Friday, August 28, 2015

Elizabeth Cobb named SGA President

The BCCC Student Government Association (SGA) has named its officers for the 2015-2016 school year. The new officers are as follows: Elizabeth Cobb, President; Alfred M. Griffin, Vice President; Ashley Paszt, Treasurer; Katherine Blandford, Secretary; Yalissa Dominicak, Historian; Stephen Charles Owens, Parliamentarian; and Craig Ward, Special Needs Coordinator.
Cobb lives in Bear Grass and is a lifelong resident of Martin County. At age 23, she is the mother of two small children and is enrolled in the Medical Office Administration program. She hopes to graduate in May 2017 and plans to seek employment in a local medical office.
“I look forward to working with students, faculty and staff here at BCCC to promote effective communication and networking,” says Cobb.
Griffin, who is enrolled in the Office Administration program, lives in Belhaven with his wife and two children. In addition to SGA, he is a mentor in BCCC’s Men of Success organization, which focuses on increasing collegiate minority male retention and graduation.
Blandford, age 17, is a student in the Beaufort County Early College High School. After graduating next May, she plans to transfer to a four-year university to pursue a career in Physical Therapy. She is also a member of Gulls on the Run, a fitness club at BCCC.
Paszt, age 18, is from Pinetown and also intends to become a physical therapist. She plans to attend Western Carolina University after graduating from BCCC to obtain her bachelor’s degree and pursue a doctorate. She enjoys the outdoors and spending time with family, and would like to return to Washington after completing her education.
Owens, age 24, is a Washington native and a full-time student in BCCC’s Information Technology program. He plans to seek further education after graduating and would like to become a network engineer.
Domincak lives in Washington and is a mother of two. She works in BCCC’s library in the Work Study Program and is in the process of completing the prerequisites to apply for the Registered Nurse program. She would like to become a NICU nurse and remain in the area.
Craig, a Belhaven resident and father of four, is on schedule to graduate in May 2017. He began in the Heavy Construction Equipment program but plans to change his program of study to General Occupational Technology, and to seek a supervisory position in a maintenance shop.
The Student Government Association at BCCC provides an organized avenue of student involvement in the college. The SGA implements and plans activities that provide students with social and service projects that interest them. The SGA President serves as an ex-officio member of the BCCC Board of Trustees.
For more information about the SGA, contact Theresa Edwards, Student Activities Coordinator, at 252-940-6217 or visit the SGA office in Building 9.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

State, county fund college’s operations

Beaufort County Community College operates on a budget funded by the N.C. General Assembly and the Beaufort County Board of Commissioners, and setting the budget each year is an intricate process.
The state funds its 58 community colleges based on enrollment, but since community colleges accommodate different kind of students — including full-time, part-time and Continuing Education — it’s far more complex than simply tallying the total number of students enrolled at each school. Enrollment numbers are standardized using a formula called Full-Time Equivalent (FTE). One FTE equates to a full-time student taking 16 credit hours for two semesters.
Since the average community college student takes fewer hours than that, it takes more than one student to generate one FTE. The Continuing Education division, which provides programs such as workforce development and personal enrichment, uses a separate formula for FTE.
“Everything we do is driven off of FTE”, says Mark Nelson, Vice President of Administrative Services. Nelson and his staff, along with the BCCC Board of Trustees and its property and finance committees, are responsible for setting and managing the college’s budget.
Each community college receives a base allocation that equates to about six full-time faculty for curriculum programs, one for Continuing Education, and salaries for the president and essential administration. Everything beyond that is based on enrollment. For the 2014-2015 school year, BCCC received about $11.5 million in state funding. The General Assembly has yet to finalize its budget for the new fiscal year, but administrators are preparing for decreased funding.
Beaufort County, which owns the land and buildings housing the college, also contributes to its funding. It pays for maintenance of the buildings and systems, as well as salaries for certain employees including maintenance, custodial, police and campus operations.
“We develop a 10-year plan of what we think we’ll need, and send a budget request to the county each year,” Nelson says.
The Beaufort County Board of Commissioners then allocates funding based on that request. It recently approved an allotment of approximately $3 million for the current fiscal year.
Grants for specific programs and special projects account for approximately 5 percent of the college’s budget. Other funding sources such as endowments and donations from the community are handled through the BCCC Foundation and are generally used for scholarships and emergency grants.
BCCC has a large service area covering four counties and more than 2,000 square miles, and it serves thousands of students each year. The college relies on both the state and the county to ensure that it can continue to address the educational needs of its students and the workforce needs of the region.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Mechanical drafting and design

