2016 PCC Year-in-Review

PITT Community College Foundation | March 28th, 2017

2016 PCC Year-in-Review: Jan. – April

WINTERVILLE—Student achievement, a new training center in Farmville, strong community support, and passage of a state bond to solidify North Carolina’s future highlighted the first four months of the year for Pitt Community College.

As a new year approaches, the following is the first of three installments recapping the events that took place at North Carolina’s seventh-largest community college in 2016.


  • The Pitt County American Legion Agricultural Fair, Inc., presents a $25,000-check to the PCC Foundation to expand an endowed scholarship it started in 2014.
  • Associate in Fine Art student Aaron Ellis takes second in the Schwa Show, a national juried competition at the Pitt County Arts Council recognizing excellence in fine arts and crafts.
  • Administrators cut the ribbon on the PCC Farmville Center. Located on Main Street, the facility helps the college meet its strategic goal of expanding learning opportunities to more parts of Pitt County.
  • The PCC Foundation announces the creation of an endowed scholarship through a $400,000-planned gift from the Linwood and Vannie Rouse Estate.
  • During the 4th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute Breakfast, which features U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield, the PCC Multicultural Activities Committee presents scholarships to students Evie Kelley and Alexis Baker.
  • Trustees agree to update the college’s facilities master plan, which outlines future growth on the main campus. The update will focus on development of a strategy to address sidewalks, crosswalks, bike lanes and pedestrian walkways. It will also address new construction on the western part of campus, Davenport Farm access, and analysis of existing buildings and needs.
  • PCC hosts Fulbright Senior Research Fellow Eddy Nurtjahya for presentations on tin mining reclamation efforts in his home country of Indonesia.
  • Chief Financial Officer Ricky Brown begins a one-year term as president of the N.C. Association of Community College Business Office Professionals.
  • GED Testing Service revises its passing scores, meaning students who took the test after Jan. 1, 2014 may already be eligible for a high school equivalency diploma. North Carolina and 32 other states recognize the changes immediately.


  • The PCC Registrar’s Office begins offering electronic delivery of official student transcripts.
  • PCC’s Construction and Industrial Technology (CIT) Division participates in the National Career and Technical Education Letter-of-Intent Signing Day. Sponsored by the National Coalition of Certification Centers, the program is similar to an athletic signing event, only for future CIT students.
  • Respiratory Therapy students Travis White and Tracey Whitley receive the N.C. Association of Respiratory Educators’ Tom Morris Scholarship.
  • The PCC Drama Club raises $1,000 and collects more than 1,000 pounds of food for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina through their performances of the musical “Nunsense.”


  • Science and Technology Training Center construction is well underway. When completed in 2017, the 75,000-square-foot building will be PCC’s largest.
  • PCC Foundation officials say their 2016 Accelerating the Future fundraiser has generated $40,657, eclipsing the 2015 event total by nearly $2,000.
  • PCC’s Women’s History Month (WHM) celebration features Major Paula Dance with the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office, Pitt County Clerk of Superior Court Sara Beth Fulford Rhodes, and Assistant Public Defender Wendy Hazelton sharing personal and professional success stories.
  • As part of the WHM program, PCC employee Sidette Boyce-Brown receives the 2016 Woman of Substance Award for outstanding campus and community involvement.
  • For the second straight year, the PCC Real Estate program is recognized for outstanding student performance on the N.C. Real Estate License Examination.
  • President G. Dennis Massey joins Gov. Pat McCrory at the East Carolina Heart Institute to stress the importance of bond funding to improve North Carolina’s infrastructure, educational systems, safety and state parks. The meeting centers on a proposed $2 billion-state bond that North Carolina voters ultimately approve March 15.
  • PCC’s Financial Aid Office begins holding “FAFSA Mondays” to answer financial aid questions and assist students with Free Application for Federal Student Aid forms.
  • PCC’s TRiO Educational Opportunity Center organizes a luncheon to thank community partners for referring students and helping them prepare for college.
  • Paralegal Technology student Mary Gardner is named PCC’s recipient of the N.C. Community College System (NCCCS) Academic Excellence Award in recognition of outstanding classroom achievement and volunteerism.
  • Jill Berry receives the President’s Scholarship and Victoria Privette the President’s Award during the college’s annual Academic Excellence Awards program.
  • Military veterans discuss challenges they have encountered transitioning from the military to higher education and concerns they face as PCC students, during a professional development workshop for faculty and staff.
  • Students and alumni meet with local employers to discuss more than 100 job opportunities during the annual Spring Career Fair.


