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New Year Brings Big Changes for Instructor


PCC business instructor poses in her new office


August 11, 2017


August is shaping up to be a pretty significant month for Terri Fesmire-Kennedy and her 5-year-old son, Tucker. That’s because both of them will be starting the academic year at new schools.


Tucker is starting kindergarten this month at a primary school in Morehead City, while his mom begins a new job as Business instructor at Pamlico Community College.


Fesmire-Kennedy is taking over as PCC’s full-time Business instructor from Rebecca Pesko, who recently accepted the job as the college’s Director of Institutional Effectiveness.


Pesko has no worries about her replacement, saying the 32-year-old Carteret County woman will do a great job.


“We are so happy to have Terri join our family at Pamlico Community College,” Pesko said. “Over the past week, I have enjoyed discovering her extensive experience in the community college system, her passion for students and her enthusiasm for growing the Business and Accounting programs. She is a wonderful addition to our faculty.”


Fesmire-Kennedy comes to PCC from Carteret Community College, where she was an adjunct Business instructor. She also served in that college’s registrar’s office and worked for a time in the Carteret County’s Planning and Inspections office.


Fesmire-Kennedy grew up in Pine Knoll Shores and graduated from West Carteret High School in 2003. She went on to college, but wasn’t immediately certain what she wanted to study.


“It took a while before I figured out what I wanted to be,” Fesmire-Kennedy said.


She thought about pharmacy and even gave middle school education a try, but nothing quite fit. That’s when she decided to study business, figuring that the field could lead to career options in a variety of areas.


“It’s so broad, as far as what you can do with it,” Fesmire-Kennedy said.


She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from East Carolina University and an MBA from Ashford University. Fesmire-Kennedy is now back at ECU working on a master’s degree in Adult Education.


She encourages men and women to consider studying Business because of its versatility.


“Most of the students I have run into are looking to start their own businesses,” Fesmire-Kennedy said. “You can do that, you can run a business, and you can consult for businesses. There are lots of options. I like the well-roundedness of it.”


Business and Accounting courses also introduce students to real world skills, including managing account books and preparing tax documents, she said.


PCC President Dr. Jim Ross said students who enroll in the college’s academic programs can discover many career pathways.


“Some students who enroll at the college know exactly what they want to do, while others are searching for their passion,” he said. “Our instructors can help them find the right educational path.”


Fesmire-Kennedy says she’s excited about the new academic year and her new opportunity at PCC. She is scheduled to teach seven courses, some seated and some online. They include classes in Business Administration, Accounting, Economics and Banking.


So whose upcoming first day of school is Fesmire-Kennedy more nervous about? Young Tucker’s, of course.


“His, for sure. He’s so small,” she said with a smile. “It makes me want to cry.”



Duke Energy Awards $4,000 Grant to PCC


a representitive poses with Dr. Ross and Rebecca Pesko as she awards a large grant check


August 11, 2017


Millie Chalk, center, government and community relations manager for Duke Energy, presents a $4,000 grant to Pamlico Community College President Dr. Jim Ross, left, and Rebecca Pesko, the college’s director of institutional effectiveness.


The funds will be used for a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) day camp for middle school students next summer.


“We are thankful for Duke Energy’s support of our college, and we look forward to offering a wonderful learning experience for rising sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders next summer,” Ross said.




PCC to Offer Dental Lab Technology Program


PCC employee Kathy Nicodemus smiles for the camera


July 26, 2017


Pamlico Community College will offer a new program in Dental Laboratory Technology starting this fall.


The two-year associate’s degree program, which recently received state approval, will train students to create dental appliances such as dentures, partials, bridges, crowns and other prostheses.


Program graduates will be qualified to work in denture clinics, dental labs and similar settings.


PCC’s program will be led by Kathy Nicodemus, who has more than 30 years of combined experience teaching Dental Technology and working in the dental prostheses industry.


“We are very excited to offer a new career option for students,” said PCC President Dr. Jim Ross. “We believe this program will create wonderful opportunities for students to have great careers and improve their lives.”


The new Dental Laboratory Technology program will be unique in the area. In fact, PCC will be the only N.C. community college east of Interstate 95 to offer the degree program.


The program will consist of classroom teaching and hands-on work in the lab. There also will be online instruction.


Students who complete the program will have the skills they need to begin a great career, one with good earning potential and job security, Nicodemus said.


“This is a hands-on career that can appeal to both men and women,” she said. “It is very rewarding to know that your work can help someone improve their appearance, their confidence and their outlook.”


Months of study and research went into the forthcoming launch of the new program.


The college also received a significant boost from the New Bern-based Harold H. Bate Foundation, which recently awarded the college’s Foundation a $30,000 grant to help support the new program.


“We are extremely appreciative for the Bate Foundation’s support, which will help us to create a first-class program,” Ross said. “Like PCC, the Bate Foundation is committed to seeing area residents improve their lives and circumstances. We thank them for their support of this program and our students.”


Registration for the upcoming fall semester is scheduled for Aug. 9 and 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., but prospective students who are interested in Dental Laboratory Technology are encouraged to contact PCC now.


For more information about the program, contact Nicodemus at or 252-249-1851, ext. 3017.




Looking Good: PCC Cosmetology, Esthetics Departments to Host Open House


PCC instructors pose in the cosmetology building


July 13, 2017


Pamlico Community College’s Cosmetology and Esthetics departments will host an Open House for prospective students and community members on Saturday, July 22, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.


The free event, which will be held at the PCC Cosmetology Building located at 703 Main St. in Bayboro, will feature demonstrations of the latest hair styling and color methods, skin care regimens and makeup tips by the college’s Cosmetology pros.


There also will be demonstrations of manicures, pedicures and nail design.


Over in the Esthetics area, visitors will learn about skin care, including facials, hair removal, body treatments and much more. They’ll also see the specialized equipment needed to make skin look and feel its best.


“We’re inviting the entire community to stop by our Cosmetology Building in Bayboro and see the high level of quality instruction available there,” said PCC President Dr. Jim Ross. “The Cosmetology and Esthetics programs offer area residents a valuable opportunity to learn the skills they need to begin a great career. We have outstanding local salons in Pamlico County, and our job is to help fill the need these important businesses have for talented individuals.”


PCC offers both a diploma and a certificate program in Cosmetology. Both programs can be completed in four semesters. The college’s Esthetics program offers a certificate option that can be completed in two semesters.


Event organizers are encouraging women and men who might be interested in either Cosmetology or Esthetics to come out to the event, tour the facility, meet the instructors and get their questions answered.


“I want them to see what they can learn and the fun they can have learning it,” said Cosmetology Instructor Christy Laney, who will host the event with fellow Cosmetology Instructor Debi Fulcher and Esthetics Instructor Shanna Lewis. “I want people to see that if you put in the work, you can succeed.”


Students who are already enrolled in the programs will be on hand to show their skills and to offer advice.


Fulcher, who leads the Cosmetology program, has been with PCC since 2007. She said her interest in helping people look their best began when she was a preteen.


“I started when I was 12 years old cutting my brother’s hair,” she said. “I just enjoy making people feel better about how they look and more confident about themselves.”


Like Fulcher, Laney, who joined the PCC faculty in 2014, enjoyed working with hair and makeup when she was younger, but didn’t get serious about it as a career until she was enrolled as a nursing student at a neighboring community college.


She decided to trade her scrubs and stethoscope for a smock and a pair of shears and never looked back.


Meanwhile, Esthetics is a perfect fit for Lewis, who said she was attracted to a career with a relaxed, unhurried pace.


“I don’t like running around,” she said, adding that many Esthetics treatments require calm, quiet and a gentle touch.


The women say their programs feature small class sizes and individualized attention. High school students are eligible to begin the programs even before they graduate.


Graduates of the programs are eligible to test for their respective state licenses and embark on a career path that can be both potentially lucrative and personally satisfying.


For more information on the Open House, contact Fulcher, Laney or Lewis at 252-745-5537. Their email addresses are, and




New Controller Worked in Local Government


Susan McRoy smiles in front of her new office


July 6, 2017


Pamlico Community College is starting the 2017-18 fiscal year with a new Controller to handle accounting and financial reporting for the college.


Susan McRoy began work earlier this month. She comes to PCC after serving for seven years at the Pamlico County Health Department, first as Budget Officer for three years and most recently as Administrative Officer for the last four years.


Before working there, the 43-year-old Aurora resident served as Assistant Finance Director for Pamlico County.


“I think my experience at the Health Department and the county will help me with my responsibilities here,” she said.


McRoy takes over at PCC for former Controller Sherry Raby, who recently was promoted to another post at the college.


Like her predecessor, McRoy said she was attracted to the fields of accounting and budgeting through her love of numbers.


“I like numbers. I like to play with numbers,” McRoy said with a chuckle. “Everything has to balance.”


McRoy grew up in the area and graduated in 1992 from Ruth’s Chapel Christian School in New Bern.


She went on to East Carolina University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in administration with a focus in accounting.


PCC President Dr. Jim Ross said the college is fortunate to have highly qualified people come to work at the college.


“Susan McRoy is a familiar face to many here through her service in local government,” he said. “She impresses us with her knowledge, positive attitude and eagerness to excel in this role at Pamlico Community College.”


McRoy is married, and she and her husband have two children, ages 13 and 9.





Career Center Can Help You Get Back to Work


Eric Cedars takes a moment to smile for a picture while at his desk


July 3, 2017


Sometimes finding a new job requires learning some new skills. That’s where Pamlico Community College can help.


The college’s Career Center in Bayboro can help unemployed and low-income adults attain the education and training they need to land a good job, even if they’ve been out of the workforce for a while.


PCC’s Career Center helps to administer programs through the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) that enable low-income and displaced job-seekers to learn the skills they need.


“The goal is to get them trained and get them working,” said Eric Cedars, who manages the PCC Career Center, which is located behind the college’s Bayboro Center and Cosmetology building near Pamlico County High School.


Matching training and education programs with unemployed and low-income adults is another way PCC can help area men and women improve their lives and their outlook.


“The economy is always changing, and Pamlico Community College is here to help local residents respond to those changes,” said PCC President Dr. Jim Ross. “A good-paying, secure job is a key component to a family’s well-being. Eric can help people get started.”


Assistance from the WIOA Dislocated Worker program is available to men and women who have been laid off through no fault of their own, Cedars says. They can be currently drawing unemployment insurance or could have exhausted their 13 weeks of benefits, he said.


