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2017 Year-in-Review: Part I (January – April)

Rather than finding sunny beaches, some PCC students opted for an 'Alternative Spring Break" in March. Those who did volunteered their time away from the classroom to help out their communities in a variety of capacities, including serving lunch at the Community Outreach Kitchen in Farmville.

WINTERVILLE—Building relationships within the community, exposing students to local job opportunities, and student and employee achievement 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 sixth-largest community college in 2017.


• During the 5th Annual MLK Tribute Breakfast three student scholarships are presented in memory of Greenville attorney Earl T. Brown, a champion of education and civil rights.
• A $7,500-Truth Initiative grant allows PCC to explore the possibility of a smoke-free campus while raising awareness of the health risks posed by tobacco products.
• PCC and Elizabeth City State University agree to a transfer pathway for Pitt Criminal Justice graduates wanting a four-year agree in the field.
• Administrators announce a $2.23 million-Title III Grant will be used to improve student retention and completion rates through comprehensive coordination of student and academic services.
• Radiography student Mindi Stallings receives an $1,800-scholarship from Greenville’s Eastern Radiologists, Inc., for having the highest GPA in her class.
• A group of minority male employees create a scholarship with the PCC Foundation to help minority male students pay for transportation, food or other needs so they can successfully complete courses.
• The State Board of Community Colleges approves PCC’s request for $107,142 in NCWorks Career Coach funding to support three career coaches who help Pitt County high school students determine their career goals and select programs to train for those jobs.
• Nursing students volunteer with the Greenville branch of the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.


• The PCC Farmville Center hosts “Farmville Business Before Hours” to introduce area business owners to the educational programming the facility offers.
• 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.
• As part of “Employers Teach Class,” 25 local employers visit Public Services & Fine Arts classrooms to share information about their organizations and professional experiences.
• N.C. Community College System (NCCCS) President Jimmie Williamson kicks off the spring portion of PCC’s 2016-17 Leadership in Action speaker series.
• The PCC Chorale and Pitt County Schools Early College High School Choir serenade more than 200 on Valentine's Day to raise funds in support of music activities at the college.
• The PCC Foundation holds “A Taste of Mardi Gras” at Rock Springs Center. The fundraiser features New Orleans cuisine, live music, games and a silent auction – all to benefit Pitt students.
• Angel Andrade, a University Transfer student from Robersonville, is selected as PCC’s 2017 recipient of the NCCCS Academic Excellence Award.
• More than 30 Human Services Technology students take part in special child abuse prevention training.
• PCC’s Financial Aid Office resumes “FAFSA Monday” events to answer financial aid questions and assist students with filing Free Application for Federal Student Aid forms.
• For the second straight year, PCC’s Construction and Industrial Technology Division hosts a National Career and Technical Education Letter-of-Intent Signing Day program to honor students entering technical fields.
• A collection of black-and-white landscape photos taken by PCC students enrolled in a “Traditional Photography” course go on display at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh.


PCC President G. Dennis Massey joins presidents from three nearby community colleges for a press conference at Pitt regarding NCCCS state budget priorities for the 2017-19 biennium.
• The PCC Men’s Resource Center launches the “5th Annual Best Foot Forward Professional Clothing Drive” to collect items male students can wear to career fairs and job interviews. It ends up assisting nearly 100 students.
• A group of American Sign Language students visit Creekside Elementary School to promote literacy among young deaf students.
• PCC’s Women’s History Month program features three women from the community sharing their success stories to honor of trailblazing women in labor and business.
• Continuing Education Dean Kristen Braswell becomes the 16th female employee to receive the “Woman of Substance Award” for outstanding campus and community involvement, attitude of service, and willingness to 'go the extra mile.'
• Many PCC students spend their Spring Break time volunteering in their communities.
• The Greater Greenville NC Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction contributes $1,824 to the PCC Foundation in support of the Women in Construction Scholarship.
• Basketball’s Jaiquan Manning is named the 2016-17 Region X Conference Player of the Year.
• The 2017 N.C. Small Business Center Network Spring Professional Development Conference takes place at PCC.
• Horticulture Technology hosts a hands-on seminar for the public that features Wilkes Community College’s Ronald Dollyhite demonstrating fruit tree grafting.
• Science Instructor Joy Moses-Hall discusses Hurricane Matthew and the forensics of geology at the Historical Museum and Indian Village in Grifton.
• Human Resources Director Ina Rawlinson contributes $5,500 to the PCC Foundation to establish the William Rawlinson Scholarship in honor of her husband. Student Quint Flores, a member of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, is the first recipient of the award, which helps veterans and their dependents pay for educational expenses.
• The college cuts the ribbon on a new Veterans Services Office and Veterans Center in the G.H. Leslie Building.
• More than 50 of PCC’s best and brightest receive Academic Excellence Awards for excellence in the classroom, on campus and in the community.


• PCC’s Health Sciences Division welcomes the community to campus for a health fair that showcases programs and promotes healthier living.
• Approximately 380 students discuss job opportunities with nearly 40 local employers during PCC’s Spring Career Fair.
• PCC celebrates Earth Day with a fair that spotlights programs and features recycled arts and crafts and sustainable products from local businesses.
• Service awards are presented to 75 employees during the 34th Annual Employee Appreciation Evening. Marketing Director Jane Power receives the Joan and Ed Warren Outstanding Staff Employee of the Year Award, and Business Instructor Alison Davis receives the Joseph E. Downing Award for Excellence in Teaching.
• The PCC Jazz Band performs during the installation ceremony for NCCCS President James Williamson.
• PCC’s Tutorial and Academic Success Center receives the inaugural N.C. Tutoring and Learning Association’s Learning Center of the Year Award.
• ECU football coach Scottie Montgomery stresses education to Pitt County high school students taking part in College Bound.
• Automotive Systems students and instructors tour Hendrick Motorsports' race shops and museum. They also catch a rare glimpse of North Carolina businessman/NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick's Heritage Center as part of a visit coordinated by Bob Barbour, of Greenville’s Barbour Hendrick Honda.
• The PCC Foundation holds a luncheon to thank more than 300 employees for volunteering their time and efforts at annual fundraisers.
• Student clubs and organizations are recognized for outstanding service during the 2nd Annual Student Talent and Recognition Awards.
• PCC successfully offers an HVAC continuing education course geared toward serving Pitt County’s Latino population.
• Softball player Taylor Carroll is named the 2017 Region X Conference Player of the Year, and Jennie Harp is named the conference’s top coach.
• Baseball Coach Tommy Eason is named the 2017 Region X Conference Coach of the Year.