  • PCC offers a series of short-term training sessions to help individuals seeking advanced manufacturing jobs earn portable industry credentials in just three weeks.
  • PCC math and physics students top 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.
  • Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society pays tribute to President Massey and Science Instructor Joy Moses-Hall during its convention in National Harbor, Md.
  • The college’s first Scholars of Global Distinction students discuss their opportunities to learn through overseas travel and stress the importance of global learning.
  • “Barbershop III: The Next Cut” hits theaters with PCC graduate Richard Wilson’s artwork on display in the home of the movie’s main character.
  • PCC celebrates the many cultures of its English Language Acquisition students with a program that gives them a chance to highlight their homelands while practicing English. More than 25 countries are represented.
  • The college holds Priority Admissions Day to help a select group of Pitt County high school students register for fall classes and successfully transition to higher education. More than 50 students attend the invitation-only program.
  • Adam Harrod, a first-year Associate in Science student, takes first in the 2016 PCC Public Speaking Contest.
  • Administrators present service awards to 87 employees with a combined 775 years of service during the college’s annual employee appreciation event. Media Relations Specialist Alex Freedman wins the Joan and Ed Warren Staff Employee of the Year Award while Biology Instructor Samantha Chauncey claims the Joseph E. Downing Award for Excellence in Teaching.
  • Health Sciences students welcome the community to campus for a health fair that promotes better living through information booths, displays and basic health screenings.
  • The inaugural STAR Awards—a collaboration between the PCC Center for Student Activities and the Office of Student Mentoring, Conduct and Academic Progression—honor student clubs and organizations for service to campus and the community.
  • WNCT and PCC welcome fans of the CBS reality show “Survivor” to an open casting call in the Craig F. Goess Student Center.

2016 PCC Year-in-Review: May – Aug.

The middle portion of 2016 for Pitt Community College was a mixture of happiness and sorrow, as back-to-back heartbreaks in May were sandwiched between graduation, new learning opportunities and a “healthy campus climate” designation.

As a new year draws closer, what follows is the second of three installments looking back on the events of 2016 at North Carolina’s seventh-largest community college.


  • New ECU Football Coach Scottie Montgomery speaks about the importance of education with students participating in PCC’s College Bound program.
  • Chris Chung, CEO of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, meets with area business and economic leaders and PCC representatives to discuss local efforts to prepare a skilled workforce, attract new business and industry, and raise awareness of PCC educational programming.
  • PCC Architectural Technology students complete a semester-long collaboration with ECU Interior Design students by developing house plans that help a local man with disabilities come closer to realizing his dream home.
  • GUC executive Tony Cannon addresses the PCC Class of 2016 during graduation. Of the 1,080 graduates—who earn a total of 1,866 degrees, diplomas and/or certificates—648 participate in commencement.
  • The Pulp Ark Awards announce PCC instructor Micah Harris has won “Best Novel” for his book, “Ravenwood, the Stepson of Mystery: Return of the Dugpa.”
  • For the first time, the PCC Transitional Studies Department inducts 26 students into the National Adult Education Honor Society.
  • Less than two weeks after receiving a PCC Distinguished Service Award, longtime supporter J. Paul Davenport passes away at 79. A Pactolus businessman, Davenport served as a PCC Trustee for more than a decade, including two years as board chairman.
  • PCC administrators announce with great sadness the unexpected passing of Radiography Director Karen Lee at age 53. A 1982 radiography graduate, Lee taught for 26 years at her alma mater.
  • A PCC-ECU agreement creates a pathway for Pitt geology students to transfer to the university for bachelor’s degrees in the field.
  • Science instructor Charles Goodman is named president of the N.C. Two-Year College Engineering Pathways Committee, which develops engineering transfer agreements between the state’s community colleges and UNC institutions.
  • Trillium Health Resources announces a partnership with PCC to build a “Smart Home” on campus that will give students hands-on experience with new technologies designed to help people with disabilities live more independently.
  • PCC’s Paralegal Technology program is designated as a “qualified paralegal program,” meaning students who graduate from it may apply to take the N.C. Certified Paralegal Exam, if they meet all other eligibility requirements.
  • Nursing students Allison Lennon, Tarena Scott and Devin Laughinghouse receive scholarships from the Pitt Golden K Kiwanis.
  • The PCC Visions Program celebrates the upcoming graduations of its 70 high school participants.