They also must be unlikely to return to work in their former career or field, Cedars said.


WIOA also offers assistance to low-income men and women through its Adult program, he said.


WIOA assistance programs can pay for tuition, fees and cover some of the cost of books in either two-year classroom programs or in short-term workforce training programs. Recipients are eligible for up to $4,000 of assistance per year, and they can receive help for up to two years.


PCC is among several area community colleges participating with the Eastern Carolina Workforce Development Board in the effort. Eligible program options range from Business Administration and Information Technology to health care offerings such as Medical Assisting.


To qualify, participants must take reading and math assessments to determine their current skill levels.


“Contact me and we’ll see if they meet the qualifications,” Cedars said. “We’re here to help.”


For more information about WIOA programs, contact Cedars at 252-745-9934 or



PCC's Ol' Salty Charts a New Course


Ol' Salty takes a moment from his busy schedule to strike a pose

Update: July 24, 2017


Pamlico Community College’s longest enrolled student has started his yearlong apprenticeship at the Pamlico County Heritage Center in Grantsboro – but he hasn’t had much to say about it.


Ol’ Salty, a 5-foot-tall wooden statue of a mariner, was delivered to the museum earlier this month.


The Heritage Center won the honor of hosting Ol’ Salty for a year after its representative came the closest to guessing the wooden seafarer’s weight at the Croaker Festival in Oriental on July 1.


The museum’s guess was 195 pounds. Ol’ Salty weighed in at a surprisingly scrawny 124 pounds.


“We’ve had a good time trying to find a temporary home for Ol’ Salty,” said PCC President Dr. Jim Ross. “We commend him for the perseverance he showed as a student here for about 15 years. We know he’ll do a good job this year at the Heritage Center. We think Ol’ Salty is a good fit for the museum and its work.”


The Pamlico County Heritage Center is located at 10642 N.C. 55 in Grantsboro. The center includes a museum, a county visitors’ center, a genealogy library and a heritage village highlighting the history of Pamlico County.


Museum Executive Director Pat Prescott has decided the best place for Ol’ Salty is near the center’s exhibit on commercial fishing. When last seen, the old mariner was standing stately and stoically beside the display.


Ol’ Salty had been a prominent feature of the college’s parade float and vendor booth at the Croaker Festival earlier this month. The business that came the closest to guessing his weight got to have him for a year.


Meanwhile, the individual who had the best guess received a scholarship for a free Cultural & Life Enrichment course at the college. That winner was Tara Howard, whose guess was 143 pounds.


June 26, 2017


Pamlico Community College’s longest enrolled “student” is about to spend a year abroad – or at least a year somewhere else.


Ol’ Salty, a 5-foot-tall wooden sculpture of a grizzled old mariner that has stood watch in the college’s Johnson Building for years, is about to sail away for a while.


In just a few days, the popular “little man on campus” will be featured prominently on PCC’s parade float and at its vendor booth at the 37th annual Croaker Festival in Oriental.


Ol’ Salty will ride the college’s parade float on Saturday morning, July 1, and then will take his place at the college’s booth later that afternoon.


Visitors to PCC’s festival booth will be invited to size up Ol’ Salty and guess how much he weighs.


At 2 p.m. Saturday, Ol’ Salty will hit the scales. The area business that comes the closest to guessing Ol’ Salty’s weight will get to keep him in a prominent place at its office, store or workshop for a year, while the individual who comes the closest to guessing the mariner’s weight will win a scholarship for a PCC Cultural Enrichment class.


“This is going to be fun,” said PCC instructor Kathy Nicodemus, who has been leading the college’s Croaker Festival participation committee. “People who stop by our booth will be asked to fill out a quick survey on what they’d like to see the college offer. On that paper, they can put down their guess for Ol’ Salty’s weight. At 2 p.m., we’ll see who wins.”


PCC President Dr. Jim Ross said the college’s participation at the Croaker Festival is part of its mission to stay involved in the community and to support it. The festival is also a good place for the college to share information about its program offerings and to gather ideas from residents, he said.


“It’s important for all of us at the college to stay engaged with the community we serve,” Ross said. “Participating in the Croaker Festival is a fun way to do just that.”


For his part, Ol’ Salty has remained silent about his involvement in the college’s plans for the Croaker Festival, although his enthusiasm is clearly etched all over his face.


“The business that gets Ol’ Salty will have a fun conversation piece for a year, while someone will get to take a free Adult Enrichment class with us,” Nicodemus said. “And, of course, Ol’ Salty gets an unpaid internship. We’re looking forward to a great time this weekend. We invite everyone to stop by and see us.”




Scholarships Available at PCC; Apply Now!


Student Services employees take time for a picture


June 19, 2017


Sometimes money is the only thing stopping a prospective student from enrolling at Pamlico Community College.


But thanks to the generosity of private donors, clubs, civic organizations and even weekend golfers, the college is able to offer scholarships so many students can continue their educational endeavors and improve their lives.


“A lot of the scholarships we have are locally funded,” said Meredith Beeman, a Student Support and Engagement Specialist at PCC. “We are fortunate.”


Scholarship applications now are being accepted for the upcoming 2017-18 academic year. Current and prospective students are encouraged to come by Student Services for an application or to visit the college’s website – – to access the scholarship applications page.


The deadline to apply is Aug. 9.


About 80 percent of PCC students receive some type of financial aid. Much of that aid comes in the form of federal Pell Grants.


While need-based Pell Grants help a large number of students attend college, not everyone qualifies for them, PCC officials say. That’s where private dollars raised through the Pamlico Community College Foundation and its scholarship funds can help fill the gap.


“There are some students who don’t receive federal aid, so without these scholarships, they would not be able to attend,” said Melissa Whitman, PCC’s Director of Financial Aid.


PCC President Dr. Jim Ross said the college is very appreciative to all of the individuals and groups who generously support students through gifts and scholarships, but wishes to let the community know there is still a greater need.


He recently told golfers at the PCC Foundation’s 17th annual Pepsi Cup Golf Tournament that their participation in the May 20 event would directly aid students.


“Your money is going for a great cause,” Ross said at the event, which this year set a record for proceeds raised. “Last year, we had 18 students dropped who could not pay. We don’t ever want that to happen.”


Because of that, Ross has established a goal to double the number of scholarships the college currently receives from generous community citizens, businesses and foundations.


Both Beeman and Whitman say the first step that current and prospective students should take when applying for financial aid is to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form, even if they believe they won’t qualify for federal help.


The FAFSA form helps PCC Student Services staffers determine a student’s need so they can match them with possible scholarship opportunities or other federal or state financial aid options.


“We’re available to help them complete the FAFSA,” Whitman said.


Once that’s complete, current and prospective PCC students are encouraged to complete the college’s scholarship application. Don’t leave any lines on the form blank, Beeman and Whitman said, and don’t put off starting the process.


Current and prospective students should know if they’ve received a scholarship to attend PCC before the start of the new academic year in August.


For more information about scholarships or financial aid, contact Beeman at 252-249-1851, ext. 3023, or Whitman at 252-249-1851, ext. 3026.





Phillips Receives Rotary Transfer Scholarship


Asheton Phillips poses for a picture in her office


June 8, 2017



As a loan officer at State Employees Credit Union in Grantsboro, Pamlico Community College graduate Asheton Phillips helps customers secure the funds they need for their future.


Now, thanks to the Oriental Rotary Club, the 26-year-old Pamlico County native has some money she needs for her own future.


Phillips recently received the club’s transfer scholarship, which is awarded to a PCC student who is moving on to a four-year college or university.


She will be using the money at the University of Mount Olive in New Bern, where is she working to complete her bachelor’s degree.


“I’ve never applied for a scholarship until now,” Phillips said recently. “It certainly helps.”


Support from private donors such as the Oriental Rotary Club and others are critical to helping PCC students to pay for their courses at the college and to move forward in their academic endeavors.


“The college is fortunate to have support from generous individuals and groups such as the Oriental Rotary Club,” said PCC President Dr. Jim Ross. “The Rotary members are caring and amazingly-involved community leaders who make Pamlico County better in many ways, including by providing life-changing scholarships such as this one for Asheton. It helps us to provide opportunities for hard-working students here in Pamlico County to improve their lives.”


Phillips learned she had received the scholarship on May 31. She said the money will help her complete her bachelor’s degree at Mount Olive, thereby enabling her to continue her career at the credit union.


Phillips has worked at State Employees Credit Union since December 2013. She has worked her way up in the company, but said she needs a bachelor’s degree to continue advancing in her career. She is scheduled to graduate from UMO this fall.


Pamlico Community College has played a pivotal role in her career path, Phillips said.


“It basically started my journey to success,” she said, adding she began taking PCC classes when she was a student at Pamlico County High School. She went on to earn an associate’s degree at the college and utilized transfer credits she earned at PCC at Mount Olive.


“PCC opened doors to more opportunities for me,” she said. “It was local, and I wasn’t one who wanted to go off far away.”


The road to a bachelor’s degree has not been straight or easy. In addition to her job at the credit union, Phillips also works at Charlie’s Restaurant in Bayboro on Saturdays.


Phillips quickly adds the hard work has paid off, and she encourages others, including high school students, to see how Pamlico Community College can get them started on a great career or a four-year degree.


 “The reward is worth it,” she said. “Push through it – your hard work is worth it.”




Raby Takes on New Role at PCC


Sherry Raby poses for a picture


June 1, 2017


With a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in business administration, Pamlico Community College’s Sherry Raby knows her way around numbers.


As a part-time minister, she also is very familiar with the Word.


Raby, who has worked as Controller in the college’s Business Office for nearly seven years, recently became the college’s Director of Institutional Effectiveness.


In her new position, Raby will ensure PCC complies with the accreditation requirements of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. She also will participate in strategic planning, collect and analyze college data and look for ways PCC can better serve its students and community.


“I like the fact that this position impacts the college on a larger scale,” Raby said recently. “I understand the importance of accreditation. I want to be able to do the best job I can.”


She also plans to continue her work at Word of God Christian Center in New Bern, a 200-member church she helps to pastor with her husband. That position, of course, is more of a calling than a job.


Taking on new challenges is something Raby has always done. The Indiana native, who was ranked No. 10 in her high school class, enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps shortly after graduating.


She spent about 20 years in the service, excelling in the jobs she was assigned. Raby also met and married her husband, fellow Marine Holly Raby, while both were stationed in Okinawa.


