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Study: Healthy Campus Climate at PCC

PCC published the results of a climate study conducted by the N.C. State University National Initiative for Leadership and Institutional Effectiveness in October that concludes the college has "a healthy campus climate."

PCC published results of a campus climate study showing scores higher than peer institutions in most of the areas measured and much improvement since 2006.

PCC-ECU Students Team to Design Home

With the plans they developed for "David's House" on display in front of them, the PCC and ECU students who worked on the project take time out for a group photo. From left to right, they are: Anthony Marshall, Cynthia Mareck, Ro Molina, Miho Iba, Bonnie Goodin, Jorge Perez-Velasquez, Ernest Moore and Maison Woodcock. Marshall, Goodin, Perez-Velasquez, Moore and Woodcock are from PCC while Mareck, Molina and Iba are from ECU.
PCC Architectural Technology students teamed with ECU Interior Design students this spring to help an eastern North Carolina man come closer to realizing his dream home.

Visions Celebrates High School Grads

Osiel Aguirre talks about what the PCC VISIONS program has meant to him as an Ayden-Grifton High School student. He noted that a tour of Pitt's welding facilities and a trip to Winterville's The Roberts Company during last year's VISIONS Summer Institute helped him gain a better understanding of educational and job opportunities available to those pursuing welding careers.

The PCC Visions Career Development and Scholarship Program recently held an event at the Hilton Greenville to celebrate the success of its high school participants.

July 2016 Edition Quick Hitters ...

• Each month, President G. Dennis Massey provides a "College Update" with the latest PCC highlights.

• A trio of PCC nursing students received scholarships from the Pitt Golden K Kiwanis in the spring. (READ STORY)

• PCC math and physics students topped their counterparts from nine other North Carolina community colleges to bring home the prize for highest altitude in the 2015-16 High Altitude Balloon Competition. (READ STORY)

• College administrators recently announced that the Paralegal Technology program had been redesignated by the N.C. State Board of Paralegal Certification as a “qualified paralegal program.” (READ STORY)

• The Pitt County American Legion Post 39 contributed $2,000 to its Nursing Scholarship Endowment Fund with the PCC Foundation. (PHOTO)

• PCC Career Services reported a successful hiring event last month for Speedway, LLC. — the nation’s second largest company-owned and -operated convenience store chain. (READ STORY)

• The Visions Career Development and Scholarship Program welcomed 100 new students into the fold last month with the annual Summer Institute, which is designed to help the students learn more about educational and career opportunities available to them locally. (READ STORY)

• A new group of PCC Student Ambassadors met for the first time in June to begin preparations for their responsibilities during the 2016-17 academic year. (READ STORY)

• Work continues on the college's new Science and Technology Center, which should be ready for students sometime next year. (PHOTO)

• Students planning to attend PCC this fall are being encouraged to complete an admission application and sign up for a New Student Orientation session. (READ STORY)

• The PCC Alumni Association is providing an avenue for people in the community to honor friends and family members by purchasing a custom brick in the patio and gardens that surround the college’s new clock tower. (READ STORY)

• The college has an Instagram account. You can sign up to follow it at https://instagram.com/pittcc/.

• 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 media relations director, so we can be sure to include you on our "Creating Success" web page.

Upcoming Events ...

• July 2-4 - Campus Closed (Independence Day)

• July 11-14 - New Student Orientation

• July 11 - Late Start Placement Preparatory Class

• July 11 - ESL Interest Session

• July 27 - Registration Day

• July 30 - Weekend College Ends

• Aug. 17 - Walk-In Registration for Fall Semester

• Aug. 18 - Fall Classes Begin

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

PCC Athletics

Bailey Moves on to Coach at Barton College

PCC Softball Coach Junior Bailey meets with players during the opening round of the 2010 NJCAA Division I Fast-Pitch Softball Championship at the Canyons Softball Complex in St. George, Utah.

After more than 300 victories, three national championship appearances and three conference coaching awards, Junior Bailey has accepted the head softball coaching position with nearby Barton College.

Bailey, who also served as PCC’s athletic director, was hired by Pitt following the 2005 softball season. In 11 seasons at PCC, he led the Bulldogs to a 316-147 record. His 2010, 2011 and 2013 teams won Region X Conference Tournament titles and advanced to the NJCAA Division I Fast-Pitch Softball Championship in St. George, Utah.

Bailey’s final day with PCC was June 30.

Three Former Bulldogs Taken in MLB Draft

Major League Baseball held its annual draft June 9-11 and three former Bulldogs heard their names called.

First taken was Taylor Hyssong, a left-handed pitcher who played for Pitt during the 2014 season before moving on to UNC-Wilmington. Hyssong was selected in the eighth round by the Atlanta Braves. He was the 229th player selected in this year's draft.

Chosen by the Texas Rangers in the 12th Round (No. 369 overall) was former PCC catcher Alex Kowalczyk. Also a member of the 2014 Bulldogs, Kowalczyk played his final two seasons of collegiate baseball with the Pittsburgh Panthers of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Tyler Britton was the final former Bulldog drafted. The right-handed pitcher, who transferred to High Point University after spending the 2014 campaign with PCC, was taken by the Houston Astros with the 697th overall pick (23rd Round).

Including the three players selected by Major League Baseball organizations last month, 85 former Bulldogs have moved on to either the professional ranks or to NCAA Division I or II teams since Tommy Eason took over as coach of the PCC baseball program prior to the 2006 season.

Hoops Newcomers Participate in Orientation

Joining the Bulldogs for the 2016-17 season are: (Seated, left to right) Fode Camara, Brandon Faison, Andrew Abrom, Chris Smith and Laszlo Upchurch. (Standing, l-r) Coach Mullins, Eric McIver, Dewaun Mceachin, Antonio Freeman, Darian Daniels and Quante Smith

PCC Basketball’s newest members took part in orientation last month. While on campus, the players took a moment for photos with Coach Darrick Mullins and members of their family outside of their new home court, the Charles Coburn Center. Joining the Bulldogs for the 2016-17 season are: (Seated, left to right) Fode Camara, Brandon Faison, Andrew Abrom, Chris Smith and Laszlo Upchurch. (Standing, l-r) Coach Mullins, Eric McIver, Dewaun Mceachin, Antonio Freeman, Darian Daniels and Quante Smith.