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Seventeen graduate from BCCC BLET Program
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Seventeen graduate from BCCC BLET Program

May 26, 2015 | 10:46 AM

Seventeen Basic Law Enforcement Training students were recognized in graduation ceremonies Thursday, May 21, at Beaufort County Community College that also included a memorial for a fallen officer.

Johnny M. Blaylock of Aurora; Doninic R. Franks and Kelly J. Tate of Bath; Kasey F. Clayton of Belhaven; Aaron M. Moore of Blounts Creek; Isreal E. Roughton, III, of Columbia; Jason A. Bliss of Engelhard; George B. Warner of Greenville; Terrance L. Flaugher of Jamesville; Robert L. King of Ocracoke; William R. Waters of Pinetown; William T. Warren of Stokes; Isaiah S. McCullor of Swan Quarter, and Eric V. Cahoon, Archie J. Quintana, Timothy S. Tetterton and Jedediah D. Zelenky of Washington.

BLET is a six-and-a-half-month curriculum designed to give students essential skills required for entry-level employment as law enforcement officers with state, county or municipal governments or private enterprise.

Using state-mandated topics and methods of instruction, the program covers such topics as criminal, juvenile, civil, traffic and alcohol beverage laws; investigative, patrol, custody and court procedures; emergency responses, and ethics and community relations.

Successful graduates are qualified to take certification exams mandated by the N.C. Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission and/or the N.C. Sheriffs' Education and Training Standards Commission.

The next BLET Academy at BCCC will begin in August. For more information on the BLET program, interested persons can contact Larry Barnes, BLET director, at 252-940-6374 or Pauline Godley, Law Enforcement Programs administrative assistant at 252-940-6232.

State’s Commerce Secretary is BCCC graduation speaker

April 29, 2015 | 09:33 AM

N.C. Secretary of Commerce, John E. Skvarla, III, will deliver the commencement address at the 2015 graduation exercises for Beaufort County Community College to be held Thursday, May 14.

BCCC graduation exercises will be held at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of Washington High School. Admission is by ticket, available from members of the 2014 graduating class.

Skvarla was named Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Commerce in December 2014 by Gov. Pat McCrory and he assumed those responsibilities in January 2015.

Prior to serving in Gov. McCrory's administration in his current capacity, Skvarla served as Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources for two years.

Skvarla is a noted businessman, most recently serving as chief executive officer for Restoration Systems, an environmental mitigation firm based in Raleigh that helps improve and restore wetlands and waterways.

He also led Wilkinson Hi-Rise, a manufacturer of waste management and automated recycling systems, served as chief operating officer for Proactive Therapy, one of the largest physical therapy providers in the Southeastern United States, and chief operating officer of The Aviation Group, Inc., a company that emerged as the world's largest all-cargo airline during his tenure.

Skvarla founded and served as senior partner in the Raleigh-based law firm of Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton where he specialized in corporate and tax matters as well as public and private capital formations.

Skvarla's accomplishments also include appointments to the Board of Directors for the University of North Carolina School of Law and School of Nursing Foundations and the Law Entrepreneurial Council. He has served as President of the Board of Visitors at Peace College, now William Peace University, in Raleigh, NC. He is the author of The People's Prescription for What Really Ails America's Health Care System, published in 1994 by Signal Books.

Skvarla holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Manhattan College in New York and law degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law.
Join the BCCC Foundation for croquet Saturday, May 16
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Join the BCCC Foundation for croquet Saturday, May 16

April 24, 2015 | 08:22 AM

Join the Beaufort County Community College Foundation for the 12th Annual Cutthroat Croquet Tournament to be held Saturday, May 16, along the waterfront in Bath.

Corporate sponsors of the event are Atlantic Ag Aviation, Crop Production Services, P & G Manufacturing, Southern Bank, Tankard Farms and the Tankard Family and the TriCounty Telecom Foundation.

The tournament is an annual fund-raiser to continue the Dorothy and John Tankard Memorial Scholarship for a Bath or Belhaven student at BCCC and for enhancing Historic Bath, to which the Tankards were dedicated.

