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Wright to Represent PCC at NCCCS Event
WINTERVILLE—When the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) holds its annual academic excellence awards program in Raleigh this spring, Tiffany Wright will be on hand to proudly represent Pitt Community College.
Wright, a second-year Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) student from Laurinburg, has recorded a 3.88 grade point average at PCC. In the fall, she received the Roselyn V. Armstrong Occupational Therapy Assistant Endowed Scholarship in recognition of her academic achievements.
“From the minute Tiffany began the OTA program, she has been a leader and mentor for many students in her class,” said Wendy Perrini, chair of PCC’s OTA Department. “She works hard to understand the information being taught and constantly helps others who are struggling in the class to achieve higher grades and understand the material.”
College Receives Second Round of Money from N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission
PCC has once again received grant funding from the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission to help continuing education students ‘skill-up’ for new careers.
After receiving $20,000 from the Tobacco Trust in early 2011, PCC received another $10,000 in September to provide assistance to students pursuing ‘fast-track career pathways’ through continuing education. Dr. David Lusk, Pitt’s Continuing Education dean, said the college matched the second grant with $10,000 from self-support revenue.
Lusk says PCC has already served 30 students through the second round of Project Skill-Up grant funding. He said the college provided training to students in a number of programs, including Certified Nursing Assistant, Emergency Medicine, Chiropractic Assistant, Professional Fire Fighting, EKG Monitor Technician and Pharmacy Technician.
Women in Business Conference Is March 8
PCC's Small Business Center is co-sponsoring the Eastern North Carolina Women in Business 3rd Annual Conference, which will take place Thursday in the college’s Craig F. Goess Student Center.
Jim Ensor, director of PCC’s Small Business Center, says Pitt is serving as a presenting sponsor because “it helps us spread the word about the resources Pitt Community College has to offer local entrepreneurs." He added that women represent one of the fastest-growing groups of entrepreneurs in the United States today.
Tickets are still available for the four-hour conference, which is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. The cost is $99 per person or $89 per person, if four or more people from the same company attend. Breakfast will be served by Rep Express.
PCC Receives N.C. Biotech Center Grant
PCC's Office of Sponsored Programs recently announced that the N.C. Biotechnology Center has awarded chemistry instructor Olga Paine a $19,137-grant to provide pharmaceutical-tailored training to biotechnology students.
According to Helen Parke, Director of PCC’s Office of Sponsored Programs, the training will focus on analytical laboratory techniques, such as UV-visible spectrophotometry and high-pressure liquid chromatography.
Parke said the grant project would include course development, offering the course to students, and evaluation of the course to meet project goals. The experience, she said, will assist students in learning pharmaceutical industry-related concepts.
March 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 March 2012 update.
• PCC's celebration of Black History Month concluded with students taking part in a "Sing Off" competition in the Goess Student Center. (READ ARTICLE)
• PCC plans to celebrate Earth Day with an event on campus April 18. Opportunities are available to participate through sponsorship or by having a table at the event. (MORE INFORMATION)
• PCC alumni and friends of the college will have an opportunity to reconnect and network with members of the community with the next installment of "Coffee and Conversation," which will take place March 28, from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., at Greenville's Bruegger's Bagels (109 Greenville Boulevard Southeast).
• The East Carolinian wrote an article about the Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses program that involves ECU and four area community colleges, including PCC, teaming together to enlist high school seniors for an affordable nursing degree. (READ ARTICLE)
• PCC was featured in a WNCT-9 report on "Jobs in the East." (WATCH VIDEO)
• USA Today article on Richard Petty Motorsports features PCC graduate Brian Moffitt. (READ ARTICLE)
• The PCC Business Division presented "Milestones in African-American History" in the Goess Student Center Feb. 8. (PHOTO)
Upcoming Events ...
• Mar. 5-11 - Faculty/Student Spring Break
• Mar. 14 - Women's History Celebration
• Mar. 22 - Spring Fling
• Mar. 23 - Academic Excellence Awards
• Mar. 31 - PTK Yard Sale
• April 11 - All Majors Career Fair
• April 12 - Health Sciences Career Fair
• April 18 - Earth Day Celebration
• 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.
Basketball Finishes Regular Season 19-11
WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College wrapped up regular-season play with a 78-74 victory over Guilford Technical Community College Saturday to go 19-11 overall, 12-4 in the Region X Conference.
The Bulldogs and Titans traded baskets early on before Pitt moved out to a 34-26 advantage by halftime.
PCC made four consecutive defensive stops early in the second half to take a 41-28 lead by the 16:48 mark.
The Bulldogs never relinquished the lead despite a late GTCC run and several PCC miscues.
Keovanta McDuffie led the way for Pitt with 21 points. Chuckie Becton chipped in with 16 points and seven rebounds.
Next up for PCC is the Region X Conference Tournament, which begins Thursday in Hickory, N.C.
Softball off to a Solid Start in 2012 at 12-1
PCC Softball is off to a 12-1 start this season as the team is in the midst of playing seven games in three days.
Heavy rain on Saturday and Sunday reduced the Bulldogs' four-game series with USC-Lancaster to a tripleheader that was played Monday in Lancaster, S.C.
The Bulldogs took game one from the Lancers, 11-3, before winning game two by a 3-1 count. In Monday's final contest, PCC outlasted Lancaster en route to a 13-10 victory that gave the team a 3-0 mark in Region X Conference action.
Pitt travels to Albemarle, N.C., today to face Stanly Community College in a four-game series. Game one of today's doubleheader begins at 3 p.m. Tomorrow's twinbill begins at 12 p.m.
After that, it's on to Sumter, S.C., for PCC for a four-game series with USC-Sumter this weekend.
'Dawgs 5-5 with 'Canes on tap this Weekend
The PCC Baseball team is 5-5 this season, having battled through a tough schedule with nagging injuries to several players.
Pitt's most recent game was played Feb. 29 in Kinston as the Bulldogs topped Lenoir Community College, 8-7. PCC was scheduled to host Potomac State over the weekend, but the three-game series was canceled due to rain.
After taking on Brunswick Community College on March 7 in Shallotte, the Bulldogs are scheduled to host Louisburg College March 10-11 at Minges-Overton Baseball Complex.
March Athletics Quick Hitters ...
• With the first scheduled to be held in May, PCC Volleyball coach Tom Marsh will lead several camps for young players looking to enhance their skills. (MORE INFORMATION)
• PCC Softball split a doubleheader with Methodist College Feb. 28 at Winterville Recreation Park. After losing game one by a 4-1 count, the Bulldogs rallied to take game two, 8-0, in six innings. (PHOTO GALLERY)
• Former Bulldog Micah Jarrett tripled in his first at-bat for UNC-Wilmington. (READ ARTICLE)
Upcoming Home Athletic Events ...
• Mar. 10-11 - PCC Baseball vs. Louisburg College
• Mar. 16 - PCC Softball vs. Patrick Henry Community College
• Mar. 24-25 - PCC Baseball vs. USC-Sumter
• Mar. 28 - PCC Baseball vs. Lenoir CC (at Grainger Stadium)
• Mar. 28 - PCC Softball vs. Wake Tech
• Mar. 31-April 1 - PCC Softball vs. Spartanburg Methodist