Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Registration under way for BLET classes at BCCC

Thinking of a career in law enforcement?
Registration is now available for Beaufort County Community College’s Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) Night Academy for the Fall 2015 Semester.
The deadline to submit all required paperwork in the 16-week academy is Monday, Aug. 3. Pre-Orientation will be held at 6 p.m. on Aug. 3 in Building 10, Room 32, and class will begin on Tuesday, Aug. 18, in the same location.
Students will attend class 6 to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday on the BCCC campus as well as some weekends, according to BLET Director Larry Barnes.
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 36 different subject areas including criminal, juvenile, civil, traffic and alcohol beverage laws; investigative, patrol, custody and court procedures; emergency responses; 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.
Tuition and fees for the BLET academy are $1,184 for in-state students and $4,256 for out-of-state students. The cost of requisite textbooks and uniform are additional. Tuition charges may be waived for those who obtain a sponsorship from a local law enforcement agency, and financial aid is available for those who qualify, according to Barnes.
For more information about the BLET day classes, contact Barnes or Pauline Godley, administrative assistant for BCCC’s Law Enforcement Programs by visiting Building 2 on the community college campus. Interested persons can also call Godley at 252-940-6232 or by email at paulineg@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.beaufortccc.edu/progrm/busines/BLET/blet.htm.

Monday, June 8, 2015

BCCC offers workshops in social media platforms

Learn to use various social media platforms and devices this summer in a series of workshops offered by the Division of Continuing Education at Beaufort County Community College.

All classes will be held on the BCCC campus. The schedule is as follows:

Shutterfly® Workshop 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday, June 9 and 11, in Room 822 of Building 8. Shutterfly is a social media platform that allows users to turn their photographs into calendars, mugs, canvas art collages, photo books and more. Instructor Stacey Gerard will lead participants through all of the steps to become easily proficient in this great gift-giving tool. The cost includes a $30 registration fee and a $5 technology fee.

Android Workshop 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 6 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 16, in room 830 of Building 8. Bring your own Android telephone or tablet to this fun session! During the workshop, participants will learn about the apps, security settings, set-up options and entertainment features of their telephones and tablets. Registration fee for either class is $15.

Facebook® Workshop 9 to 11:30 a.m., Monday and Wednesday, June 15 and 17 in Room 127A of Building 2. Facebook has revolutionized the way we stay in touch with friends and family. Instructor Jessica Crocker will show participants the best way to use this social media application including best practices for managing an existing Facebook page. The cost includes a $20 registration fee and a $5 technology fee.

IPhone® and IPad® Workshop 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 18 and 9 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 23, in Room 830 of Building 8. Bring your own device and learn to best enjoy your Apple IPhone and IPad using various tips and tricks to help you get the most from these products. The registration fee is $15.

Pinterest Workshop® 9 to 11:30 a.m. Monday, June 22, in room 127A of Building 2. Learn to use Pinterest to help you cook delicious food, decorate your home, create a flower-filled garden and gather ideas from all over the world. This workshop will teach you to use this popular, free social media platform. The cost includes a $15 registration fee and a $5 technology fee.

Instagram® and Twitter® Workshop 9 to 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 24, in Room 822 of Building 8. Come learn about these social media platforms that are so popular with today’s young people. During this workshop, participants will learn to create their own accounts and use Instagram and Twitter to stay in touch with young family members and friends. The cost includes a $15 registration fee and a $5 technology fee.

Students may register by calling 252-940-6375 or in person in room 802 of Building 8 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.

For more information about BCCC’s Personal Enrichment Programs, contact Clay Carter, director, at 940-6357 or by email at clay.carter@beaufortccc.edu.