For the fifth year, the tournament will have more playing time for those interested in less aggressive play. The first round of the tournament will be used to flight players into one of two flights - the Cutthroat Flight for more aggressive players or the Rapscallion Flight for those who enjoy more leisurely play. Each flight will offer booty for the top four finalists.

The tournament will be held in conjunction with Bath Fest, a day-long series of activities that will also include historic demonstrations, homes tours and a crafts show all within walking distance in Bath. As players complete their play, they may tour the entire area at no charge.

The registration fee for the tournament is $35 for each player. The fee includes at least two rounds of croquet and lunch. Spectators may join participants for lunch for a fee of $25.

A buffet luncheon catered by Chef Paul Cyr to be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The lunch menu will include hand-carved Smithfield bourbon glazed ham, prime rib of beef, house-smoked salmon, roasted vegetables, chopped cole slaw, antipasto pasta salad, roasted corn, black bean and green bean salad, fresh fruit salad, salt 'n' pepper rolls, biscuits and dessert.

All players must register beginning between 9 and 9:30 a.m. Play begins at 9:30 a.m. and as soon as groups of four have gathered. Play will conclude when a champion is determined in each flight. All play generally concludes by 5 p.m. Standard white croquet attire is requested but not mandatory.

Players and lunch participants are asked to register by May 11 to help the Foundation with planning.

For more information about the tournament, or to register to play, contact Foundation Director Serena Sullivan at 252-940-6326 or Foundation Specialist Marcia Norwood at 940-6218.
Local businesses get boost from center's experts
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Local businesses get boost from center’s experts

March 30, 2015 | 01:49 PM

A 50-year veteran of the restaurant business, Bob Doe knows what it takes to make a restaurant successful.

That's why, for the past two years, Doe has been one of the subject matter experts who Small Business Center Director Lentz Stowe regularly contacts when a client has a question about restaurant operations.

Doe is just one of several such experts on call through the center, located at Beaufort County Community College, who help local businesses with everything from inventory control to reaching customers via the Internet.

Angel Borg, owner of Apollo's restaurant in downtown Washington, says she is one of those who have benefited from experts, like Doe, available through the center.

"It was invaluable," she said of the time she spent talking with Doe. "I was able to learn a lot from his experience."

"My staff gets something out of it too," she said. "It opens their eyes to the big picture and they are much clearer about my expectations."

Doe says he never considered himself a consultant.

"The restaurant business is a tough business," he said. "You have to stay highly disciplined at it."

Statistics on restaurant failure vary widely with some estimates indicating that 60 to 90 percent fail in the first year and after three years, half of restaurants are no longer in business.

Doe hopes to improve those odds with local restaurant owners.

"If I can help somebody improve their business I'll do it," Doe said.

Borg sought out the counseling from the Small Business Center after meeting Stowe shortly after she opened her restaurant in 2013.

"Being hungry for knowledge to succeed, I sought out the college," she said.

For his part, Stowe met Doe that same year, after Doe moved to Beaufort County from Massachusetts.

Doe holds a master's degree in business administration from Babson College and has experience in financial analysis in addition to his experience in the restaurant industry.

After learning of Doe's background, Stowe thought he would be a good fit for the Small Business Center's restaurant clients.

"After meeting with Bob, I thought 'I can utilize Bob to possibly give our restaurant and tourism sector an economic boost.'" Stowe said. "To have a resource like Bob, I can't put a value on that."

Stowe estimates that if an individual restaurant owner sought consulting similar to that offered through the Small Business Center, that individual would expect to pay $100 to $150 and hour – a fee most local restaurant owners could not afford to pay.

But that expertise is available to Small Business Center clients at no charge.

Apollo's is just one of the area restaurants to benefit from Doe's expertise. He has consulted with restaurant owners in Belhaven, Creswell and Washington.

For her part, Borg has not only taken advantage of Doe's consultations, she is also a regular attendee at Small Business Center social media workshops led by Martin Brossman, another subject matter expert available to local business owners.

Borg has become a regular contributor to Facebook after attending Brossman's workshop on using social media marketing.

"It was an eye-opening experience," she said. "I try to use all the things he has taught me pretty regularly."

She said she appreciates all the help the Small Business Center has given her over the years.

