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 The next Nurse Aide II classes are scheduled to begin in September.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Lancaster heads Student Government Association

Pictured above are SGA officers, front row, left to right, Jordan Pooser, vice president; Jackson Lancaster, president; Lakita Artis, secretary; back row, left to right, Isaac Coltrain, parliamentarian; Elizabeth Cobb, historian, Theresa Scudder, special populations chairman, and Theresa Edwards, advisor.
Jackson Lancaster, a student in the Business Administration Program at Beaufort County Community College, will serve as President of the Beaufort County Community College Student Government Association for the 2014-2015 Academic Year.
Lancaster will be joined by Jordan B. Pooser, vice president; Lakita Artis, secretary; Lalether Bryant Shepard, treasurer; Isaac Thomas Coltrain, parliamentarian; Elizabeth Cobb, historian, and Theresa Scudder, special populations chairman.
Pooser is pursuing an associate in science degree; Artis, Medical Office Administration and Basic Medical Office; Shepard, college transfer and Human Services Technology; Coltrain, Computer Information Technology; Cobb, general education, and Scudder, Human Services Technology.
Lancaster, 19, of Washington, is a 2014 graduate of the Beaufort County Early College High School, Lancaster holds an associate in arts degree from BCCC and returned to the college to complete his business degree. He is a licensed realtor with Coldwell Banker Coastal Rivers Realty.
At BCCC, Lancaster is a member of the Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society and a college Ambassador. He also serves as an ex-officio member of the BCCC Board of Trustees. After graduating from BCCC he plans to continue his education while building a successful career in real estate. Lancaster is the son of Terry and Louann Lancaster of Washington.
In his role as SGA president, Lancaster will serve as an ex-officio member of the BCCC Board of Trustees.
 “I have big hopes for this upcoming school year,” he said. “I hope the students, faculty and staff can join forces and create a dedicated, encouraging and enjoyable community college experience for all.
“Our college grows more and more every year so I cannot wait to see how we will grow in the 2014-2015 Academic Year,” he said.
Redecorating the college café is one of the first Student Government Association projects for the new school year, Lancaster said.
The Student Government Association at BCCC provides an organized avenue of student involvement in the college. The SGA implements and plans activities that provide students with social and service projects that interest them.

For more information about the SGA, contact Theresa Edwards, student activities coordinator, at 940-6217 or visit the SGA office in Building 9.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Life on the Pamlico 2014 features foods of eastern North Carolina

The cover of Life on the Pamlico 2014 entices readers to eat!
Beaufort County Community College student Rhett Alligood admits he doesn’t like to eat oysters but he does appreciate their importance to eastern North Carolina.
That’s why Alligood along with fellow students Sharon Equils and Rebecca Hudson chose to write about oysters in the 2014 edition of Life on the Pamlico, BCCC’s annual, online cultural history magazine.
The magazine is a project of BCCC’s Cultural Studies class under the direction of English Instructor Suzanne Stotesbury with video and design by Academic Support Center Director James Casey.
“When you think about eastern North Carolina, you think about oysters,” Alligood said. “Just like barbecue, oysters provide the background for social gatherings and harvesting oysters is a
Pictured above Beaufort County Community College students,
left to right, Rebecca Hudson, Sharon Equils and Rhett Alligood
put the finishing touches on their article
about oysters for the 2014 edition of Life on the Pamlico.
way of life for many people in the region.”
Oysters are one of the traditional eastern North Carolina foods featured in this year’s edition of Life on the Pamlico, recently published on the BCCC website. The magazine also includes articles about wild game, barbecue and pick pickin’s. Students also tapped their family and friends to provide detailed recipes for molasses, cheese biscuits, bread pudding, glazed ham, deviled eggs, chicken and pastry and other eastern North Carolina favorites.
“Food is a defining quality in the southeastern part of the United States,” Stotesbury said. “Traditions, family and food all go hand-in-hand in eastern North Carolina.”
Students in Stotesbury’s class spent Spring 2014 Semester learning research and interviewing skills. They contributed stories of local cultural interest to the magazine by incorporating multiple interviews and article-writing methods learned over the course of the semester, according to Stotesbury.
And in the process, the students and their instructor also enjoyed their research, she said.
“By focusing on food for the 2014 edition, we had the best time,” Stotesbury said. “All we did was talk about food, look at food and taste food and we learned a lot of things we hadn’t known before.”
The 2014 edition of Life on the Pamlico includes an expanded selection of videos, edited by Casey, that were first incorporated into the publication last year.
“There are more videos this year with more interviews,” Stotesbury said. “And we’re looking forward to that getting better in the future.”
Viewers can watch cheese biscuits, collards, molasses, pound cake and shrimp and grits being made as well as a discussion of the proper way to barbecue a pig by Charles Baker of Washngton’s Boss Hog’s restaurant.

