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 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 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

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.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

BCCC announces spring registration schedule

Beaufort County Community College announces its registration schedule for Spring Semester which is scheduled to begin Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015
The dates for enrolling and registering are as follows:
·         Monday, Oct. 27 - Registration for graduating students, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
·         Tuesday, Oct. 28 – New Student Orientation.
·         Tuesday, Oct. 28 - Registration for new students who have attended New Student Orientation and returning students, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
·         Wednesday, Oct. 29 – Friday, Nov. 7 – Registration continues Mondays through Thursdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Fridays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
·         Thursday, Nov. 13 – Tuition bills will be mailed to students.
·         Friday, Dec. 12 – Deadline to pay for Spring Semester tuition, 4 p.m. 
·         Tuesday, Jan. 6 - Late registration, times to be announced.
·         Wednesday, Jan. 7 - First day of classes.
Spring 2015 tuition and fees have been approved by the N.C. Board of Community Colleges. Tuition for in-state students is $72 per credit hour and student fees at $4 per credit hour for a total of $76 per credit hour. Tuition for out-of-state students is $264 per credit hour and student fees at $4 per credit hour for a total of $268.

For more information about enrolling for classes at BCCC or to schedule a placement test, contact the Admissions Office at 940-6237. Applications are available on the BCCC website at

Monday, October 13, 2014

College Night is set for Oct. 22 at BCCC

Beaufort County Community College’s annual College Night is set for Wednesday, Oct. 22, from 6:30 until 8:00 p.m., in the Multi-purpose Room of Building 10 on the BCCC campus.
College Night is an excellent opportunity for high school students and others in the community interested in attending BCCC to learn more about opportunities available at the college, according to Daniel Wilson, BCCC admissions and recruitment director.
It is also a good chance for BCCC college transfer students to meet with representatives from four-year colleges and universities to discuss admission requirements and programs available on their campuses, Wilson said.
“Students interested in attending BCCC or transferring from BCCC to another college or university do not want to miss this event,” Wilson said. “As well as visiting with representatives of BCCC, attendees will be able to meet one-on-one with representatives from over 40 institutions from North Carolina.”
Admission is free of charge and is open to anyone in eastern North Carolina thinking about starting or returning to college.
Representatives from several area community colleges and most public and private four-year schools across the state have been invited to attend, Wilson said.
Among them are Barton College, Beaufort County Community College, Belmont Abbey College, Campbell University, Cape Fear Community College, Catawba College, Chowan University, the College Foundation of North Carolina, East Carolina University, Elizabeth City State University, Elon University, Fayetteville State University, Johnson and Wales University, Liberty University,  Living Arts College, Livingstone College, Louisburg College, Meredith College, Methodist University, Mid-Atlantic Christian University, Miller-Motte College, Mount Olive College, Nashville Auto Diesel College, N.C. A&T University, N.C. Central University, N.C. State University, N.C. Wesleyan College, William Peace University, Pfeiffer College, Pitt Community College, Saint Augustine’s College, Salem College, Shaw University, The Arts Institutes, Wake Forest University, Western Carolina University, Winston Salem State University and representatives from the University of North Carolina at Asheville, Chapel Hill, Greensboro, Pembroke and Wilmington, among others.

For more information, contact Wilson in the Admissions Office in Building 9 on the BCCC campus, call 252-940-6233 or visit BCCC’s website at

Friday, October 10, 2014

Demystifying marketing and public relations

Business and Industry Services at Beaufort County Community College will present a workshop to help current and prospective business owners demystify marketing and public relations.
The workshop will be 3 to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 4, in Room 828 of Building 8 on the BCCC campus. The workshop is offered free of charge but to help with the adequate preparation of materials, pre-registration is requested.
Instructor Christina Motley will lead participants in understanding the best practices in business marketing and public relations. Attendees will talk away with a list of simple initiatives they can implement for greater business results.

Motley is Chief Executive Officer and President of Christina Motley, LLC, a strategic integrated marketing and communications company in the Triangle region. Her management and marketing expertise in both corporate and agency environments – combined with her education – give her a unique perspective and depth of knowledge to help clients build brand loyalty, foster customer engagement and drive new business.
Throughout her career, she has worked with clients in healthcare, higher education, technology, retail / eCommerce, economic development, human resources and nonprofit among many others.
The workshop is co-sponsored by the Washington/Beaufort County Chamber of Commerce.
To pre-register, contact Eva Peartree at BCCC’s Business and industry Services at 940-6375 at or Lentz Stowe, director of BCCC’s Business and Industry Services, at 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

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Beaufort County Early College High School teacher named North Carolina History Teacher of the Year

Amanda Smith, standing, with Beaufort County Early College High School students Ashley Elks, Olivia Van Essendelft and Dakota Morgan, is North Carolina History Teacher of the Year.
Amanda Smith, a teacher at Beaufort County Early College High School, has been named North Carolina History Teacher of the Year for 2014.
Smith teaches World History and Civics and Economics to ninth grade students at the high school, housed on the Beaufort County Community College campus.
The award was presented to Smith at the Tuesday, Sept. 22, meeting of the Beaufort County Board of Education by Fay Gore, Section Chief of the K-12 Social Studies Division of the N.C. Department of Public Instruction.
It is sponsored by The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, The History Channel and Preserve America.
“A panel of teachers, administrators and academics from your state chose you for your use of primary documents in the classroom, the level of inspiration that you provide to your students and your career achievements in education,” said Lesley S. Herrmann, executive director of the Lehrman Institute in citing Smith for the award. “We thank you for engaging students with dedication and creativity.”
As the 2014 N.C. History Teacher of the Year, Smith will receive a $1,000 award, a certificate of recognition, an archive of books and historical resources presented in her name to the BCCC library and an invitation to attend the 2015 Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminar of her choice. She is also a finalist for the National History Teacher of the Year Award.
A native of Washington, Smith, 30, is a 2002 graduate of Washington High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in history with a teaching license from Meredith College in 2002 and a master’s degree in public history from N.C. State University with a concentration in museum education techniques in 2010.
Smith has worked as a teacher for seven years, serving at Beaufort County Early College High School for three years.
She is a member to the N.C. Governor’s Teachers Network and, in that role, is working to develop lesson plans for social studies teachers that will be released in May. Her area of expertise in that project is non-violence, civil rights and human rights.
At BCECHS, Smith is co-advisor of the Interact Club, a service club affiliated with the Washington Noon Rotary Club. Students in the club volunteer at the local animal shelter and conducts fund-raising activities for Eagle’s Wings, Ruth’s House and the American Heart Association.
Smith and her students are also active in National History Day competitions. As the state’s top history day teacher, she developed a how-to guide on project and exhibit development which will be available nationwide next year for teachers participating in the National History Day competition.
She is the author of a book published in 2014 about the Civil Rights movement in Williamston, titled “The Williamston Freedom Movement: A North Carolina Town’s Struggle for Civil Rights 1957-70.”

Smith is a volunteer with the Historic Bath State Historic Site where she leads guided tours and conducts educational programs.