2016 PCC Year-in-Review: Part II (May – Aug.)
WINTERVILLE—The middle portion of 2016 for Pitt Community College was a mixture of happiness and sorrow, as back-to-back heartbreaks in May were sandwiched between graduation, new learning opportunities and a “healthy campus climate” designation.
As a new year draws closer, what follows is the second of three installments looking back on the events of 2016 at North Carolina’s seventh-largest community college.
• New ECU Football Coach Scottie Montgomery speaks about the importance of education with students participating in PCC's College Bound program.
• Chris Chung, CEO of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, meets with area business and economic leaders and PCC representatives to discuss local efforts to prepare a skilled workforce, attract new business and industry, and raise awareness of PCC educational programming.
• PCC Architectural Technology students complete a semester-long collaboration with ECU Interior Design students by developing house plans that help a local man with disabilities come closer to realizing his dream home.
• GUC executive Tony Cannon addresses the PCC Class of 2016 during graduation. Of the 1,080 graduates—who earn a total of 1,866 degrees, diplomas and/or certificates—648 participate in commencement.
• The Pulp Ark Awards announce PCC instructor Micah Harris has won “Best Novel” for his book, "Ravenwood, the Stepson of Mystery: Return of the Dugpa."
• For the first time, the PCC Transitional Studies Department inducts 26 students into the National Adult Education Honor Society.
• Less than two weeks after receiving a PCC Distinguished Service Award, longtime supporter J. Paul Davenport passes away at 79. A Pactolus businessman, Davenport served as a PCC Trustee for more than a decade, including two years as board chairman.
• PCC administrators announce with great sadness the unexpected passing of Radiography Director Karen Lee at age 53. A 1982 radiography graduate, Lee taught for 26 years at her alma mater.
• A PCC-ECU agreement creates a pathway for Pitt geology students to transfer to the university for bachelor’s degrees in the field.
• Science instructor Charles Goodman is named president of the N.C. Two-Year College Engineering Pathways Committee, which develops engineering transfer agreements between the state’s community colleges and UNC institutions.
• Trillium Health Resources announces a partnership with PCC to build a “Smart Home” on campus that will give students hands-on experience with new technologies designed to help people with disabilities live more independently.
• PCC’s Paralegal Technology program is designated as a “qualified paralegal program,” meaning students who graduate from it may apply to take the N.C. Certified Paralegal Exam, if they meet all other eligibility requirements.
• Nursing students Allison Lennon, Tarena Scott and Devin Laughinghouse receive scholarships from the Pitt Golden K Kiwanis.
• The PCC Visions Program celebrates the upcoming graduations of its 70 high school participants.
• PCC holds an informational fair for nontraditional students considering a return to higher education.
• The college’s “Explore: Summer Youth Program” gets underway with camps dealing with everything from golf, robotics and guitars to jewelry-making, BMX riding and snorkeling.
• Understanding New Student Orientation’s key role in student success, PCC administrators make it mandatory for first-time students.
• New PCC Student Ambassadors meet for the first time to begin preparations for the 2016-17 academic year.
• Visions welcomes 100 new students to the annual Summer Institute. For three days, the largest class in the program’s 12-year history learns about educational and career opportunities available locally.
• Pitt County American Legion Post 39 presents a $2,000-check to the PCC Foundation in support of its Nursing Scholarship Endowment Fund, which stands at $32,332.
• PCC publishes a study that indicates “a healthy campus climate” at Pitt. The college scores higher than peer institutions in most of the areas measured and shows across-the-board improvement in the 10 years that have passed since the same survey was conducted at the college.
• PCC Career Services reports a successful hiring event on campus for Speedway, LLC. The company interviews 95 applicants during the three-hour program.
• The PCC Faculty Senate presents scholarships to Leah Edgar and Semenya Jordan that will help the students pay for textbooks in the fall.
• PCC honors the 14 graduates of its 9th Fire Academy during a ceremony in the Greenville Convention Center.
• Family and friends establish the Charles R. Coburn Memorial Endowment Fund with the PCC Foundation to honor the life of the longtime PCC basketball coach.
• The Transitional Studies Department offers a course to help recent high school and High School Equivalency/GED graduates prepare for placement testing.
• The Kiwanis of the Golden K Foundation present a $1,000-check to the PCC Foundation in support of the Ricks Automotive Scholarship.
• For the second straight summer, Pitt County middle school teachers train at PCC on how to embed entrepreneurship principles into their classroom instruction.
• Advertising and Graphic Design student Raygan Burnette creates a logo for the soon-to-open Uptown Brewing Company in Greenville and receives a $500-scholarship.
• Construction and Industrial Technology students Melvin Reddick and Christopher Traud are named recipients of the Grainger Tools for Tomorrow Scholarship worth $2,000.
• Electrical Systems Technology students Will Davis and Allen Warren receive $500-scholarships from the Pitt County Electrical Contractors Association in recognition of academic excellence and outstanding practical skills.
• PCC, the City of Greenville and the Community Crossroads Center sign a two-year agreement to begin offering Food Service Specialist training in the fall.
• After welcoming Brian Floyd and Maurice Northern to their board in May, Trustees swear in Gloristine Brown and Amanda Tilley.
• Recent graduate Jacob Gingras has his artwork displayed in the Craig F. Goess Student Center.
• Students train for service as mentors in the new Bruiser’s Crew Peer Mentoring Program, a pilot initiative aimed at improving student retention through increased personal contact.
• PCC’s Business Division forms a new Administrative and Health Care Technologies Department to serve students interested in non-clinical health care curricula. Instructor John Daugherty will serve as its chair.
• The Tutorial and Academic Success Center earns the prestigious College Reading and Learning Association’s International Tutor Training Program certification.
• The PCC Center for Student Activities welcomes students back to campus with four days of activities designed to foster school pride and shed light on campus clubs and organizations.
• Catherine Truitt, senior education advisor from the Governor’s Office, tours PCC health sciences and CIT facilities for a closer look at equipment utilized for training and to learn more about the successes and challenges the college experiences in preparing a skilled workforce.
• New N.C. Community College System President James C. Williamson visits PCC as part of an effort to get better acquainted with community colleges in the state’s Northeast Prosperity Zone.
• PCC barber students provide free haircuts to 77 youngsters so they’ll be looking sharp when the new school year begins.
• Martina Hardison, a 4.0 student from Blounts Creek, receives the 2016 John Minges Criminal Justice Scholarship for academic excellence.
• The PCC Foundation kicks off the 2016 Employee Annual Fund Drive. Co-chaired by employees Wendy Ayscue and John Carrere, the drive’s goal is $80,000.