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College Is 'Exceptional' in NCCCS Report

Dr. Massey celebrates the college's exceptional status with employees.The North Carolina Community College System  (NCCCS) released its 2009 Critical Success Factors Report July 8 and Pitt Community College was recognized as an exceptional institution.

PCC was one of 11 community colleges in the state to earn “Exceptional Institutional Performance” status, which means the school met or exceeded all eight of the accountability standards measured in the report.

“We are indeed pleased that the high quality of Pitt’s classes and services is receiving this ‘exceptional’ rating,” PCC President G. Dennis Massey said. “This is a testimony to the excellence and hard work of our faculty and staff. The huge enrollment increases this year demonstrate strong satisfaction, but it is always positive to garner respect from the state and our peer colleges.”


JobLink Moves to ESC Office in Greenville

Area job-seekers can rest assured that the N.C. JobLink Career Center’s services will not change even though the Pitt County facility has a new home and manager.

On July 1, the N.C. Employment Security Commission assumed management responsibility of JobLink from Pitt Community College. As a result, the center moved from its location adjacent to the PCC campus to the ESC office on Bismarck Street in Greenville.

“The Employment Security Commission is pleased that we have been selected to be the JobLink for Pitt County,” said Danny Alston, manager of the Greenville ESC office. “We will continue to offer the services that were available at the previous JobLink and continue to offer all the services we have always provided."


Students Celebrate 400 Years of Astronomy by Building Telescopes as Class Project

Students study the night sky with telescopes they built.Four hundred years after Galileo first used telescopes to study the night sky, a group of observational astronomy students at Pitt Community College used a collection of seemingly ordinary construction items to assemble their own telescopes as part of a class project.

Like a scene from the television show, “McGyver,” members of instructor Charles Goodman’s AST 251 course met in Pitt’s Robert Lee Humber Building this summer and built telescopes out of plywood, Sonotube concrete forms, mirrors and optics.

Goodman, a physics instructor at PCC for the past three years, said he taught observational astronomy this summer in response to a request from Greenville’s John and Nancy Bray to support the 2009 International Year of Astronomy celebration. 


August Edition Quick Hitters ...

• Nearly 1,400 students visited the PCC campus July 15 for New Student Orientation. It was the program's largest-ever turnout, surpassing last year's record attendance of 1,098.

• PCC nursing student Ashley Joyner was selected as one of 21 students from across the state to receive a scholarship from the Great 100 Nurses of North Carolina organization. (READ STORY)

• Student Support Services wrapped up a camp last month designed to help recent high school graduates prepare for college. (READ STORY)

• Students Kevin Naus and Brian Caton received scholarships from the Pitt County Electrical Contractors Association in July. (READ STORY)

• The PCC Foundation announced last month that Amy Jarman had been named the very first recipient of the Hardy’s Appliance and Furniture Endowed Scholarship. (READ STORY)

• Kids' College took place late last month with youngsters learning about everything from robots and video game design to SAT preparation and biotechnology. A total of 13 classes were taught as part of this year's event with approximately 75 children taking part. (SEE PHOTOS)

• The Student Government Association held Summer Splash July 21 in front of the Ed and Joan Warren Building. The Daily Reflector was on hand to snap photos for its 'Scene Around' page. (SEE PHOTOS)

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Marsh Ready to Lead PCC Volleyball in '09

PCC volleyball kicks off practice for the 2009 season Aug. 10 under the direction of new head coach Tom Marsh.

Marsh, who started the volleyball program at PCC nine years ago and coached it for three seasons, takes over the helm from William Way, who went 85-50 in four seasons. 

The Bulldogs' 2009 campaign features 10 home games. PCC's first match in the Coburn Center is scheduled to take place Sept. 18 against Cape Fear Community College.

Three players -- Karen Perkins, Jessica Swears and Kristen Whitehurst -- return from last season's squad that went 18-12 overall.

(2009 PCC Volleyball Schedule)

In other sports news ...

• Former PCC baseball player Freddie Bynum is healthy once more and contributing to the Harrisburg Senators. Follow his progress for the remainder of the season HERE.

• Former Bulldogs softball players Jessica Ashworth and April Langley have signed with four-year colleges to continue their playing careers. Ashworth will play at Peace College next season while Langley has signed on with UNC-Greensboro.