For more information about other Continuing Education classes, visit BCCC’s Website at www.beaufortccc.edu/coned/contin.htm.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Washington County Classes for Job-Seekers

The Division of Continuing Education at Beaufort County Community College will offer the following classes at the Washington County Center for Human Services in Plymouth this summer and continuing into fall. The purpose of these classes is to assist the unemployed and underemployed in successfully securing employment. All classes will meet on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6-9 p.m.
WorkKeys®/CRC Classes: These classes are designed for any individual who wishes to obtain the National Career Readiness Certification (NCRC). The NCRC is recognized or preferred by many employers and is designed to verify the employability skills of individuals. The NCRC is a credential that assesses Reading for Information, Applied Math, and Locating Information. Classes held on June 9-30; Aug. 4-20; Sept. 10-29; and Oct. 22-Nov. 5. The CRC fee of $30 is paid at the time of testing. Additional classes may be scheduled as demand increases. Registration days are: June 9 and 11; Aug. 4 and 6; Sept. 10 and 15; and Oct. 22 and 27.
Resume Writing Workshop: This six-hour workshop will be full of tips and tricks on writing a professional resume. Students are encouraged to bring a flash drive or have an active email account in order to save their resume for reference updates. Class will be held July 7 and 9.
Job Seeking Tools: This interactive 12-hour class will focus on utilizing the NCWorks.gov portal for job search. Students will learn how to create or update an account, and to navigate the site to perform job searches, as well as to research labor market information and wage information. Classes will be held on July 14, 16, 21 and 23.
Barriers to Employment: In this six-hour class, students who face barriers to employment will be given tips and tricks to help them succeed in their job search efforts. Barriers to employment could be criminal records, little to no work history, lack of education, gaps in work history, or a host of other barriers that students face. Classes will be held on July 28 and 30.
Everyday Life and Money Smart: In this 15-hour class, students will use resources from GCFLearnFree.org® to develop plans that will assist them with budgeting their money, basic math, grocery shopping, job skills and much more. Students will also work on personal budgeting through the Better Money Management Program. Classes will be held Aug. 25 through Sept. 8.
Exploring Careers: In this 12-hour class, students will use a career interest inventory to explore various career paths that may lead them to employment. Students will explore the careers by researching training, wage information, local job market information, as well as other resources. Students will also develop a plan of action using goal setting to establish a career planning pathway. Classes will be held Oct. 6-15.
Each class has a registration fee of $75, which includes a $5 technology fee. The registration fee may be waived if the individual meets one of the following criteria: currently unemployed; has received a notice of a pending layoff; is working and eligible for the Federal Income Tax Credit; or is working and earning wages at or below the 200-percent federal poverty level.
Students may register on the first night of class or before by contacting Lou Stout, Director of Workforce Initiatives, at (252) 940-6307 or by email at Lou.Stout@BeaufortCCC.edu. Details about these and other programs may be found by visiting www.BeaufortCCC.edu and clicking on the link labeled Continuing Education.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Congratulations to our Honor Roll and Dean's List students for Spring 2015

The Registrar’s Office at Beaufort County Community College has released the honor roll for the 2015 Spring Semester. Full-time students maintaining a grade point average, or GPA, of 4.0 or better were placed on the All “A”s list. Students maintaining a 3.5 GPA were placed on the Dean’s List.

