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Education Forum for candidates set for Sept. 30; public invited to submit questions
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Education Forum for candidates set for Sept. 30; public invited to submit questions

August 26, 2014 | 09:53 AM

Do you want to know where candidates for political office stand on teacher tenure, school vouchers, public school and college funding? If so, a forum for candidates would be a good time to ask them and find out their top priorities for education.

To that end, the Beaufort County Schools and Beaufort County Community College have joined together to present an Education Forum for state and local candidates for political office at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, in the Performing Arts Center Washington High School.

"This forum will be an excellent chance for members of the public as well as those with an interest in education to hear from our candidates for political office on their views of education issues that will affect Beaufort County and the state in the years to come," said Penny Sermons, one of the event coordinators and BCCC Learning Resources and Distance Learning director.

Candidates for the N.C. Senate and House of Representatives have been invited to attend as well as Beaufort County Board of Commissioners candidates.

The public is invited to attend and meet the candidates following the forum. Event planners are also seeking questions from the public about education issues. Questions should be submitted to Sermons by Tuesday, Sept. 23.

A non-partisan committee will review the questions before the event. Moderator David Jordan will give each candidate 90 seconds to answer each question. Following the question-and-answer session the candidates will present closing statements.

For more information about the event or to submit a question, contact Sermons at pennys@beaufortccc.edu.

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BCCC receives Golden LEAF Grant for Agribusiness Technology Program

August 14, 2014 | 10:25 AM

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 billya@beaufortccc.edu. Information about the program is also available on the BCCC website at www.beaufortccc.edu.
BCCC provides training for P & G Manufacturing employees
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BCCC provides training for P & G Manufacturing employees

August 12, 2014 | 11:50 AM

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.

"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.
Veteran educator, farmer chosen to head BCCC's new Agribusiness Technology Program
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Veteran educator, farmer chosen to head BCCC’s new Agribusiness Technology Program

July 28, 2014 | 10:11 AM

Veteran educator William R. Askew who grew up on a Beaufort County farm has been chosen to head the new Agribusiness Technology Program at Beaufort County Community College.

Askew, a 1989 graduate of BCCC, said he is prepared for the challenge of beginning the program, which will offer its first classes when the fall semester begins this month. Since joining the BCCC faculty, Askew has recruited students for the program, ordered textbooks, organized a laboratory and established coursework for his classes.

"I have envisioned an agricultural program here for more than 15 years," Askew said. "And as a product of the college, I know what a value it is. It is a tremendous resource for the community."

A native of Beaufort County, Askew graduated from Bath High School and enrolled in general education courses at BCCC. He transferred to East Carolina University where he earned a bachelor's degree in Biology and Science Education. He subsequently entered N.C. State University where he studied to become certified to teach agriculture programs. In 2003, Askew earned a master's degree in agriculture education from N.C. Agricultural and Technical State University and completed additional certification in school administration from ECU in 2009.

Askew comes to BCCC after a 12-year career as a teacher at Northside High School and, most recently, after serving as an assistant principal at John Small School.

Courses in the new Agribusiness Technology Program will be offered through BCCC's Arts and Sciences Division.

Students in the program will need two years to complete the course work, after which they receive an associate in applied science degree in agribusiness technology. An associate's degree in the program will require coursework in agricultural chemicals, soil science, animal science, plant science, animal health management, business and economics, among others. The first classes offered will be Sustainable Agriculture, Soil Science and Agricultural Chemicals.

The program will prepare graduates for a variety of jobs in agriculture such as equipment, chemical, feed and agricultural supply sales, store management, farm operations and office management of agricultural products marketing firms, according to Askew.

"Or they can go home and be better prepared to manage the family farm," he said.

Askew and his wife, Penny, met while both were students at BCCC. They have two children. He is chairman of the Beaver Dam Drainage District and a member of the Belhaven 509 A.F. and A.M. Lodge. Askew also serves as minister for the Terra Ceia Church of Christ. In his spare time, he enjoys gardening and fishing.

For more information about the Agribusiness Technology Program at BCCC, contact Askew at 252-940-6304 or by email at williama@beaufortccc.edu. For information about enrolling in classes at BCCC, contact Daniel Wilson, director of Admissions, at 252-940-6233 or visit the BCCC website at www.beaufortccc.edu.

BCCC schedules entrepreneurial core curriculum classes

July 14, 2014 | 12:30 PM

Business and Industry Services at Beaufort County Community College announces a schedule of upcoming classes this fall that serves as the core curriculum for potential and existing small business owners.

The classes are designed to help entrepreneurs understand the basics of starting, advertising, financing and keeping records for their existing and potential small businesses as well as business plan development.

