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Event Sheds Light on CRC Program Benefits


ACT Inc.'s David SweaneyPCC's Continuing Education Division organized an event last month to give area employers information on the state’s Career Readiness Certificate (CRC) and how it can assist them with matching employees to the jobs they are best-suited to fill.

“We want to give the employer the tools necessary to plan, screen, select, train and promote the appropriate candidates,” said Steven Pearce, PCC’s Career Readiness Certificate administrator. “Key benefits of the CRC include a reduction in training costs and a reduction in turnover due to poor performance.”

Based upon ACT Inc.’s WorkKeys System, CRC is a job skills assessment test that offers employers a reliable means of determining a potential employee’s literacy, numeracy and problem-solving ability. Businesses looking to relocate can use the information the test provides to get an idea of the kinds of skills possessed by a particular area’s workforce.


PCC, ECU Graduate Wins Journalism Award

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Carlton PurvisCarlton Purvis, a 2008 Pitt Community College University Transfer graduate, was one of several East Carolina University students to win awards last month from the Southeast Journalism Conference, including the coveted College Journalist of the Year.
The students from ECU’s Office of Student Media were among winners recognized at an SEJC annual meeting held Feb. 11-13 at Southeastern Louisiana University.
The College Journalist of the Year Award went to Purvis for his work at The East Carolinian, ECU’s student-run newspaper.

Purvis, an Academic Excellence Award recipient at PCC with a 3.914 grade point average, was a copy editor and news editor at The East Carolinian.


Gamma Beta Phi Supports Haitian Relief

Haiti Relief DonationA PCC student organization has lent its financial support to the Haitian relief effort.

In February, Mark Benton and Dana Coltrain from PCC’s Gamma Beta Phi International Honor Society presented a $750-check to Chris Taylor of the American Red Cross Haitian Relief Effort. The money will be used to help rebuild Haiti, which was devastated Jan. 12 by a magnitude-7 earthquake that killed more than 200,000 people and leveled 38 percent of the buildings in the country’s capital, Port-au-Prince.

Benton, a PCC polysomnography student and president of the school’s Gamma Beta Phi chapter, said his group has been fundraising throughout the school year to support a variety of causes, including Toys for Tots and March of Dimes. As a result, he said, the group was in financial shape to support the people of Haiti right away.


Black History Month 2010

After kicking off its Black History Month celebration Jan. 29 with a presentation by motivational speaker Kemba Smith, PCC held several activities in February to commemorate the nationwide event.

After a Friday Film Fest showing of "A Soldier's Story" on Feb. 5, a Reader's Theater event took place in the Craig F. Goess Student Center Feb. 17. The program featured "God's Trombones" by James Weldon Johnson, as well as works by other noted authors and original student writings.

On Feb. 23, Attorney Earl Brown inspired students with a presentation titled, "Pursuing Success in Difficult Economic Times." Brown's remarks were immediately followed by PCC's Second Annual Black History Quiz Bowl.

March Edition Quick Hitters ...

• Disney Institute is bringing its renowned professional development program, “Disney’s Approach to Business Excellence,” to Greenville on April 14. Sponsored locally by PCC, the full-day event will give area professionals an opportunity to “experience the business behind the magic.” (READ STORY)

• The first installment of the PCC Leadership Institute Alumni Speaker Program took place Feb. 19 in the Goess Student Center. State Sen. Don Davis and State Rep. Marian McLawhorn were the featured presenters and provided insight on the lessons they've learned through the leadership roles they've performed during their careers. (PHOTO GALLERY)

• Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, French, Japanese, Korean, English and Vietnamese—regardless of a student’s native language, there was someone to communicate with during PCC's first International Table event Feb. 2. (READ STORY)

• Wanda Tenpenny, Instructional Coordinator for the Medical Office Administration program, has been elected president of the Greenville chapter of The American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC). The organization is recognized by various health care groups, the AMA and various governmental agencies. Nationwide, the AAPC has more than 48,000 certified professional coders. The group's main focus is outpatient coding for medical reimbursement.

• The College Orchestra Directors Association (CODA) held its national convention in Atlanta last month and honored Pitt's Sue Jefferson and David Lusk for their diligent work to ensure the continued success of the PCC Symphony Orchestra. (READ STORY)

• The PCC VISIONS Scholarship Program is currently seeking applicants from Pitt County Schools’ junior class. For additional information on the application process, contact Debby Gray, PCC VISIONS program coordinator, at (252) 493-7719.