"First and foremost, I don't feel like I'm alone," she said. "I can reach out and find resources I need to succeed. I have the best network ever possible."

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 at 252-940-6306 or by email at lentz.stowe@beaufortccc.edu.
BCCC College for Kids 2014 schedule announced
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BCCC College for Kids 2014 schedule announced

March 23, 2015 | 03:31 PM

The worlds of art, beekeeping, sailing, hunting, sewing, video games and woodworking are among the activities young people can explore during College for Kids 2015 at Beaufort County Community College.

The Division of Continuing Education will offer 21 classes, generally, in one-week blocks, from June through August. The pre-registration deadline is June 30. Classes will be offered on the BCCC campus unless otherwise indicated.

The class schedule is as follows:

• 4-H Stem Camp for students ages 11 to 15. During this camp, participants will learn about forensic biology, lab technology, engineering, rocket propulsion, archery, cooking chemistry and robotics. The course is offered in cooperation with the Beaufort County 4-H organization and the Roanoke Christian Service Camp in Room 830 of Building 8 on the BCCC campus. It will be 1 to 4p.m., Monday through Thursday, July 27 to 30. The registration fee is $40.

• Art! Be Creative! for students ages 9 to 14. The class will concentrate on the art of Henri Matisse. Instruction will focus on Matisse's painting themes and styles while working on projects involving his cut paper collage. The class will be 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday, July 13 to 16 in Room 830 of Building 8. The registration fee is $50.

• The Art of Visual Communication for students ages 14 to 17. The class will explore various areas of photography as students learn the techniques to create images with visual impact. Presented by professional photographers from ASAP Photography, the class will include video, classroom and hands-on instruction. The class will be 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, July 27 to 30 in Room 822 of Building 8 on the BCCC campus. The registration fee is $75.

• Aviation History, Careers and Aerodynamics for students ages 12 to 15. Participants will learn about the history of aviation and powered flight including the science of aerodynamics. The class will be 1 to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday, July 20 to 23 in Room 829 of Building 8. The registration fee is $50.

• Beekeeping for ages 10 and up. In this class, students will learn the background of beekeeping and the effects that bees have in our daily lives. Students will work alongside each other to build a hive for a colony of bees and place the hives within Beaufort County. The class will be 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, June 22 to 25 in Building 8A. The registration fee is $40.

• Beginning Spanish for ages 11 to 13. Students will learn basic conversational Spanish in this class and will learn to put words together in sentences so they can engage in casual conversation with their friends. The class will be 9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Thursday, June 22 to 25 in Room 829 of Building 8. The registration fee is $50.

• Boating Safety Course for students ages 13 and over. Participants will learn to skipper a boat with confidence through America's Boating Course. The course will be presented by the U.S. Power Squadron. It will be 9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Thursday, July 20 to 23, in the auditorium of Building 8. A required course textbook will be available for $40. A course fee of $5 will be charged.

• Woodworking Basics for ages 10 to 13. Students will learn basic woodworking skills while building creative projects such as a Washer Game, miniature catapult and a custom Mason jar candy dispenser. The class will be 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, July 13-16 in Building 8A. The registration fee is $50.

• CPR/First Aid for students ages 13 to 18. This course will cover the information and skills required to obtain certification through the American Heart Association. The class will be 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, July 20 to 23 in Room 830 of Building 8. The registration fee is $50.

• Google Computer Science Firstฎ Co-op with Friends for students ages 9 and up. In this camp, students will learn to work together in teams to create projects, games and programs. The class will be 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, June 29 to July 2 in Room 112 of Building 2. The registration fee is $50.

• Google Computer Science Firstฎ Game Design for students ages 9 and over. In this class students will create various types of digital games. Students will learn how games like Super Mario, Angry Birds and Flappy Bird were created. The class will be 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Aug. 3 to 6 in Room 112 of Building 2.

• Kayaking for ages 13 to 16. This class will teach young people to handle a kayak, first, in a pool and, later, in the Pamlico River. Participants must be able to swim on their own to register for the class and will be tested on their swimming ability at the beginning of camp. The class will be noon to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, July 20 to 23 at the Moore Aquatic and Fitness Center. The registration fee is $50.

