Monday, July 27, 2015

BCCC awards first-ever NCCER credentials

Seven students at Beaufort County Community College have earned the Core Curriculum Credential from the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) as part of a new program made possible by a grant from the Duke Energy Community Foundation.
The Industrial Maintenance Mechanic program began in January, and to date the students have earned the Forklift Training Certificate of Completion, the OSHA 10 card, Career Readiness Certification and the Core Credential. The final credential, to be completed in the coming weeks, is the NCCER Industrial Mechanic Credential – Level 1.
The Core Curriculum Credential certifies that an individual has completed the prerequisite training for any Level 1 credential offered through NCCER (such as the Industrial Maintenance Mechanic program).  In this class, training is completed in modules, and the students are required to complete all eight, passing both a written and skills exam. Training modules included basic safety, introduction to construction math, introduction to power tools, introduction to hand tools, introduction to construction drawings, basic communication skills, basic employability skills, and introduction to material handling.
Seven students earned the credential: Dallas Daniels, Jenean “DJ” Robinson, Jennis Crisp, Joey Jackson, Tyrice Johnson, Colton Dixon, and Randall Ballance.

Individuals interested in enrolling in the program for Fall 2015 are encouraged to contact Lou Stout, Director of Workforce Initiatives, at 252-940-6307 or

Get a leg up at BCCC

Registration for the Fall 2015 Semester at BCCC is open, and financial aid is still available.

BCCC has a wide range of programs available, from healthcare programs to mechanical engineering, and from college transfer to childhood education. Attending BCCC can cost 61-95% less per semester than other 2-year and 4-year institutions in North Carolina. A complete list of curriculum programs is available at, and information about continuing education programs can be found at

Registration is available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday until Aug. 3 and Monday through Friday after Aug. 3. The first day of class for Fall 2015 will be Tuesday, Aug. 18.

New students may apply to enroll in BCCC at the Admissions Office in Building 9 on the BCCC campus or on the BCCC website at Contact the Financial Aid Office at 252-940-6222 for information about funding assistance.

New student orientation sessions will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1, in the Building 10 Multi-Purpose Room; and on Friday, Aug. 7 in the auditorium of Building 8. Topics covered include admissions, financial aid, counseling services, registration and drop/add, student IDs and parking passes, online services and email, and study skills. Parents will learn about the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), college resources, paying for school, and how to help their students succeed. The orientation session will also include a campus tour, lunch and an opportunity to register for classes.

For more information about enrolling for classes at BCCC or to schedule a placement test, contact the Admissions Office at 940-6237. Applications are available on the BCCC website at

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

BCCC offers two new healthcare programs

Beaufort County Community College’s Healthcare Division will offer two new programs – Phlebotomy and Registered Medical Assistant – for Fall 2015. Both programs will prepare students for successful careers and address workforce needs within the healthcare field.

“We were getting a lot of calls from people looking for these programs,” says Healthcare Programs Coordinator Sue Gurley. “We’re excited about both of these new offerings.”

Each program will have 10 spots available for classes starting this fall. The 120-hour Phlebotomy program will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from Aug. 18, 2015 to Jan. 14, 2016. The course will provide classroom and clinical training experiences necessary to prepare students to safely and properly collect and handle blood specimens for diagnostic testing.

“This is an excellent add-on credential for employability in the healthcare field,” Gurley says.

The one-year, 720-hour Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) program will begin Aug. 10, 2015; classes will be held on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

A comprehensive, two-part training program, it will prepare students for employment in settings such as clinics, home health agencies, physician’s offices and healthcare insurance companies. Part 1 consists of classroom, computer-based and laboratory instructional time learning the basic clinical and administrative skills necessary to work as a Registered Medical Assistant in ambulatory patient care settings. Part 2 will entail clinical work with physicians and nurse practitioners.

A pre-requisite course, Exploring Healthcare Careers, is required before registration in the RMA program.

“We believe this is going to be the doctor’s office employee of the future because they are multi-trained and multi-skilled,” says Gurley. “They can work in the front, the back and the lab. We will see RMAs working in home health, doctor’s offices and clinics.”

