Monday, March 30, 2015

Local businesses get boost from center’s experts

Angel Borg welcomes customers to Apollo’s restaurant in downtown Washington. Borg sought help from the Small Business Center at Beaufort County Community College after opening her restaurant.
A 50-year veteran of the restaurant business, Bob Doe knows what it takes to make a restaurant successful. That’s why, for the past two years, Doe has been one of the subject matter experts who Small Business Center Director Lentz Stowe regularly contacts when a client has a question about restaurant operations. Doe is just one of several such experts on call through the center, located at Beaufort County Community College, who help local businesses with everything from inventory control to reaching customers via the Internet.
Angel Borg, owner of Apollo’s restaurant in downtown Washington, says she is one of those who have benefited from experts, like Doe, available through the center.
“It was invaluable,” she said of the time she spent talking with Doe. “I was able to learn a lot from his experience.”
“My staff gets something out of it too,” she said. “It opens their eyes to the big picture and they are much clearer about my expectations.”
Doe says he never considered himself a consultant.

Small Business Center Director Lentz Stowe, left, meets with Bob Doe,
a 50-year veteran of the restaurant business and
one of many subject matter experts available to clients of the center.
“The restaurant business is a tough business,” he said. “You have to stay highly disciplined at it.”
Statistics on restaurant failure vary widely with some estimates indicating that 60 to 90 percent fail in the first year and after three years, half of restaurants are no longer in business.
Doe hopes to improve those odds with local restaurant owners.
“If I can help somebody improve their business I’ll do it,” Doe said.
Borg sought out the counseling from the Small Business Center after meeting Stowe shortly after she opened her restaurant in 2013.
“Being hungry for knowledge to succeed, I sought out the college,” she said.
For his part, Stowe met Doe that same year, after Doe moved to Beaufort County from Massachusetts.
Doe holds a master’s degree in business administration from Babson College and has experience in financial analysis in addition to his experience in the restaurant industry.
After learning of Doe’s background, Stowe thought he would be a good fit for the Small Business Center’s restaurant clients.
“After meeting with Bob, I thought ‘I can utilize Bob to possibly give our restaurant and tourism sector an economic boost.’” Stowe said. “To have a resource like Bob, I can’t put a value on that.”
Lentz Stowe meets with Angel Borg at Apollo's Restaurant.
Stowe estimates that if an individual restaurant owner sought consulting similar to that offered through the Small Business Center, that individual would expect to pay $100 to $150 and hour – a fee most local restaurant owners could not afford to pay.
But that expertise is available to Small Business Center clients at no charge.
Apollo’s is just one of the area restaurants to benefit from Doe’s expertise. He has consulted with restaurant owners in Belhaven, Creswell and Washington.
For her part, Borg has not only taken advantage of Doe’s consultations, she is also a regular attendee at Small Business Center social media workshops led by Martin Brossman, another subject matter expert available to local business owners.
Borg has become a regular contributor to Facebook after attending Brossman’s workshop on using social media marketing.
“It was an eye-opening experience,” she said. “I try to use all the things he has taught me pretty regularly.”
She said she appreciates all the help the Small Business Center has given her over the years.
“First and foremost, I don’t feel like I’m alone,” she said. “I can reach out and find resources I need to succeed. I have the best network ever possible.”

For more information about other services offered by BCCC’s Business and Industry Services’ Small Business Center, including targeted seminars for business owners, visit BCCC’s Website at Business/workshops.htm or contact Stowe at 252-940-6306 or by email at

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Wilson overcomes language barrier to earn GED® Wilson supera la barrera del idioma para obtener el GED.

Penelope Radcliffe, Basic Skills assessment and retention specialist, at right, congratulates Ruth Selene Wilson on the completion of her high school equivalency. Wilson recently was the first student to complete the GED® in Spanish at Beaufort County Community College.

Ruth Wilson y Penelope Radcliffe
Washington resident Ruth Selene Wilson wants to find a good job – hopefully as a receptionist in a local office.
But since she did not earn a high school diploma, she knew her chances of doing so were slim.
So she decided to return to school and begin her high school equivalency studies through the Division of Continuing Education at Beaufort County Community College.
As a child growing up in Tabasco, Mexico, Wilson loved school and had dreams of a good career.
But after moving to the United States, she was not comfortable with the language and “my dreams died”, she said.
She enrolled in classes through BCCC’s Basic Skills Program but initially, with somewhat limited English ability, she was afraid to ask questions for fear of not being understood.
The Basic Skills staff connected Wilson with Tania Corey-Lilley, who teaches English as a Second Language along with other basic skills classes. Fluent in Spanish, Corey-Lilley moved to Beaufort County recently from Los Angeles to be closer to her father's family and helps BCCC reach out to the growing number of native Spanish speakers in the community.
Corey-Lilley helped Wilson prepare to take the GED® and offered it to her in Spanish because Wilson was more comfortable with the language.