Those students who complete all five of the core courses will receive a certificate that acknowledges their studies. Students can use the certificate to help prove to potential business lenders and investors that they have the skills to successfully operate a small business or they can use the certificate to bolster their resumes when applying for positions as small business employees.

Participants can register to attend one or more of these classes. All classes will be 3 to 5 p.m. in Room 828 of Building 8 on the BCCC campus and will be taught by volunteers from SCORE unless otherwise noted.

The classes are as follows:

How to Start a Business, Monday, Aug. 4. This workshop is designed to help budding entrepreneurs start their own businesses. The topics to be discussed include the following: Advantages and disadvantages of owning a business; factors to be considered in starting a business; how to obtain permits and licenses; where to find tax information, and how to know if you are ready to start a business.

How to Write a Business Plan, Monday, Aug. 18. This workshop will help students create a plan for their small businesses. 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. Some of the topics to be discussed in the seminar are writing the executive summary of a plan, describing the business, developing a marketing plan and writing a financial plan.

Financing Your Small Business, Monday, Sept. 15. This workshop will teach participants ways to finance their small businesses including information on grants and loans available to help. It will also provide information on where entrepreneurs can obtain good, solid and reliable financial advice.

Advertising and Marketing for Small Businesses, Monday, Sept 8. This workshop is designed to teach participants low-cost advertising and marketing strategies and methods. Students will learn to create a marketing plan and score greater sales with current customers.

Recordkeeping and Taxes for Your Small Business, Monday, Sept. 29, 6 to 9 p.m. This seminar will help participants understand the financial aspects of their businesses including financial statements, working with bankers, filing federal and state reports and financial terms that may be confusing. The instructor is Keith Kidwell, a tax professional with H & R Block in Washington.

Attendance is free of charge for all of these seminars but pre-registration is recommended in order to reserve seating and to allow the college to adequately prepare materials.

To pre-register, contact BCCC's Business and Industry Services at 252-940-6375 or email Eva Peartree at evap@beaufortccc.edu or Lentz Stowe, director of BCCC's Business and Industry Services at 252-940-6306 or by email at lentzs@beaufortccc.edu.

The workshops are co-sponsored by the Washington/Beaufort County Chamber of Commerce and SCORE, a national nonprofit organization that provides professional guidance and information that improves the success of America's existing and emerging small businesses.

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 www.beaufortccc.edu/coned/Small Business/workshops.htm or contact Stowe or Lauren Spruill, customized training coordinator, at 252-940-6311 or by email at laurens@beaufortccc.edu

Ambrose is new BCCC Staff Association President

July 09, 2014 | 10:41 AM

Gail Ambrose, technical services coordinator for the Learning Resources Center at Beaufort County Community College, has been chosen to head the BCCC Staff Association for the 2014-2015 Academic Year. Other Staff Association officers are Pauline Godley, vice president; Sue Gurley, secretary, and Sherry Stotesberry, treasurer.

A long-time resident of Beaufort County, Ambrose has served as technical services coordinator in the BCCC Library for almost 20 years. A graduate of Bath High School, Ambrose earned an associate's degree in Business Administration from BCCC and served as one of the college's ambassadors. Ambrose and her husband, Galin, have two daughters and live in the Bath area. Ambrose attends Everetts Church of Christ and serves as secretary for the Goose Creek State Park Board of Directors, a position she has held for five years. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening to attract butterflies and hummingbirds, spending time with her horses and reading.

Godley, administrative assistant for BCCC's Law Enforcement Programs, has been employed at the college for 24 years. She has been an active member of the BCCC Staff Association and has held all major offices in the association, most recently serving as Secretary of the association during the 2010-2011 Academic Year. Godley holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Mount Olive College. She is currently pursuing a master's degree. In her spare time, Godley enjoys reading, family time, and socializing with friends. She is a native of Washington, N.C. and has one son.

Gurley is coordinator of BCCC's Nurse Aide Programs. A 1984 graduate of BCCC's Associate Degree Nursing Programs, Gurley was named to her current position in 2012 after serving 10 years as a teacher for BCCC's nurse aide classes. A native of Chocowinity, Gurley graduated from Chocowinity High School. She has a life-long interest in history, having studied colonial food preparations as an intern with Tryon Palace in New Bern. She is a member of Second Baptist Church in Washington and, in her spare time, enjoys gardening, salt-water fishing and reading. Gurley and her husband, Dennis, live in Chocowinity.