• Knitting for ages 12 to 16. Students will learn the basic stitches of knit and purl, to gather materials and choose appropriate needles. The class will be 1 to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday, June 15 to 18 in Room 830 of Building 8. The registration fee is $40.

• Healthy and Creative Cooking for ages 10 to 14. Participants will learn how to navigate the kitchen and will learn various recipes for sweet and savory foods. The instructor is Yolanda Collings. The class will be 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, June 22 to 25 at Washington High School. The registration fee is $50.

• Hunter Safety Course for students ages 10 and over. The course will be provided by the Hunter Education Program of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. The class will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, Aug. 10, in the auditorium of Building 8. A course fee of $5 will be charged.

• Math Refresher Camp for students ages 8 to 10. In this class, students will practice fundamental math operations such as addition, subtraction, fractions and others. The class will be 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday, Aug. 3 to 6 in Room 829 of Building 8. The registration fee is $50.

• Reading and Writing Refresher Camp for students ages 8 to 11. Students will enjoy great literature and will practice cursive writing. The class will be 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday Aug. 10 to 13 in Room 829 of Building 8. The registration fee is $50.

• Business Owners of Tomorrow Camp for students 13 to 17. BCCC's Small Business Center will lead this camp and will teach students about running their own business. By the end of camp, students will present their business concept and marketing ideas "Shark Tank" style. The class will be 1 to 4 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, July 13 and 14, in Room 828 of Building 8. The registration fee is $25.

• Sewing for Fun – Beginner for students ages 10 to 12. This course will cover basic sewing techniques including measuring, cutting, stitching by hand and machine. The class will be 9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Thursday, June 15 to 18 in Room 830 of Building 8. The registration fee is $50.

• Sewing for Tweens and Teens – Intermediate to Advanced for students ages 12 to 14. This class will cover intermediate sewing techniques. Participants must have taken Sewing for Fun or have sewing experience. The class will be 9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Thursday, Aug. 17 to 20, in Room 830 of Building 8. Class size is limited to 12 participants. The registration fee is $50.

• Sports and Fitness for students ages 8 to 16. This camp will introduce students to fitness and healthy living through various sports, fitness activities and self-defense training. Class will be 9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Thursday, June 22 to 25 in Room 824 of Building 8. The registration fee is $50.

Some camps may require the purchase of supplies in addition to the registration fee. A supply list will be available upon registration.

Because class size is limited, admission to College for Kids 2015 is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The registration fee will be refunded only if a class is canceled. Materials lists are available once classes have met their minimum enrollment.

For more information about these classes or for a College for Kids 2015 brochure and application, contact Justin Rose, Special Projects coordinator, at 252-940-6262 or by email at justinr@beaufortccc.edu. 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.

Information about other continuing education classes at BCCC is available at www.beaufortccc.edu/coned/contin.htm.

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BCCC to exit Federal Direct Student Loan Program effective July 1

March 19, 2015 | 07:50 AM

Beaufort County Community College will cease participation in the Federal Direct Student Loan Program effective July 1, 2015. As a result, BCCC will not originate any new student loans after that date.

The announcement was made this week by BCCC President Barbara Tansey.

This action is being taken because of the trend in BCCC's three-year default rate, she said.

BCCC will continue to offer Pell Grants, veteran's benefits, privately-funded scholarships through the BCCC Foundation and some other forms of financial aid to qualified students.

"The decision to drop out of the Federal Direct Student Loan Program was not taken lightly and is the result of much soul-searching by BCCC's administration and Board of Trustees over the past year," Dr. Tansey said.

BCCC's administration and staff are working hard to identify options to help our students meet the cost of attendance. More information on these options will be forthcoming.

Students with existing student loans who have questions about this announcement are encouraged to contact Loan Officer Barbara Goodman during normal business hours Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 252-940-6460.

Prospective students will be notified via U.S. Postal Service by the Office of Financial Aid.

For more information, contact Vice President of Student Services Rick Anderson at 252-940-6417.

Live streaming now available for business workshops

March 17, 2015 | 08:42 AM

Prospective and current business owners will no longer have to travel in order to attend most workshops sponsored by the Small Business Center at Beaufort County Community College.