Wilson is the most recent student at the college to earn her high school equivalency in Spanish.
"I was scared at the time when I first came to the college," Wilson said. But, she said she discovered "the joy of learning and knowing that I would succeed."
Wilson said she still needs to continue her studies to become more fluent in English so she can earn a college diploma or associate’s degree in office administration in order to qualify for her dream office job.
Corey-Lilley said she understands how those with limited English mastery would be reluctant to return to school. But, she said, all of BCCC's Basic Skills instructors work to make new students comfortable.
She hopes more students like Wilson will come forward and enroll in English as a Second Language or high school equivalency classes.
"It will make a difference in your life," Corey-Lilley said.
ESL classes are offered 6 to 9 p.m. Monday through Wednesdays at the Boys and Girls Club in Belhaven; 6 to 9 p.m. Monday and Wednesday on the BCCC campus and Tuesday and Thursday on the BCCC campus. Basic Skills Classes are offered at various times and locations throughout Beaufort County.

For more information about BCCC's Adult Basic Education classes, visit http://www/ or contact Penelope Radcliffe, Basic Skills assessment and retention specialist, at 252-940-6325 or Tony Taylor, Basic Skills director, at 252-940-6298.

Washington Residente Ruth Selene Wilson quiere encontrar un trabajo: es de esperar como recepcionista en una oficina local. Pero desde que ella no ganó un diploma de escuela secundaria, ella sabía que sus posibilidades de hacerlo eran escasas. Así que decidió regresar a la escuela y comenzar sus estudios de equivalencia de escuela secundaria a través de la División de Educación Continua en el Condado de Beaufort Community College en Washington. Como un niño que crece en Tabasco, México, Wilson amado escuela y tenía sueños de una buena carrera. Pero después de mudarse a los Estados Unidos, no se sentía cómoda con el idioma y "mis sueños murió", dijo. Se matriculó en las clases pero en un principio, con capacidad limitada de Inglés, que tenía miedo de hacer preguntas porque ella pensó que sus maestros no entenderla. El personal Habilidades Básicas su conectado con Tania Lilley-Corey, quien enseña ESL y GED. Fluido en español, Lilley-Corey llegó a Carolina del Norte como una niña de Los Angeles con su madre, su hermano, y su abuela, que no hablan Inglés. Ella asiste a la escuela ayudar a la población hispana que está creciendo en nuestra comunidad. Tania entiende lo difícil que fue para Ruth, y ayudó a prepararse para tomar el GED que se ofrece en español porque Ruth era más cómoda con su lengua materna. Wilson es el primer estudiante para recibir su GED mediante el uso de la prueba basada en computadora! "Tenía miedo de ir a la escuela," Wilson dijo: "Pero pronto descubrí la alegría de aprender y saber que iba a tener éxito." Wilson dijo que todavía tiene que seguir sus estudios para ser más fluido en Inglés para que pueda obtener un diploma universitario o un título de asociado en administración de oficinas con el fin de calificar para su trabajo ideal. Lilley-Corey dijo que entiende cómo los estudiantes con habilidades limitadas en inglés serían reacios a regresar a la escuela, pero todos los profesores y el personal del Departamento de Educación Continua BCCC trabajar para hacer nuevos estudiantes a gusto en un ambiente agradable. Ella espera que más estudiantes como Ruth se matricularán en clases de ESL y GED. "Va a hacer una diferencia en su vida!", Dijo Lilley-Corey. Las clases de ESL se ofrecen 6-9: 00 pm de lunes a jueves a las CCCB.
Clases de GED se ofrecen a distintas horas. Para más información llame Penélope Radcliffe, Pruebas Especialista, en 252-940-6325 o Tony Taylor, Habilidades Básicas director, al 252-940-6298.

Monday, March 23, 2015

BCCC College for Kids 2015 schedule announced

Participants in a video game class in College for Kids 2014 learned to create their own video games.

The worlds of art, beekeeping, sailing, hunting, sewing, video games and woodworking are among the activities young people can explore during College for Kids 2015 at Beaufort County Community College.

The Division of Continuing Education will offer 21 classes, generally, in one-week blocks, from June through August. The pre-registration deadline is June 30. Classes will be offered on the BCCC campus unless otherwise indicated.

