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PCC Teams with Petty's Garage to Offer Students Unique Learning Opportunities

In this March 2005 photo, "The King" Richard Petty, left, poses with 1994 PCC graduate Brian Moffitt, who is now CEO of Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM). The shop in which this picture was taken is now the home of Petty's Garage, LLC, since RPM relocated to Mooresville in 2007.WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College is joining forces with a stock car racing legend to train students interested in pursuing careers within the automotive service industry.

According to Susan Nobles, PCC Vice President of Institutional Advancement, the college has signed two-year agreement to become an “education affiliate” of Petty’s Garage, LLC, which is owned by NASCAR Hall-of-Famer Richard Petty.

“The Pettys have long supported Pitt Community College students through generous donations to the PCC Foundation’s annual scholarship auction,” Nobles said. “We’re excited about this new opportunity to broaden our connection with a legendary North Carolina family and feel our students are going to benefit tremendously from the learning experiences our partnership with Petty’s Garage will offer.”


College Pays Tribute to Former President While Dedicating New Russell Building

Dr. Charles Russell looks on as family members assist with the unveiling of a portrait of Russell that now hangs in the lobby of the campus building named for him.The college dedicated its most recent addition to the campus landscape Sept. 7 with a ceremony that featured school administrators and state and local leaders paying tribute to the building’s namesake – former PCC President Charles E. Russell.

Speakers included current PCC President G. Dennis Massey, Pitt County Commissioner Beth Ward, N.C. Rep. Marian McLawhorn and attorney Phil Dixon, who recounted in a videotaped interview his work with Russell as former chairman of the PCC Board of Trustees. J. Paul Davenport, who is the current trustees chairman, also spoke during the event and thanked Russell for serving as the college's president for nearly 20 years with “dedication, vision and passion.”


PCC Witnessing Highest Enrollment Ever

The new Russell Building parking lot gives a good indication of the college's record enrollment this semester.Though they suspected it long before the final numbers had been tallied, PCC administrators confirmed last month that the school is indeed serving a record curriculum enrollment this fall.

According to PCC President G. Dennis Massey, 9,047 students are taking credit classes at Pitt this semester, an 8.3 percent increase from the same point a year ago. The college’s previous enrollment high was 8,600 students during the Fall 2010 semester.


College Selected to Participate in Coalition to Train Baby Boomers for New Careers

PCC was the only North Carolina college recently selected to participate in a nationwide initiative to retrain baby boomers for new careers.PCC was recently chosen as one of 11 colleges to join the Plus 50 Encore Completion Program, a national initiative designed to train 10,000 baby boomers over the next three years for new jobs in health care, education and social service.

The program is offered by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) in cooperation with its member colleges and will ultimately comprise 100 colleges offering special training programs for students age 50 and older. It is being funded through a $3.2 million grant from the Deerbrook Charitable Trust.


October 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 October 2012 update.

• Members of the Greenville City Council joined Mayor Allen Thomas last month in recognizing Pitt Community College American Sign Language (ASL) students and faculty for their efforts and proclaiming Sept. 24-30 as Deaf Awareness Week. (READ STORY)

• Alina Fernandez, the daughter of controversial Cuban leader Fidel Castro, will be the keynote speaker Oct. 2, when the college celebrates “National Hispanic Heritage Month” with a program in the Goess Student Center at 12 p.m. (READ STORY)

• The PCC Foundation will hold its annual Fall Golf Classic Oct. 4 at Greenville Country Club. (PCC Fall Golf Classic Website)

• Enter to win a Bushnell laser rangefinder and support the PCC Foundation in the process. The drawing will take place Oct. 4. (MORE DETAILS)

• Human Service Technology faculty recently honored Minister Bob Clyde for his long-term contributions to students in their program. (READ STORY)

• PCC graduate Cameron Coburn has completed a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice at Fayetteville State University, making him the second Pitt student to take advantage of a transfer partnership between the two schools. (READ STORY)