  • PCC holds an informational fair for nontraditional students considering a return to higher education.
  • The college’s “Explore: Summer Youth Program” gets underway with camps dealing with everything from golf, robotics and guitars to jewelry-making, BMX riding and snorkeling.
  • Understanding New Student Orientation’s key role in student success, PCC administrators make it mandatory for first-time students.
  • New PCC Student Ambassadors meet for the first time to begin preparations for the 2016-17 academic year.
  • Visions welcomes 100 new students to the annual Summer Institute. For three days, the largest class in the program’s 12-year history learns about educational and career opportunities available locally.
  • Pitt County American Legion Post 39 presents a $2,000-check to the PCC Foundation in support of its Nursing Scholarship Endowment Fund, which stands at $32,332.
  • PCC publishes a study that indicates “a healthy campus climate” at Pitt. The college scores higher than peer institutions in most of the areas measured and shows across-the-board improvement in the 10 years that have passed since the same survey was conducted at the college.
  • PCC Career Services reports a successful hiring event on campus for Speedway, LLC. The company interviews 95 applicants during the three-hour program.


  • The PCC Faculty Senate presents scholarships to Leah Edgar and Semenya Jordan that will help the students pay for textbooks in the fall.
  • PCC honors the 14 graduates of its 9th Fire Academy during a ceremony in the Greenville Convention Center.
  • Family and friends establish the Charles R. Coburn Memorial Endowment Fund with the PCC Foundation to honor the life of the longtime PCC basketball coach.
  • The Transitional Studies Department offers a course to help recent high school and High School Equivalency/GED graduates prepare for placement testing.
  • The Kiwanis of the Golden K Foundation present a $1,000-check to the PCC Foundation in support of the Ricks Automotive Scholarship.
  • For the second straight summer, Pitt County middle school teachers train at PCC on how to embed entrepreneurship principles into their classroom instruction.
  • Advertising and Graphic Design student Raygan Burnette creates a logo for the soon-to-open Uptown Brewing Company in Greenville and receives a $500-scholarship.
  • Construction and Industrial Technology students Melvin Reddick and Christopher Traud are named recipients of the Grainger Tools for Tomorrow Scholarship worth $2,000.
  • Electrical Systems Technology students Will Davis and Allen Warren receive $500-scholarships from the Pitt County Electrical Contractors Association in recognition of academic excellence and outstanding practical skills.