All “A”s

Beaufort County:  Bath ─ Thomas Blake Hagen, George John Miller, Marta Cotton O’Neal, Rachael Sterling, Tori J. Sterrenberg. Belhaven ─ Allen Jackson Cuthrell, Lydia Bell O’Neal. Blounts Creek ─ Alexis Nicole Fraley. Chocowinity ─ Gerard Alex Amend, Victoria Leigh Avery, Joseph Mason Coghill, Michael Andrew Crisp, Gary Nelson Gaynor, Tiffany Lynn Knickerbocker, Austin Craig McGowan, Alyssa S. Peed, Brandi Leigh Porter, Pamela Lampkins Rogers, David Hayes Talley, Shannon Maria Taylor, Patricia L. White. Pantego ─ Courtney Coltrain, Tyquisha Reonshae Davis, Miriam Paulin Lamb, Jacob Barrett Sadler. Pinetown ─ Krystal Ragaglia Cherry, Fatima Amira Shamseldin, Sylvia Faye Smith, Christopher Sterrenberg, Amanda Lynne Stowe, Amanda Elizabeth Toler, Victoria Faye Wallace. Washington ─ Ashley Victoria Adams, Kimberly Sawyers Baker, Joseph Wayne Brewer, Jason Daniel Bull, Todd Jacob Burrus, Eric Vernon Cahoon, Wencie Conte Cheatham, Tierra Nicole Crosby, Amanda N. Davis, James Tyler Harriett, Ashley Grey Harris, Angela Kathleen Heath, Bernadine Lucy Hedrick, Brandy Shanta Holliday, Miranda J. Hollis, Rebecca Taylor Hudson, Kathleen Faye Knight, Crystal Martinez, Jordan Gray McDonald, Ashley Marie Moore, Kinsey Lauren Moritz, Tina R. Pilgreen, Casey Rae Powell, Tracy Toler Radcliff, Kelly Ann Sharron, Diann Alligood Stoddard, Bradley Joseph Thompson, Kathleen Yelle, Andy Yeung, Jebediah Decker Zelenky.
Craven County: Vanceboro ─ Marlen M. Avelar, Lee Warren Mills.
Greene County: Hookerton ─ Gregory Thomas Ramsey.
Hyde County: Engelhard – Cruise Kirklan Gibbs. Ocracoke – Robert Lee King, George Blackburn Warner. Swan Quarter ─ Isaiah Sherod McCullor.
Martin County: Jamesville – Meredith Spear Cook. Robersonville ─ Vincent Larry Cooper, Kirstie D. Williams. Williamston – Krystael Necole Gainer, Felicia Nicole Stanley.
Pitt County: Greenville ─ Breatte Jeanelle Garrison. Grimesland ─ Donna Glenn Edwards, Martha Allyn Richardson, Nidia Elena Romero. Simpson – Teresa Nicole Short. Stokes – William Thomas Warren.
Washington County: Creswell – Edna Christine Spear. Plymouth ─ Ashley Marie Kolikas, Kayla Ann Roberts, Kristian Nicole Sawyer, Adam Chandler Simmons, Dorothy Marie Wilson. Roper – Dean Matthew Colburn, Marshall Evan Davenport, Shannon Victoria Giersdorf, Jacob Alan Smith.

Dean’s List:

