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College Dedicates Goess Student Center

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RELATED: PCC Thanks Goess While Dedicating New Student Center

Goess Student CenterIt may have taken 40 years to become reality, but Pitt Community College students found out this semester that good things do, in fact, come to those who wait.

On March 9, PCC dedicated its new Craig F. Goess Student Center—a concept first proposed in 1969—with a ceremony in the building’s multipurpose room.

Named for ardent PCC supporter and Greenville businessman Craig Goess, the 33,698-square foot center provides a ‘one-stop’ shop for students by combining key admissions and registration services under one roof. Funding for the facility, which cost a little more than $6 million, came from an educational bond referendum state voters approved in 2000 as well as a significant financial contribution from Goess.

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Foundation Honors 50 of PCC's Top Students

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Academic Excellence AwardsThe Pitt Community College Foundation honored 50 of the school’s best and brightest students last month during the annual Academic Excellence Awards reception.

Held March 27 in the Craig F. Goess Student Center, the event paid tribute to students for their academic achievements and volunteer service. Those honored during the event were nominated by PCC instructors and staff.

Adam Till, who served as the student speaker for the event, received a remarkable five nominations. A decorated Army Ranger who served four tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan before being honorably discharged in 2007, Till has a perfect, 4.0 grade point average and is studying to become a nurse.

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Minority Males Urged to Pursue Education

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College Bound: Here We ComeA select group of Pitt County high school seniors received some candid advice last month about the importance of pursuing a college education.

Pitt Community College held its annual “College Bound – Here We Come” program for minority males on March 26. The event, which was held in PCC’s Goess Student Center, featured remarks from Abel Sutton, an East Carolina University graduate and professional public speaker.

The 24-year-old Sutton, an Elizabeth City resident, encouraged the students, who represented each of the county’s six high schools, to seek higher education after receiving their diplomas.

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Firing Range Hosts Tactical Medical Training

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Tactical Medical TrainingMore than 60 law enforcement officers representing 17 agencies received potentially life-saving tactical medical training last month at the PCC firing range.

On March 25, FBI and Pitt County Sheriff’s Office SWAT instructors teamed with Pitt County Memorial Hospital trauma surgeons and emergency room physicians to teach combat medical techniques that can keep officers wounded in the line of duty alive until they can be treated by medical personnel.

The training, which came days after a shootout left four Oakland police officers dead, included applying tourniquets to gun shot wounds, clearing obstructed airways and stabilizing spinal injuries. There was also a simulation that required officers to provide cover for caregivers while moving a wounded comrade to safety.

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PCC Promoting Environmental Awareness

PCC Environmental Awareness EffortsPCC is taking steps to reduce the campus’s environmental impact and has established a Sustainability Committee to lead the effort.

Created in September, the committee has been charged with encouraging students and employees to conserve resources whenever possible. It is part of a push by community colleges statewide to convey messages of environmental awareness.

"Environmental education is an important part of our mission as a community college, and we will strive as a campus to model good practices in building design, training of workers for green jobs, and instilling better habits of energy consumption and conservation,” PCC President G. Dennis Massey said. “I am proud of the leadership of Pitt Community College's Sustainability Committee in developing new approaches and ways of thinking for our students, faculty and staff."

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April Edition Quick Hitters ...

• The college celebrated women’s history March 4 with a program emphasizing the power of personal stories and the courage to be one’s self. (READ STORY)

• PCC, Pitt County Schools and the First Flight Federal Credit Union’s Financial Freedom Club co-sponsored a program in March to teach local teens the basics of personal finance. (READ STORY)

• Tim Kent, Executive Vice President of the N.C. Association of Realtors, will discuss "The State of N.C. Real Estate” as the third installment of the Pitt Community College Alumni Association Speaker Series on April 13. (READ STORY)

• A PCC Talent Show will take place April 24 at the Ayden Arts and Recreation Center from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets are $5 with proceeds going toward the PCC Foundation's Karen Perry Memorial Scholarship. An active student at PCC, Perry died in a car accident on Feb. 20, 2008. For more information on the talent show, e-mail the event's organizer at pcctalentshow@yahoo.com.

• PCC's Administrative and Medical Office Technology Department recently announced Wanda Tenpenny and Marla McLawhorn were recognized by the American Academy of Professional Coders in its April 2009 magazine,“Coding Edge,” for achieving Certified Professional Coder credentialing. (READ STORY)


Grants Corner

GRANT TIP: Bolster your proposal with up-to-date data. Strong data can make your proposal more competitive by showing the need in your organization's service area for the services you provide. Along with your data from your records and reports, data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau is not only good but it's also free.

Suggestions include:

• Although the census is taken every ten years, the Census Bureau's American Community Survey produces new data every year; this can help you document the changes taking place in your county or geographical area.

• Educate yourself on the various ways census data is presented. For example, if being a Poverty-Level County can strengthen your case, fine. If being the highest of the Poverty Level Counties in your area could hurt your need, consider another way to present this information. Be sure you understand the differences and impact before you decide how to use certain data.

• Compare data for your county/community with data from comparable nearby counties/communities. This can help you illustrate the level of need in your service area.

• Many federal agencies regard Census Bureau data as the most up-to-date and trustworthy information available, and some even require its use in grant applications.

GRANTS IN PROCESS:

Golden Leaf Foundation's Golden Leaf Opportunities for Work (GLOW): Approximately $250,000 for additional CNA Is, CNA IIs, and Emergency Medical Services to meet the growth needs of Pitt County in these positions over the next 3-5 years.

GRANTS RECENTLY SUBMITTED:

• N.C. Green Business Fund: $20,800 to purchase a solar energy system for Construction Technology students to install on annual project houses, affording students the opportunity to gain experience and technical training needed to fill green jobs in the solar energy sector.


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• The NJCAA released its softball rankings April 1 and PCC received votes in the poll for the first time in the program’s history. (READ STORY)

• PCC Softball is riding a seven-game winning streak. Included in the streak was a doubleheader sweep of Southeastern Community College. For photos, click HERE.

• PCC Baseball dropped a spot in one national poll but climbed significantly in another after improving to 20-1 on the season. (READ STORY)

• The PCC baseball team took on Lenoir Community College March 25 and held off a 9th-inning rally by the Lancers for a 3-2 victory. For photos from the game, click HERE.

• PCC golfer Ryan Perkins shot +2 in March to take medalist honors in the Hurricane Fusillade Challenge at Bull Creek Golf and Country Club. (READ STORY)

• When the PCC volleyball team takes the floor this fall, a familiar face will be returning to the sidelines to lead the Bulldogs into battle. Tom Marsh, who coached PCC for three seasons earlier this decade, has retaken the reins of the program he started in 2000. (READ STORY)