• Former Student Government Association President Derek Combs presented the PCC Foundation with a $1,000-check last month in support of a scholarship he has established with the organization in memory of his grandfather, Billy Ray Combs Sr. (READ STORY)

• The Men's Resource Center held the "PCC Olympics" Sept. 12 to give students a chance to showcase their talents away from the classroom. (PHOTO GALLERY)

• The PCC Foundation will hold its annual Down East Holiday Show fundraiser Nov. 2-4 at the Greenville Convention Center. (SHOW DETAILS)

• SGA officers doled out the sub sandwiches Sept. 6, during their organization's "Clubs and Subs" event in the Goess Student Center. (PHOTO GALLERY)

• The college held a party for Vice President of Administrative Services Susan Everett, who retired last month after 20 years of service with PCC. (PHOTO GALLERY)

• A contractor working on a project unrelated to PCC damaged a water main on campus near the William E. Fulford Building Sept. 26, forcing college administrators to cancel classes for a portion of the day to allow for repairs. (PHOTO)

• We are proud of our current students and graduates and love sharing their stories of success. If you are a PCC student or alum and have a success story you would like to share, please email Rob Goldberg, PCC communications director, so we can be sure to include you on our "Creating Success" web page.

Upcoming Events ...

• Oct. 2 - National Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration

• Oct. 4 - PCC Foundation Golf Classic

• Oct. 4-5 - Faculty/Student Fall Break

• Oct. 10 - TRiO Open Mic

• Oct. 16 - PCC Foundation Scholarship Reception

• Oct. 17 - Women's Resource Fair

• Oct. 18 - Fall Fest

• Oct. 19-20 - CIT Division Open House

• Oct. 20 - PTK Yard Sale

• Oct. 25 - Respiratory Therapy Open House

• Oct. 30 - Trunk or Treat

• Nov. 2-4 - Down East Holiday Show

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

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PCC Volleyball split a doubleheader Saturday to move to 11-8 overall, 5-4 in the Region X Conference.

After topping Northern Virginia Community College, 3-1 (25-22, 25-27, 25-8 and 25-19), Saturday morning, the Bulldogs fell to Region X-foe Wake Tech by a 3-0 (25-22, 25-23 and 28-26) count in the afternoon.

Next up for Pitt is Louisburg College in Louisburg Oct. 2 at 6 p.m.

After a tournament in Hagerstown, Md., and trips to Raleigh and Wilkesboro, the Bulldogs finally return home to face Cape Fear Community College Oct. 18 at 6 p.m.

For PCC's full 2012 "Schedule and Results," click HERE

October Athletics Quick Hitters ...

• Having completed their PCC eligibility, former softball players Amanda Daw and Brittany Gibson are now taking the field for Campbell University and Mars Hill College, respectively.

• PCC Basketball's 2012-13 slate features 28 regular season contests, 11 in the Charles Coburn Center. The Bulldogs play their first home game of the new season Nov. 17 against Mid-Atlantic Christian University. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. (FULL SCHEDULE

Upcoming Athletic Events ...

• Oct. 2 - Volleyball @ Louisburg College

• Oct. 6-7 - Volleyball @ Hagerstown Community College Tournament

• Oct. 11 - Volleyball @ Wake Tech

• Oct. 13 - Volleyball @ Wilkes Community College

• Oct. 13 - Volleyball @ Surry Community College (Wilkesboro, N.C.)

• Oct. 14 - Softball @ Appalachian State (Boone, N.C.)

• Oct. 15 - Softball @ South Carolina (Boone, N.C.)

• Oct. 18 - Volleyball vs. Cape Fear Community College

• Oct. 20 - Volleyball vs. Wilkes Community College

• Oct. 20 - Volleyball vs. Lenoir Community College

• Oct. 21 - Volleyball @ Brunswick Community College

• Oct. 27 - Volleyball vs. Guilford Tech