While serving in the Marine Corps, she completed her bachelor’s degree in accounting through Park University and enrolled in a master’s degree program in business administration at Campbell University, commuting weekly from Cherry Point to Buies Creek for class.


Along the way, she and her husband raised four sons, all of whom currently serve in the U.S. Armed Forces – two in the Air Force and two in the Army.


In addition to her jobs at PCC and at the church, Raby now is helping to raise her 10-year-old granddaughter.


So where does her drive to excel come from? Raby believes it stems from lessons learned from her parents.


“At home, I just had a drive – a drive to always do better,” she said. “I like to continue to grow.”


Raby’s energy and willingness to take on new challenges make her an excellent choice to oversee PCC’s institutional effectiveness, said PCC President Dr. Jim Ross.


“Sherry Raby is an extremely impressive professional as well as an outstanding human being,” he said.


“Her enthusiasm and commitment to the college will serve her well in her new post. We’re fortunate to have her at Pamlico Community College.”


Raby said Ross has been extremely helpful to her.


“I’m really grateful to Dr. Ross,” she said. “His willingness to mentor me makes me feel better about going into this position.”


Raby said she will miss working closely with her friends in the Business Office, but she finds comfort in knowing that her new job relies heavily on data and on numbers.


“Numbers make sense to me,” she said with a laugh. “Numbers I love.”







Golf Tournament Sets Record


golfer competing in the PCC golf tournament


May 31, 2017


The Pamlico Community College Foundation’s 17th annual Pepsi Cup Golf Tournament was a tremendous success, setting a record for proceeds and adding some exciting prizes to energize the competitors.


Twenty-six businesses and individuals agreed to support the popular event, which was held Saturday, May 20, at the Minnesott Golf & Country Club.


Fifty-seven golfers took part in the “superball” tournament, which featured prizes for the first-, second- and third-place teams in both a Men’s Division and a Mixed Division.


There also were prizes for longest drives and for “closest to the pin” contests on several holes, including a $500 “closest to the pin” prize on Hole No. 9, generously donated by Andy Vestal of BB&T Scott & Stringfellow. Michelle Noevere, the organizer of this year’s event, said, “I am grateful to Mr. Vestal for adding this prize to the tournament. It was entirely his idea. It added an attractive element to the tournament because, unlike the hole-in-one competition which may or may not have a winner, you know somebody is going to walk away with that closest to the pin prize at the end of the day.” Bob Dillard of Pamlico County took that prize.


The Pepsi Cup Golf Tournament, which is named in honor of the Minges Bottling Group of Ayden for its contributions to PCC, is the Foundation’s largest annual fundraiser. Proceeds are used to fund student scholarships at the college.


In the 2016-17 academic year, the Foundation awarded more than 60 scholarships totaling more than $50,000 to students, including funds raised annually by the golf tournament. Proceeds from this year’s tourney are still being tallied.


“Your money is going for a great cause,” PCC President Dr. Jim Ross told golfers. “Last year, we had 18 students dropped who could not pay. We don’t ever want that to happen.”


Weather for the tournament was fantastic, with sunny skies and mild temperatures. The pleasant weather, coupled with a field of skilled players, led to some impressively low scores.


The four-man team of Henry Rice, Dick Riddick, Eddie Taylor and Reg Piland won the Men’s Division. Micki Campbell, Tommy Campbell, Joanne Harrell and Rex Horne finished first in the Mixed Division.


Nine teams – one with five players – participated in the Men’s Division, while five teams competed in the Mixed Division.


Noevere said she was extremely grateful for the response from sponsors, particularly Beth and Jerry Walker of The Walker Group Architecture, Inc., the tournament’s Pacesetter Sponsor.


She also thanked the players, volunteers, donors and others who made the 17th edition of the tournament one to remember.


Pacesetter Sponsor

  • The Walker Group Architecture, Inc.
  • Platinum Sponsors

    • The Pamlico News
      Pamlico Community College Small Business Center
      CarolinaEast Health System
      Andy Vestal of BB&T Scott & Stringfellow

Gold Sponsors

  • Pamlico Quick Lube and Tire Distributor
    Jim and Michelle Krauss
    Nationwide Insurance
    Piedmont Natural Gas
    Robinson & Stith Insurance


Silver Sponsors

  • Garland F. Fulcher Seafood
    Lori’s Golf Shoppe, Calabash, N.C.
    Hardison Tire & Towing
    Superior Cranes
    Century 21 Sail/Loft Realty – Janice Cox


Hole Sponsors

  • Ashwood Turf
    Delamar & Delamar
    Farm Bureau – Brian Ellenberg
    Harbourside Garden Company
    Henry Hale
    Hollowell & Hollowell
    Pamlico Packing Co.
    Pinedale Food Mart
    Scott Plumbing & Heating
  • Other Sponsors
  • Andy Vestal BB&T Scott & Stringfellow for $500 Closest to the Pin prize on Hole No. 9
    Sue Fore
    Sandy Johnson-Clark
    Redfish Seafood
    Cuts & Styles by Flo
    M & M’s
    Travel Blue Star
    Piggly Wiggly – Grantsboro
    From the Heart Florist
    Food Lion


In-Kind Sponsors

  • Ed King
    PCI Horticulture Class
    Inland Waterway Provision Company
    Karen Dodd/The Quilting Mandarin
    Snap Fitness – Daniel Banks
    Albert Krelie
    Wanda Anderson
    Carol Erwin
    Pamlico County Fireman’s Association/Mary Kirk
    Terry Bobbin
    Cherry Point Sound of Freedom Golf Course
    Carolina Colours Golf Club
    Ironwood Golf & Country Club
    The Country Club of the Crystal Coast
    The Emerald Golf Club
    Taberna Golf & Country Club
    Kinston Golf & Country Club
    Minnesott Golf & Country Club



Non-Profits Honored at Historic Event


representitives from non-profit organizations gather at PCC


May 25, 2017


More than 170 Pamlico County leaders braved a steady rain May 23 to attend the first-ever Non-profit Leadership Breakfast held at Pamlico Community College’s Delamar Center.


Nearly 70 organizations were represented at the historic event, in which all Pamlico County non-profit organizations for the first time ever were invited to be celebrated and honored together. This event brought together non-profits ranging from local churches and volunteer fire departments to service organizations, food banks and health clinics.


PCC President Dr. Jim Ross conceived of the event as an opportunity to recognize non-profit groups in Pamlico County and to thank them for the important work they do to improve lives here.


“Today is a day to celebrate,” Ross told the crowd in his opening remarks. “This is simply a way to say thank you. You are the foundation of what makes this community great.”


Event participants enjoyed a complimentary breakfast catered by Brantley’s Village Restaurant of Oriental. They also got the chance to interact with each other, compare missions and – most importantly – learn about the wide variety of help and resources available to people in need in Pamlico County.


Members of the Pamlico Chorale opened the program by leading the crowd in singing “The Star Spangled Banner.”


Ross then publicly thanked the non-profit organizations for their work by asking for a robust round of applause. He also introduced county and college officials, representatives of CarolinaEast Health System and the Harold H. Bate Foundation and members of the local media.


Ross explained how he and the college have acted to help non-profit groups by waiving the Delamar Center’s rental fees for non-profit groups and causes. Ross said the initial suggestion to waive those fees came after discussions with Senator Norman Sanderson and his wife, Linda Sanderson.


Gloria Cowell, whose 4-year-old grandson, Colt Cowell, has been undergoing treatment for a brain tumor, then told the crowd that her family and church raised $12,000 for Colt’s care because they were able to have a dinner-dance event March 18 in the Delamar Center with no rental fees.


“Thank you doesn’t quite seem enough,” Cowell said. “We are very blessed to have this facility.”


Ross then invited representatives of each non-profit group in attendance to introduce themselves and to share information about their work and their passion. Many of the groups were well known by attendees, while others have been serving others in near anonymity for years.


Brantley Norman Jr., who, with his crew, prepared the breakfast, told the crowd about his mother’s recent health scare and about how the local rescue squad and emergency medical technicians came to her aid.


In the spirit of the event, Norman donated $150 of his catering fee to a non-profit group in attendance. The winner was chosen by raffle, and the money went to the Pamlico County Community Foundation.


In closing, Ross told attendees that the world’s hardships often can lead to hopelessness and despair, but that non-profit organizations can counter those things with service, love and partnership to build a spirit of hope, optimism and confidence throughout our society.


“My personal belief is that we’re all here to do God’s work on earth,” Ross said. “You’re appreciated. Your hard work is appreciated. Thank you.”




PCC Presents Top Annual Awards at Commencement Ceremony


PCC student receives an award for student of the year


May 23, 2017


Pamlico Community College presented some of its most prestigious annual awards to a student, an alumnus and several employees during the Commencement ceremony held May 12 at the Delamar Center.


“Commencement is the ideal time to honor people who have excelled in the classroom, on campus and on the job,” said PCC President Dr. Jim Ross. “This year’s list of honorees is very impressive.”


The first honoree to be recognized was Raydeijah N. Morning, who received the 2017 Academic Excellence Award and was named Student of the Year.


Morning, who also graduated with her associate’s degree in Human Services Technology at the event, appeared surprised by the honor.


The Aurora resident was selected from among six nominees. Vice President of Student Services Jamie Gibbs presented her with a plaque and a medallion.


As the recipient of the Academic Excellence Award, Morning becomes Pamlico Community College’s 2017 honoree in the N.C. Community College System’s “Great within the 58” list of high-achieving students.


Rick Miller, who teaches English and Humanities, received the college’s Instructor of the Year Award. The award, which recognizes outstanding teaching, is voted on annually by students.


“Rick Miller is an excellent instructor,” said Michelle Willis, the college’s vice president of instructional services and chief academic officer. “He brings a high level of knowledge and experience to the job. Students might find him demanding, but they know he wants to see them succeed.”


History instructor Joshua Gaskill received the Adjunct Faculty Member of the Year Award, which also is voted on by PCC students.


Adjunct instructors work part time at the college, but are critical to students’ success. Gaskill also works for the Pamlico County Schools.


“Joshua Gaskill has distinguished himself as an instructor,” Willis said. “His students appreciate his teaching ability and knowledge of history.”


Willis presented both Miller and Gaskill with their awards during the ceremony.


Tammy Riggs Spain, the college’s registrar, accepted the Staff Member of the Year Award, which is voted on by college employees. Spain also is a PCC graduate.


Commencement was a special night for Spain. Not only did she receive an award, her son also graduated with an associate in arts degree. Vice President of Administrative Services Mark Pullium presented Spain with her award.