BCCC’s Division of Continuing Education is providing an opportunity for students to learn the basics of two-dimensional mechanical drafting and design. The class will illustrate basic board drafting techniques with a transition into computer-aided drafting using AutoCAD 2015. Students will learn how to use AutoCAD to produce working drawings according to ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) standards. This class will conclude with an introduction to three dimensional solid modeling using Autodesk Inventor.
The class will be held on from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays from Sept. 8 to Oct. 20 in Building 4, Room 104. The registration fee is $125 with a $5 technology fee. For more information contact Justin Rose at 252-940-6262 or

Board of Trustees charts the college’s course

At the top of the chain of command at Beaufort County Community College is the Board of Trustees, which sets policy for the college and is composed of members of the community.
Members of the Board of Trustees serve four-year terms. The Beaufort County Board of Education, the Beaufort County Board of Commissioners and the Governor of North Carolina each appoint one member annually, so that at any given time, there are four members of the board appointed by each of those bodies, for a total of 12 members. A post on the Board of Trustees is an unpaid appointment. The President of the Student Government Association serves as a non-voting member.
Those who serve do so because they believe in and support the mission of Beaufort County Community College. They come from a variety of backgrounds, including but not limited to education and business. They are active in the community, encouraging its members to both support the college and to take advantage of the learning opportunities it provides.
The President of the college answers directly to the Board of Trustees, which is also responsible for making policy decisions regarding the acquisition of property, and for educational programs, approving new or revised policies, finances and more. The Board of Trustees holds a regular meeting every other month and called meetings as needed. It is responsible for ensuring that the college maintains adherence to the accreditation requirements of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
Each Trustee is required to adhere to a code of ethics and to attend orientation and training sessions provided by the North Carolina Association of Community College Trustees, which works to further the goals and development of the state’s 58 community colleges.
The current members of the Beaufort County Community College Board of Trustees are Laura Staton, Chair; Betty Randolph, Vice Chair; Jim Chesnutt; Cynthia Davis; James Gaynor; Cornell McGill; James “Cotton” Rawls; Russell Smith; Mitchell St. Clair Sr.; Bill Wall; and Ashley Woolard. There is one unfilled seat awaiting an appointment from the office of the governor.

Monday, August 10, 2015

District Attorney approves new Defensive Driving class

Got a traffic ticket? Want to get it reduced?

Beaufort County Community College’s Division of Continuing Education now offers a revamped Defensive Driving course based on the Health and Safety Council of North Carolina’s DDC-4 program, developed in collaboration with District Attorney Seth Edwards.

Motorists who have received tickets for excessive speed or other violations may be able to get their tickets reduced or dismissed after completing this 4-hour course. For the convenience of students, the single-session class is offered on Monday evenings and Saturdays throughout the year. Currently scheduled dates include Aug. 22, Aug. 31, Sept. 19, Oct. 5, Oct. 24, Nov. 2, Nov. 21 and Dec. 7.

“This is for situations of excessive speed where people will not be given a reduction without taking a driving class,” Edwards says.

The class covers topics such as the stages, causes and prevention of collisions; how to reduce collision risk with defensive driving; how distractions affect driving ability; the definition of impairment; the impact of weather, road and traffic conditions; and how to identify and minimize aggressive driving activities. It is designed to motivate participants to change their behind-the-wheel behaviors and attitudes, resulting in more responsible drivers.

This Defensive Driving class can also benefit businesses that employ drivers by demonstrating their commitment to safety for employees, their families and the public while also lowering worker's compensation insurance costs, decreasing fleet premiums, reducing liability exposure and creating a culture of safety.

The registration fee for the course is $60. 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 contact Clay Carter at 252-940-6357 or

Tour Italy with the BCCC Foundation

The Beaufort County Community College Foundation and the Washington-Beaufort County Chamber of Commerce are sponsoring a 10-day trip to Italy that will include some of the country’s most beautiful and historic sites.