  • PCC, the City of Greenville and the Community Crossroads Center sign a two-year agreement to begin offering Food Service Specialist training in the fall.
  • After welcoming Brian Floyd and Maurice Northern to their board in May, Trustees swear in Gloristine Brown and Amanda Tilley.
  • Recent graduate Jacob Gingras has his artwork displayed in the Craig F. Goess Student Center.
  • Students train for service as mentors in the new Bruiser’s Crew Peer Mentoring Program, a pilot initiative aimed at improving student retention through increased personal contact.
  • PCC’s Business Division forms a new Administrative and Health Care Technologies Department to serve students interested in non-clinical health care curricula. Instructor John Daugherty will serve as its chair.
  • The Tutorial and Academic Success Center earns the prestigious College Reading and Learning Association’s International Tutor Training Program certification.
  • The PCC Center for Student Activities welcomes students back to campus with four days of activities designed to foster school pride and shed light on campus clubs and organizations.
  • Catherine Truitt, senior education advisor from the Governor’s Office, tours PCC health sciences and CIT facilities for a closer look at equipment utilized for training and to learn more about the successes and challenges the college experiences in preparing a skilled workforce.
  • New N.C. Community College System President James C. Williamson visits PCC as part of an effort to get better acquainted with community colleges in the state’s Northeast Prosperity Zone.
  • PCC barber students provide free haircuts to 77 youngsters so they’ll be looking sharp when the new school year begins.
  • Martina Hardison, a 4.0 student from Blounts Creek, receives the 2016 John Minges Criminal Justice Scholarship for academic excellence.
  • The PCC Foundation kicks off the 2016 Employee Annual Fund Drive. Co-chaired by employees Wendy Ayscue and John Carrere, the drive’s goal is $80,000.

2016 PCC Year-in-Review: Sept.-Dec.

A historic visit by the State Board of Community Colleges, a major hurricane, fundraising success, and a new home for law enforcement training highlighted the final four months of 2016 for Pitt Community College.

Now that 2017 has arrived, the following is the final of three installments looking back on the events that took place at North Carolina’s seventh-largest community college during the previous year.


  • Welding Technology students create new trash receptacles to replace the plastic eyesores that have dotted the campus landscape for more than a decade.
  • Family, friends and co-workers establish the Karen Lee Memorial Scholarship with the PCC Foundation in tribute to the former PCC radiography program director.
  • A study by the website “Student Loan Report” shows PCC is one of the nation’s best colleges and universities when it comes to offering students Federal Work-Study opportunities.
  • The PCC Foundation Fall Golf Classic generates nearly $19,000 for the college’s fundraising organization.
  • PCC Career Services holds CareerFest, giving nearly 600 students a chance to speak with more than 40 employers about careers and the education, training and skills needed to succeed in them.
  • The PCC Small Business Center is the state’s best in terms of small business startups, according to the N.C. Community College System’s (NCCCS) recently released Small Business Center Network Metrics.
  • PCC Baseball Coach Tommy Eason is inducted into the East Carolina University Athletics Hall of Fame in recognition of his achievements as a Pirates catcher and assistant baseball coach.
  • Students, faculty and staff at the PCC Farmville Center make community service part of the classroom by volunteering at the Farmville Soup Kitchen once a month.
  • The PCC Alumni Association honors outstanding alumni for accomplishments professionally, in the community and in service to the college. Cam Coburn receives the Distinguished Alumni Award, while Megan Barbre, Robert DeGiosio and Betty Langston receive the Outstanding Alumni, Young Alumni and Honorary Alumni awards, respectively.
  • Dr. Karrie Dixon, the UNC General Administration’s Vice President of Academic and Student Success, discusses her “Five Principles” of leadership with employees attending the first installment of PCC’s 2016-17 Community College Leadership Preparation Program.
  • PCC Science Department Chair Jeff Rorer adds an International Distinguished Rifleman badge to a growing list of accomplishments as a competitive marksman.
  • A PCC Global reception features students and employees discussing international education opportunities available through the college.
  • The PCC Foundation’s Annual Employee Fund Drive nets more than $92,000 in contributions and payroll deduction pledges from faculty and staff to surpass this year’s goal of $80,000.