Andrew Krelie of Swansboro was named the Alumnus of the Year. Krelie, who was unable to attend the ceremony, studied Environmental Science Technology at PCC. He now works at Cherry Point.


Ross presented the inaugural President’s Award to Herman Turnage, who works in the college’s maintenance department. The award, which recognizes productive employees who display a positive attitude and a can-do spirit, is a perfect fit for the upbeat Turnage, Ross said.





Turnage Receives Inaugural President's Award


Herman Turnage smiles for a photo wile working on an electric motor


May 15, 2017


Herman Turnage doesn’t believe the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. He says it’s plenty green right where he is.


But if you happen to find some greener pastures somewhere, the upbeat Turnage would likely mow it and keep it looking nice, all with a smile on his face.


Turnage, who has worked in Pamlico Community College’s maintenance department for about 8 years, is the recipient of the college’s inaugural President’s Award.


PCC President Dr. Jim Ross established the award to honor a college employee who has a positive attitude, works with others as a good teammate and does his or her best to improve the college and its services to the community. Turnage formally received the award during last week’s Commencement ceremony.


“Herman Turnage is undoubtedly one of the most pleasant, good-natured and hard-working people I’ve ever met,” Ross said. “He exemplifies the kind of positive, can-do attitude that employees of any high-achieving organization have, and I am very pleased to salute him by presenting him with the college’s first-ever President’s Award.”


The ever-optimistic Turnage often can be spotted aboard a mower keeping the college grounds looking sharp or in a flower bed making sure the plantings are healthy and the mulch is fresh.


“I get to cut the grass, and I love my flowers,” he said with a chuckle. “I’ve been cutting grass since I could push a mower, and I’ve always loved working with flowers. Grass doesn’t ever complain. You can scalp it, it doesn’t complain. You can leave it alone and let it grow, it doesn’t complain.”


Turnage doesn’t complain, either. He said there’s no purpose in doing so, and besides, what does he have to complain about anyway?


“You don’t have to look far and you’ll see people that’s got it worse than us,” he said. “The worst day I’ve had wasn’t that bad. I made it through it.”


Turnage’s family has deep roots in Pamlico County. He grew up here and attended the county’s public schools.


He left Pamlico County after joining the U.S. Coast Guard at age 17. During his career, Turnage was stationed as close as Hobucken and Cape Lookout and as far away as Mississippi.


Even though the work often was hard, he kept a positive attitude, thankful that he was able to be outdoors and do what he wanted.


Over the years, Turnage held a number of jobs, including working in The Washington Post’s maintenance department and spending some time at a local factory that made aluminum fishing towers for boats.


He says he approached all of his jobs with the same upbeat spirit he displays today. Ask Turnage how his day is going, and he will tell you, “outstanding.” Put in a maintenance request, and he’s right on it.


“I’m thankful for my attitude,” Turnage said. “I just try to be upbeat. Who wants to talk to someone who’s nasty all the time?”


George Willey, who also works in the maintenance department, said Turnage always gives his best efforts on the job.


“Herman always puts the college’s needs first, whether it’s the grounds or helping the staff and faculty members,” Willey said. “He has no problem spending some of his own time making sure the college’s plants are watered on the weekends. He is one of the most positive people I have ever worked with.”


Turnage and his wife, Paula, have been married for more than 41 years. They have two grown children and seven grandchildren.



State Higher Education Leader Visits PCC

Jennifer Haygood visits with Dr. Ross at PCC


May 10, 2017


Jennifer Haygood, right, chief of staff for the N.C. Community College System, visited Pamlico Community College recently.


She spent the morning with PCC President Dr. Jim Ross, left, who gave Hay­good a tour of the campus and introduced her to faculty members, staff members and students.


Ross praised PCC employees to her and credited them with the impressive array of accomplishments this past year which he reviewed with her.


Ross thanked Haygood for the com­mendable support PCC receives from System President Dr. Jimmie Williamson, Haygood, Senior Vice President/Chief Academic Officer Dr. Lisa Chapman, and the system as a whole.


He also thanked Haygood for her “outstanding professionalism” in assisting PCC throughout his service as president.




PCC's Commencement Exercises Set for May 12

Image showing graduation details


May 10, 2017


One of the largest graduating classes in recent Pamlico Community College history is eligible to participate in the college’s 2017 Commencement Exercises on Friday, May 12, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Ned Everett Delamar Center on the college’s Grantsboro campus.


In all, 119 men and women have qualified to graduate from Pamlico Community College over the last year, including those who completed their coursework in the current Spring 2017 semester, the Fall 2016 semester and the Summer 2016 session.


Those students have earned a combined 177 academic credentials, including 64 associate’s degrees, 16 diplomas, 92 certificates and five Continuing Education credentials.


PCC President Dr. Jim Ross, who assumed the college’s top job last July, will preside over his first commencement as the college’s fifth president. State Sen. Norman Sanderson of Arapahoe will give the commencement address.


“Commencement is an exciting time for everyone at Pamlico Community College, particularly for our graduates and their families,” Ross said. “We commend the students for their hard work and many sacrifices to become graduates of our college, commend the PCC faculty and staff who have worked hard to assist them throughout their time with us, and look forward to the Delamar Center filled with lots of happiness and pride.”


Vice President of Student Services Jamie Gibbs expects the evening to be emotional for many.


“Commencement allows each graduate, family member and employee to see the fruits of their labor,” he said. “Seeing the students achieve their goals and embark on new paths provides me great joy. To the graduates, I say, ‘thank you for choosing Pamlico Community College.’”


During the ceremony, the college’s Academic Excellence Award/Student of the Year winner will be announced. The college also will honor its Instructor of the Year, Adjunct Instructor of the Year, Staff Person of the Year, Alumnus of the Year and President’s Award recipient.


Members of the college’s Board of Trustees and Foundation Board are expected to attend, and there will be a reception with cake and punch following the ceremony.




ECU Graduate Got Her Start at PCC

ECU graduate graduation portrait

May 8, 2017


Kara Ireland’s higher education journey began at Pamlico Community College when she was in high school. It culminated – at least for now – when the motivated 22-year-old Arapahoe resident graduated from East Carolina University recently with her bachelor’s degree in psychology.


“It’s been a journey,” Ireland said recently. “They say start strong and finish stronger. That’s what I’ve tried to do.”


Ireland got a head start on her bachelor’s degree in 11th grade when she enrolled in college courses offered at PCC’s Bayboro Center. After graduating from Pamlico County High School, she began attending Pamlico Community College full time, earning her associate’s degree in only one year, thanks in large part to the free college credits she had already earned.


Ireland then transferred to ECU, commuting to Greenville for classes when she wasn’t working in the office at Camp Seafarer in Pamlico County.


She excelled at ECU, and was able to complete her bachelor’s degree for a fraction of the cost she would have encountered without PCC and the free college courses offered through the Career & College Promise program.


“It was one of the best routes to go,” Ireland said with a smile before last week’s commencement at ECU.


Students are eligible to take college courses at PCC – at no cost – while they are in high school, thanks to the N.C. Career & College Promise program. The credits earned by passing the free college courses can help students get ahead.


“Offering high school students an opportunity to earn college credit at no charge is one of the best things we do at Pamlico Community College,” said PCC President Dr. Jim Ross. “Students who pass these courses save themselves both time and money, but they don’t sacrifice quality instruction.”


Ireland said she would recommend high school students enroll in free college courses offered by PCC while they can. Ireland also said attending PCC for a year after graduating high school got her ready for the often-demanding life of a university student.


“It has prepared me, that’s for sure,” she said. “It made me want to go strive to go further.”


Ireland said she got a lot of support and encouragement from PCC instructors and staffers while enrolled at the college. She singled out Michelle Willis, the college’s vice president of instructional services, as someone who was especially helpful.


PCC counselor Cristy Lewis Warner, who was among those who helped Ireland make sure she had everything in place to transfer to ECU, said the college can help others reach their educational goals.


“Kara is a perfect example of what Pamlico Community College can do,” Warner said. “We are not always someone’s final answer, but we can be a partner in a student’s pathways to success. We were there at Kara’s side during her high school years through the Career & College Promise program, during her associate’s degree and also during her transition to ECU.”


Ireland said her educational journey is not yet complete. She will begin studying for the GRE soon, with plans to pursue a master’s degree in psychology. Her career ambition is to help children.


 “Kara was dedicated to her dream early on, and we were happy to assist her along the way,” Warner said. “We could not be happier to see her graduate from East Carolina University.”




PCC Librarian Trades Books for Boots

Jane Whitley poses in the PCC library

May 5, 2017


After more than 23 years in public education, Jane Potter Whitley is trading her books for boots.


Whitley, who retired last month as director of library services at Pamlico Community College, is going to work for her 80-year-old father at R.E. Mayo Seafood in Hobucken.


“I’m going back in my boots, as they say,” she said with a laugh.


Whitley will be handling the company’s books and helping with some of the day-to-day operations of the commercial fishing and marine supply business. She said she will miss working in education, but feels a need to assist her parents with the demanding enterprise.


Whitley grew up in Pamlico County and is a 1984 graduate of Pamlico County High School. She went on to graduate from East Carolina University.


Whitley has worked in several jobs in the local education sector, including in the Pamlico County school system as a teacher, a media coordinator, a technology assistant and an assistant principal.


She took the job as the college’s director of library services about two years ago. In that job, Whitley also has been in charge of the college’s Cultural Enrichment offerings.


“I was interested in making a difference at a higher level of education,” Whitley said.


College leaders say Whitley has made a difference on campus.


“Jane did an outstanding job for PCC,” said President Dr. Jim Ross. “She constantly worked for new and better ways to serve our students. She will be missed.”


Whitley said she will miss her co-workers at the college, but will particularly miss working with students, especially those she recognizes from her days in the public school system.


“It’s been rewarding to be able to help them again,” Whitley said.


Whitley and her husband, who is an educator in Beaufort County, live in Bayboro. They have three children.





Spring Semester Book Buyback 5/4/17

Flyer for the spring semester book buyback



A representitive from Follett will be on campus Thursday, May 4th from 9:00am until 4:00pm (with an hour break for lunch) in the student lounge area of the Johnson Building.


Bring in your unwanted textbooks in order to sell them for cash!








Graduate Returns to Lead Medical Assisting Program

Jessica Boomer poses with the new medical assisting director, Tina Hardison

April 27, 2017


At Pamlico Community College, the student really has become the teacher.


