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Message from President G. Dennis Massey
Pitt Community College’s enrollment increases have been steady for several years, but the double-digit increases almost every term since Fall 2008 have been particularly large, an indication of the state of the economy and a strong desire by people to prepare for the jobs of the future. Local elected officials at the state and county level have done their best during this period of limited budgets to provide support, and PCC’s faculty and staff have worked hard to provide access to our programs.
The faces and stories behind this increase in numbers are diverse and inspiring. With a large number of dislocated workers among our students, the average age of students has increased to 28 years of age. We have also seen increased interest in our fast-track career programs like Food Services Management and other fields which get students back into the work force in six months or less of training. At the same time, ease of transfer has also motivated more recent high school graduates to enter PCC first before going on to a baccalaureate institution
Pitt Community College 2009 Year in Review
> Part I (January - April) Nearly 40 years after the concept of a student center on campus was first proposed, PCC dedicated the Craig F. Goess Student Center, a one-stop shop for students that combines key admissions and registration services under one roof, in March 2009.
> Part II (May - August) In the summer of 2009, PCC was one of 11 community colleges in the state to earn “Exceptional Status” in an N.C. Community College System performance report, meaning the college met or exceeded all eight of the accountability standards measured.
> Part III (September - December) PCC Trustees approved a new facilities master plan for the college in the fall of 2009. The plan builds upon one the board approved in 2004 and will guide growth at the college over the next 10 years. When completed, PCC's main campus will have an additional 382,000 square feet of space.
Ham Radio Helping EET Students Learn
Though they don’t spin records or take requests from listeners, some Pitt Community College students are spending quality time on the airwaves these days.
Since spring semester, a group of Electronics Engineering Technology (EET) students have been trying their hand at ham radio. They began building a station in the college’s A.B. Whitley Building in the summer, went on the air in the fall, and started the PCC Amateur Radio Club, which is currently at 12 active members and growing.
According to EET Instructor Prentice Tyndall, the students are benefitting from ham radio in many ways. For starters, he says it makes intangible topics, such as the frequency spectrum, AM and FM radio bands, and data communications, “practical and visual” and thus easier to understand.
Seminar Illustrates Need for Good Education
Pitt Community College Basic Skills and Developmental Studies students participated in a money management exercise last month that highlighted the importance of education in landing a self-supporting career.
Held in PCC’s Craig F. Goess Student Center, the exercise was part of the college’s Seamless Entry with Guidance through Unique Educational Paths (or SEGUE) program.
As the name suggests, SEGUE helps certain high-risk students complete their programs of study and move seamlessly into the next level of education. Each month, the federally-funded initiative and PCC’s Basic Skills program join efforts to sponsor a “Courageous Conversations” seminar that exposes students to the opportunities available to them at the community college-level.
January Edition Quick Hitters ...
• The PCC Foundation is preparing for its annual scholarship auction fundraiser at Rock Springs Center to be held Feb. 16. This year's event will have a "Western Roundup" theme and is once again being sponsored by The Clement Companies. For additional information on table sponsorships and donating items to the auction, please contact PCC's Institutional Advancement Division at (252) 493-7287.
• According to the PCC Foundation, more than 8,800 attended the 2009 Down East Holiday Show in November. The event netted more than $86,500 in revenue and donations. Proceeds from the show are used for student scholarships and educational activities at the college.
• The PCC Alumni Association established a facebook page this week. Pitt alumni are encouraged to become fans of the page by searching for "Pitt Community College Alumni Association."
• Student Support Services (TRIO) and Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) combined efforts last month to facilitate the Christmas Sponsorship Program. TRIO Director LaTonya Evans said 14 PCC families received assistance at Christmas time through the program.
• The Lights of Knowledge tree lighting took place Dec. 7 in the Craig F. Goess Student Center lobby. PCCAEOP assumed sponsorship of the ceremony from the PCC Foundation, and proceeds from the fundraising event will go toward a student scholarship the group will present later this year.
• The PCC Symphony Orchestra presented its annual Holiday Concert Dec. 8 at Faith Assembly of God Church. Joining the orchestra for the performance were students and teachers from the Greenville Suzuki Association.
• Students Felisha Black and Whitney Morris received $250 Criminal Justice Scholarships in December.
• PCC is one of five colleges across the state participating in a pilot project that provides free nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), such as nicotine patches, to eligible students. The project, funded by the N.C. Health and Wellness Trust Fund, began Oct. 1 and provides free NRT for a limited time to full-time students at participating schools ages 18-29 who are North Carolina residents. To participate, eligible students should call Quitline NC at 1-800-QUIT-NOW, a free, confidential service available 8 a.m. to 3 a.m., seven days a week. Callers will be connected to a Quit Coach, a trained professional who will work to create a “quit plan” tailored to the individual caller’s situation. Research shows that working with quitline can double a person’s chances of quitting for good. For more information, please call the quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW or learn more about the quitline at www.Quitlinenc.com
After Long Layoff Basketball Returns Jan. 9
After a three-week layoff, the PCC basketball team returns to the hardwood this weekend with a Region X Conference matchup against Louisburg College on Saturday. The Bulldogs enter the game at 6-5 overall, following an 85-66 loss to Cecil College (Md.) on Dec. 18.
Tip-off for this weekend's game against the Hurricanes is set for 3 p.m. in the Charles Coburn Center. PCC students, faculty and staff who present their IDs will be admitted to the game at no charge.
Tickets at $5 for adults, $3 for children 6 to 11 and college students (other than PCC who present IDs, and free for children five and under.
Softball Looks to Build Upon '09 Success
PCC Softball will kick off the 2010 campaign Jan. 30 with a doubleheader against Mt. Olive College, and the Bulldogs are looking to build upon last season's 27-10 mark.
Coach Junior Bailey's 2009 squad reached the championship game of the Region X Conference Tournament in Hartsville, S.C., but fell to Spartanburg Methodist College.
Bailey said this year's Region X tourney will take place on PCC's home turf, the Sara Law Softball Complex in Winterville, April 30 - May 2.
Pitt's 2010 regular season slate features 22 home games. The Bulldogs will play 16 more on the road in addition to tournaments hosted by Aiken Technical College (Feb. 19-20) and Savannah College of Art & Design.
PCC Softball has 12 new players on the roster joining four sophomores off last year's team, which received votes in NJCAA polling for the first time in program history. Two players from the '09 squad moved on to four-year schools to continue their playing careers.
PCC Baseball Releases Its 2010 Schedule
After a rigorous fall practice schedule that included exhibition games against Team USA 18U and Team Europe, the Pitt Community College baseball team should be well-prepared for its 2010 slate.
Coming off a season in which they finished 36-8 overall and ranked 17th in the final NJCAA Division I poll, Coach Tommy Eason's Bulldogs are scheduled to begin the 2010 campaign on the road with a doubleheader against Southeastern Community College on Feb. 13. The two teams play again the next day at Minges-Overton Baseball Complex in what will be PCC's 2010 home opener.
Pitt is scheduled to play a total of 31 home games in 2010, including key conference games against Louisburg College and USC-Sumter, which finished 2009 ranked 12th in the final Perfect Game Crosschecker poll.
PCC has 11 players returning from a year ago. Five Bulldogs from last year's squad moved on to four-year schools to continue their playing careers.