Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Sullivan overseeing BCCC’s Internet “front door”

Visitors to the Beaufort County Community College website will see changes in the coming months as the college's Internet presence is under the leadership of a new director.
Keith M. Sullivan, a native of Pittsburgh, Pa., joined the BCCC staff in January as the college's new, full-time webmaster. In that position, he succeeds Tricia Woolard, coordinator of educational media and graphic services, who oversees technology for the growing number of online and Internet-enhanced courses at the college.
"BCCC is delighted to welcome Keith to its staff," said Vice President of Research and Institutional Effectiveness Jay Sullivan, no relation. "As more and more people turn to the Internet for their information and use Internet sites to make decisions about their education it is vital that Beaufort County Community College maintain an active and updated presence on the Internet.
"For a growing number of people, our website is the front door to BCCC and we need to make sure that visitors to our college can easily find the information they need through this front door," Jay Sullivan said. "With his background, Keith is the right individual to lead this effort."
As the college's webmaster, Keith Sullivan, 29, is tasked with managing the content on BCCC's website, ensuring its compliance with the Americans with Disability Act. He will serve on the college's Marketing Committee and, in that role, lead its online marketing efforts.
Keith Sullivan earned an associate's degree in information technology from the University of Phoenix in 2012 and is pursuing a bachelor's degree from Western Governors University in software development. He has studied web design and multi-media at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh.
Keith Sullivan said his life-long interest in computers and video games pointed him towards a career in web design.
"Ever since I was a kid, I was obsessed by computers, graphic design and coding," he said. "It was a challenge. A fun challenge."
And having vacationed with his family on North Carolina's Outer Banks, he is no stranger to eastern North Carolina.
During his career, Keith Sullivan has developed training materials and web sites for Comcast, worked as a technical analyst for Verizon, designed and developed Internet layouts and user interfaces for Attempt Pictures and developed and designed a new website for Sauers Trucking.
Immediately before joining the BCCC staff, Keith Sullivan was a member of the Digital Marketing team at Ciber where he developed and maintained web sites and interfaces for Bayer Pharmaceuticals - including pages for Aleve and One-A-Day vitamins.
Since coming to BCCC, Keith Sullivan has begun an inventory of all of BCCC's web pages, and has worked to ensure that all of its links direct users to the appropriate web pages. He has also begun to explore various content management systems for BCCC's website and in the coming weeks and months, users will begin to see changes in BCCC's webpage.

Keith Sullivan's parents live in Pittsburgh. A brother, Scott, is an aspiring film director. In his spare time, he enjoys many of the same activities he does at his work - developing websites and working on the computer - in addition to video games.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Travel with the BCCC Foundation to Canyon Country USA!


Pictured above, the beautiful Monument Valley is one of the sights awaiting those who travel with the Beaufort County Community College Foundation to the Canyon Country in October.
The Beaufort County Community College Foundation is sponsoring a nine-day trip to Arizona and Utah that will include visits to some of the most scenic areas of the southwestern United States.
The fully-escorted tour, Canyon Country, is scheduled for Oct. 10 to 18, 2015 and is offered by Collette through New Trends in Travel. It is co-sponsored by the Washington/Beaufort County Chamber of Commerce.
A special presentation about the trip is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, March 16, in the Multi-Purpose Room of Building 10 on the BCCC campus. Those interested in attending the presentation are asked to reserve a place by contacting the Chamber office at 252-946-9168 or by email at rmckeithan@wbcchamber.com.
The cost of the trip is $3,159 per person based on double occupancy at hotels in Scottsdale, Grand Canyon National Park, Page, Ariz., Zion National Park and Las Vegas, seven breakfasts and five dinners during the trip, round-trip airfare from Raleigh-Durham International Airport, air taxes and fees and hotel transfers. Transportation to the airport in Raleigh is available for an additional charge of $60.
A deposit of $250 per person is required at the time of registration. The final payment will be due by Aug. 11, 2015.
The recommended cancellation waiver and insurance is an additional $205 per person. With the insurance, travelers may cancel for any reason up until the day of departure.
The itinerary includes a flight from Raleigh-Durham International Airport to Scottsdale, Ariz., a visit to stunning Sedona, the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, Lake Powell and Zion National Park. The trip will end in Las Vegas where travelers will spend two nights at the famous Paris Hotel
Travelers will also have the chance to visit Monument Valley, the iconic symbol of the American West and the sacred heart of the Navajo Nation. Made famous by Director John Ford in the movie, Stagecoach, and many other movies, Monument Valley showcases years of nature’s erosive power with distinctive rock formations unlike anywhere else in the world.
Optional trip experiences available for additional charges include a tour of the Grand Canyon by airplane, a cruise along Saguaro Lake, a jeep tour through Sedona and an evening tour of Las Vegas, among others.

