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2017 Year-in-Review: Part II (May-August)

Nearly two years after construction began, PCC dedicated the Walter and Marie Williams Building in August. The facility, which is home to a variety of science and technology programming, opened to students Aug. 17 - the first day of the 2017 Fall Semester.

WINTERVILLE—Graduation, dedication of the largest building on campus, and athletic achievement on the field and in the classroom highlighted the middle four months of the year for Pitt Community College.

As 2017 draws to a close, the following is the second of three installments recapping the events that took place at North Carolina’s sixth-largest community college within the past 12 months.


• The PCC Foundation thanks supporters during a special event on campus that featured the unveiling of a donor recognition plaque in the Craig F. Goess Student Center and the announcement that the building’s multipurpose room has been named for the late J. Paul and Diana S. Davenport.
• Nearly 300 graduates participate in a breakfast event organized by the PCC Alumni Association on the morning of graduation. The program features a testimonial by graduate Deanna Whitehurst and job interview and employment tips from Human Resources Development Instructor Holly Sweat.
• University Transfer student Hannah Moore addresses nearly 700 of the 1,359-member graduating class at commencement.
• During graduation, administrators present Distinguished Service Awards to Virginia Hardy, Jimmy Nelson and Walter Williams for outstanding service to the college and community as Board of Trustees members.
• PCC’s Sigma Alpha Pi chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success welcomes 26 new members wanting to develop strong leadership skills through community action, volunteerism and personal growth.
• Transitional Studies inducts 34 students into the National Adult Education Honor Society for showing commitment, dedication, a positive attitude, great attendance and initiative in PCC’s Adult Basic, English Language Acquisition, and Adult Secondary programs.
• VISIONS celebrates the upcoming graduations of its 85 high school participants. Each year, VISIONS provides a select group of Pitt County high school students with the direction and support they need in order to earn diplomas and move on to higher education.
• Jasmin Spain and Nicholas Vick give a presentation on classroom management during an international conference on teaching and leadership excellence.
• Trustees select Dr. Peter Kragel to serve as chairman during the 2017-18 academic year. The PCC Foundation Board, meanwhile, selects Miles Minges as its chair.
• Radiography student Thomas M. Bullock III receives the inaugural Karen Lee Memorial Scholarship worth $1,000.
• To ensure they get off to the right start, PCC makes it mandatory for first-time college students to meet with an admissions counselor.
• PCC’s baseball and softball teams conclude outstanding seasons with losses in their respective national championships.


• Student Liam Hutchins is selected to participate in the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars program. Designed for STEM students, the program provides participants with an authentic NASA experience and encourages them to finish a 2-year degree or transfer to a 4-year university to pursue a NASA-related field or career.
• While visiting Greenville, members of a delegation from Yeonsu-gu, South Korea, meet administrators and academic deans before getting a closer look at PCC’s Simulation and Game Development program.
• PCC’s Transitional Studies Department is selected to participate in a pilot program for young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder in partnership with the University of North Carolina TEACCH Autism Program and Vocational Rehabilitation Services in Greenville.
• For the fourth consecutive year, the PCC orchestra performs at the Greenville Town Common as part of the city’s “Sunday in the Park” series.
• The newest group of PCC Student Ambassadors—four returnees and six newcomers—meets for the first time to begin preparations for the 2017-18 academic year.
• Continuing Education wraps up “Project Tool Up,” a successful short-term training program that exposes 12 students to higher education and gives them skills and certifications needed to work in today’s manufacturing centers.
• A revolutionary educational partnership between PCC and China’s Wuxi Institute of Technology comes to an end 11 years after it was thought to be a long shot.
• A month after 10 PCC students and three employees travel to Xalapa, Mexico, as part of a student exchange partnership focused on water ecology and environmental research, the college hosts eight students and a faculty member from Mexico’s Universidad Veracruzana through the collaboration.


• More than 30 Pitt County Schools faculty and staff members take part in “A Taste of Industry” to get a better look at PCC vocational and technical programs through hands-on activities.
• Members of the Pitt County Electrical Contractors Association present $500-scholarships to Electrical Systems students Allen Hobbs and Yuriy Kermoshchuk.
• The NJCAA announces that seven PCC softball players have earned all-academic honors for their efforts in the classroom during 2016-17 academic year.


• PCC dedicates the Walter and Marie Williams Building, a brand new 78,000-square-foot science and technology training facility located on the western side of campus.
• The college holds its very first Adult Admission and Orientation Day to make it easier for adult learners to complete the PCC enrollment process.
• The PCC Small Business Center hosts a roundtable event for business professionals seeking expert hiring tips.
• More than 500 employees meet for convocation, which features remarks from college administrators, videos on student success and a new campus police alert system, and a presentation by representatives from the League for Innovation in the Community College.
• The PCC Foundation announces a $10-million capital campaign to raise funding for construction of the Eddie and Jo Allison Smith Center for Student Advancement on campus.
• Current and former Human Services students take advantage of a unique learning opportunity, when PORT Health visits campus to provide clinical training to its employees.
• The college rolls out the red carpet with “Week of Welcome,” a series of events organized by the PCC Center for Student Activities to welcome students back to campus.
• Employees from transitional studies departments at Pitt and Lenoir community colleges reach across county lines to begin a collaboration focused on professional development and instructional improvement.
• PCC partners with Sound Rivers, N.C. State University, and the Mid-East Commission to develop a plan for slowing and cleaning stormwater that runs off campus into surrounding creeks.
• Grainger representatives present a set of professional tools to PCC graduate Melvin Reddick as part of their company’s Tools for Tomorrow Scholarship Program.
• A pair of community service projects are successful in providing school supplies and haircuts to local children in need, just days before the start of a new academic year in Pitt County.
• The Wells-Fargo Foundation makes a $15,000-donation to the PCC Foundation in support of the college’s Accelerating the Future Campaign, Center for Student Advancement, and Wells-Fargo Dealer Match Scholarship for automotive systems students.
• PCC students and instructors use filtered glasses to view a rare solar eclipse.
• Faculty and staff contribute and/or pledge more than $92,600 to the PCC Foundation in just one month as part of the Employee Annual Fund Drive. The total surpasses the drive’s $85,000-goal.