This week, the center announced that most of the workshops it offers will be available via live video streaming directly to a business owner's or prospective business owner's computer or most handheld devices.

The move to provide video streaming of many of its workshops is just the latest effort by the Small Business Center to offer services to its clients who may not be able to travel to the BCCC campus, according to center Director Lentz Stowe.

"We want to reach clients in our service area as much as possible," Stowe said. "Live video streaming is another way we are able to help our local business owners and prospective business owners."

Last year, BCCC began offering online courses to entrepreneurs through a partnership with Hewlett Packard and the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship.

These courses cover topics such as online selling, finance basics, forecasting sales, setting prices, social media marketing, hiring staff, customer relations and managing inventory, among others, that are designed to give entrepreneurs "a good introduction to the topics," said Lentz Stowe, director of BCCC's Business and Industry Services.

Stowe said the video streaming will give entrepreneurs another tool in their arsenal by giving them the chance to conveniently attend workshops presented by renowned subject matter experts via the Internet.

To access the courses, individuals should visit the Small Business Center page on the BCCC website at http://www.beaufortccc.edu/coned/contin.htm and click on the link for registering for Small Business Center workshops. Workshops available for live video streaming will be listed.

The BCCC Small Business Center is one of 58 across North Carolina that in 2012-2013 provided entrepreneurship seminars and/or counseling to more than 50,000 individuals, resulting in 528 business start-ups and 2,967 jobs created or retained.

For more information about BCCC's Business and Industry Services, including seminars for current and prospective business owners, online courses or one-on-one counseling, contact Stowe at 252-940-6306 or by email at lentzs@beaufortccc.edu Information about upcoming workshops is available on the BCCC website at http://www.beaufortccc.edu/coned/contin/htm.

BCCC announces registration for Summer 2015 Term and Fall 2015 Semester

March 09, 2015 | 11:24 AM

The Division of Student Services at Beaufort County Community College announces the registration schedule for Summer 2015 Term and Fall 2015 Semester.

Combined Summer 2015 Term and Fall 2015 Semester registration begins on March 30. After Tuesday, May 19, registration for Fall 2015 Semester continues through Tuesday, Aug. 18.

Combined Summer 2015 and Fall 2015 registration will be held as follows:

• Registration for graduating students will begin Monday, March 30, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Advising and registration for all other students will be Tuesday, March 31, through Tuesday, May 19, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• The first day of class for Summer 2015 will be Tuesday, May 19.

Registration for Fall 2015 will continue as follows:

• Registration will be held from May 18 through Thursday, July 30, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and from Monday, Aug. 3 through Tuesday, Aug. 18, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

• The first day of class for Fall 2015 will be Tuesday, Aug. 18.

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 student orientation sessions will be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 30, Thursday, June 25; Tuesday, July 7; Saturday, Aug. 1, and Friday, Aug. 7, in the auditorium of Building 8.

Tuition and fees at Beaufort County Community College are set by the N.C. General Assembly upon recommendation by the N.C. Community College Board. Tuition for in-state students is currently $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. This tuition rate could be changed later this year by the state legislature.

Students wishing to be considered for state, federal or campus-based programs such as Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant and Federal Work-Study must have their Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, application submitted to the federal processor no later than July 1 in order to receive financial aid for the following fall semester.

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 www.beaufortccc.edu.

Work Ready Community effort launched

February 16, 2015 | 02:29 PM

Beaufort County Community College and local economic development interests recently announced the launch of an effort to certify the county to those seeking to locate their businesses here or expand an existing business.

The effort to add Beaufort County to the list of Work Ready communities tells employers that "Beaufort County has a workforce that has been trained and ready to work," said Lou Stout, director of Workforce Initiatives at BCCC.

The initiative is a collaborative effort among BCCC, the Washington-Beaufort County Chamber of Commerce, Beaufort County Economic Development Commission, Beaufort County Commissioners, Beaufort County Schools, Region Q Workforce Development Board and the Beaufort County Committee of 100.

The local effort is part of a statewide initiative to certify communities and counties as Work Ready communities. In order to be certified as Work Ready, a community must obtain a letter of commitment to workforce excellence from county leaders, achieve a high school graduation rate of 94 percent, obtain a specified number of workers who hold Career Readiness Certificates and gain commitment from employers to recognize the CRC in their hiring practices.