For a complete itinerary or a tour brochure contact Marcia Norwood, interim director, BCCC Foundation, at 252-940-6218 or by email at marcian@beaufortccc.edu. The trip deposit may be made by credit card to Donna Burgin, New Trends in Travel, at 252-945-7403 or 252-975-1304 or by email at donna.burgin18@gmail.com.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Eight cited as "BCCC's Best"

Eight Beaufort County Community College students were cited for the character trait “involved,” or someone who is active in the life of the college and community. Those attending the recognition ceremony were left to right, front row, Sarah Clingenpeel and Jackson Lancaster; back row, Vice President of Student Services Rick Anderson, students Earl Hines, Joey Mayo and Brian Westcott and Director of Counseling Kimberly Jackson.

Eight students at Beaufort County Community College were recognized as “BCCC’s Best” in a ceremony on the college campus recently. All students were cited for being involved in campus and community activities.
Those honored were Earl Hines and Jackson Lancaster of Washington, Sarah Clingenpeel and Jordan Pooser of Belhaven, Brian Westcott of Chocowinity, Jessica Cahoon of Engelhard, Joey Mayo of Grimesland and Elizabeth Rose of Plymouth .
During the ceremony attended by BCCC faculty and staff and guests of the honorees, Vice President of Student Services Rick Anderson and the nominating faculty or staff member presented each student with a certificate that contained the description of his or her activities.

Each month “BCCC’s Best” highlights a character trait found in students such as motivation, respect, hard work, commitment and involvement in the college.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Small Business Center helps local wood products company expand

Tena Hudson, an owner of Coastal Wood Products near Belhaven, shows Small Business Director Lentz Stowe where the company’s outdoor furniture has been sold through the company’s website, www.coastalwoodproductsinc.com.
Tena Hudson, an owner of Coastal Wood Products, recently pointed with pride to a map of the United States and Canada. The map, hanging on a wall in her office, is full of pins – all along the northeastern coast and as far away as southern California – showing the locations of the company’s customers.
This recently expanded sales area is due, in large part, to Internet-based sales developed as a result of workshops and advice offered by the Small Business Center at Beaufort County Community College, Hudson said.