  • PCC’s Horticulture Technology program holds its annual fall plant sale throughout October.
  • A pair of miniature horses from Greenville’s Rocking Horse Ranch Therapeutic Riding Program visit the Charles E. Russell Building as part of a training exercise for Recreational Therapy Assistant students.
  • A clarinet quartet from “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band performs for students in the G.H. Leslie Building.
  • PCC holds “FAFSA Day” to assist students with the completion and electronic submission of Free Application for Federal Student Aid forms.
  • Student Mary Buck is announced as a 2016 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar and receives a $1,000-scholarship.
  • U.S. Department of Education (DOE) data shows PCC remains one of the nation’s best when it comes to awarding associate degrees to African-Americans.
  • Hurricane Matthew strikes North Carolina, causing major flooding in Greenville and surrounding areas. Though campus remains intact, classes are cancelled for a week to give students and members of the community a chance to get back on their feet.
  • PCC hosts a historic visit by the State Board of Community Colleges and NCCCS System Office administrators. For the first time ever, the 21-member State Board holds a regularly-scheduled meeting on the Pitt campus.
  • The PCC Foundation celebrates current student scholarship recipients and thanks donors for their generosity and support during a special reception on campus.
  • DOE renews grant funding for PCC’s TRiO Educational Opportunity Center.
  • PCC is selected as a winner of the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund competition and will receive $25,000 from Partners of the Americas to develop a student exchange partnership with Mexico’s Universidad Veracruzana.


  • PCC students display T-shirts they’ve created as part of an effort to raise awareness of domestic violence.
  • Democratic Party presidential candidate Hillary Clinton holds a campaign rally in front of the Edward and Joan Warren Building less than a week from Election Day.
  • The 2016 PCC Foundation Down East Holiday Show draws more than 10,200 shoppers to raise nearly $110,000 for student scholarships and educational activities at the college.
  • Greenville Toyota secures a $10,000-grant for the PCC Foundation through the Toyota Foundation’s Dealer Match Program.
  • Administrators announce the college has been awarded a $2.23 million-Title III Grant to assist low-income students with entering PCC and completing their educational goals.
  • The college honors military veterans during a ceremony that features remarks from retired Brig. Gen James R. Gorham, a Falkland native and the North Carolina National Guard’s first-ever African-American general.
  • NCCCS gives PCC approval to begin offering an Advanced Medical Coding Certificate in 2017.
  • Representatives from Yeonsu-gu, South Korea, tour campus during their trip to North Carolina to discuss the possibility of Greenville becoming Yeonsu-gu’s ‘sister city.’
  • The PCC Women’s Resource Center holds an event to provide attendees with information on academic support and a variety of issues pertaining to women, including dating violence and self-defense, parenting resources and nutrition.
  • The NCCCS Small Business Center Network presents its 2016 State Director’s Award to Jim Ensor, who has overseen PCC’s Small Business Center since 2006.
  • The Transitional Studies program inducts 25 students into the National Adult Education Honor Society.


  • The PCC Farmville Center participates in “A Taste of Farmville,” as Downtown Farmville merchants thank customers for their patronage with a fun-filled event that features Christmas shopping, music and light refreshments.
  • PCC administrators cut the ribbon on the college’s new Law Enforcement Training Center. Located in the former Champions Building on Central Park Drive in Winterville, the center was made possible through a $19.9 million-bond Pitt County voters approved in 2013. Of the bond, nearly $2 million was used to purchase and renovate the facility.
  • The Pitt County American Legion Agricultural Fair presents a $2,200-check to the PCC Association of Nursing Students a little more than two months after auctioning off 14 cakes the students made for this year’s fair.
  • The PCC Symphony Orchestra presents its 2016 Holiday Concert at Jarvis Memorial United Methodist Church in Greenville.
  • PCC’s Continuing Education Division announces it is partnering with the Pitt County Department of Social Services (DSS) on the North Carolina Families Accessing Services through Technology program, which trains individuals for work as income maintenance caseworkers at DSS agencies.

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