Beaufort County has achieved all of the goals towards Work Ready certification except the number of employers recognizing the CRC.

To that end, BCCC is ramping up its efforts to convince employers to participate in the Career Readiness Certification Program, Stout said.

Career Readiness Certification is a nationally-recognized credential that requires students to take a three-part test that includes applied mathematics, reading for information and locating information. Based on their scores, students receive either bronze, silver, gold or platinum certificates that attest to their abilities to do specific jobs.

Career Readiness Certification also benefits job seekers because they can show potential employers that they are capable of doing the job, Stout said.

In order to qualify, businesses and industries do not have to require potential employees obtain a CRC but simply complete a form signaling that they recognize the importance of the certification, she said.

To date, about a dozen businesses and industries have agreed to participate – including PotashCorp Aurora, the county's largest employer, National Spinning, Spinrite, BCCC and the Beaufort County Schools – but 61 are needed in order for Beaufort County to be certified as Work Ready.

BCCC, along with the other organizations in the effort, will be working over the next few months to educate employers about the program and seek their agreement to participate.

"We hope that as more employers become familiar with this effort and recognize its value as an economic development tool, that they will be willing to sign on as those who recognize and/or are willing to use the CRC as an evaluation for potential employees," Stout said.

Employers wishing to show their support of this initiative can complete an employer sign-up form at http://tinyurl.com/empsignup and email and fax to Lou Stout. Completing this form will place their business/industry name on the ACT and NCEast Alliance website as a participating CRC Employer.

For more information, individuals can also visit the new Work Ready Communities webpage at https://sites.google.com/site/conedbccc/nc-work-ready-community.

For more information about Work Ready communities and the Career Readiness Certification, contact Stout at 252-940-6307 or by email at lou.stout@beaufortccc.edu.
Duke Energy awards $248,302 to BCCC
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Duke Energy awards $248,302 to BCCC

February 04, 2015 | 08:50 AM

WASHINGTON, N.C. – Duke Energy and Beaufort County Community College today announced a $248,302 investment from the Duke Energy Foundation to upgrade the equipment used in the Welding Technology Program at BCCC.

With $127,347 from the award, BCCC will purchase new Lincoln Electric Vrtex virtual welders that will complement instruction in the program. With the virtual welders, students can practice their welding techniques "virtually" and receive instant feedback from their instructors without wasting expensive materials

The college will use $120,955 from the award to purchase robotic welding machines that students can use at their individual stations and for instructor training in the use of the machines. This equipment will supplement instruction the students receive in robotic welding technology.

"Beaufort County Community College thanks Duke Energy for its investment in the Welding Technology Program," said Dr. Barbara Tansey, BCCC president. "Trained welders are in high demand at industries throughout the region and this new equipment will give our graduates the advanced training they need to be competitive in this field."

"This grant connects students to careers by training them in a high-demand field," said Millie Chalk, Duke Energy's district manager, "By further developing our local workforce in the valuable skill of welding, we're making Beaufort County, and the region, more attractive to prospective employers."

This grant is part of Duke Energy's $30 million investment in North Carolina Community Colleges' focus on technical education and support of business and industry. Individual community colleges can apply for funds through the NC Community Foundation. Applications will be reviewed by a committee of representatives from Duke Energy, NC Community College System and NC Department of Commerce.

About Beaufort County Community College

BCCC is a public comprehensive community college committed to providing accessible and affordable quality education, effective teaching, relevant training, and lifelong learning opportunities for the people served by the college. BCCC's service area includes Beaufort, Hyde, Tyrrell and Washington counties and stretches from the city of Washington in the west to Ocracoke in the east. For more information about BCCC, visit www.beaufortccc.edu.

About Duke Energy Foundation

Duke Energy Foundation makes charitable investments on behalf of Duke Energy, the largest electric power holding company in the United States with 7.2 million customers in six states. Duke Energy Foundation invests $25 million annually for community support and charitable contributions. To learn more about Duke Energy Foundation and how to apply for grant funding, visit duke-energy.com/foundation.
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