To read the 2014 edition of Life on the Pamlico, visit From there, readers can link to the videos that accompany the magazine.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Join the BCCC Foundation for a trip to see Dirty Dancing

Join the Beaufort County Community College Foundation, Saturday, Sept. 20, for a trip to Durham to see the stage production of Dirty Dancing, based on the popular movie, and enjoy a meal at Cary’s five-star hotel.
The trip will also include time for exploring one of the Triangle’s most popular food emporiums and time to shop at an area mall.
The cost of the trip, open to all BCCC students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the college, is $200 per person. The registration deadline is Friday, Sept. 12.
The price of the trip includes transportation to and from Durham, brunch and tickets for seats in the orchestra section for Dirty Dancing at the Durham Performing Arts Center in downtown Durham.
The trip will leave the parking lot at BCCC by 7:30 a.m. and travel to Cary for a buffet brunch at Herons restaurant, located at The Umstead Hotel. Herons is the signature restaurant at the hotel, offering homegrown fruits, vegetables and herbs from their nearby dedicated farm. Herons has been recognized by Food & Wine, Condé Nast Traveler and Southern Living in addition to receiving numerous awards including five stars from Forbes Travel Guide and five diamonds from the American Automobile Association.
After brunch, the group will travel to Chapel Hill to visit A Southern Season, a popular specialty food, gift and entertaining store. Since its creation in 1975, A Southern Season has been known throughout the region for the breadth and quality of its gourmet food, wine, housewares and cookware.
After visiting the store, travelers will have time to relax at University Mall before attending a matinee performance of Dirty Dancing. Based on the popular movie, the stage performance tells the story of Baby and Johnny who come together for what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives. The musical features hit songs such as “Hungry Eyes,” and the heart-stopping “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life.”
After the performance, participants will depart Durham for the trip home and enjoy light refreshments on the bus.

For more information, or to register, contact Marcia Norwood, Foundation specialist, at 252-940-6218, or Judy Jennette, Foundation director, at 252-940-6326. Information is also available on the BCCC Newsblog at or the BCCC website at

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

We're looking for a few, good instructors

Do you have a hobby or a profession that you would love to share?
The Division of Continuing Education is looking for a variety of paid, part-time instructors to teach personal interest courses aimed at providing opportunities for participants to learn new skills, discover new hobbies and meet new people.
Instructors are wanted to teach Adobe Photoshop, crochet, digital photography, dog obedience training, drawing, floor covering and tile installation, flower arranging, French conversation, guitar, introduction to investing, I-Pad and I-Phone operations, minor home repair, painting, pet grooming, piano, pottery, quilting, self defense, stained glass design, stock market basics, table setting and etiquette, using Google apps, watercolors and more.

