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2011 Pitt Community College Year-in-Review

From a record spring enrollment to a year-long celebration of 50 years of educational service, 2011 was certainly a memorable year for Pitt Community College.

Accreditation progress, successful fundraisers, community service projects, awards, tributes, athletic success, campus construction and new partnerships — PCC faculty, staff and students can look back fondly on the college's Golden Anniversary.

And while there were many successes for Pitt last year, perhaps the most important one took place in May, when a record 1,037 students graduated from the college.

For a look back at some of 2011's memorable highlights, check out the links below ...


Re-Accreditation Process Moving Along


Pitt Community CollegePCC's re-accreditation efforts are taking shape as the school moves closer to an on-site visit from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC).

Receiving the SACS-COC seal-of-approval is critical to PCC’s future. Without it, the college would no longer be eligible to receive state funding (70 percent of its current budget revenue), and students could not apply for federal financial aid, which would adversely affect 60 percent of those currently enrolled.

Accreditation also ensures that the courses PCC students complete and the degrees they attain are recognized by other educational institutions.


Grant Helps College Start Course for Loggers

RALEIGH—The N.C. Rural Economic Development Center announced in the fall that PCC has been awarded a $50,000-grant to standardize a curriculum for individuals seeking employment in the logging industry.

On Nov. 16, the center’s board of directors approved 62 grants worth a total of $9.6 million in an effort to create new jobs, increase job placements for laid-off workers, and provide clean water in rural counties. The grants, which were made possible through funding from the N.C. General Assembly and other entities, are expected to create 1,211 jobs and assist projects that benefit 51 counties.

PCC’s Community Mobilization grant will allow the college to develop a 12-week course that teaches students how to operate heavy equipment utilized by the logging industry. The 480-hour course will combine online instruction with hands-on training and result in certification from the N.C. Loggers Association as well as an OSHA Safety Certificate for those who complete it.


SBC Helping Small Businesses through Statewide Taxpayer Recovery Program

Larry BiggsThe PCC Small Business Center is assisting with a statewide program designed to help North Carolina small businesses get back on their feet.

In July, the N.C. Department of Revenue and the N.C. Small Business Commissioners Office launched the Small Business Taxpayer Recovery Program (SBTRP) to assist businesses struggling financially as a result of the nation’s economic downturn. According to a press release from Gov. Beverly Perdue’s office, the program is currently helping more than 1,000 of the state’s small businesses.

“Companies from the mountains to the coast are benefitting from the state’s help during these tough economic times,” said Secretary of Revenue David Hoyle. “We have everything from restaurants, automotive centers, and health care services to landscaping and building companies that are using this program to get back on their feet.”


January 2012 Edition Quick Hitters ...

• Each month, President G. Dennis Massey provides a "College Update" with the latest college news. Click HERE for Dr. Massey's January 2012 update.

• Institutional Advancement held a reception for Gene Hemby last month to celebrate his retirement from the college after nearly 45 years of service. (READ MORE)

• Rick Owens, Assistant Vice President for Information Technology and Services, graduated from the Certified Government Chief Information Officers (CGCIO) Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Government in December. (READ MORE)

• A national magazine recently included PCC on its annual listing of the country’s most military-friendly schools. (READ MORE)

• In the fall, PCC's maintenance department completed its move into a brand new facility services complex on campus, paving the way for demolition of the old maintenance building and construction of a new police headquarters near that central campus site. (READ MORE)

• The TRIO Christmas Sponsorship program helped make Christmas a joyous occasion for 17 families last month. TRIO Director LaTonya Nixon said the gifts and donations for students in her program and their families had surpassed her expectations.

• Check out the video PCC's Kieran Finney created to promote the college's English as a Second Language program. (WATCH VIDEO)

• The Charlotte Observer recently wrote an article on 2009 PCC graduate T.J. Anzulewicz. (READ ARTICLE)

• New building construction is progressing nicely on the PCC campus. (PHOTO GALLERY)

Upcoming Events ...

• Jan. 6 - Basketball (Home)

• Jan. 13 - MLK Celebration

• Jan. 14 - Basketball (Home)

• Jan. 16 - PCC Closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

• Jan. 17 - Men's Resource Center Men's Day Event

• Jan. 17 - Basketball (Home)

• Jan. 19 - Basketball (Home)

• Jan. 20 - Basketball (Home)

• Jan. 21 - Basketball (Home)

• Jan. 25 - Coffee and Conversation

• Jan. 28 - Basketball (Home)

• Jan. 29 - Softball (Home)

• Each Monday at 6:30 p.m., catch the latest Pitt Community College news on PCC InSight. Hosted by PCC Alumni Relations Director Ashley Smith and Andre Gregory, Minority Male Mentoring and International programs coordinator, the 30-minute program airs on television (Cable Channel 7) and radio (WTIB 103.7). (MORE INFORMATION)

• Be sure to watch "PCC Outreach with Ernis Lee" Mondays at 8:30 p.m. on Cable Channel 23.

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Charity Watson Signs with USC Gamecocks

Charity WatsonFormer Pitt Community College softball pitcher Charity Watson is taking her talents to the Southeastern Conference this spring after signing with the University of South Carolina.

South Carolina softball coach Beverly Smith said she was excited about Watson, a two-time Region X Conference Pitcher of the Year, joining the Gamecocks’ roster in 2012.

“(Charity) will be a great addition to the pitching staff,” Smith said. “She is an experienced pitcher and had achieved a tremendous amount of success at Pitt Community College. I am looking to draw from both her experience and success in the circle for the next two years. She is a fierce competitor on the mound and will be fun to watch."


January Athletics Quick Hitters ...

• PCC Basketball improved to 8-7 overall with victories over Brunswick Community College (74-72) and Tidewater Community College (91-74) this month. Next up for Pitt is Johnston Community College in Smithfield Jan. 11 at 7 p.m.

• PCC Baseball has released its 2012 schedule, which begins with a doubleheader at home against Hartford Community College on Feb. 11. Pitt will play 53 regular-season games, including 33 at Minges-Overton Baseball Complex. For the entire 2012 slate, click HERE.

• Coming off back-to-back appearances in the NJCAA Division I Fast-Pitch Softball Championship, PCC Softball opens the 2012 season at home Jan. 29 against Mt. Olive College. The Bulldogs have 44 regular-season games on the schedule, including 18 at home and two at a neutral site Feb. 11, when they take on College of the Albemarle in Williamston. PCC plays its home games at Winterville Recreation Park, which is located at 332 Sylvania Street in Winterville. For the complete 2012 schedule, click HERE.