2016 PCC Year-in-Review: Part III (Sept.-Dec.)
WINTERVILLE—A historic visit by the State Board of Community Colleges, a major hurricane, fundraising success, and a new home for law enforcement training highlighted the final four months of 2016 for Pitt Community College.
Now that 2017 has arrived, the following is the final of three installments looking back on the events that took place at North Carolina’s seventh-largest community college during the previous year.
• Welding Technology students create new trash receptacles to replace the plastic eyesores that have dotted the campus landscape for more than a decade.
• Family, friends and co-workers establish the Karen Lee Memorial Scholarship with the PCC Foundation in tribute to the former PCC radiography program director.
• A study by the website “Student Loan Report” shows PCC is one of the nation’s best colleges and universities when it comes to offering students Federal Work-Study opportunities.
• The PCC Foundation Fall Golf Classic generates nearly $19,000 for the college’s fundraising organization.
• PCC Career Services holds CareerFest, giving nearly 600 students a chance to speak with more than 40 employers about careers and the education, training and skills needed to succeed in them.
• The PCC Small Business Center is the state’s best in terms of small business startups, according to the N.C. Community College System’s (NCCCS) recently released Small Business Center Network Metrics.
• PCC Baseball Coach Tommy Eason is inducted into the East Carolina University Athletics Hall of Fame in recognition of his achievements as a Pirates catcher and assistant baseball coach.
• Students, faculty and staff at the PCC Farmville Center make community service part of the classroom by volunteering at the Farmville Soup Kitchen once a month.
• The PCC Alumni Association honors outstanding alumni for accomplishments professionally, in the community and in service to the college. Cam Coburn receives the Distinguished Alumni Award, while Megan Barbre, Robert DeGiosio and Betty Langston receive the Outstanding Alumni, Young Alumni and Honorary Alumni awards, respectively.
• Dr. Karrie Dixon, the UNC General Administration’s Vice President of Academic and Student Success, discusses her "Five Principles" of leadership with employees attending the first installment of PCC’s 2016-17 Community College Leadership Preparation Program.
• PCC Science Department Chair Jeff Rorer adds an International Distinguished Rifleman badge to a growing list of accomplishments as a competitive marksman.
• A PCC Global reception features students and employees discussing international education opportunities available through the college.
• The PCC Foundation’s Annual Employee Fund Drive nets more than $92,000 in contributions and payroll deduction pledges from faculty and staff to surpass this year’s goal of $80,000.
• PCC’s Horticulture Technology program holds its annual fall plant sale throughout October.
• A pair of miniature horses from Greenville’s Rocking Horse Ranch Therapeutic Riding Program visit the Charles E. Russell Building as part of a training exercise for Recreational Therapy Assistant students.
• A clarinet quartet from "The President's Own" United States Marine Band performs for students in the G.H. Leslie Building.
• PCC holds “FAFSA Day” to assist students with the completion and electronic submission of Free Application for Federal Student Aid forms.
• Student Mary Buck is announced as a 2016 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar and receives a $1,000-scholarship.
• U.S. Department of Education (DOE) data shows PCC remains one of the nation’s best when it comes to awarding associate degrees to African-Americans.
• Hurricane Matthew strikes North Carolina, causing major flooding in Greenville and surrounding areas. Though campus remains intact, classes are cancelled for a week to give students and members of the community a chance to get back on their feet.
• PCC hosts a historic visit by the State Board of Community Colleges and NCCCS System Office administrators. For the first time ever, the 21-member State Board holds a regularly-scheduled meeting on the Pitt campus.
• The PCC Foundation celebrates current student scholarship recipients and thanks donors for their generosity and support during a special reception on campus.
• DOE renews grant funding for PCC’s TRiO Educational Opportunity Center.
• PCC is selected as a winner of the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund competition and will receive $25,000 from Partners of the Americas to develop a student exchange partnership with Mexico’s Universidad Veracruzana.
• PCC students display T-shirts they’ve created as part of an effort to raise awareness of domestic violence.
• Democratic Party presidential candidate Hillary Clinton holds a campaign rally in front of the Edward and Joan Warren Building less than a week from Election Day.
• The 2016 PCC Foundation Down East Holiday Show draws more than 10,200 shoppers to raise nearly $110,000 for student scholarships and educational activities at the college.
• Greenville Toyota secures a $10,000-grant for the PCC Foundation through the Toyota Foundation's Dealer Match Program.
• Administrators announce the college has been awarded a $2.23 million-Title III Grant to assist low-income students with entering PCC and completing their educational goals.
• The college honors military veterans during a ceremony that features remarks from retired Brig. Gen James R. Gorham, a Falkland native and the North Carolina National Guard’s first-ever African-American general.
• NCCCS gives PCC approval to begin offering an Advanced Medical Coding Certificate in 2017.
• Representatives from Yeonsu-gu, South Korea, tour campus during their trip to North Carolina to discuss the possibility of Greenville becoming Yeonsu-gu's 'sister city.’
• The PCC Women's Resource Center holds an event to provide attendees with information on academic support and a variety of issues pertaining to women, including dating violence and self-defense, parenting resources and nutrition.
• The NCCCS Small Business Center Network presents its 2016 State Director’s Award to Jim Ensor, who has overseen PCC’s Small Business Center since 2006.
• The Transitional Studies program inducts 25 students into the National Adult Education Honor Society.
• The PCC Farmville Center participates in “A Taste of Farmville,” as Downtown Farmville merchants thank customers for their patronage with a fun-filled event that features Christmas shopping, music and light refreshments.
• PCC administrators cut the ribbon on the college's new Law Enforcement Training Center. Located in the former Champions Building on Central Park Drive in Winterville, the center was made possible through a $19.9 million-bond Pitt County voters approved in 2013. Of the bond, nearly $2 million was used to purchase and renovate the facility.
• The Pitt County American Legion Agricultural Fair presents a $2,200-check to the PCC Association of Nursing Students a little more than two months after auctioning off 14 cakes the students made for this year’s fair.
• The PCC Symphony Orchestra presents its 2016 Holiday Concert at Jarvis Memorial United Methodist Church in Greenville.
• PCC’s Continuing Education Division announces it is partnering with the Pitt County Department of Social Services (DSS) on the North Carolina Families Accessing Services through Technology program, which trains individuals for work as income maintenance caseworkers at DSS agencies.