Stotesberry is equipment coordinator at BCCC. She joined the BCCC staff about 28 years ago as a part-time cashier in the college's cafeteria. She began working at BCCC full-time as an assistant to the cafeteria and bookstore managers and, later, as an inventory and receiving clerk. Stotesberry attended BCCC and is a licensed cosmetologist. A native of Beaufort County, Stotesberry and her husband, Ernie, live in Swan Quarter and have one daughter. In her spare time, Stotesberry enjoys reading, cooking and fishing. Stotesberry served two terms as President of the BCCC Staff Association - first, during the 2005-2006 Academic Year and, later, during the 2009-2010 Academic Year.
Endowment honors memory of Dr. Tom Nicholson
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Endowment honors memory of Dr. Tom Nicholson

July 07, 2014 | 09:28 AM

Students pursing medical fields at Beaufort County Community College will receive financial assistance in the future thanks to an endowment created in memory of a prominent Washington physician – Dr. Tom Nicholson.

The endowment will generate funds for a scholarship that will be available to students beginning in the Fall 2015 semester, according to Foundation Director Judy Meier Jennette.

It was established by Nicholson's wife, Sue, of Bath; his children, Westray, of Greenville, Marshall, of Dunwoody, Ga., and John, of Chapel Hill, along with his family and friends.

"The BCCC Foundation appreciates the generosity of Tom Nicholson's family and friends in creating this scholarship in his memory," said Jennette. "Sue and Tom Nicholson have been friends of the college and education for many years and this scholarship will make a significant difference in the lives of students who are interested in a career in medicine – a profession which Tom Nicholson loved very much."

Through his involvement with Tayloe's Hospital Pharmacy, Nicholson was among those who were instrumental in establishing the Tayloe's Hospital Pharmacy Scholarship which has awarded almost $100,000 to students at BCCC over the years.

Sue Nicholson has served on the BCCC Foundation Board of Directors for more than 15 years and has been an active volunteer at Foundation events.

A native of Washington, Nicholson was born in 1943 and died earlier this year.

He was a graduate of Rocky Mount High School and of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He earned his doctor of medicine degree in 1970 from the UNC School of Medicine and subsequently attended the University of Oklahoma where he completed an internship and residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in cardiology.

Nicholson was a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy and head of Internal Medicine at the Port Hueneme Naval Hospital in California.

Following his military service, he returned home to Washington in 1976 to join Pamlico Internal Medicine, where he practiced medicine for 34 years and where he treated his patients like his family.

That love is represented by a comment from one of Nicholson's patients, Charlene Alligood.

"With the passing of Dr. Tom Nicholson, I not only lost a good doctor but a dear friend. He was always there to answer my questions and assure me that I would be fine," she said. "So I share his loss along with his family."

Throughout his career, Nicholson was active in many educational and professional organizations. He served as Chief of Staff at Beaufort County Hospital and was Chairman of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee for many years. He was a lifetime member of the North Carolina Medical Society as well as President of both the Pamlico Albemarle Medical Society and the Seaboard Medical Society. In addition, Dr. Nicholson served as medical director of Britthaven Services in Washington for many years. He was also a devoted fan of Carolina athletics.

For more information on establishing a memorial scholarship, contact the BCCC Foundation at 940-6326. To learn more about the numerous scholarships available at BCCC, contact the Financial Aid office at 940-6222.
Scholarship honors long-time mental health advocates, John and Geneva Morgan
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Scholarship honors long-time mental health advocates, John and Geneva Morgan

June 30, 2014 | 09:40 AM

The Beaufort County Mental Health Association has awarded a scholarship to a student attending Beaufort County Community College in honor of John and Geneva Morgan, long-time mental health advocates.

"John and Geneva Morgan have contributed tirelessly their time, knowledge and skills to improve the physical and mental well-being of the citizens of Beaufort County," said Bonita Sasnett, a member of the association's Board of Directors. "The Beaufort County Mental Health Association is proud to recognize the Morgans with this award."

Brittany Moss of Washington, a student in BCCC's Associate Degree Nursing Program, has been chosen for the first scholarship provided by the association.

A graduate of Washington High School, Moss plans to pursue a bachelor's degree in nursing and work as a nurse after completing her studies at BCCC. The daughter of Winnie and Eddie Moss, she is employed at Pizza Inn where she works as a waitress.

At BCCC, Moss is a member of Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society and the Beaufort County Association of Nursing Students.

"I am honored to have been chosen to receive this scholarship that is associated with two such outstanding individuals," she said.

The $1,000 scholarship will be awarded annually by the association to a student in his or her second year of the ADN Program at BCCC. To be considered for the scholarship a student must live in Beaufort County, must be a full-time student and must maintain at least a 2.5 grade point average.

John and Geneva Morgan are life-long residents of Beaufort County and over the years have had the opportunity to volunteer for various charitable causes – mental health advocacy being among the most well-known of their activities.

John Morgan's work experience includes sports reporting and commentating for the Washington Daily News and local radio station. He served for over 20 years in county government at the Beaufort County Register of Deeds.

Throughout his life, John Morgan has been active in civic and church affairs of the community. He served many years as a member of the Salvation Army Board of Directors and in many leadership roles at the First United Methodist Church.

