Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Beaufort County Early College High School teacher named North Carolina History Teacher of the Year

Amanda Smith, standing, with Beaufort County Early College High School students Ashley Elks, Olivia Van Essendelft and Dakota Morgan, is North Carolina History Teacher of the Year.
Amanda Smith, a teacher at Beaufort County Early College High School, has been named North Carolina History Teacher of the Year for 2014.
Smith teaches World History and Civics and Economics to ninth grade students at the high school, housed on the Beaufort County Community College campus.
The award was presented to Smith at the Tuesday, Sept. 22, meeting of the Beaufort County Board of Education by Fay Gore, Section Chief of the K-12 Social Studies Division of the N.C. Department of Public Instruction.
It is sponsored by The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, The History Channel and Preserve America.
“A panel of teachers, administrators and academics from your state chose you for your use of primary documents in the classroom, the level of inspiration that you provide to your students and your career achievements in education,” said Lesley S. Herrmann, executive director of the Lehrman Institute in citing Smith for the award. “We thank you for engaging students with dedication and creativity.”
As the 2014 N.C. History Teacher of the Year, Smith will receive a $1,000 award, a certificate of recognition, an archive of books and historical resources presented in her name to the BCCC library and an invitation to attend the 2015 Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminar of her choice. She is also a finalist for the National History Teacher of the Year Award.
A native of Washington, Smith, 30, is a 2002 graduate of Washington High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in history with a teaching license from Meredith College in 2002 and a master’s degree in public history from N.C. State University with a concentration in museum education techniques in 2010.
Smith has worked as a teacher for seven years, serving at Beaufort County Early College High School for three years.
She is a member to the N.C. Governor’s Teachers Network and, in that role, is working to develop lesson plans for social studies teachers that will be released in May. Her area of expertise in that project is non-violence, civil rights and human rights.
At BCECHS, Smith is co-advisor of the Interact Club, a service club affiliated with the Washington Noon Rotary Club. Students in the club volunteer at the local animal shelter and conducts fund-raising activities for Eagle’s Wings, Ruth’s House and the American Heart Association.
Smith and her students are also active in National History Day competitions. As the state’s top history day teacher, she developed a how-to guide on project and exhibit development which will be available nationwide next year for teachers participating in the National History Day competition.
She is the author of a book published in 2014 about the Civil Rights movement in Williamston, titled “The Williamston Freedom Movement: A North Carolina Town’s Struggle for Civil Rights 1957-70.”

Smith is a volunteer with the Historic Bath State Historic Site where she leads guided tours and conducts educational programs.

Friday, September 19, 2014

The Best Small Business to Start Right Now

What would be the best small business for you to start right now? Would it be a service, retail, manufacturing or direct marketing business? Find out at this workshop sponsored by the Small Business Center at Beaufort County Community College, 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Oct. 7, in Room 828 of Building 8 on the BCCC campus.
Instructor Mike Collins will help each prospective business owner create a business idea that fits each of them. He will identify over 30 types of small businesses with growth potential in the coming years and five easy steps to starting such businesses. 
Mike Collins
Collins is President of The Perfect Workday Co. and one of the most frequently featured business seminar presenters in the southeastern United States. He is the author of four books and hundreds of business articles.
The seminar is co-sponsored by the Washington/Beaufort County Chamber of Commerce.
Attendance is free of charge but pre-registration is recommended in order to reserve seating and to allow the college to adequately prepare materials. To pre-register, contact Eva Peartree at BCCC’s Business and industry Services at 940-6375 at evap@beaufortccc.edu or Lentz Stowe, director of BCCC’s Business and Industry Services, at 940-6306 or by email at lentzs@beaufortccc.edu.

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 www.beaufortccc.edu/coned/Small Business/workshops.htm or contact Stowe or Lauren Dudley, customized training coordinator, at 252-940-6311 or by email at laurens@beaufortccc.edu.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Three workshops to be offered at expo