• The college recently selected CampusEAI Consortium’s myCampus, a software-as-a service Web 2.0 campus portal and web content management solution, to provide prospective students, students, faculty and staff, and alumni access to their academic and social information all in one place. (READ STORY)

• TRIO will sponsor a Caribbean-themed Open Mic program in the Goess Center March 19, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Open Mic is a forum for students, faculty, staff and members of the community to come together and share their talents. The event will also serve as an opportunity for individuals to make financial contributions to the American Red Cross Haitian Relief Fund. Those interested in presenting should contact Tabitha Miller at (252) 493-7765 or tabitha_miller@webmail.pittcc.edu.

• PCC alumni received free admission to the Bulldogs' Feb. 27 basketball game against Wake Tech. The promotion was part of the PCC Alumni Association's efforts to reconnect with former Pitt students. (PHOTO GALLERY)

• During halftime of PCC's Feb. 7 game against Johnston Community College, the 2010 Pitt County Special Olympics basketball team entertained fans with a 20-minute scrimmage. (PHOTO GALLERY)

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Softball's Watson NJCAA Pitcher of the Week


Charity WatsonPCC softball pitcher Charity Watson, a freshman from Washington, was named "Pitcher of the Week" March 10 by the National Junior College Athletic Association.

Watson struck out 28 batters Sunday in a doubleheader against Surry Community College, helping the Bulldogs earn an 8-0 win in game one before taking game two by a 7-3 count. In 16 innings, she gave up just five hits and three runs (one earned) to go along with five walks.

Leading up to Sunday's performance, Watson tossed a five-inning no-hitter against N.C. Wesleyan on March 4 in which she struck out 12 and gave up just one run on four walks. In a doubleheader sweep of Stanly Community College on Saturday, she threw 15 innings and allowed just three hits, two runs and eight walks to go along with 21 Ks.

With a pair of victories over Wake Tech earlier this week, Pitt has now won six straight and is 13-6 overall this season.

Baseball Cracks Top 10 in Two National Polls


Justin NygardAt 15-1 overall, PCC Baseball is creeping up the rankings in a pair of national polls.

The Bulldogs, who rallied to beat Lenoir Community College Wednesday after taking four from visiting Florence-Darlington Technical College over the weekend, are the #6 team in the NJCAA's most recent poll of the country's Division I Baseball programs. Pitt comes in at #7 in the latest rankings by Perfect Game Crosschecker.

Sophomore starter Justin Nygard leads the Bulldogs from the mound with a 4-0 mark. Prior to this past weekend's games against FDTC, Michael Wetherington was leading Pitt at the plate with a .500 average (10-for-20).

Next up for PCC is a Region X Conference showdown with Surry Community College Saturday and Sunday in Dobson.

Louisburg Loss Closes Out Hoops Season

Stephen GomolaAfter a two-point win over Catawba Valley Community College in the Region X Conference Tournament's play-in game March 4, PCC Basketball gave Louisburg College a tough time in the tourney's first round before ultimately bowing out with an 86-76 loss.

Led by Stephen Gomola's 22 points, the Bulldogs cut a 21-point deficit to two before poor free-throw shooting and turnovers proved to be their downfall.

Pitt was hot early on, leading 8-0 shortly after tip-off, before the Hurricanes put together an 18-2 run to take control.

Steffen McGhee finished with 16 points for PCC, while fellow sophomore Johnny Godette added 15 more. Jakiel Moore tacked on 10 points to give the Dawgs four players in double figures scoring.

PCC finished the season with an 11-14 overall record to go along with a 5-9 mark in Region X Conference play.

Seven sophomores -- Gomola, McGhee, Godette, Melvin Jones, Purnell Vick, Damien Williams and Tripp DuBose -- finished their Pitt playing careers with the Louisburg loss.

"At a time in intercollegiate athletics when athletes' decisions are made largely upon titles and television coverage, these players personify all the things that are right about college basketball," PCC coach Chad Reynolds said of his sophomore class. "These young men helped to restart what, hopefully, will become a winning tradition at Pitt Community College, and we wish them the best in their future endeavors."