Tina Hardison, a 2015 graduate of the college’s Medical Assisting program, started work April 3 as the new director of the popular two-year program, which trains students to work with patients in doctors’ offices, health care clinics and other facilities.


The 46-year-old Pamlico County native is taking over for Jessica Boomer, a registered nurse who will be leaving the college May 15 to move with her husband and son to Mississippi.


Boomer, who has led the program for about three years, said Hardison will be a fantastic successor.


“I know the quality of student she was and the quality of worker she was,” Boomer said, adding that Hardison graduated from PCC’s Medical Assisting program in just three semesters with a 4.0 grade point average.


For her part, the modest Hardison said Boomer has been a great help to her as she learns the new job. She also said the new position is the latest chapter in a life spent working to better herself and to improve her circumstances.


Hardison grew up in Pamlico County and graduated from Pamlico County High School. She intended to become a nurse, but things didn’t work out, so she took a job working in a medical office.


At first, she worked as a receptionist, then transitioned into the insurance and billing department. All along, Hardison soaked up as much knowledge about the medical field she could.


Her career took a turn into the restaurant industry. Hardison went to work for Tands, a Kinston-based owner of Bojangle’s restaurants, as a corporate trainer. She was working with Tands when she made a decision “out of the blue” to return to school at age 42.


Hardison enrolled at PCC in the Medical Assisting program, where she excelled. A self-described “nerd,” she loved everything about being in college and the Medical Assisting program.


“I loved school,” Hardison said. “I was on fire for it. That was my world.”


With a full-time course load, a full-time job and a family, she stayed busy, but she completed the program with flying colors.


One morning, she was working at a Tands-owned Bojangle’s in James City, where she was training an attendant at the drive-through window. A female customer drove up, and Hardison noticed she was wearing a Coastal Carolina Health Care (CCHC) uniform.


The two struck up a conversation about medical assisting and job opportunities, and the next thing Hardison knew, she was working at CCHC as a medical assistant – a job she held until she decided to return to her alma mater and lead the program she had once attended.


“I’ve always loved teaching,” Hardison said, adding she hopes to instill a love of learning and a strong work ethic in her students.


“They need to learn and recognize that you have to work really hard for what you want,” she said.


PCC President Dr. Jim Ross said the college is fortunate that Hardison decided to return.


“Tina Hardison will do a wonderful job with our Medical Assisting program,” he said. “She is a product of Pamlico Community College and has a love for this college and this community. Tina Hardison’s story illustrates the opportunities available right here at PCC.”


Boomer said Hardison’s journey as a non-traditional student should serve as an inspiration and motivation for others.


“I leave a good program in good hands,” she said, to which Hardison shot back: “And she’s leaving her cell phone number behind with me, just in case!”






High School Juniors Learn About PCC Programs

High school student learning about programs offered at PCC

April 20, 2017


More than 50 juniors from Pamlico County High School traveled to Pamlico Community College recently to see what the college can offer, both while they’re in high school and after they graduate.


The 11th-graders visited with instructors from nearly a dozen career programs, including Accounting, Business Administration, Cosmetology, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, Electroneurodiagnotic Technology, Esthetics, Environmental Science Technology, Medical Assisting, Medical Office Administration and Welding.


They also heard from PCC Math and Humanities instructors about their courses and university-transfer opportunities.


Perhaps most importantly, the students who participated in PCC’s “Junior Day” learned that they are eligible to take college courses – at no cost – while they are in high school, thanks to the N.C. Career & College Promise program. The credits earned by passing the free college courses can help students get ahead.


“Junior Day is funded by our GEAR UP grant in an effort to encourage students to attend college,” said Rebecca Pesko, PCC’s chair of general studies and a key organizer of the event. “We hope high school juniors at PCHS will consider PCC as a preferred option for their college path. In addition to marketing our career and university-transfer programs, instructors encouraged students to consider Career & College Promise in their senior year, which is a wonderful opportunity.”


Participating students were divided into small groups so they could take part in several hands-on activities across campus. For example, students who had their parents’ permission were able to try welding.


Over in the Delamar Center, juniors worked on an experiment to collect their own DNA, which they learned was useful in the college’s Criminal Justice program.


Cosmetology and Esthetics instructors and students offered the students eyebrow waxing and paraffin treatments, while the Medical Assisting and Medical Office Administration programs highlighted the career opportunities available in health care.


The groups rotated from station to station, which allowed all of the juniors to see each of the college’s featured programs.


“We enjoy having visitors on campus, especially when we can show them all of the great options that are available at Pamlico Community College,” said PCC President Dr. Jim Ross. “High school students are eligible to earn college credit by taking our courses free of charge, which is an outstanding opportunity. PCC has been rated as the third-best community college in the country, and we are proud to be able to offer high-quality career and university-transfer programs close to home.”


For more information about the Career & College Promise program, contact Derek Godwin at PCC’s Bayboro Center, 252-745-7349 or






Dr. Ross Meets With All Of PCC's Full-Time Employees

PCC President, Dr. Ross meets with an employee

April 19, 2017


When Dr. Jim Ross became president of Pamlico Community College last July, he decided to solicit ideas and suggestions from the college’s full-time employees – every single one of them.


Over the last eight months, Ross has met for an hour – one on one – with all of PCC’s roughly 75 full-time faculty members and staffers.


He wanted to get to know them, to hear their recommendations for the college and for him, and to begin building a team that would do great things to improve the college, the community and the lives of students and their families.


“I feel great now that it’s complete,” Ross said recently. “It’s been extremely rewarding. I’m very humbled to be one of only a very few community college or university presidents in our great nation to have done this.”


The employee meetings were just part of Ross’ efforts to reach out to the community. During his time at PCC, he also has met with civic leaders, government officials, the non-profit sector, media members and citizens to spread the word about the college and to look for ways it can help residents improve themselves and their circumstances.


Ross, who came to Pamlico after serving as a vice president at Piedmont Virginia Community College, said he decided to undertake the ambitious meeting schedule even before he accepted the top job at PCC.


“I came to PCC because I felt I could do more as a president than I could as a vice president,” he said. “I thought that, as one who values organizational leadership, this was something that would make our organization much better.”


Creating a sense of teamwork was the first, most important reason for the employee meetings, Ross said.


“I have worked with high-achieving teams to accomplish great things to make people’s lives better. I wanted to build that team here,” he said.


Any successful team needs a shared vision to do something great, Ross said. By getting to know PCC’s full-time employees and hearing their input, he was able to rally them behind a bold, shared vision.


“We want to move forward aggressively to make the college better, to make our community better and to make lives better,” Ross said. “That’s the shared vision that’s been created by these one-on-one sessions.”


A third rationale for the employee sessions was to salute employees for their efforts and to let them know how important their contributions are to PCC.


And, of course, the input received from employees yielded some great ideas, Ross said.


“I received extremely valuable information from them,” he said. “I gained insight into the value of programs and how they could be improved.”


One such instance involved a suggestion from instructor Leslie Jones to add Anatomy and Physiology to the prerequisites for students in the Electroneurodiagnostic Technology (EDT) program. Doing so would improve students’ performance and chances for success, she suggested.


Ross agreed, the change was made, and the program’s accreditation agency was impressed.


“Dr. Ross told me at that time he supported the needs of the program and would put the change in effect,” Jones said. “By his leadership and experience, I see the EDT program and its students reaching new heights.”


Cristy Lewis Warner, a student success coach, said she welcomed the opportunity to discuss her program with Ross and to show him the important role it plays in reaching students who are at risk of dropping out.


“Our conversation was centered on our students, their needs and how we can be what the community needs,” she said. “We discussed success coaching, student retention and how to best serve our students.”


Warner said that while she appreciated the one-on-one meeting with the president, she was most heartened to see Ross sitting down to talk with a student during registration.


“I was thrilled to see his engagement one on one with students,” she said. “This was my first insight into his dedication to student success. I actually took a photo of him talking to one of our students because it impressed me with how approachable he is to our students. They have valued their ability to be heard by our president as well.”


Greg Skelly, the college’s coordinator of health occupations and emergency services, said he was pleased the new president understood employees were more than their job titles and performance reviews.


“I once worked for a corporation in which I was one of 50,000 employees,” he said. “I was the proverbial ‘cog in the wheel.’ I was a position, not a person.


“Dr. Ross listened to me, not my resume, not performance reports, not much about my job.  He wanted to know who I am.  Our conversation lasted a good while, but it’s not over.  Clearly, it continues every time I am with the man. That feels very good.  As a result, I feel greater loyalty and commitment to him, to our college team, to our students and to our community.”


Ross said the one-on-one meetings were time-consuming, but worthwhile.


“It’s been a highly effective way to show respect to each employee,” he said. “We got a chance to chat, and they got a chance to know me a little better. People told me they like the approach.


“It was something that I greatly enjoyed. I know I’m a much better president for having done this.”


Environmental Science Program Offers Career Versatility

PCC Environmental science students on a field trip

April 10, 2017


For Pamlico Community College instructor Zac Schnell, going outside to work is a lot like going outside to play.


Schnell leads the college’s Environmental Science Technology program, which prepares graduates for good-paying jobs in the growing field of environmental testing, consulting, remediation and other related fields.


He says one of his favorite parts of the program is the wide variety of career options it creates for students who are interested in the environment.


“You can use it in many different ways,” the energetic, 28-year-old Wilmington native said. “It just depends on what you have an interest in.”


PCC is one of only four community colleges in North Carolina now offering the Environmental Science Technology program. Courses for the versatile program can be taken on campus or online.


PCC’s Environmental Science Technology offers a two-year associate’s degree that appeals to men and women who enjoy the outdoors and who are eager to work in careers that help keep their surroundings – and ours – clean and safe. The program also offers a number of valuable, career-enhancing certifications for people who manage wastewater treatment plants or who work in natural resource conservation.


“Environmental Science Technology is one of the programs that sets Pamlico Community College apart from its peers,” said PCC President Dr. Jim Ross. “We are proud to offer this program, and we are fortunate to have an innovative, well-educated and well-liked instructor like Zac Schnell to lead it.”


Schnell has been drawn to outdoor activities since he was a boy. Growing up in coastal North Carolina, he has always enjoyed boating, kayaking, hiking, surfing and scuba diving.


He earned a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Technology and Management from N.C. State University in Raleigh, and he went on to earn a master’s degree in Natural Resources from NCSU.


