With final registration for the fall semester just 17 days away, August 12 & 13, the Open House at PCC on Saturday July 26, was as billed as an opportunity for one and all to grab a Fresh Start with either more education and training or perhaps participate in a Cultural/lLife Enrichment class. Just two hours into the event, the Open House became a full house.
The Pamlico County Croaker Festival, held in Oriental every year the first Saturday after July 4th, features a 100 unit parade, a stage with concerts on the hour by the hour, arts and crafts, a street dance, two beauty contests, and a variety of food vendors rivaling the grilled aroma which drifts through the Stare Fair every fall.
In addition to throwing candy at parade goers, PCC staff members, following a precedent set by Jamie Gibbs, Vice President of Student Services, hand deliver confectioneries to young and old alike along the parade route. Because PCC staffers offer such great respect, congeniality, and humility to festival attendees, this year the Croaker Festival Committee awarded the college its much sought after and coveted Croaker Award for Random acts of Kindness.
Accepting the award for the college were Tammy Spain, Registrar, Brandi McCullough, Director of Planning, Research, & Institutional Effectiveness, Susan Adams, Recruiter & Financial Aid Technician, and Denise Meyerson, Library Assistant.
To clarify one point, the PCC Small Business Center did not borrow its parade entry from the Vatican.
Recent high school graduates planning to enter college this fall or students working to earn the High School Equivalency Diploma can attend the Summer Skills Academy, Mondays through Thursdays, July 7 – 31. An intense effort is being made by the instructors to help students learn to learn. Classroom instruction will be augmented by innovative practices that will include field trips, resource speakers, and other interactive activities that relates subject matter to practical applications.
Third Thursday of every month, the Mall of the Johnson Building comes alive with an open invitational music jam. Vocalists and percussionists gather for sharing the gifts of harmony with one another and for anyone fortunate to be nearby. Some percussion is a pick striking strings, sometimes it’s bare fingertips strumming across those strings. And then there is the wind instrument, Jeff Gurney’s harmonica.
From bluegrass to gospel, and a few classical stops in between, a little blues, a little jazz, familiar and not so familiar tunes from this ad hoc orchestra offer a welcome break from toils in the classrooms. It’s also a great opportunity for any Pamlico County resident to enjoy a spontaneous concert with no admission charged.
PCC offers WorkKeys assessment and instruction for the Career Readiness Certificate. Call 252-745-9934.