Wednesday, April 23, 2014

BCCC breaks ground on new walking trail

Beaufort County Community College leaders participate in a ceremonial ground-breaking for the IM FITT walking trail at BCCC. Turning some of the first shovels of dirt on the trail’s construction are, left to right, Director of Campus Operations Wesley Adams, President Barbara Tansey and Grant Writer and Special Projects Coordinator Sara Singleton.

Beaufort County Community College broke ground this week on a new walking trail that will give the community a convenient place to exercise and enjoy nature at the same time.
Construction of the walking trail is funded by a $150,000 grant from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust as part of Healthy Places North Carolina, a long-term trust initiative to improve health and health care in rural, financially disadvantaged North Carolina counties.
Beaufort County is one of four counties the trust has invited to participate in Healthy Places N.C.
Money from the grant is being used to build a mile-long walking trail that can be enjoyed free of charge by residents of all ages and fitness levels.
The trail will include fitness stations, as well as places to rest, and will be open to the public. A path through wooded areas of the BCCC campus will tie into existing sidewalks and access roads to complete a circuit around campus.
“BCCC is delighted to begin work on this walking trail,” said BCCC President Barbara Tansey. “We look forward to its use by members of the college family and the local community.”
Multiple community organizations including the Mid-East Commission Area Agency on Aging, the Beaufort County Developmental Center, Life Quest, Inc., and others worked to make the trail a reality and plan to incorporate use of the trail into their programming to help promote long-term health and fitness.
The contractor for the trail is Norstate Contracting, Inc., of Greenville. Construction is expected to be completed ahead of schedule – for use later this year.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

CenturyLink contributes to sign campaign

CenturyLink recently contributed $500 to the campaign mounted by the Beaufort County Community College Foundation to build a digital sign at the front of the campus along U.S. Highway 264. The sign will provide information about campus events, star students, services offered, job fairs, registrations, new programs and even warnings during severe weather or other emergencies. CenturyLink is a leading provider of high-speed Internet, television, and voice services in Beaufort County, and throughout North Carolina, and is recognized as a leader in the network services market by technology industry analyst firms. Pictured, second from right, Derek Kelly, market development manager for Century Link, presents a check to BCCC President Barbara Tansey, right, as Foundation Director Judy Jennette displays a rendering of the proposed sign by Architect John Farkas.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Registration under way for 11th Annual Cutthroat Croquet Tournament

Plan now to join the BCCC Foundation for the 11th Annual Cutthroat Croquet Tournament to be held Saturday, May 17, along the waterfront in Bath beginning at 9 a.m. with a buffet luncheon catered by Chef Paul Cyr to be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The tournament is an annual fund-raiser to continue the Dorothy and John Tankard Memorial and Southern Bank Scholarships for Bath or Belhaven students attending Beaufort County Community College. The tournament also raises funds for the enhancement of the Historic Bath Site, to which the Tankards were dedicated.
For the fourth year, the tournament will have more playing time for those interested in less aggressive play. The first round of the tournament will be used to flight players into one of two flights - the Cutthroat Flight for more aggressive players or the Rapscallion Flight for those who enjoy more leisurely play. Each flight will offer booty for the top four finalists.
The tournament will be held in conjunction with Bath Fest, a day-long series of activities that will also include historic demonstrations, homes tours and a crafts show all within walking distance in Bath. As players complete their play, they may tour the entire area at no charge.
The registration fee for the tournament is $35 for each player. The fee includes at least two rounds of croquet and lunch. Spectators may join participants for lunch for a fee of $25.
This year’s tournament sponsors are Tankard Farms and the Tankard Family, Southern Bank, P & G Manufacturing, Beaufort Equipment Co., Crop Production Services in Vanceboro, Atlantic Ag Aviation in Roper and Avalanche Motorsports in Washington.
All players must register beginning between 9 and 10 a.m. Play begins at 9:30 a.m. and as soon as groups of four have gathered.
For more information about the tournament or to register, interested persons can contact Judy Jennette at 940-6326 or Marcia Norwood at 940-6218.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Registration under way for BCCC Commercial Truck Driving School

Registration is under way for those interested in enrolling in the Commercial Truck Driver Training Program at Beaufort County Community College.
Night and weekend classes will begin Tuesday, May 20, and are scheduled to continue to September 11 in the program that will train students to drive a tractor-trailer and help them obtain their Class-A Commercial Driver’s License.
The program includes classroom instruction, driving range instruction and behind-the-wheel driving of a Class A combination vehicle. Students will gain experience driving during various hours of the day and night and will be road tested by BCCC’s third party examiner.
It is operated by the Division of Continuing Education at BCCC.
Class will be 6 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday in Room 701 of Building 7 on the BCCC campus. Driving practice will be held 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays on the BCCC campus and will include off-road vehicle control skills and road trips.
Students will participate in Career Readiness Certification training. This course work will give students time to preview job openings in their chosen course of study, help them develop the skills they need to get a job in their chosen field and allow them to obtain the nationally recognized Career Readiness Certificate.

The cost of the program is $250 including $180 for the CDL class and three initial road tests, a $40 fee for a random drug test and a $30 Career Readiness Certification testing fee. Textbooks and other required materials are an additional $109.50. The fee for an additional road test, if needed, is $125.
A limited number of scholarships from the Golden LEAF Foundation and the Workforce Investment Act may be available to students who qualify. For more information about these scholarships, visit
Funding assistance may also be available through the local NCWorks Center, formerly JobLink. In Beaufort County, interested persons may contact Danielle Street at 252-974-1820.
All students are required to have their Commercial Driving License permit, Department of Transportation health card and original drug test at the time of registration. Students will also be subjected to random drug screening throughout the course.
Graduates of BCCC’s truck driving school can expect to earn between $25,000 and $35,000 their first year of work, according to Lou Stout, director of Workforce Initiatives at BCCC.
The program is also available to students who currently have their Class A Commercial Driver’s License and need to update their training, she said.
Students may register by calling (252) 940-6375 or in person in Building 8, room 802 on the BCCC campus. 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.  
The course will begin on the scheduled date and time pending sufficient student enrollment for the class. Otherwise, the course may be postponed or cancelled.
For more information about the class, interested persons can contact Stout, at 252-940-6307, or by email at