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

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

BCCC provides training for P & G Manufacturing employees

Four employees of P & G Manufacturing’s Washington plant recently completed Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification coordinated by Business and Industry Services at Beaufort County Community College and East Carolina University.
Topics covered throughout the course included processes for improvement, process mapping and value stream mapping, control systems, theory of constraints and basic statistical tools, among other topics.
Six Sigma is a set of techniques and strategies for improving manufacturing processes developed by Motorola in 1985.
The students from P & G Manufacturing developed projects that not only saved P & G Manufacturing about $275,000 a year but also eliminated steps in the manufacturing process.
P & G Manufacturing employee Ross Barrow presents
a project he developed with Greg Gardner that will
save the company almost $250,000 a year.
“This is just the beginning,” said Plant Manager David Overby. “These four students can go back and teach their fellow workers. They’re using Green Belt methodologies to save time and money. I’m excited about it going forward.”
The training is part of a three-year project funded by a Customized Training Program Grant that was designed, by BCCC’s Business and Industry Services, to help the company improve the skills of their workers and increase its workforce. Other training will include supervisory training, blueprint reading and safety training, among other classes
Those receiving certificates and their instructors are pictured, back row, left to right, David Overby, students Ross Barrow, Bernard Cox and Wendy Cooper, Instructor Merwan Mehta; front row, left to right, Instructor Janet Sanders, BCCC Customized Training Director Lauren Dudley and Greg Gardner.

For more information about services offered by BCCC’s Business and Industry Services, contact Dudley at 252-940-6311 or Lentz Stowe, director, at 252-940-6306.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Event encourages students to complete their high school equivalency

Penelope Radliffe, Basic Skills assessment and retention specialist, Pat Lurvey, volunteer with the Beaufort County Literacy Volunteer, and Denise Morris, with BCCC’s Basic Skills, at last year’s Assessement Day, are prepared to welcome participants again this year on Wednesday, Aug. 20.
The Division of Continuing Education at Beaufort County Community College will hold its annual Assessment Day Wednesday, Aug. 20, to encourage area residents to complete their high school equivalency degrees.
Participants will have the opportunity to test their readiness to take the battery of high school equivalency tests and to learn more about classes offered at BCCC by Basic Skills that prepare students for the exam.
The Assessment Day will begin at 9 a.m. in the auditorium of Building 8 on the BCCC campus to give those students who may have started, but not completed their high school equivalencies, the chance to see where they stand. Sign-in will begin at 8:30 a.m.
Members of BCCC’s Basic Skills staff will be on hand to advise participants about their remaining high school equivalency coursework.
The event will also be a good time for those who have not yet started their GEDs to take the assessment to see if they, too, can earn their high school equivalencies, according to Penelope Radcliffe, Basic Skills Assessment and Retention Specialist.
In addition to a brief assessment, the event will include lunch and door prizes donated by Nautilife, Down on Main, Cottage Junkies, Dominos, Subway, Franks Pizza, Zaxbys, Pizza Inn, State Employee Credit Union, First South Bank, the BCCC Foundation, Literacy Volunteers of Beaufort County and Pecheles Automotive.
BCCC offers the GED®, the nation’s most recognizable high school equivalency exam and typically taken by people who want to further their education and become eligible to take college courses.

For more information about the event, contact Radcliffe at 252-940-6325 or by email at Information about upcoming changes in the GED is also available at

BCCC offers workshop in business plan writing

Starting a small business is often a challenge, but Beaufort County Community College’s Business and Industry Services can make the process easier by helping budding entrepreneurs write a business plan.
A workshop, “How to Write a Business Plan,” will be held 3 to 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 18, in Room 828 of Building 8 on the BCCC campus. The seminar is free of charge but pre-registration is encouraged so that the college can adequately prepare materials.
A business plan is the foundation for success when future business owners are deciding whether to start a new business or buy an existing business. It is also a valuable tool for entrepreneurs seeking financing for their businesses. Volunteers from SCORE will discuss writing a business plan, finding the required information, issues to be aware of when writing the plan and how to find help with the plan.
The seminar is sponsored by BCCC’s Business and Industry Services, the Washington/Beaufort County Chamber of Commerce and SCORE. It is part of the Small Business Center Core Curriculum for prospective and current business owners.
To register for the workshop, contact BCCC’s Business and Industry Services at 940-6375 or email Eva Peartree at or Lentz Stowe, director of BCCC’s Business and Industry Services at 252-940-6306 or by email at

For more information about other services offered by BCCC’s Business and Industry Services’ Small Business Center, including targeted seminars for business owners, visit BCCC’s Website at Business/workshops.htm or contact Stowe or Lauren Dudley, customized training coordinator, at 252-940-6311 or by email at