Beaufort County: Bath ─ Alexandra Jayne Garrett, David Rene Jimenez, Emily Rukundo, Daniel Blake Waters, Aeryalle M. Williams. Belhaven ─ Sarah E. Clingenpeel, Brent Thomas Hubers, Jose Javier Ramirez, Elyssa Jolene Tuininga. Blounts Creek  ─ Rontraqa Jevon Keyes, Daniel Sanders Long, Faith Christen McKeever, Nathan Daniel Woolard. Chocowinity ─ Lea Benson, Robert Leander Blough, Thomas Dorsey Brabble, Sanfara Dewanda Christian, Christina Gail Hall, Deborah Louise Jones James Ray Jones, Destiny Ann Locke, Michael Kelly Matthews, Tyler Mathew Stanbridge, Matthew Taum, Dural Dewayne Temple, Daniel Justin Wright. Pantego ─ Wylee Ezra Slade. Pinetown ─ Kristen Battershell, Joshua Mark Beamer, Rosario Marie Lilley. Washington ─ Cheyenne Alligood, Cody Gray Alligood, Chase William Andrew, Tate Wesley Baynor, James Phillip Beacham, Zachary Keith Bell, Christina Vanessa Berry-Dixon, Lavonda Booth, Samuel A. Bowen, Joseph Chance Clark, Tawanna Arthur Coward, Lori Ann Daniels, Mollie Sabrina Davis, Millie W. Ebron, Jeffrey Egerton, Anthony Everett, Brandon Adame Gachuz, Mathew Glover, Bethanie Jean Gordon, Latanya Monique Gorham, Nicholas James Griekspoor, Amanda Elizabeth Hennasey, Brandon Luis Hernandez, Daniel Lee Hurley, Donna Faye Jackson, Christy Tetterton Jones, Carol D. Lane, Jeremy Jason Latham, Christine Marie Lecompte, Brian Lietz, Blake Austin McRoy, Arisbeth Monter, Melody Casper Montgomery, Kevin Lee Moore, Kyshanna Monique Moore, Laura Michelle Nichols, Ana Laura Quinones, Bernardo Ramirez, Shaniqua Robinson, Lawrence Lee Satchell, Miranda Dayne Taylor, Stephani Villa-Hernandez, Guadalupe Villa-Hernandez, Sarah L. Watson, Brad Patrick Woolard, Graham Wright Young.
Craven County: Ernul – Katelynn Marie Mitchell. New Bern – Juanita Patricia White. Vanceboro ─ Joshua Allen Morris.
Dare County: Kill Devil Hills – Tamara Laypanova.
Hyde County: Scranton ─ Quashema Laimae Lovick. Ocracoke – Lucy Louise Oneal.
Martin County: Jamesville ─ Jenny Lynn Barber, Mikayla N. Groover, Efren Martinez-Gomez. Robersonville ─ Kaula Marie Pollard. Williamston ─ Caroline Nicole Gardner, Joshua Macon Holliday, Matthew Little, Dillon Ellis Lynch, Lyndsey Hope Odom, JaNeisha La’Shae Rodgers.
Pitt County: Greenville ─ Nathan Charles Evans, Robert Lee Garrett, Summer Morgana Hague, Melissa Grizzard Perryman, Teonna Michelle Reddick, Hannah Singleton, Keosha Wilkes. Grimesland – Alexis Faith Arnold, Katarina Nicole Hudson, Joey Randy Mayo.
Tyrell County: Columbia – Maryann McKenzie Armstrong.
Washington County: Creswell – Corey Ethan Jolly, Julieanna Amber Spear. Plymouth ─ Heather Denise Birdo, Tervon Damek Blount, Celia Marie Pagliaro, Christopher Aaron Williams. Roper ─
Kellie Elaine Luton, Jonathan E. Stotesbury.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Cobb, Van Gyzen receive BCCC honors

Their peers recently recognized two Beaufort County Community College employees – Margie Cobb and Bryan Van Gyzen – for their service to the college.
Cobb, office manager for BCCC’s Allied Health Division, was named Staff Member of the Year. Van Gyzen, lead instructor for the Automotive Systems Technology Program, was named Faculty Member of the Year.
Cobb came to BCCC in 1990 after working for Singer Furniture for two years. A BCCC alumnus, she earned an associate’s degree in office administration in 1988.
A member of the BCCC Staff Association, Cobb has been active in organizing that group’s fundraisers, scholarships and service projects. She has served as the staff association’s president, vice president, secretary and treasurer during her BCCC career. She also served on the State Employees Credit Union Board of Trustees and was instrumental in bringing an ATM to BCCC’s campus.
Margie Cobb,
office manager for the Allied Health Division,
was named Staff Member of the Year
at Beaufort County Community College.
Cobb and her husband, David, have been married 43 years and have five children – four daughters and one son. Off campus, she enjoys cooking for family, friends and members of the community who are sick or shut-in. Last Thanksgiving, she and her family fed more than 75 people.
Cobb will retire in June after almost 25 years with BCCC. She said she loves the people here, who are like a second family. She plans to do “absolutely nothing” this summer, she said, but does have a cruise planned with her sister in November.
Van Gyzen joined the BCCC faculty in 2008. He graduated from Northside High School in 1992 and earned an associate’s degree in automotive technology in 1994 from Wayne Community College in Goldsboro, where he received training certified by General Motors.
Van Gyzen joined the BCCC faculty in 2008. He graduated from Northside High School in 1992 and earned an associate’s degree in automotive technology in 1994 from Wayne Community College in Goldsboro, where he received training certified by General Motors in the ASEP program.
Bryan Van Gyzen,
lead Automotive Systems Technology Instructor
was named Faculty Member of the Year.
Van Gyzen began his career in automotive technology at Lee Chevrolet-Pontiac-Buick in Washington through a cooperative work experience program at Wayne Community College. He has additional experience at Paul Service Center and at Cox Chevrolet in Belhaven. Prior to joining the faculty at BCCC, he specialized in electrical and drivability automotive repair at Lee Chevrolet in Washington.
During his tenure at BCCC, Van Gyzen has taken a lead role in establishing a car club and in organizing the car show held during Gullfest, BCCC’s spring festival at BCCC.
Van Gyzen and his wife, Cathy, a pharmacy technician at O’Neal’s Drug Store in Belhaven, live in the Pungo Community of Beaufort County. They have four children, Susanna, Jacob, Conner and Breanna