Schnell spent two years in the Peace Corps, working on coastal management projects in the Philippines. Not content with exposure to only coastal environments, he also worked for a while at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Institute at Tremont.


At PCC, he and his students can often be found in the field, collecting water samples, examining the effects of pollution or touring municipal facilities.


The Environmental Science Technology program is not without challenges: Students seeking the two-year degree must take and pass Chemistry and Biology.


But Schnell urges prospective students not to be intimidated. “Don’t let that scare you,” he said.


Students now enrolled in PCC’s Environmental Science Technology program are as varied as the environments they study. Some live in Pamlico County or neighboring areas, while others are distance education students who live in the mountains, Charlotte and the Raleigh-Durham area.


Some students are high schoolers, while others currently work in environment-related fields and want to advance their education.


“We are very fortunate to live in a beautiful place,” Ross said. “It’s only appropriate that Pamlico Community College offers a program to train men and women to understand, protect and enhance the environment.”


For more information about PCC’s Environmental Science Technology program, contact Zac Schnell at or call 252-249-1851, ext. 3115.


Instructor Travels to Meet with Online Students

PCC instructor meets with online students

April 4, 2017


Talk about a special delivery: Pamlico Community College instructor Leslie Jones recently traveled to the Charlotte area to meet with five students who are enrolled in the college’s online Electroneurodiagnostic Technology (EDT) program.


Gathering in the breakfast area of a Pineville hotel, Jones, the college’s EDT instructor, went over some head-measuring techniques and other course material with the students.


During the 2½-hour, Saturday evening session, the distance education students got a rare chance to meet with their instructor and their classmates face to face.


“My granddaughter had a karate tournament for that weekend, and I thought this would also be a great opportunity for students who were in that area to come and meet me and have a session with me,” Jones said about her Charlotte class meeting. “We really had a great time. I learned that two of the students – Kathryn Musselwhite and Merilyn Ellis – are sisters!”


This wasn’t Jones’ first trip to meet with distance education students, and it wasn’t the first site visit by a PCC instructor. But it does illustrate the level of commitment that PCC faculty members have to their programs and their students’ success.


“Leslie Jones is an excellent example of the outstanding instructors we have at Pamlico Community College who have outstanding knowledge and teaching skills,” said PCC President Dr. Jim Ross. “Leslie’s visit to the Charlotte area, however, demonstrates the kind of personalized attention students receive from our dedicated faculty and staff, which is an important reason our college is recognized as one of America’s best community colleges,” he said.


Jones believes it’s important to meet with her program’s online students, if possible.


“If a student, within the state or close by, asks to meet me, I make every effort to arrange it,” she said. “For this meeting, we met in the breakfast lobby of the Comfort Suites in Pineville. They were so hospitable and willing to help our EDT program. They allowed us the use of the facility as long as we felt needed.”


Musselwhite traveled from Kannapolis for the “class,” while her sister, Ellis, came from Troutman. They were joined by classmates Clotilde Fleurime and Cori Fowler of Charlotte and Stephen Miller of Asheville.


While together, the classmates also took their midterm exam.


Most of the classmates are moving from jobs in the medical field into EDT, Jones said. Fowler even gave Jones a pink crocheted brain as a show of appreciation for the program.


PCC offers a wide range of courses and programs in both seated and online formats. The college’s EDT program, which recently received national accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), is available entirely online.


For more information about PCC’s Electroneurodiagnostic Technology program, contact Leslie Jones at or 252-249-1851, ext. 3043.





PCC's Welding Program Offers Valuable Job Skills

PCC student welding for a class project

March 28, 2017


“It is just as honorable for workers to pursue careers working with their hands as it is working with their minds,” states Pamlico Community College President Jim Ross. “In fact, numerous vocational careers are now in great demand, pay very good salaries, and make our society stronger,” he said.


One good example is PCC’s Welding program, which can prepare students for high-paying job opportunities that are in demand. The college offers a two-year associate’s degree in Welding, as well as a diploma option and a certificate option in the fast-growing field. Continuing Education classes in Welding also are available.


At PCC, students learn the skill – and art – of joining metal to metal through a variety of processes, including the SMAW, GMAW, FCAW and GTAW methods.


Along the way, program participants learn about important safety procedures and OSHA requirements. They also learn how to cut metal, read blueprints and inspect welds, and they gain valuable, hands-on skills that will serve them well on virtually any job site.


“It’s a great opportunity,” said Joe Flynn, a full-time PCC instructor who leads the college’s curriculum programs in Welding. “There are thousands of jobs available in the welding field in the United States. They are everywhere.”


Welding jobs can be lucrative for people who attain high levels of skill and experience. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median hourly wage for a welder in 2015 was $18.34 per hour.


In addition, the American Welding Society and other industry advocates say that as the welding workforce ages and retires, more positions will become available, offering high pay and opportunities for advancement.


Flynn says that’s already happening, with some welders earning more than $100,000 per year, depending on their position and experience. Job postings for welders are plentiful online, and there are opportunities locally, around the region and around the world.


Flynn has been welding since he was a teenager. He learned the essential skills while working construction jobs in New York City.


“I was building skyscrapers when I was 17, 18 years old,” he said. “It was on-the-job training.”


Lured by a lower cost of living, Flynn followed his brothers south to North Carolina several years ago. After working several jobs, he enrolled at Pitt Community College to hone his welding skills and to earn certifications. Flynn later joined the Pitt CC faculty as an adjunct instructor, and he worked there and at nearby Craven Community College for several years before coming to Pamlico CC last August as the college’s full-time curriculum instructor in Welding.


He brings a lot of experience, from both on-the-job and academic settings, to the post. Flynn says he can train students to spot sloppy welds and to listen to the noises a welding machine makes to determine if it’s working properly.


“Not everybody can weld,” he said. “There’s a skill set to it, but it’s also an art.”


Welders and welding students must be patient, pay attention to detail and be ready to accept criticism. With those qualities, plus the skills available at Pamlico Community College, students can go on to earn good money and work in a $34 billion per year domestic industry where job opportunities abound.


Pamlico Community College will be offering a Cutting Processes course and an Introduction to Welding course this summer. For more information about these classes or the Welding program, contact Joe Flynn at or at 252-249-1851, ext. 3058.




New Face on the Beat at PCC

Campus security Officer Bill W poses near his office

March 24, 2017


Bill Wichrowski has a big job ahead of him.


The 48-year-old New York native started work March 1 as Pamlico Community College’s chief of campus security and safety.


He is tasked with developing the college’s new on-campus security office.


“You’re starting from nothing,” Wichrowski said recently. “The ultimate goal is to provide for the safety and security of the school and everybody therein.”


Wichrowski has spent his first few days on the job reaching out to his colleagues across the N.C. Community College System, particularly those who, like him, were hired to develop security offices or upgrade to campus police departments.


PCC’s establishment of a dedicated security office means that all of North Carolina’s 58 community college have campus security forces in place. Wichrowski is stationed in room 183 of the Johnson Building, which is the former public information office.


“We take seriously our commitment to campus security,” said PCC President Dr. Jim Ross. “That’s why we’re pleased that Bill Wichrowski has joined our team. We feel certain Bill has the knowledge, experience and temperament to be an effective campus security chief.”


Wichrowski comes to PCC after a 22-year career with the New York Police Department. He formerly lived on Long Island, N.Y., before moving with his family to Oriental.


Wichrowski said he and his family were drawn to the area by the low cost of living and good quality of life. He said his in-laws and other extended family members already live in the area.


Wichrowski has been married for 25 years and has three grown children.


In addition to speaking with his campus security colleagues, Wichrowski is reviewing the college’s plan of action for emergencies. He also is asking for employees, students and others who have campus security issues, concerns or suggestions to meet with him.


Wichrowski is reachable in person, and his phone number is 252-249-1851, ext. 3047.


“I want to get to know everyone,” he said.








OSHA Course Available at PCC

Workers on construction site

March 15, 2017


PCC’s Continuing Education division soon will be offering a 10-hour Construction Safety course through its OSHA Outreach Training Program.


The course is designed for construction workers, employers and others. It will include instruction on the recognition, avoidance, abatement and prevention of safety and health hazards on the job.


The program also will provide information about workers' rights, employer responsibilities and the procedure for filing a complaint.


The course will be taught by OSHA-authorized trainer Glenda Vestal.


Cost for the course is $139, which includes materials and a wallet-sized OSHA card.


Participants can choose to take the two-day course either Friday and Saturday, March 31 and April 1, or Friday and Saturday, April 28-29. Hours will be Fridays from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.


The course will be held at PCC’s Grantsboro campus.


For more information about this course, please contact Michelle McGuire-Egan at 252-249-1851, ext. 3124.






EDT Program Receives National Accreditation

EDT students performing classwork

March 7, 2017


Students at Pamlico Community College not only learn how to use their brains, they also can learn how to test what’s happening in someone else’s brain.


Pamlico Community College is one of two community colleges in North Carolina offering the Electroneurodiagnostic Technology associate’s degree program, which trains students to conduct sophisticated tests on the electrical waves in a patient’s brain and spine.


Those tests, which are conducted in hospitals and other health care settings, can be critical in the diagnosis and treatment of seizures, strokes and other neurological problems, including dementia and ALS.


Now, thanks to the hard work of faculty members, staffers and administrators, PCC’s Electroneurodiagnostic Technology program has received continuing accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). The accreditation is valid to 2026.


“We at Pamlico Community College are very proud of our Electroneurodiagnostic Technology program, and we are especially pleased with the news of the accreditation,” said PCC President Dr. Jim Ross. “We believe this program builds on our commitment to this community and puts Pamlico Community College in a position to offer a unique degree program that will set our college apart.”


Earning the accreditation was not easy. It required a lot of self-study and data collection, plus a stringent site visit by a CAAHEP team last September. But the work has paid off with a program that not only complies with nationally established accreditation standards, but also helps students discover new possibilities in health care.


Tests involving the brain and spine might sound painful, but they’re not. According to PCC instructor Leslie Jones, electroneurodiagnostic technologists use a series of electrodes that are placed on a patient’s head to collect data on the electrical waves generated by the brain and spine.


Before setting up the tests, technologists assess a patient’s symptoms and medical history, and then carefully measure the person’s head to ensure the electrodes are placed the correct distance apart, she said.


The patient’s scalp is then cleaned with alcohol to remove any oils or hair care products, and the electrodes are put on. As the patient follows a series of commands, the electrodes collect data on his or her brain activity.