The fully-escorted tour, Reflections of Italy, is scheduled for April 25 to May 4, 2016 and is offered by Collette through New Trends in Travel, a local travel agency. A special presentation about the trip is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, in Building 10 on BCCC’s 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

“We are pleased to offer this opportunity to travel with Collette, a reputable company in the travel industry,” says Robin McKeithan of the Chamber of Commerce. “This will be our third trip. Last spring 16 people traveled to Ireland and had a wonderful time, and we will be doing a domestic “Canyon Country” trip in October. We’d like to invite everyone to the informational meeting on Sept. 1 at BCCC – you are under no obligation to book the trip if you attend the meeting.”

The cost of the trip is $4,759 per person based on double occupancy at hotels in Rome, Perugia, Florence, Venice and Milan. The package includes bus transportation to and from Raleigh-Durham International Airport; round-trip airfare, air taxes and fees; eight breakfasts, one lunch and five dinners during the trip; and hotel transfers.

A deposit of $250 per person is required at the time of registration. The final payment will be due by Feb. 25, 2016. The recommended cancellation waiver and insurance is an additional $260 per person. With the insurance, travelers may cancel for any reason up until the day of departure.

The itinerary includes an overnight flight, two nights at the Hotel Dei Borgia in Rome, one night at the Sangallo Palace Hotel in Perugia, two nights at the Starhotels Michelangelo in Florence, two nights at the Hotel Carlton on the Grand Canal in Venice, and one night at the Crowne Plaza Milan in Malpensa.

Travelers will have the chance to tour Rome, “The Eternal City,” including visits to the Piazza Venezia, the Arch of Constantine, the Piazza Navona and the Colosseum; visit Assisi, birthplace of St. Francis; see Tuscany’s scenic hillsides; tour the Academy Gallery, home of Michelangelo’s “David”; learn about winemaking; tour Venice by boat; and take in the sights of Milan.

Optional trip experiences available for additional charges include a tour of the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica; a Tuscan feast; a tour of Rome by night; and a Venetian Serenaded Gondola cruise.

For a complete itinerary or a tour brochure contact Serena Sullivan, BCCC Foundation Director, at 252-940-6326 or by email at; or Robin McKeithan at 252-946-9168 or For questions about the trip or to book, contact Donna Burgin at 252-975-1304 or

Monday, August 3, 2015

Fall 2015 Program Spotlight

As the Fall 2015 semester approaches, Beaufort County Community College has a wide range of Associate Degree, Diploma, Certificate and Developmental Education programs available. Now is the time to take the first step toward a better future. Here are just a few of the programs your community college has to offer.

For students interested in a four-year degree, BCCC’s College Transfer program is designed to provide instruction in the essential skills of oral and written communications, math concepts and critical thinking, as well as the humanities, arts, social sciences and natural sciences, preparing students to transfer to senior institutions as juniors. Enrolling at BCCC for the first two years of a four-year path can result in thousands of dollars in savings, both from lower tuition costs and a lower cost-of-living, greatly reducing the amount of debt accumulated during school.

The average annual cost of tuition and fees at universities in the UNC system is $6,294, compared to only $2,368 at BCCC. Tuition and fees at private four-year institutions in North Carolina range from more than $25,000 to almost $50,000 per year. BCCC College Transfer students also benefit from a more personal classroom experience as well as experienced academic advisors to guide them through the process from placement to completion of their degrees.

For students interested in social services, there is an Associate in Applied Science Degree (AAS) in Human Services Technology. This concentration prepares students for employment with local, state and federal government social service agencies, including family and child assistance, youth services, aging and developmentally disabled programs in public and private settings.

The AAS in Early Childhood Education includes course work in child growth and development, physical and nutritional needs, care and guidance, and communication skills. Graduates are prepared to plan and implement developmentally appropriate early childhood and child development programs. This fall, BCCC is offering the N.C. Early Childhood Administration credentialing courses, EDU 261 and 262, as mini-mester courses, allowing students to gain the credential in one semester.

BCCC’s Business and Industrial Technology division also has a variety of valuable programs. Certificate, Diploma and AAS programs in Construction Equipment Systems are designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to troubleshoot and repair equipment in the construction industry, preparing them to enter a career in one of society’s most fundamental fields.

For those who want to work in an office setting, AAS programs in Office Administration and Medical Office Administration prepare students for administrative support careers, equipping office professionals to respond to the demands of today’s workplace.

Registration for the Fall 2015 Semester at BCCC is open, and financial aid is still available. For more information about enrolling at BCCC or to schedule a placement test, contact the Admissions Office at 940-6237. For more information, visit BCCC’s website at