The qualifications are enthusiasm and knowledge in the subject, the ability to help in developing course content, excellent interpersonal skills and availability on evenings and/or Saturdays.
If you are interested in teaching one of these courses or have an idea for a course, contact Clay Carter, director of Community Services, at 252-940-6357 or email

Monday, August 18, 2014

Registration is under way for 21st Annual BCCC Foundation Golf Tournament

Ray McKeithan, manager of Public and Governmental Affairs at PotashCorp Aurora, assembles his golf clubs before the start of the 20th Annual BCCC Foundation Golf Tournament
Registration is under way for the 21st annual Beaufort County Community College Foundation Golf Tournament to be held Friday, Sept. 26, at the Washington Yacht and Country Club.
The largest single annual fundraising event for the college, the tournament typically raises about $10,000 for scholarships to help eligible students with the cost of tuition and books and other programs supported by the BCCC Foundation.
PotashCorp - Aurora is the primary sponsor of the tournament, held each year to raise money for scholarships to BCCC.
Co-sponsors of the tournament include Lee Chevrolet-Buick, First South Bank, CenturyLink, P & G Manufacturing, Inc., Tideland Electric Membership Corp. JKF Architecture, Carver Machine Works, Park Boat Co., Tri-County Telecom, Vidant Beaufort Hospital, VantageSouth Bank and Tayloe Hospital Pharmacy.
The tournament will be a four-person super ball format with teams pre-flighted based on each golfer’s handicap. Tee time will be at 1 p.m. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m.
The entry is fee $80 per player and includes lunch, cart rental and greens fee.
Additional sponsorships are also available as follows: Hole Sponsor, $100; Book Scholarship Sponsor, $500; Semester Scholarship Sponsor, $1,000; Academic Year Scholarship Sponsor, $3,000.
Team prizes will be awarded by 18-hole score in each of three flights. Four prize packages for “closest to the pin” shots will also be awarded. Hole-in-one prizes sponsored by Lee Chevrolet-Buick and Park Boat Co. will also be available.

Team and hole sponsorships are now being accepted as are registrations for teams and players. For more information or a registration form, contact Marcia Norwood at 252-940-6218 or Judy Jennette at 252-940-6326 or visit

Thursday, August 14, 2014

BCCC receives Golden LEAF Grant for Agribusiness Technology Program

Beaufort County Community College has received a $97,075 grant from the Golden LEAF Foundation to support the creation and implementation of the college’s new Agribusiness Technology Program.
The grant will be used to pay for renovations to a building on the BCCC campus that will house the program, laboratory equipment, safety equipment and computers and will provide one year of salary and benefits for new Lead Instructor, William “Billy” Askew. Ongoing salary and program expenses will be covered by state reimbursement and tuition and fees.
“BCCC appreciates this grant from the Golden LEAF Foundation and is grateful for the economic benefits it will provide our four-county service area,” said President Barbara Tansey. “The students within our service area will benefit from the job training offered by the Agribusiness Technology Program and businesses will benefit from having trained workers.”
“Over 120 new positions are anticipated in our service area in the agricultural sector within the next 10 years,” she said. “This program will train individuals to fill those positions as well as additional positions vacated through the aging of the current workforce.”
BCCC’s Agribusiness Technology Program prepares graduates for jobs in agriculture such as equipment, feed and agricultural supply sales, store management, farm operations and office management of agricultural products marketing firms.
Students in the program will complete course work in two years for an associate in applied science degree in agribusiness technology if taken full-time. Part-time students will be able to complete the curriculum in a format that fits their schedule.
The Agribusiness Technology Program will also offer a certificate option for students that will give students the chance to take 12 hours of courses they may directly need for a specific job.
In addition, once the program is established, the Division of Continuing Education will be able to provide specific, short-term training as needed for local agribusiness workers and businesses through occupational extension classes and customized training.
“Golden LEAF is proud to support agribusiness, North Carolina’s number one industry,” said Dan Gerlach, Golden LEAF president. “This program will provide a region that relies heavily on agriculture and its related businesses with the knowledge and skills needed to help further growth and opportunity.”
The Golden LEAF Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in 1999 to help transform North Carolina’s economy. The foundation receives one-half of North Carolina’s funds from the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement with cigarette manufacturers and places special emphasis on helping tobacco-dependent, economically distressed and/or rural communities across the state.
The Golden LEAF Foundation works in partnership with governmental entities, educational institutions, economic development organizations and nonprofits to achieve its mission. The foundation has awarded 1,275 grants totaling more than $561 million since its inception.

For more information about BCCC’s Agribusiness Technology Program, contact Askew at 252-940-6304 or at Information about the program is also available on the BCCC website at