The Small Business Center at Beaufort County Community College will offer three workshops for current and prospective business owners at the 2014 Business Expo to be held on the BCCC campus Wednesday, Sept. 24.
The workshops will highlight resources available for business owners, legal issues and social media. They will be held in the Multi-Purpose Room of Building 10, next door to the expo. The workshops are scheduled as follows:
·     --  Resources for Prospective and Current Small Business Owners, noon. Instructor Lentz Stowe, director of BCCC’s Business and Industry Services will share with entrepreneurs free resources available to start, expand and improve their businesses.
·     --   Legal Entities and Your Business, 1 p.m. Will Mayo, Washington lawyer and entrepreneur will review legal issues involved in starting and maintaining a business and working with other businesses.
·       --  Social Media: What’s in it for My Business?, 2 p.m. Instructor Christina Williams, a
Microsoft Office Specialist Christina Williams will lead
a seminar on social media at the upcoming Business Expo.
Microsoft Office Specialist and owner of a computer consulting business, will discuss ways an active social media presence can help a small business.
The workshops and the expo are co-sponsored by the Washington/Beaufort County Chamber of Commerce.
Attendance is free of charge but pre-registration for the workshops is recommended in order to reserve seating and to allow the college to adequately prepare materials. To pre-register, contact Eva Peartree at BCCC’s Business and industry Services at 940-6375 at evap@beaufortccc.edu or Lentz Stowe, director of BCCC’s Business and Industry Services, at 940-6306 or by email at lentzs@beaufortccc.edu.

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 www.beaufortccc.edu/coned/Small Business/workshops.htm or contact Stowe or Lauren Dudley, customized training coordinator, at 252-940-6311 or by email at laurens@beaufortccc.edu.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Applications being accepted for BLET Day Academy 2015

Firearms training during a recent BLET Academy at Beaufort County Community College.
Applications are now being accepted for the Basic Law Enforcement Training Day Academy at Beaufort County Community College that will begin in January, college officials announced this week.
The deadline to submit application packages for the academy is Monday, Dec. 8, in order for BLET instructors and staff members to have adequate time to process materials. A pre-orientation is scheduled for 6 p.m. that day in Room 32 of Building 10.
The academy is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, Jan. 7
BCCC offers the BLET program accredited by the North Carolina Criminal Justice Training and Standards Commission and the North Carolina Sheriffs' Commission. It is designed to give students the skills needed for entry-level employment as law enforcement officers with state, county or municipal law enforcement or private enterprise. Successful completion of a BLET academy also fulfills 18 hours or one semester of the requirements for an associate’s degree in criminal justice.
The BLET course consists of 33 different subject areas including criminal, juvenile, civil, traffic and alcohol beverage laws; investigative, patrol, custody and court procedures; emergency responses, and ethics and community relations.      
Anyone seeking to become a sworn officer with a law enforcement agency in North Carolina must take the course in its entirety and pass the state exam.
Instructors for the course will be from a wide range of agencies and specialty areas.
To be considered for the class, applicants should schedule an interview with Larry Barnes, program director, complete an application packet and must undergo a certified criminal history record check prior to registering for classes. Applicants are required to undergo a medical examination, to provide proof of U.S. citizenship and must have graduated from high school or have earned a General Educational Development, or GED, among other requirements.
Spring 2015 tuition and fees have been approved by the N.C. Board of Community Colleges. Tuition for in-state students is $72 per credit hour and student fees at $2 per credit hour for a total of $74 per credit hour. Tuition for out-of-state students is $264 per credit hour and student fees at $2 per credit hour for a total of $266.

For more information about the BLET day classes, interested persons can contact Pauline Godley, administrative assistant for Law Enforcement Programs, by visiting Building 2 on the BCCC campus, by telephone at 252-940-6232 or by email at paulineg@beaufortccc.edu. Information may also be obtained by contacting Barnes by telephone at 252-940-6374 or by email at larryb@beaufortccc.edu for an application packet.  Those interested can also obtain information about the college’s BLET program by visiting BCCC’s Website at http://www.beaufort.cc.nc.us/progrm/busines/BLET/blet.htm.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Throwback Thursday at BCCC salutes the 1974 Associate Degree Nursing Class!


Members of the Associate Degree Nursing Class of 1974 at Beaufort County Community College as they appeared prior to their graduation. They are, First Row, left to right, Doris Burton, Bettie Jean Staton, Lisa Paxhia, Debbie Winstead, Susan Worthington, Jerry Williams, Beverly S. Mills, Effie Gorham, Eva Jenkins, Sandra Anderson, Gail Harris; Second Row, left to right, Rosalie Styons, Betty Jean Stokes, Ginny Williams, Betsy Chesson, Patricia Floyd, Wima Graddy, Pattie Little, Judy Eyman, Bonnie Leggett, Dale Everett, Cathy Price.