“It looks like something a 2-year-old would draw,” Jones said, referring to the series of squiggly lines produced by a successful test, or “electroencephalogram.” Within those lines, doctors and others look for patterns that can help find problems in a patient’s brain and determine the correct treatment regimen to correct them.


Jones said she was drawn to a career in Electroneurodiagnostic Technology after her 12-year-old sister suffered a brain injury in an accident and developed seizures. Many of her students say they also were attracted to the field by the neurological difficulties suffered by family members.


Tiarra Jones-Nickeson, a second semester student from New Bern, said she enrolled in the program after seeing a beloved aunt struggle with seizures.


“I don’t want other people to go through what I had to go through,” she said.


Pamlico’s online Electroneurodiagnostic Technology program is a great option for working adults who are interested in health care. The program include a clinical component, meaning students work on their skills in health care settings.


PCC offers its entire two-year associate’s degree program in Electroneurodiagnostic Technology online, something no other community college in the United States does.


“It’s the only one of its kind in the country,” said Sandra Mathis, director of the program.


The two-year program takes commitment and discipline, but can lead to a versatile career with jobs in hospitals, doctors’ offices, clinics and labs. Work by electroneurodiagnostic technicians can help improve the lives of stroke and dementia patients, those with sleep problems and athletes and others who have suffered concussions.


“That’s awesome,” Mathis said.


For more information about PCC’s Electroneurodiagnostic Technology program, contact Leslie Jones at or 252-249-1851, ext. 3043.



Oyster Revival/Chili Cookoff Benefits Students

Oysters being enjoyed at the Oyster Revival


UPDATE: Around 150 people attended Pamlico Community College Foundation’s 7th Annual Great Oyster Revival Saturday, Feb. 25, the largest attendance yet. Maybe the weather brought folks out; with a beautiful blue sky and temps near 80, it was too pretty to stay indoors. This year’s event once again featured a chili cook off and music by The Pamlico Flutes. An addition to the festivities were the yard games: horseshoe, corn hole and giant Jenga.


Attendees’ tickets went into a drawing box for door prizes: 5 lbs. of local shrimp from Garland Fulcher Seafood; two of instructor Zac Schnell’s photo art on canvas; a Corksicle insulated tumbler from Nautical Wheelers gift shop; and a Thirsty Bruins gift certificate donated by Brandi McCullough. We thank those prize donors!


Patrick Bucksot, husband of Trustee Beth Bucksot and son-in-law of Foundation President Carla Byrnes, won the 50/50 raffle and very generously donated his winnings of $115 right back to the Foundation. Thank you, Patrick!


Our esteemed panel of chili judges, Brandy Fillingame, Gary Hardison, Shawn Lyon and Bev Fruhling, in a blind tasting, awarded the first place Golden Spoon Award and a Nautical Wheelers gift certificate, to our very own Denise Meyerson, coordinator of Instructional Services and Cultural Enrichment, for her vegan chili. The Silver Spoon runner-up award went to Janice Cox for her chicken chili. Many thanks to Kathy Nicodemus for her role as Chili Chief, and thank you to those who donated chili just to help, not caring whether they won the contest!


From making tea to keeping the cocktail sauce topped up to cleaning up afterwards, these fundraising events would not be possible without the help of many hands, and we thank them all. In addition to those already mentioned: Jennifer Paul; Patrick Rohrman; Michelle Schafer Egan; Brandy Fillingame and son Nicholas; Michelle Montgomery; Wyatt Cutler; Carla Byrnes; our Student Ambassadors Anthony Raisch, Olivia Stalcup, Kayla Thomas and Mikayla Minally; our Fab 4 oyster cookers Judge Ragan, Chuck Forrest, Reg Piland and Ricky Miller; George Willey and Herman Turnage; Denise Meyerson; and a special thank you to Brandi McCullough, former events coordinator, who advised and helped throughout, and postponed her move to Raleigh to assist at the event, and to Bruce Lupton, who was the very last person to leave the campus that night.



January 11, 2017


As we pursue a healthier lifestyle in this era of Fitbits and Paleo diets, keep in mind what researchers already know:  helping others lowers stress levels, makes us feel happier and live longer. As John Andrew Holmes said, “There is no better exercise for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.”


That’s what Pamlico Community College Foundation’s 7th Annual Great Oyster Revival is all about. Helping others. What do a Certified Nursing Assistant, a public school teacher, and a future substance abuse counselor have in common? They “Discovered Tomorrow’s Possibilities” at Pamlico Community College with the help of Foundation scholarships. That’s where you come in. Spend a leisurely Saturday afternoon in February feasting on all-you-can eat freshly-steamed oysters and gourmet chili while listening to pop, classical and Irish tunes by the Pamlico Flutes, and  you’ll be making it possible for deserving students to discover tomorrow’s possibilities. Tickets are just $30 for all you can eat, live entertainment, fun and fellowship. And - to honor educators--with an ID educators pay just $25.


Not crazy about oysters? Let’s talk about the chili. We’re not talking your average ground beef slathered with chili powder. Last year there were 12 pots of chili--bear chili, venison chili, Argentinian-style, something called Snake Bite Chili, Texas Chili, black bean chili, veggie chili. Rumor has it this event doubles as a chili cook-off with a prize and trophy, so it is sure to attract a smorgasbord of exotic, world-class chilis. More details on the cook-off will be forthcoming.


Or give your ticket to a friend. Or consider making a donation to the Foundation. Help lift people up.


Mark your calendars for Saturday, February 25, 3-5 p.m. at Pamlico Community College for all-you-can-eat oysters and chili, live entertainment, fun and fellowship while helping others achieve their dreams. Call 252-249-1851, ext. 3084 for more information on the event or how to make a donation. Tickets will be available at the college bookstore at 5049 Highway 306 South, Grantsboro, the Chamber of Commerce office on Highway 55 in Grantsboro, Bayboro Pharmacy, and Nautical Wheelers and Oriental Deli and Subs on Broad Street in Oriental. Tickets can also be held at the gate with a credit card by calling the above number.


As one attendee said, “Whatever you do, don’t miss this Pamlico County tradition. There is not a better time to be had in the Western Hemisphere!”


PCC Extends Hours for Spring 2017 Registration

December 21, 2016


Good news. There is still time to enroll for the spring 2017 semester at Pamlico Community College, even though classes start in just a few weeks.


Pamlico Community College is hosting a two-day registration event dedicated to helping all students apply and register for the upcoming spring 2017 semester.


This registration event is a one-stop enrollment for registration, financial aid, testing, and scheduling classes, and PCC is extending its hours for two days this week in an effort to make this one-stop enrollment available to everyone.   


The special registration days will be Wednesday, January 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Thursday, January 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.  The extended hours and services are designed to help all students register, even if they cannot make it to campus during normal working hours. 


“At Pamlico Community College it is our mission to serve our community. We understand that our students can have other responsibilities that make coming to campus during normal working hours difficult. We extend our hours every semester because we want to be available to anyone and everyone who wants to come learn more about our programs, apply, or register for the spring 2017 semester,” says Jamie Gibbs, vice president of student services.


At this two-day registration event, students can:

  •         Fill out an application
  •         Meet with an advisor about academic goals
  •         Get help with class registration
  •         Sign up for new student orientation
  •         Get help with financial aid
  •         Review financial aid status and payment options
  •         Pay tuition; start tuition payment plan
  •         Purchase or rent books at the PCC bookstore


This two-day registration event is not just for current students. Prospective students and their families are encouraged to attend.


Spring semester classes begin Tuesday, January 17, with online classes starting Monday, January 30. PCC is located at 5049 NC Hwy 306 S. in Grantsboro. Normal registration hours are Monday- Thursday 7:30am – 4:30pm and Friday 7:30am-1pm. Visit or email to learn more.





PCC Named Gold-level Award Recipient Military Friendly®

PCC receives Military Friendly Gold Award

December 14, 2016



Pamlico Community College announced today that it has been named a Gold-level Military Friendly® School Award recipient in the category of Community Colleges for 2017.


For more than a decade, Military Friendly ratings have set the standard for companies and colleges demonstrating positive employment and education outcomes for veterans and their families. This past week, they published its awards for 2017 Military Friendly Schools and Employers with a special addition.


New this year, Military Friendly Awards showcase the most powerful and effective programs of more than 1,200 post-secondary schools that were designated as “Military Friendly” in November. These higher-education institutions have been recognized for exhibiting leading practices in recruiting and supporting post-military students.


Of those designated, 154 employers and 541 schools have been recognized for excellence in different categories, highlighting not only “Are you Military Friendly?” but “How Military Friendly are you?”


Only two out of the 58 community colleges in North Carolina and only 55 community college’s in the nation received the Gold- level Military Friendly award.


“Pamlico Community College is honored to receive the Military Friendly designation for the second year in a row and even more honored to receive the Gold-level status this year,” says Dr. Jim Ross, president of Pamlico Community College. “At PCC, we value our military, and this designation highlights that value and dedication to serve our veteran community from classrooms to careers.


In order to qualify, schools must have successfully completed a 2017 Military Friendly survey and, as a result, been designated as a 2017 Military Friendly School.


Rankings were determined by a how well an institution’s military recruiting program does in three primary areas:


  1. Engages the prospective military student or employee in a recruiting environment.
  2. Educates the military student or employee once he or she is part of the company or school.
  3. Employs the military student or employee in meaningful employment.


The evaluation process includes public data public data from government sources, including the U.S. Departments of Veteran Affairs, Labor, Defense and Education, along with proprietary data collected through the school’s Military Friendly survey.


To learn more about how Pamlico Community College serves our military or to register for the spring 2017 semester, please contact PCC’s student services at 252-249-1851 or visit





PCC Launches Mariner's Club Campaign

Scholarship recipients pose with instructor at PCC's scholarship ceremony

December 7, 2016

By: Michelle Noevere


At this blessed time of year, it is appropriate for us to give thanks. We, at Pamlico Community College, are thankful for all of the past donations to PCC and the scholarships for deserving students, made possible by our caring community.


Spring 2017 registration is underway, and with it a promise to each student—a better life.  A quality education at PCC can mean learning a new skill or trade, getting a better job, making more money, or improving the quality of life for themselves and their families.


PCC’s late president, Dr. Cleve H. Cox, was a champion for students. He knew that education changes lives; that education is something that, once attained, can never be taken away.


It is because of this reason and many others that the PCC Foundation 2016-2017 annual Mariner’s Club campaign is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Cox.