The class schedule is as follows:
Participants in a previous College for Kids learned about sewing.
  • 4-H Stem Camp for students ages 11 to 15. During this camp, participants will learn about forensic biology, lab technology, engineering, rocket propulsion, archery, cooking chemistry and robotics. The course is offered in cooperation with the Beaufort County 4-H organization and the Roanoke Christian Service Camp in Room 830 of Building 8 on the BCCC campus. It will be 1 to 4p.m., Monday through Thursday, July 27 to 30. The registration fee is $40.
  • Art! Be Creative! for students ages 9 to 14. The class will concentrate on the art of Henri Matisse. Instruction will focus on Matisse’s painting themes and styles while working on projects involving his cut paper collage. The class will be 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday, July 13 to 16 in Room 830 of Building 8. The registration fee is $50.
  • The Art of Visual Communication for students ages 14 to 17. The class will explore various areas of photography as students learn the techniques to create images with visual impact. Presented by professional photographers from ASAP Photography, the class will include video, classroom and hands-on instruction. The class will be 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, July 27 to 30 in Room 822 of Building 8 on the BCCC campus. The registration fee is $75.
  • Aviation History, Careers and Aerodynamics for students ages 12 to 15. Participants will learn about the history of aviation and powered flight including the science of aerodynamics. The class will be 1 to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday, July 20 to 23 in Room 829 of Building 8. The registration fee is $50.
  • Beekeeping for ages 10 and up. In this class, students will learn the background of beekeeping and the effects that bees have in our daily lives. Students will work alongside each other to build a hive for a colony of bees and place the hives within Beaufort County. The class will be 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, June 22 to 25 in Building 8A. The registration fee is $40.
  • Beginning Spanish for ages 11 to 13. Students will learn basic conversational Spanish in this class and will learn to put words together in sentences so they can engage in casual conversation with their friends. The class will be 9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Thursday, June 22 to 25 in Room 829 of Building 8. The registration fee is $50.
  • Boating Safety Course for students ages 13 and over. Participants will learn to skipper a boat with confidence through America’s Boating Course. The course will be presented by the U.S. Power Squadron. It will be 9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Thursday, July 20 to 23, in the auditorium of Building 8. A required course textbook will be available for $40. A course fee of $5 will be charged.
  • Woodworking Basics for ages 10 to 13. Students will learn basic woodworking skills while building creative projects such as a Washer Game, miniature catapult and a custom Mason jar candy dispenser. The class will be 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, July 13-16 in Building 8A. The registration fee is $50.
  • CPR/First Aid for students ages 13 to 18. This course will cover the information and skills required to obtain certification through the American Heart Association. The class will be 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, July 20 to 23 in Room 830 of Building 8. The registration fee is $50.
  • Google Computer Science First® Co-op with Friends for students ages 9 and up. In this camp, students will learn to work together in teams to create projects, games and programs. The class will be 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, June 29 to July 2 in Room 112 of Building 2. The registration fee is $50.
  • Google Computer Science First® Game Design for students ages 9 and over. In this class students will create various types of digital games. Students will learn how games like Super Mario, Angry Birds and Flappy Bird were created. The class will be 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Aug. 3 to 6 in Room 112 of Building 2.
  • Kayaking for ages 13 to 16. This class will teach young people to handle a kayak, first, in a pool and, later, in the Pamlico River. Participants must be able to swim on their own to register for the class and will be tested on their swimming ability at the beginning of camp. The class will be noon to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, July 20 to 23 at the Moore Aquatic and Fitness Center. The registration fee is $50.
  • Knitting for ages 12 to 16. Students will learn the basic stitches of knit and purl, to gather materials and choose appropriate needles. The class will be 1 to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday, June 15 to 18 in Room 830 of Building 8. The registration fee is $40.
  • Healthy and Creative Cooking for ages 10 to 14. Participants will learn how to navigate the kitchen and will learn various recipes for sweet and savory foods. The instructor is Yolanda Collings. The class will be 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, June 22 to 25 at Washington High School. The registration fee is $50.
  • Hunter Safety Course for students ages 10 and over. The course will be provided by the Hunter Education Program of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. The class will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, Aug. 10, in the auditorium of Building 8. A course fee of $5 will be charged.
  • Math Refresher Camp for students ages 8 to 10. In this class, students will practice fundamental math operations such as addition, subtraction, fractions and others. The class will be 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday, Aug. 3 to 6 in Room 829 of Building 8. The registration fee is $50.
  • Reading and Writing Refresher Camp for students ages 8 to 11. Students will enjoy great literature and will practice cursive writing. The class will be 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday Aug. 10 to 13 in Room 829 of Building 8. The registration fee is $50.
  • Business Owners of Tomorrow Camp for students 13 to 17. BCCC’s Small Business Center will lead this camp and will teach students about running their own business. By the end of camp, students will present their business concept and marketing ideas “Shark Tank” style. The class will be 1 to 4 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, July 13 and 14, in Room 828 of Building 8. The registration fee is $25.
  • Sewing for Fun – Beginner for students ages 10 to 12. This course will cover basic sewing techniques including measuring, cutting, stitching by hand and machine. The class will be 9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Thursday, June 15 to 18 in Room 830 of Building 8. The registration fee is $50.
  • Sewing for Tweens and Teens – Intermediate to Advanced for students ages 12 to 14. This class will cover intermediate sewing techniques. Participants must have taken Sewing for Fun or have sewing experience. The class will be 9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Thursday, Aug. 17 to 20, in Room 830 of Building 8. Class size is limited to 12 participants. The registration fee is $50.
  • Sports and Fitness for students ages 8 to 16. This camp will introduce students to fitness and healthy living through various sports, fitness activities and self-defense training. Class will be 9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Thursday, June 22 to 25 in Room 824 of Building 8. The registration fee is $50.
Some camps may require the purchase of supplies in addition to the registration fee. A supply list will be available upon registration.
Because class size is limited, admission to College for Kids 2015 is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The registration fee will be refunded only if a class is canceled. Materials lists are available once classes have met their minimum enrollment.
For more information about these classes or for a College for Kids 2015 brochure and application, contact Justin Rose, Special Projects coordinator, at 252-940-6262 or by email at BCCC accepts Visa, MasterCard and Discover. Checks payable to Beaufort County Community College may be mailed to the attention of Eva Peartree, 5337 U.S. Highway 264 East, Washington, NC 27889.
Information about other continuing education classes at BCCC is available at