Geneva Morgan worked as a nurse for some 40 years helping Dr. David T. Tayloe establish Washington Pediatrics. In that role, she is fondly remembered by many local residents.

Geneva Morgan became interested in psychiatric nursing as a nursing student when she completed a clinical rotation at Dorothea Dix Hospital. During the three months she spent on that rotation, she saw how appreciative and grateful the patients were for their care. As a result, she and her husband became active in the Beaufort County Mental Health Association at its inception over 30 years ago.

Among her activities with the association, Geneva Morgan has led the Operation Santa Claus Fund Drive, which provides Christmas cheer to residents in mental health facilities throughout the state, local hospitals and group homes in the Beaufort County areas.

As a result of John and Geneva Morgan's efforts, the Beaufort County Mental Health Association received the President's Award from the N.C. Mental Health Association for its services to the mentally ill.

In addition, the Morgans have been honored by the N.C. Mental Health Association which named the Operation Santa Claus award in their honor.

BCCC to hold New Student Orientation, registration June 24

June 18, 2014 | 01:18 PM

Beaufort County Community College will hold three orientation sessions Tuesday, June 24, to help newly-enrolled students become familiar with the campus and college policies.

Orientation sessions will be held at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Building 8 on the BCCC campus. The sessions are required for all new students attending BCCC for the first time in the fall.

New students will also be able to register for classes for Fall Semester 2014 beginning June 24.

"We would like all students entering Beaufort County Community College for the first time this fall to attend the orientation session to meet campus leaders, familiarize themselves with the college and spend time with their fellow students," said Daniel Wilson, director of Admissions at BCCC.

At the orientation session, faculty and staff will give new students an overview of the college, the campus, financial aid and other services available to them. New students will also have the opportunity to meet fellow students who will be starting college this fall.

The New Student Orientation is free of charge to new students enrolled to enter BCCC this fall.

New students are asked to register for New Student Orientation on the BCCC website at www.beaufortccc.edu.

Orientation for new students is also available on the BCCC website.

For more information about the orientation session, contact Wilson at 252-940-6233. For information about enrolling in BCCC, interested persons can contact the Admissions Office at 252-940-6237.

BCCC announces first online degrees, diplomas and certificates to begin in the fall; registration under way

June 02, 2014 | 01:14 PM

Beaufort County Community College will offer its first online degrees beginning with the Fall 2014 Semester, making it possible for students to obtain an associate's degree, diploma or certificate in one of several fields without having to travel to campus.

Six associate degrees, two diplomas and nine certificates are available to students who can complete them via the Internet.

They include an associate in arts degree and associate degrees in applied science in Computer Information Technology, Computer Programming, Criminal Justice, Medical Office Administration and Office Administration. Diplomas will be available in Business Administration and Criminal Justice. Certificates will be available in General Accounting, Business Administration, Web Development and Design, Computer Hardware Repair and Troubleshooting, Networking Support, C++ Programming, Virtual Basic Programming, Basics of Criminal Justice and Corrections.

The move is part of an effort by BCCC to expand options for study available to those who live at a distance from or who lack reliable transportation to the campus but want to continue their studies or upgrade their job skills.

"Online courses can be a great choice for students, particularly those who have to drive 25 miles or more to come to our campus," Vice President of Academics Crystal Ange said.

The online course and degree content will be the same as on-campus courses and degrees. Students in Internet-based degree, diploma and certificate programs will still have assignments and deadlines – but not seated instruction on campus.

And just as other associate degree programs take students on campus two years to complete, online associate degree programs will also take students two years to complete, Ange said.

Students in online degree, diploma and certificate programs at BCCC will visit their "classrooms" via Blackboard, the Internet-based course management system in use at the college.

Dean of Business and Industrial Technology Ben Morris said the implementation of the new programs is, in part, a result of the college's large service area – at 2,008 square miles, the largest in the state.

"A lot of places offer online education, but this is something that I think will provide a quality education to people in our service area," he said.

Existing or returning students may register for online degree programs at BCCC's Advising Center open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday in Room 920 of Building 9 through Wednesday, Aug. 13.

New students may apply to enroll in BCCC at the Admissions Office in Building 9 on the BCCC campus or on the BCCC website at www.beaufortccc.edu. New students should apply at least three weeks before registration to ensure the admissions process is completed.

New students may register for the online degree, diploma and certificate programs following new student orientation, mandatory for newly-enrolled students. Students may either complete a new student orientation online or attend one of three orientation sessions at BCCC on Tuesday, June 24, at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Building 8 on the BCCC campus.

For more information about BCCC's new online programs, contact Daniel Wilson, director of Admissions and Recruitment, at 252-940-6233.
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