mitch Butts (left to right) pose for a group photo.

WINTERVILLE—A trio of Pitt Community College instructors has been awarded grant funding through UNC-Chapel Hill’s World View program to globalize their courses.

According to PCC Global Director Jessica Jaimes, Dr. Dan Mayo, Karen Carpenter and Mitch Butts received $750-awards to add international content to POL 130 (State and Local Government), NUR 211 (Health Care Concepts) and HUM 115 (Critical Thinking), respectively.

Jaimes said more than 90 World View grants have been awarded to North Carolina community college instructors since the program was established. Counting Mayo, Carpenter and Butts, she said a total of 13 PCC instructors have received the awards.

In 2011, Dr. Neil Bolick, World View associate director, visited PCC to thank administrators for their commitment to globalizing the campus and community. He was also interested in learning about the college’s successes and challenges with regard to globalizing curricula and how World View could better assist the North Carolina Community College System as a whole.

“PCC has long been committed to international education,” Jaimes said. “In fact, our mission statement expresses our dedication to educating and empowering students for success in a global economy. With each grant, UNC-Chapel Hill’s World View program is helping us achieve that goal.”

In addition to the funding to support module creation, Jaimes said each grant recipient will travel to UNC-Chapel Hill to conduct research with librarians and faculty arranged by World View.

Established in 1998, World View’s mission is to help schools and colleges prepare students to succeed in an interconnected, diverse and multicultural world. The program strives to help educators develop a greater understanding of world regions, cultures and global issues through a variety of means, including professional learning opportunities and international travel.