BCCC concert to promote human rights

A focus on human rights will bring together musicians from around the world to perform in a free concert at Beaufort County Community College at noon on Thursday, Sept. 18, outside the lower level of Building 5. The concert, Rock for Human Rights, is sponsored by the BCCC Foundation and the BCCC Student Government Association.
It will feature music by Morganton, N.C. native Wil Seabrook and Alexio Kawara, a native of Harare, Zimbabwe, part of a national tour to promote the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Seabrook, who currently lives in Los Angeles, released his self-titled debut album in August 2000. The first single from that album, “You Do what You Have To,” was named Record of the Week by BBC Radio 2 in the United Kingdom. He later signed with Maverick/Warner Brothers Records. He has toured throughout the world promoting his records.
In 2009, he was commissioned to write a song for The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation titled, “Tomorrow Will Come.” All proceeds from the sale of this record go to the Foundation.
Wil Seabrook
Seabrook said he became interested in human rights after being asked by a friend to write a song to accompany a human rights campaign on the Internet.
“I really fell in love with that message,” he said. “I looked for a simple way to share information about human rights.”
In 2011, Seabrook founded Rock for Human Rights and tapped Kawara, known as the Justin Timberlake of Zimbabwe, to join him with the intent to bring human rights awareness to diverse audiences using the power of music, visual media and social networking.
After attending local schools in Zimbabwe, Kawara began a career in music. He and his friends formed a group, “?uess,” or Guess. He released a recording of his song, “Amai,” in 2000 and in 2003 released his debut album, “Usazondisiya,” or “Don’t Leave Me.”
Alexio Kawara
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in December 1948, was the result of the experience of World War II. With the end of that war and the creation of the United Nations, the international community vowed never to allow atrocities like those of that conflict happen again.
World leaders decided to complement the U.N. Charter with a road map to guarantee the rights of every individual everywhere. The document they considered, and which would later become the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, was taken up at the first session of the General Assembly in 1946.
The committee charged with drafting the declaration was chaired by former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, widow of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

The declaration guarantees “30 basic human rights for everybody on the planet that almost nobody knows about,” Seabrook said. “The end goal (of Rock for Human Rights) is a world-wide movement with millions of people aware of their human rights.”

Monday, September 8, 2014

BCCC to offer potential students a free look at college life

Instructor Angela Robertson leads a discussion of Circadian Rhythms and how they affect human behavior in General Psychology, one of the classes available to prospective students on Free Day at BCCC.
Are you thinking about starting college for the first time or going back to school to upgrade your job skills? Or are you wondering whether the time is right or your study skills are good enough?
Then why not spend a day at Beaufort County Community College to see if it’s right for you?
On Thursday, Oct. 9, BCCC is opening its doors to give prospective students 16 years old or older the chance to attend actual classes and meet potential instructors in their classrooms for free.

Attendees of Free Day at BCCC will also have the chance to talk to BCCC staff about admissions, career planning, financial aid, college transfers and academic counseling.
“Free Day at BCCC will give prospective students in our service area a unique chance to learn more about college, to see for themselves what college life is like at Beaufort County Community College and to learn first-hand about the array of services we offer our students,” said Dr. Barbara Tansey, BCCC president.
About two dozen classes in a variety of disciplines – allied health, arts and sciences, business and industry - are available for prospective students to attend. A complete list of classes and registration forms are available on the BCCC website at http://www.beaufortccc.edu.
Participants can register to attend as many of these classes during the day as they would like – the only requirement is that participants do not register for more than one class during the same time period and, out of respect for the instructor and other students, participants stay for the entire class.
Those who register by Thursday, Oct. 2, will receive a coupon for lunch in the College Grill.
To attend Free Day at BCCC, participants should follow these three steps:
1.    Click on the Free Day at BCCC icon on the BCCC website at http://www.beaufortccc.edu and look over the schedule of classes to find a class of interest.
2.    Complete the registration form.
3.    Arrive at the registration desk at Building 1 on the BCCC campus on Oct. 9 about 20 minutes before the first class to pick up a Free Day badge, a campus map and other information about the day. Participants can make an appointment for an academic advising, career planning, or financial aid session at that time.

For more information about Free Day at BCCC, visit the BCCC website or contact Betty Mitchell Gray, public relations coordinator, at 940-6387 or by email at bettyg@beaufortccc.edu or Daniel Wilson, director of Admissions, at 252-940-6233 or by email at danielw@beaufortccc.edu.