Thursday, March 19, 2015

BCCC to exit Federal Direct Student Loan Program effective July 1

Beaufort County Community College will cease participation in the Federal Direct Student Loan Program effective July 1, 2015. As a result, BCCC will not originate any new student loans after that date.
The announcement was made this week by BCCC President Barbara Tansey.
This action is being taken because of the trend in BCCC’s three-year default rate, she said.
BCCC will continue to offer Pell Grants, veteran’s benefits, privately-funded scholarships through the BCCC Foundation and some other forms of financial aid to qualified students.
“The decision to drop out of the Federal Direct Student Loan Program was not taken lightly and is the result of much soul-searching by BCCC’s administration and Board of Trustees over the past year,” Dr. Tansey said.
BCCC’s administration and staff are working hard to identify options to help our students meet the cost of attendance. More information on these options will be forthcoming.
Students with existing student loans who have questions about this announcement are encouraged to contact Loan Officer Barbara Goodman during normal business hours Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 252-940-6460.
Prospective students will be notified via U.S. Postal Service by the Office of Financial Aid.

For more information, contact Vice President of Student Services Rick Anderson at 252-940-6417.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Live streaming now available for business workshops

A recent Small Business Workshop led by social media expert Martin Brossman was offered over the Internet by the Small Business Center at Beaufort County Community College through the use of a laptop computer and a software service. The SBC plans to offer more workshops this way in the coming weeks.
Prospective and current business owners will no longer have to travel in order to attend most workshops sponsored by the Small Business Center at Beaufort County Community College.
This week, the center announced that most of the workshops it offers will be available via live video streaming directly to a business owner’s or prospective business owner’s computer or most handheld devices.
The move to provide video streaming of many of its workshops is just the latest effort by the Small Business Center to offer services to its clients who may not be able to travel to the BCCC campus, according to center Director Lentz Stowe.
“We want to reach clients in our service area as much as possible,” Stowe said. “Live video streaming is another way we are able to help our local business owners and prospective business owners.”
Last year, BCCC began offering online courses to entrepreneurs through a partnership with Hewlett Packard and the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship.
These courses cover topics such as online selling, finance basics, forecasting sales, setting prices, social media marketing, hiring staff, customer relations and managing inventory, among others, that are designed to give entrepreneurs “a good introduction to the topics,” said Lentz Stowe, director of BCCC’s Business and Industry Services.
Stowe said the video streaming will give entrepreneurs another tool in their arsenal by giving them the chance to conveniently attend workshops presented by renowned subject matter experts via the Internet.
To access the courses, individuals should visit the Small Business Center page on the BCCC website at and click on the link for registering for Small Business Center workshops. Workshops available for live video streaming will be listed.
The BCCC Small Business Center is one of 58 across North Carolina that in 2012-2013 provided entrepreneurship seminars and/or counseling to more than 50,000 individuals, resulting in 528 business start-ups and 2,967 jobs created or retained.

