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.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Eight-week classes to begin in October; Registration begins Monday, Sept. 15

Do you want to go to college but think you have waited too late to start this fall? Or do you want to pick up a class to complete your schedule?
Beaufort County Community College is offering several eight-week classes that will give those interested in enrolling in college or those who would like to add an additional class a chance to do so, BCCC Vice President of Academics Crystal Ange announced this week.
Among these eight-week classes is the first course to be offered in BCCC’s new Nursing Assistant Diploma Program, Nursing Assistant I beginning Wednesday, Oct. 1. This course will introduce basic nursing skills needed to provide personal care for patients, residents or clients in a health care setting. The course prepares students to qualify as Nursing Assistant I with the N.C. Nurse Aide I Registry.
Other eight-week classes will begin Wednesday, Oct. 15. Students may register for one or more of these classes Monday, Sept. 15, to Tuesday, Oct. 14.
The college will offer courses - including Art Appreciation, General Psychology, Personal Health and Wellness, Public Speaking, Interpersonal Psychology, Introduction to Old Testament, Music Appreciation, Physical Fitness, World Civilizations I and Writing and Inquiry - that are available for transfer to one of the 16 colleges and universities that are part of the University of North Carolina system.
The college will also offer business-related and allied health courses – including Business Math, Introduction to Business, Introduction to Computers, Introduction to Early Childhood Education, Organization and Administration, Principles of Management, Principles of Macroeconomics, Principles of Marketing and Windows Administration 1 - for those who would like to begin training for a career.
“Some of our new enrollees were not able to complete their financial aid applications, their testing or submit their transcripts before classes began in August, so these eight-week courses will give those students the chance to begin their studies without having to wait a semester,” Ange said.
“These classes will also help our existing students – especially those who had to drop or were closed out of a class - add to their schedules this semester if they would like to do so,” she said.
And several of these eight-week courses are available online as part of BCCC’s continuing effort to serve those students who live at a distance from the college, Ange said.
Students should contact Director of Counseling Kimberly Jackson at 252-940-6252 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday to make an appointment to register for these classes.
Fall 2014 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 $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.

More information about the eight-week classes, including a complete schedule, is available on the BCCC website at www.beaufortccc.edu

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

“See For Free” encourages GED® test-takers

For two weeks this fall, Beaufort County Community College will give people seeking to earn their high school equivalency degrees the chance to take a practice test free of charge.
As part of “See For Free” BCCC will waive the $24 fee for the four subject areas of GED® Ready test for all of those who take the test from Monday, Sept. 22, to Friday, Oct. 3.
For its high school equivalency exam, BCCC offers the GED®, a registered trademark of the American Council on Education and the nation’s most recognizable high school equivalency exam.
The high school equivalency exam is designed to measure a person’s knowledge and skills in the areas of language arts reasoning, social studies, science, and mathematics. 
The GED® Ready Test gives those who take it a preview of their ability to successfully complete their high school equivalency exam.

For more information about BCCC’s Basic Skills Program, including classes to prepare for the high school equivalency exam or for information about scholarships that are available, contact Penelope Radcliffe at 252-940-6325 or Tony Taylor, Basic Skills director, at 252-940-6298. Information about the high school equivalency exam offered by BCCC is available online at www.beaufortccc.edu/coned/ged.htm.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Nurse Aide II graduates recognized in ceremony

Nurse Aide II graduates and their instructors pose for a photograph. They are, front row left to right, Instructor Anne Davenport, students Tammie Maria Lawrence and Steffie Katrina Peterson and program Coordinator Sue Gurley; back row, students Sharon Ann Holmes, Sophia Belle Gibbs and Crystal Gale Smith.
The Nurse Aide Program at Beaufort County Community College recently held a recognition event and open house in honor of five students completing their Nurse Aide II studies in Washington.
During the recognition ceremony, each graduate was presented a certificate in honor of their completion of the program. A reception in the Nurse Aide Classroom in Building 12 followed.
Students completing the program are Sharon Ann Holmes of Creswell and Sophia Belle Gibbs, Tammie Maria Lawrence, Steffie Katrina Peterso, and Crystal Gale Smith of Washington.
During the ceremony, attended by family and friends of the students, BCCC officials and members of the BCCC Board of Trustees, Vice President of Continuing Education Stacey Gerard thanked the students for choosing BCCC for their studies and praised their efforts.
“We’re honored to have you go out into the workforce and represent us in the community,” she said.
Instructor Anne Davenport recalled the students’ hard work and thanked their families for their encouragement and support.
“We’ve had a long road, but we’ve persevered,” Davenport said.

For more information about BCCC’s Nurse Aide Program, interested persons should contact Sue Gurley, Nurse Aide Program coordinator, at 252-940-6263 or by email at sueg@beaufortccc.edu. The next Nurse Aide II classes are scheduled to begin in September.