Funding assistance for both of these programs may be available through NCWorks. Interested students must apply to the NCWorks office in their home county. Financial aid and scholarships may also be available. Both programs include clinical experience and thus require a background check.

For more information, contact Sue Gurley at 252-940-6263 or, or visit

Monday, July 20, 2015

Keeping the college up to date

The faculty and staff of Beaufort County Community College work constantly to ensure that the college keeps up with the times. From updating equipment to fostering student success, these are just a few of the initiatives in the works at BCCC.

Keeping equipment and technology up to date on campus is an ongoing challenge, but an important one, as students need to be familiar with the equipment and tools that they’ll be using once they enter the workforce. In recent months, BCCC has purchased law enforcement vehicles for the BLET program, while the Business and Industrial Technology Division has added new virtual welding machines and a precision robotic arm.

Through the Success NC program, the college is working with other community colleges to initiate statewide policies that foster student success and develop new performance-based student success measures. The goals are to increase the number of students leaving with a job-ready credential, provide increased student access to post-secondary education and training programs, and continually improve the rigor, relevance and quality of all academic and training programs.

In Continuing Education, class and program offerings are frequently revised and updated, and more and more new courses are being offered online. Many Small Business Center seminars can be viewed online through a live streaming service.

BCCC is also developing a completely new website and utilizing new software and technology applications to streamline coordination and processes across campus. The new web portal is being designed from the ground up using best practices and ensuring compliance with ADA regulations. SharePoint is being used to improve accessibility of documents, forms and content both on- and off-campus. Other software improvements include grant management and reporting, as well as research and reporting tools for monitoring the college’s performance metrics.

New ideas and input are always needed, and the BCCC Foundation welcome new and current members to an orientation session on Aug. 5 to bring in fresh perspectives on scholarship fundraising and events. The college’s Board of Trustees also had several new members appointed this summer. Interaction with the community is a two-way street, and the college brings in students and members of the community on a regular basis to discuss local topics and areas of concern with staff and faculty. Currently out for bid is a project to install an electronic sign that will help keep the public informed about campus news and events, as well as weather-related closings and hurricane evacuation routes.

Keeping BCCC up to date as a college is not a goal with an endpoint, it’s an ongoing mission. The faculty and staff are continually working to improve the experience and outcomes for the benefit of its students. 

Thursday, July 16, 2015

BCCC practical nursing graduates pinned in ceremony on July 15

Twenty-two graduates of Beaufort County Community College’s Practical Nursing program received their nursing school pins on Wednesday, July 15, in a pinning ceremony, which is a traditional rite of passage for nursing school graduates across the country.
The ceremony was held at First United Methodist Church before an audience of college administrators, faculty and staff, as well as family and friends of the graduates.
In her faculty address, Aino Jackson, Practical Nursing Lead Instructor, encouraged the class members to continue to learn, to accept feedback, to ask questions and to utilize the resources around them.
“You can make a positive difference in the healthcare field,” she said.
In student comments, Charity Watson, class secretary, thanked the graduates’ instructors, staff and family members for their support. She said she and the other students have become very close during the 11-month program.
“We have learned to depend on each other,” she said. “We have learned that it’s not just about the people you’ve known the longest, but those you meet who will go the distance with you.”
Pinning ceremonies in their currently recognizable form began in 1893. The pin is awarded to the nurse to recognize the achievement of entering the profession and to signify a nursing school graduate’s affiliation with a specific nursing school.
The graduates are now qualified to take the state licensure examination.
They are Vanessa Armstrong, Breona Sáde Batts, Gail Mundine Burton, Virjeania Clagon, Kristy Garrish Clayton, LaQuisha Trechelle Dills, Laura Ashley Dunbar, Alexandria Jennette Gibbs, Sayra Beth Hopkins, Alexis Rakia Knight, Belinda Matthews, Jessica Lynne Mooney, Tuwanda Outlaw, Demeka Vines Parker, Audrey Dawn Ramirez, Jillian Katin Rombold, Paige Leigh Wallace, Charity Davie Watson, David Whichard, Sarah Wilson, Whitney Brooke Woolard and Ashley Brooke Zurface.
The program’s instructors presented three awards during the pinning ceremony. Sayra Hopkins received the Academic Performance Award; Belinda Matthews received the Clinical Performance Award; and Paige Leigh Wallace received the Leadership Award.
For more information about the Practical Nursing program at BCCC, contact Aino Jackson at 252-940-6395 or visit the BCCC website at

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Greg Coltrain, from BCCC to CEO

Washington, NC – With an Associate’s in Business Administration under his belt, Pantego native Greg Coltrain had enrolled at East Carolina University to purse a computer science degree when he was offered a job at TriCounty Telecom in Belhaven. Not quite 18 years later, he is now the Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of the company.