For more information about BCCC’s Business and Industry Services, including seminars for current and prospective business owners, online courses or one-on-one counseling, contact Stowe at 252-940-6306 or by email at Information about upcoming workshops is available on the BCCC website at

Monday, March 9, 2015

BCCC announces registration for Summer 2015 Term and Fall 2015 Semester

The Division of Student Services at Beaufort County Community College announces the registration schedule for Summer 2015 Term and Fall 2015 Semester.
Combined Summer 2015 Term and Fall 2015 Semester registration begins on March 30. After Tuesday, May 19, registration for Fall 2015 Semester continues through Tuesday, Aug. 18.
Combined Summer 2015 and Fall 2015 registration will be held as follows:
·         Registration for graduating students will begin Monday, March 30, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
·         Advising and registration for all other students will be Tuesday, March 31, through Tuesday, May 19, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
·         The first day of class for Summer 2015 will be Tuesday, May 19.
Registration for Fall 2015 will continue as follows:
·         Registration will be held from May 18 through Thursday, July 30, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and from Monday, Aug. 3 through Tuesday, Aug. 18, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
·         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 New students should apply at least three weeks before registration to ensure the admissions process is completed.
New student orientation sessions will be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 30, Thursday, June 25; Tuesday, July 7; Saturday, Aug. 1, and Friday, Aug. 7, in the auditorium of Building 8.
Tuition and fees at Beaufort County Community College are set by the N.C. General Assembly upon recommendation by the N.C. Community College Board. Tuition for in-state students is currently $72 per credit hour and student fees at $4 per credit hour for a total of $76 per credit hour. Tuition for out-of-state students is $264 per credit hour and student fees at $4 per credit hour for a total of $268. This tuition rate could be changed later this year by the state legislature.
Students wishing to be considered for state, federal or campus-based programs such as Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant and Federal Work-Study must have their Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, application submitted to the federal processor no later than June 1 in order to receive financial aid for the following fall semester.

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, January 21, 2015

Sullivan overseeing BCCC’s Internet “front door”

Visitors to the Beaufort County Community College website will see changes in the coming months as the college's Internet presence is under the leadership of a new director.
Keith M. Sullivan, a native of Pittsburgh, Pa., joined the BCCC staff in January as the college's new, full-time webmaster. In that position, he succeeds Tricia Woolard, coordinator of educational media and graphic services, who oversees technology for the growing number of online and Internet-enhanced courses at the college.
"BCCC is delighted to welcome Keith to its staff," said Vice President of Research and Institutional Effectiveness Jay Sullivan, no relation. "As more and more people turn to the Internet for their information and use Internet sites to make decisions about their education it is vital that Beaufort County Community College maintain an active and updated presence on the Internet.
"For a growing number of people, our website is the front door to BCCC and we need to make sure that visitors to our college can easily find the information they need through this front door," Jay Sullivan said. "With his background, Keith is the right individual to lead this effort."
As the college's webmaster, Keith Sullivan, 29, is tasked with managing the content on BCCC's website, ensuring its compliance with the Americans with Disability Act. He will serve on the college's Marketing Committee and, in that role, lead its online marketing efforts.
Keith Sullivan earned an associate's degree in information technology from the University of Phoenix in 2012 and is pursuing a bachelor's degree from Western Governors University in software development. He has studied web design and multi-media at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh.
Keith Sullivan said his life-long interest in computers and video games pointed him towards a career in web design.
"Ever since I was a kid, I was obsessed by computers, graphic design and coding," he said. "It was a challenge. A fun challenge."
And having vacationed with his family on North Carolina's Outer Banks, he is no stranger to eastern North Carolina.
During his career, Keith Sullivan has developed training materials and web sites for Comcast, worked as a technical analyst for Verizon, designed and developed Internet layouts and user interfaces for Attempt Pictures and developed and designed a new website for Sauers Trucking.
Immediately before joining the BCCC staff, Keith Sullivan was a member of the Digital Marketing team at Ciber where he developed and maintained web sites and interfaces for Bayer Pharmaceuticals - including pages for Aleve and One-A-Day vitamins.
Since coming to BCCC, Keith Sullivan has begun an inventory of all of BCCC's web pages, and has worked to ensure that all of its links direct users to the appropriate web pages. He has also begun to explore various content management systems for BCCC's website and in the coming weeks and months, users will begin to see changes in BCCC's webpage.

Keith Sullivan's parents live in Pittsburgh. A brother, Scott, is an aspiring film director. In his spare time, he enjoys many of the same activities he does at his work - developing websites and working on the computer - in addition to video games.