Coastal Wood Products was established in 1992 by Hudson’s parents, Lin and Carol Keech, in buildings re-purposed from Keech’s farm near Northside High School in eastern Beaufort County. The business specializes in outdoor furniture in cypress and oak.
Hudson, a BCCC accounting graduate, worked about 30 years as an accountant, while working part-time in the family business during busy times of the year.
But after her mother died, Hudson and her brother, Terry, joined the business full-time to help her father.
“When I joined the business, I said I needed to bring something to the table to offer my dad,” she said. “We needed to expand so that I could be of worth to the company.”
“We also wanted to develop products that we could easily sell online at our website at www.coastalwoodproductsinc.com,” she said.
From her time as a student at BCCC, Hudson was already familiar with the Division of Continuing Education and the Small Business Center, so in 2010, she contacted its director, Lentz Stowe, for help in expanding the business.
As part of a statewide network of centers, the Small Business Center at BCCC helps the over 1,700 small businesses in Beaufort, Hyde, Tyrrell and Washington counties survive, prosper, and contribute to the economic well-being of the area, according to Stowe.
Small Business Centers provide seminars and workshops, one-on-one counseling, a library of resources, and referrals to other sources to prospective and current owners and operators of small businesses at no cost to clients and attendees.
Since 1984, most economic development in the local area has come from entrepreneurs like Hudson who open or expand a small business, according to Stowe.
“It’s all about economic impact,” he said. “And small businesses, especially those in the more rural areas of the state are crucial to economic development.”
He said helping businesses retain employees like those at Coastal Wood Products is an important part of economic development in rural areas like eastern North Carolina. He estimates that more than 150 jobs in Beaufort, Hyde, Tyrrell and Washington counties have been retained or created as a result of Small Business activities since 2009.
“Anybody who is going into business needs somewhere to go to find good information,” Hudson said. “And the Small Business Center gave me that information.”
Stowe directed Hudson to a workshop on government contracting – a possible source of expanded opportunities - offered through East Carolina University’s SBTDC and provided key demographic information to help her business grow.
Hudson also attended a Social Media Marketing class offered by the Small Business Center that taught Hudson how to use Facebook and other Internet-based sites to sell her furniture.
Hudson said these new sales outlets have helped Hudson keep her employees – which number between seven and nine depending on the season – busy year-round instead of working fewer hours in the wintertime.
“This has helped me out because I always have something for them to do,” she said. “There is always work on the production line.”
BCCC’s Small Business Center has the potential to give its clients a boost.  That, Stowe said, is the point of his work. 

For more information about other services offered by BCCC’s Small Business Center, including targeted seminars for business owners, visit BCCC’s Website at www.beaufortccc.edu/coned/contin.htm or contact Stowe by telephone at 252-940-6306 or by email at lentz.stowe@beaufortccc.edu.

Monday, November 17, 2014

BCCC’s Small Business Center encourages “shop small” effort

The Small Business Center at Beaufort County Community College has joined the 57 other centers in the state to encourage holiday shoppers to support local small businesses this year by joining the Small Business Saturday campaign.
“Small Business Saturday speaks to the mission of the Small Business Center at Beaufort County Community College and other centers across the state,” said Director Lentz Stowe. “Small businesses are the backbone of the economy in the United States, particularly its rural areas, and our center strives to encourage entrepreneurship and small business development.”
“I am pleased to add our Small Business Center’s voice to this campaign to support this effort,” he said.
Nestled between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday, scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 29, has become a nationally recognized day to support local independent merchants.
Small Business Saturday was founded by American Express in 2010 as a day to celebrate local businesses through the launch of the holiday shopping season. The day has since grown into a powerful movement in support of local small businesses that make our community unique. 
Consumer spending with independent merchants during the 2013 Small Business Saturday neared $5.7 billion according to the results of a survey conducted by the National Federation of Independent Business. A recent forecast by consulting and financial advising firm Deloitte, US indicates that holiday shopping sales are expected to increase by as much as 4.5 percent in the 2014 season, with sales expecting to total between $981 and $986 billion.
Sixty million workers in the United States are employed by small business, accounting for approximately, half of the private sector workforce. In North Carolina, 47 percent of the workforce is employed in a small business setting. 
The mission of the NC Community Colleges Small Business Center Network is to increase the success rate and number of viable small businesses in North Carolina by providing high quality, readily accessible assistance to prospective and existing small business owners, which will lead to job creation and retention. The network helps establish more than 650 businesses each year and help create and retain over 3,000 jobs annually.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Six BCCC students awarded Golden LEAF Scholarships