“I went to ECU for a semester,” Coltrain says, “but I interviewed for the job – a couple of interviews, actually – and then they wanted me to start full-time. I knew that I wanted to stay local, so it was a good opportunity.”

TriCounty Telecom has provided telecom services in Eastern North Carolina for 60 years, but with the rapid advance of technology, the mid- to late-1990s was a time of transition, as the company added television and Internet service to its offerings. Coltrain was hired as the Information Systems Coordinator, tasked with building a proper network for the company’s own computer system.

“Then they found out I had some experience with customer service as well,” Coltrain adds.
In 2001 he was promoted to Customer Service Supervisor, in 2005 to Customer Service Manager, and in 2006 to Operations Manager. In 2011 he became the CEO, and he also serves as Executive Director of the TriCounty Foundation, which manages an endowment that serves the community by funding scholarships and supporting local fire and rescue services and hospitals.

Coltrain says his experience at BCCC built the foundation he needed for his career.

“I liked the smaller class sizes, where you have more connection to your teachers,” he says. “The atmosphere and environment was one where people were eager to help; I didn’t feel like I would get lost.”

His relationship with BCCC has continued since he received his degree. Coltrain currently serves on the BCCC Foundation Board, and TriCounty funds scholarships for the BCCC Foundation.

Other TriCounty employees have received training at BCCC as well; at one point half of the staff were Beaufort alumni. Continuing Education classes have also benefited Coltrain’s customers, including training for mobile devices, online safety and security, and streaming video.

“Continuing Education is really important because things change so quickly in this business,” he says.

Coltrain says he feels fortunate to have been able to find a job he enjoys in his home community. He and his wife, Tiffany, who attended BCCC’s Cosmetology program, live in the Belhaven area with their children.

BCCC would like to recognize alumni who are making a positive contribution to their communities. To nominate a former BCCC graduate, contact Public Relations Coordinator Jules Norwood at

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

BCCC programs are aimed at community’s needs

Beaufort County Community College’s administrators and Board of Trustees put the needs of the community first and foremost when deciding what programs and classes the college will offer.

“We look at community need within our service area,” says Dr. Crystal Ange, Vice President of Academics. “For example, about three years ago we had several members of the community – farmers and agricultural businesses – who asked whether we could offer an Agribusiness program. So we were tasked with conducting an employment study to see whether there would be jobs available for graduates of the program, surveying local high schools and businesses to gauge interest, and developing a plan. And we are now able to offer that program.”

The employment study is a key aspect, as the North Carolina Community College System must approve new programs, and the college must be able to show that there is a need in the community to be served. There is also a fiscal component, as the equipment, supplies, instruction and facility requirements must be taken into account as well.

It usually take a year or more for a Curriculum program to be implemented. For Continuing Education programs, the considerations are similar, but the process occurs more quickly.

“We decide what programs to offer based on feedback from workforce development groups, economic development groups and community members,” says Stacey Gerard, Vice President of Continuing Education. “We might have an employer who needs an OSHA certification class. Or it might be a resident asking about a dog obedience class. We’ll find an instructor, put it on our schedule, advertise it, and if there are enough registrations, we’ll hold the class.”

Whether it’s a Curriculum program, Continuing Education or Occupational Extension, if there aren’t enough students, graduates or job placements to justify the cost of instruction, equipment and supplies, the college may also have to consider dropping a program, either permanently or temporarily.

Ultimately, the decision about what programs BCCC should offer comes down to the region’s needs and whether there is sufficient demand within the labor market for students to find jobs after completing the program.