In his spare time, he enjoys working on and cruising in his vintage vehicles. He also enjoys spending time with his family. Together they enjoy fishing, boating, swimming and most outdoor sports.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Early College High School hold virtual meeting with author

Eric Martinez asks Rye Barcott a question during the Skype chat with students in Ms. Smith’s Civics and Economics class at Beaufort County Early College High School. 
Students at Beaufort County Early College High School earlier this month held a virtual meeting with Rye Barcott, author of It Happened on the Way to War and co-founder of Carolina for Kibera as part of the grant-funded Bright Ideas program.
Students in Amanda Smith’s Civics and Economics courses have been reading Barcott’s book this semester. In the book the students learned about Barcott’s military service and his work in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya.
Students submitted questions to Barcott and talked with him via Skype about his military and charitable work.
The books were supplied through a Bright Ideas Grant from Tideland EMC. For more than 20 years, the electric cooperative has offered grants to North Carolina teachers in kindergarten through 12th grade classrooms across the state.
“Reliving your experiences through your book opened up my eyes and made me realize that even though I am young, I can still strive to make a change in my community,” student Perla Garcia Lugo told Barcott.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Nine MLT graduates receive pins in ceremony

Beaufort County Community College’s Medical Laboratory Technology graduates and their instructors pose for a photograph before pinning ceremonies on the BCCC campus Friday, May 15.
Nine graduates of the Medical Laboratory Technology Program at Beaufort County Community College received their pins in a ceremony held Friday, May 15, in the Multi-Purpose Room of Building 10 on the BCCC campus.
Those graduates receiving pins are Martha Richardson of Grimesland: Juanita White of New Bern; Krystal Cherry, Kaley Jones and Sylvia Smith of Pinetown; Heather Birdo of Plymouth, and Alexis Fraley and Donna Jackson of Washington.
MLT Director Erica Schatz welcomed those attending the ceremony; MLT Graduate Kirsite Williams gave the invocation and the benediction. A student message was given by Sylvia Smith.
Special awards were given to the graduates as follows: Highest Grade Point Average, Martha Richardson; Clinical Performance Award, Syliva Smith and Art Keenhle Outstanding Student Award, Heather Birdo.
The Medical Laboratory Technology curriculum prepares individuals to perform clinical laboratory procedures in chemistry, hematology, microbiology and immunohematology.
Graduates may be eligible to take exams given by the Board of Registry of Medical Technologists of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists or the Certifying Agency. Employment opportunities include laboratories in hospitals, medical offices, industries and research facilities.

For more information about BCCC’s MLT Program, contact Erica Schatz, program director, at 940-6425 or by email at erica.schatz@beaufortccc.edu.