Six Beaufort County Community College students have been awarded scholarships to complete short-term training programs from the Golden LEAF Scholarship program for the North Carolina Community College System.
Those receiving the award are Larry J. Beale, Melissa Jean Buck, Brenda Sue Cahoon,
Larry J. Beale
Anthony M. Maye, Lein Slade Spencer and Shaneiqua Denise Wiggins.
Lein Slade Spencer
Beale, of Washington, is a student in BCCC’s Truck Driving Program operated through the Division of Continuing Education. A graduate of Fox Lane High School, Beale attended Norfolk State University before enrolling in BCCC.
Buck, of Washington, is a student in the Nurse Aide I Program offered through the Division of Continuing Education. A graduate of Washington High School, Buck works as a caretaker at RHA Howell Center-Riverbend in New Bern. The daughter of Gail Jefferson, she plans to work at a hospital or nursing center after completing her studies.
Cahoon, of Plymouth, is a student in the Nurse Aide II Program offered through the Division of Continuing Education. Cahoon attended Washington High School and earned her high
Melissa Jean Buck
school equivalency and Nurse Aide I certification in 2014. She is employed as a Nurse Aide I at Carolina Home Care and River Trace Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She plans to continue her nursing studies after receiving her Nurse Aide II certification.
Shaneiqua Denise Wiggins
Maye, of Greenville, is a student in BCCC’s Truck Driving Program. He is also an accounting student at East Carolina University.
Spencer is a student in the Nurse Aide I Program. A graduate of John A. Wilkinson High School, she is employed at Second Chances Home Health. After completing her studies she plans to work in a hospital or nursing home. Spencer and her husband, Robert, live in Pinetown.
Brenda Sue Cahoon
Wiggins, of Chocowinity, is also a student in the Nurse Aide I Program. A graduate of Southside High School, she is employed at WalMart. After receiving her Nurse Aide I certification, Wiggins plans to work in the medical field while continuing her nursing studies.
The Golden LEAF Scholarship program, designed to help North Carolinians attend the state’s community colleges, is funded by a $750,000 grant from the Golden LEAF Foundation.
The scholarship can be used for tuition, books, fees, supplies, transportation and child care related to attending classes and industry-recognized credential testing expenses that address skill gaps upon course completion. Eligible students must demonstrate financial need and life in rural counties that are tobacco-dependent or economically distressed, or both.
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 assisting tobacco-dependent, economically distressed or rural communities across the state.
Anthony M. Maye
The foundation has awarded 1,216 grants totaling more than $538 million since its inception. For more information, about the foundation, visit www.goldenleaf.org or call (888) 684-8404.

For more information about short-term training programs offered by the Division of Continuing Education, visit the BCCC website at www.beaufortccc.edu/coned/contin.htm. For more information about Golden LEAF scholarships awarded through the Division of Continuing Education, contact Sue Gurley, Healthcare Programs coordinator, at 252-940-6263 or by email at sueg@beaufortccc.edu.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Winners of One Day @ BCCC photography contest announced

Toneshia D. Roberson won the Best Photo by a Student Award for this photo of a group of friends.
"A Creek Runs Through It" by Casey Boyd
was runner up for Best Photo by a Student
Congratulations to the winners of the One Day at BCCC photo contest held on Tuesday, October 14.
Toneshia D. Roberson won the best photo by a student with a group photo of friends. Casey Boyd was runner-up in that category with the photo A Creek Runs Through It.
Kim Moulden won the best photo by a faculty member with a photo of herself and new cosmetology instructor Dora Scherer.
Director of Personal Enrichment Programs Clay Carter won the best photo by a staff member with a photograph of Small Engine Repair Instructor Tom Rogers and a student. The winners will receive a gift certificate to the College Grill. The winning photographs are also available for viewing on the BCCC Facebook page and will appear in the November edition of Campus Connections with other photographs from the day.

This self-portrait taken by Cosmetology Instructor Kim Moulden
won Best Photo by a Faculty Member.
This photo of Small Engine Repair instructor Thomas Rogers and a student
by Clay Carter won Best Photo by a Staff Member.