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

Monday, April 7, 2014

Career Readiness Class for Nurse Aide I students to begin at BCCC

Class is scheduled to begin Monday, April 28, at Beaufort County Community College in a career readiness course for those students interested in enrolling in a Nurse Aide I course at the college.
The class, Career Readiness for Nurse Aides, will be offered 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays beginning April 28 and ending May 21 in Room 823 of Building 8 on the BCCC campus. The instructor is Keisha Jennette.
The registration fee for the class is $70. This fee may be waived for those individuals who are currently unemployed, have received notice of a pending lay-off, are working and eligible for the Federal Income Tax Credit or working and earning wages at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level. To qualify for the waiver, individuals must certify that they meet one of the criteria before they register for the class.
In addition to the registration fee, other costs of the program total $60 and include a $30 Career Readiness Certification fee; a $15 fee for the Workplace Observation Assessment, and a $15 fee for a performance assessment, which must be paid at the time of registration. These fees apply to all students; however, funding assistance may be available through the local NCWorks Center. In Beaufort County, contact Danielle Street at 974-1820.
The class will prepare students to take the Career Readiness Certification test and achieve at least a “silver” designation on the test and  achieve a score of ‘1” on the Workplace Observation Assessment – pre-requisites for enrolling in a Nurse Aide I class or the Basic Skills Plus Nurse Aide I class. Students who do not achieve these benchmarks will be offered additional courses to help them qualify for the next available Nurse Aide I class. Students will also be required to complete the Performance Skills Assessment which identifies areas that may prevent them from getting a job including poor work attitudes and lack-luster job performance.
Students may register in Room 802 of Building 8. For more information about the Career Readiness for Nurse Aides class or other classes offered by BCCC’s Human Resources Development, interested persons should contact Lou Stout, director of Workforce Initiatives, at 252-940-6307. For more information about upcoming Nurse Aide classes, interested persons should contact Sue Gurley, Nurse Aide Program coordinator, at 940-6263.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Ben Jones, aka Cooter, to highlight BCCC car show

Ben Jones, aka "Cooter," from Dukes of Hazzard will appear at the Gullfest automobile show from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, April 5, along with a replica of the car, The General Lee. He will sign autographs and pose for photographs free of charge for this event.

Actor Ben Jones, who played Cooter on the television show Dukes of Hazzard, will highlight the Beaufort County Community College Automotive Car Club Automobile Show to be held Saturday, April 5, on the BCCC campus.
Jones will be available to sign autographs and pose for photographs, free of charge, along with a replica of the General Lee, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. near the automotive technology shop in Building 2 at BCCC.
The car show will be held outside of Building 2 as part of BCCC’s spring festival, Gullfest, a new event to benefit the Student Government Association and campus-based clubs at the community college.
Dukes of Hazzard related items will be available for purchase during the show.
Jones, who served for years in the U.S. House of Representatives, is best known for his role as Cooter Davenport, the mechanic in the fictional Hazzard County, Ga.
In the television show, which aired on CBS from 1979 to 1985, Cooter owned the Hazzard County Garage in Hazzard County Square across from the police station and the county bank.
Cooter was the best friend of the Duke family and he regularly helped the Duke boys foil corrupt county commissioner Jefferson Davis “Boss” Hogg and Sheriff Rosco P. Coltraine.
The General Lee is the Dodge Charger driven by the Duke boys in the television show. It is known for its signature horn, its chases and stunts. Each time it was wrecked by the Dukes, it was Cooter who helped repair it.
A native of Tarboro, Jones is a 1959 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School in Portsmouth, Va., and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for four years. His wife, Alma Viator, is a native of Aurora, N.C.
After the Dukes of Hazzard ended its television run, Jones entered the political arena as a Democrat and won a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives from Georgia in 1988 and in 1990. In 1992, following redistricting, which moved his home into another district, he was defeated in the Democratic primary election.
Jones has since returned to acting, and is a well-known writer of many political essays and a one-man play about Dizzy Dean in which he plays the famous pitcher and baseball announcer.
In addition to the appearance by Ben Jones, the car show will feature prizes for the Best in Show for a car, truck or motorcycle; Best Engine, Best Paint, Best Interior and Students Choice. The Automotive Car Club will also hold a 50/50 Raffle to help fund club events.
For more information about the car show, contact Richie Alligood, BCCC automotive technology instructor, at 252-402-2434.