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2016 PCC Year-in-Review: Part I (Jan. – April)

WINTERVILLE—Student achievement, a new training center in Farmville, strong community support, and passage of a state bond to solidify North Carolina’s future highlighted the first four months of the year for Pitt Community College.

As a new year approaches, the following is the first of three installments recapping the events that took place at North Carolina’s seventh-largest community college in 2016. 


• The Pitt County American Legion Agricultural Fair, Inc., presents a $25,000-check to the PCC Foundation to expand an endowed scholarship it started in 2014.
• Associate in Fine Art student Aaron Ellis takes second in the Schwa Show, a national juried competition at the Pitt County Arts Council recognizing excellence in fine arts and crafts.
• Administrators cut the ribbon on the PCC Farmville Center. Located on Main Street, the facility helps the college meet its strategic goal of expanding learning opportunities to more parts of Pitt County.
• The PCC Foundation announces the creation of an endowed scholarship through a $400,000-planned gift from the Linwood and Vannie Rouse Estate.
• During the 4th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute Breakfast, which features U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield, the PCC Multicultural Activities Committee presents scholarships to students Evie Kelley and Alexis Baker.
• Trustees agree to update the college’s facilities master plan, which outlines future growth on the main campus. The update will focus on development of a strategy to address sidewalks, crosswalks, bike lanes and pedestrian walkways. It will also address new construction on the western part of campus, Davenport Farm access, and analysis of existing buildings and needs.
• PCC hosts Fulbright Senior Research Fellow Eddy Nurtjahya for presentations on tin mining reclamation efforts in his home country of Indonesia.
• Chief Financial Officer Ricky Brown begins a one-year term as president of the N.C. Association of Community College Business Office Professionals.
• GED Testing Service revises its passing scores, meaning students who took the test after Jan. 1, 2014 may already be eligible for a high school equivalency diploma. North Carolina and 32 other states recognize the changes immediately.


• The PCC Registrar’s Office begins offering electronic delivery of official student transcripts.
• PCC’s Construction and Industrial Technology (CIT) Division participates in the National Career and Technical Education Letter-of-Intent Signing Day. Sponsored by the National Coalition of Certification Centers, the program is similar to an athletic signing event, only for future CIT students.
• Respiratory Therapy students Travis White and Tracey Whitley receive the N.C. Association of Respiratory Educators’ Tom Morris Scholarship.
• The PCC Drama Club raises $1,000 and collects more than 1,000 pounds of food for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina through their performances of the musical "Nunsense.”


• Science and Technology Training Center construction is well underway. When completed in 2017, the 75,000-square-foot building will be PCC's largest.
• PCC Foundation officials say their 2016 Accelerating the Future fundraiser has generated $40,657, eclipsing the 2015 event total by nearly $2,000.
• PCC’s Women’s History Month (WHM) celebration features Major Paula Dance with the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office, Pitt County Clerk of Superior Court Sara Beth Fulford Rhodes, and Assistant Public Defender Wendy Hazelton sharing personal and professional success stories.
• As part of the WHM program, PCC employee Sidette Boyce-Brown receives the 2016 Woman of Substance Award for outstanding campus and community involvement.
• For the second straight year, the PCC Real Estate program is recognized for outstanding student performance on the N.C. Real Estate License Examination.
• President G. Dennis Massey joins Gov. Pat McCrory at the East Carolina Heart Institute to stress the importance of bond funding to improve North Carolina’s infrastructure, educational systems, safety and state parks. The meeting centers on a proposed $2 billion-state bond that North Carolina voters ultimately approve March 15.
• PCC’s Financial Aid Office begins holding “FAFSA Mondays” to answer financial aid questions and assist students with Free Application for Federal Student Aid forms.
• PCC’s TRiO Educational Opportunity Center organizes a luncheon to thank community partners for referring students and helping them prepare for college.
• Paralegal Technology student Mary Gardner is named PCC’s recipient of the N.C. Community College System (NCCCS) Academic Excellence Award in recognition of outstanding classroom achievement and volunteerism.
• Jill Berry receives the President’s Scholarship and Victoria Privette the President’s Award during the college’s annual Academic Excellence Awards program.
• Military veterans discuss challenges they have encountered transitioning from the military to higher education and concerns they face as PCC students, during a professional development workshop for faculty and staff.
• Students and alumni meet with local employers to discuss more than 100 job opportunities during the annual Spring Career Fair.


• PCC offers a series of short-term training sessions to help individuals seeking advanced manufacturing jobs earn portable industry credentials in just three weeks.
• PCC math and physics students top their counterparts from nine other North Carolina community colleges to bring home the prize for highest altitude in the 2015-16 High-Altitude Balloon Competition.
• Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society pays tribute to President Massey and Science Instructor Joy Moses-Hall during its convention in National Harbor, Md.
• The college’s first Scholars of Global Distinction students discuss their opportunities to learn through overseas travel and stress the importance of global learning.
• “Barbershop III: The Next Cut” hits theaters with PCC graduate Richard Wilson’s artwork on display in the home of the movie’s main character.
• PCC celebrates the many cultures of its English Language Acquisition students with a program that gives them a chance to highlight their homelands while practicing English. More than 25 countries are represented.
• The college holds Priority Admissions Day to help a select group of Pitt County high school students register for fall classes and successfully transition to higher education. More than 50 students attend the invitation-only program.
• Adam Harrod, a first-year Associate in Science student, takes first in the 2016 PCC Public Speaking Contest.
• Administrators present service awards to 87 employees with a combined 775 years of service during the college’s annual employee appreciation event. Media Relations Specialist Alex Freedman wins the Joan and Ed Warren Staff Employee of the Year Award while Biology Instructor Samantha Chauncey claims the Joseph E. Downing Award for Excellence in Teaching.
• Health Sciences students welcome the community to campus for a health fair that promotes better living through information booths, displays and basic health screenings.
• The inaugural STAR Awards—a collaboration between the PCC Center for Student Activities and the Office of Student Mentoring, Conduct and Academic Progression—honor student clubs and organizations for service to campus and the community.
• WNCT and PCC welcome fans of the CBS reality show "Survivor" to an open casting call in the Craig F. Goess Student Center.