The Cleve H. Cox Memorial Scholarship, made possible by community donations, has been established. The first two scholarships from this fund have been awarded this semester. A gift to this new fund provides deserving, goal-oriented, Pamlico County students with the means to attain something valuable. It is something so valuable that once earned, can never be taken away—education.


Fall 2016 scholarship recipients met their scholarship donors, some for the first time, at PCC’s annual scholarship ceremony yesterday. The room was filled with big smiles and big hearts because our county recognizes the importance and value of education. PCC wants to continue giving the gift of education to our deserving students, but we cannot do it without the support from donors in the community.


“I would not be where I am today without the scholarship I received from the PCC Foundation,” says Olivia Stalcup, Human Services Technology student and PCC Ambassador. “I have been given hope and a renewed sense of purpose because someone I did not even know believed in my future.”


Donations help students dream big. From occupational training to curriculum classes, PCC offers scholarships to dedicated, qualified students, but these scholarships need donations to survive. Certified Nursing Assistant, Emergency Medical Technician, Small Engine Repair, Gerontology, Substance Abuse Counseling—these are a few examples of training and educational programs for which scholarships are available.


Many potential students earn too much to qualify for grants or state assistance, but not enough to cover tuition or registration costs. These scholarships bridge that gap, making life-changing education possible.


Please, take a moment to make your gift this blessed holiday season. You can support the Cleve H. Cox Memorial Scholarship, another area of your choosing, or unrestricted—everything makes a difference.


If you would like to learn more about the Mariner’s Club campaign, or make a donation, please contact Michelle Noevere, Development Officer for the PCC Foundation, at or 252-249-1851 x 3084.



PCC to Waive Delamar Center Rental Fees for Pamlico County Non-profits

PCC Delamar Center

November 30, 2016


Dr. Jim Ross began his tenure as Pamlico Community College President in July with a bold promise—to meet individually with all full-time PCC employees and community leaders to ask their ideas on how the college can serve the community even better. These past five months have seen him work at a feverish pace, with employees and community leaders alike expressing high marks for Ross’ eagerness to sincerely listen to their ideas and his willingness to take creative actions for positive change for Pamlico County.


These one-on-one meetings have become the foundation for a spirit of innovation at PCC, where new ideas are being embraced to move the college forward in partnership with the community. Now, while we enter into the holiday season of thankfulness and generosity, PCC has a special announcement for all nonprofits in Pamlico County to make our community even better.


“We are thankful for our nonprofits, who play an essential role in making our community prosperous, healthy, and safe,” says Ross. “Having given careful thought to ways we can be better partners with our nonprofits, PCC will permanently waive fees for all Pamlico County nonprofits for use of the Delamar Center starting immediately.”


Ross credits this idea to a suggestion made by Mrs. Linda Sanderson during a meeting with her and her husband Senator Norman Sanderson during his first few weeks as president. During that meeting, Mrs. Sanderson said it was a shame to have such a beautiful building as the Delamar Center that was used so rarely by the community because of rental fees, asking Ross if he would look into increasing the community’s ability to use this center.    


With a leadership background in higher education, business, and nonprofits, Ross wanted to help. It was decided to waive all usage fees for county non-profits for this center as the ideal solution. In a letter he will send to all non-profit organizations, he will cite four main reasons for making this dramatic change.  

  • Community is the College’s middle name for a reason. PCC wants to act in every reasonable way in partnership with our community to make it even better.  
  • Taxpayers funded the construction of the Delamar Center, so it is only right to allow nonprofits to rent the space free of charge.
  • PCC encourages the community to visit campus, because it’s truly the community’s campus. By coming to campus more often, we hope many more citizens become more aware of our course offerings and thus decide to take a class or pursue a degree.   
  • Most importantly, PCC respects all that nonprofits mean to the county and understand the financial challenges they have. We realize that every dollar they raise is precious to their missions serving senior citizens, vulnerable children, disabled citizens, veterans, and nearly all our community in one way or another. They make the community stronger, and they deserve to be appreciated.

 “Through this act, we hope it will dramatically strengthen Pamlico Community College’s partnership with the community. While it lives up to our middle name and our mission statement, it’s being done because it’s the right thing to do,” says Ross.


If you are representing a nonprofit in Pamlico County and are interested in using the Delamar Center, please contact Dr. Jim Ross by phone at 252-249-1851 x 3084 or by e-mail at


The Pamlico Community College Delamar Center is located on its main campus at 5049 NC Hwy 306 S. in Grantsboro.  



PCC Hosts First County STEM Day

Pamlico County Middle School students participating in a lab during PCC's STEM Day.

November 23, 2016


Pamlico County has ‘kicked-off’ its grant-funded “Pamlico STEM Pathways to Job Initiative” in a fun, interactive way.


Earlier this month, PCC hallways were filled with Pamlico County Middle School and Arapahoe Charter School students for one simple reason—teach them about various careers in the science, technology, engineering, and math fields.


From aerodynamics research labs to stethoscopes, this event was full of hands-on activities for the students.


“It is important for students to be introduced to STEM related careers at an early age,” says Michelle Willis, vice president of instructional services at PCC. “It is a county-wide effort because we, as educational organizations, want to help educate and train the future leaders of tomorrow.”


PCC’s STEM-related programs, consisting of the College’s medical, electrical, math, and technical programs, attended the event. Cherry Point’s engineering and biotechnology team, equipped with a mobile lab, were there to promote partnerships with the College’s electrical, welding, and biology programs.


While this event centered on the students in Pamlico County, it serves a much greater purpose.


Pamlico County’s STEM day is the first of many, and it has been made possible because of the $1.2 million grant from the Golden Leaf Foundation.


This past summer, Pamlico County was awarded a $1.2 million grant from the Golden Leaf Foundation as part of the organization’s community-based grantsmaking initiative. According to the grant application, the purpose of the grant is to provide funding to Pamlico County and its partners, Pamlico County Schools, Arapahoe Charter School, and Pamlico Community College, to create seamless educational pathways to jobs in the science, technology, engineering, and math fields.


All of PCC’s STEM related programs are open to high school juniors and seniors, offering tuition-free, transferable college credit through the Career and College Promise Program. It’s a viable cost-effective alternative, saving many tens of thousands of dollars.


If you are interested in learning more about PCC’s programs, please visit, call 252-249-1851, or email


PCC’s spring 2017 registration is open now, with classes beginning January 17. Financial aid and scholarships are available.





Pamlico Paid it Forward

Pamlico Community College employees help sort the donations for flood victims

November 9, 2016


A few days after Hurricane Matthew, representatives from Pamlico Community College, Pamlico County Government, Pamlico County Sheriff’s Department, Pamlico County School Systems, and Pamlico County Chamber of Commerce met to discuss ways in which Pamlico County can help those impacted by Hurricane Matthew and its lasting effects on our region.


Pamlico Community College noticed there was a need for donation drop-off locations in this area. Instead of working alone as separate organizations, Pamlico County decided to come together as one to help coordinate the County’s disaster relief effort, naming the effort, “Pamlico Pays it Forward.”


From October 18 to November 12, specified drop-off locations were collecting donations of diapers, food, clothes, and more. These drop off locations were: Pamlico Community College, Pamlico County Chamber of Commerce, Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office, Town of Oriental, and Bayboro Pharmacy.


Acting as the central drop-off location, when the donations began to pile up, Pamlico Community College organized a pick-up effort to help the other locations get the donations to the College.


The effort shown by the organizations involved and the citizens that donated is undeniable.

On Thursday, November 3, volunteers from Pamlico Community College and the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office sorted and organized all donations—two large classrooms worth.


Two hours and many trips to the trucks later, all the donations were organized and packed in the trucks to be delivered to those impacted by the flood. 


“At first, we did not know how many vehicles we were going to need. However, as the donations began to pile up and the vehicles began to fill up, we realized we were doing to need more than what we had,” says Jamie Gibbs, PCC vice president of student services.


“PCC employees donated their vehicles to help, and we ended up with five trucks taking donations to two different places. It was amazing to see the desire to help others in PCC employees.”


As the holiday season approaches, it is important to remember the power of giving and helping others. After witnessing this donation effort, Pamlico County needs no reminder. Pamlico County came together and paid it forward.


Thank you to all who donated to the County’s relief effort.



Local author to visit PCC

November 7, 2016

Almost everyone has heard of the ‘left-brain’ vs ‘right-brain’ myth. You’re either creative-right or analytical-left. However, if you take a look at Karen Dodd’s background, you would find that myth to be just that—a myth.


From school administrator to financial advisor, Dodd never thought she would one day become an author of eight published books and many magazine articles, including some published in Our State Magazine.  


“Back in the 80’s, I was working as a school administrator at East Carolina University, where I wrote grants and ran workshops. In the 90’s, I was a school teacher and later worked for the school board in Carteret County, so I guess I have always had a career where I needed to write” says Dodd.

But when Dodd retired, she began reflecting on her time and history in eastern North Carolina. With such happy, positive memories, she knew she needed to do something to preserve them for her family.


“I wanted my grandchildren and great grandchildren to know the way we grew up. I wanted them to know their family in a way that was just not possible. If I preserved our family’s memories, then they would always know who they are and where they came from.”


A passion for preserving memories turned into a love of story-telling. Now, eight published books later, Dodd has stopped publishing her books, but still believes in giving back to the community. She wants to help other writers publish their own books.


Karen Dodd has teamed up with Pamlico Community College’s Cultural and Life Enrichment program. Together, they will be offering series on writing and publishing. The first series is titled, “So you want to write a book?”


In this series, Karen Dodd will discuss the trials and tribulations of self-publishing.


“There are many dangers of doing it yourself. You need to know how to avoid ‘phishing for your money’ ads, poor editing, sloppy formatting, blurred photos, and under marketing,” says Dodd.


Dodd’s advice will help you publish your book in 12 months or less, without the hassle normally associated with self-publishing.


This interactive seminar will be held on Thursday, November 10 at 6pm in PCC’s library. The cost to attend this event is $10.

To reserve your seat at this informative program, or if you have any questions, please contact Denise Meyerson at 252-617-1376.


Pamlico Community College is located at 5049 NC Hwy 306 S. in Grantsboro.



PCC to Host FAFSA Day for ALL


PCC talking with financial aid advisor


October 27, 2016

With the cost of college tuition on the rise, it is now more important than ever to make sure you fill out the Federal Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), a government form that streamlines the college financial aid process.


The FAFSA helps determine whether students are eligible for federal loans, grants, or work-study programs. With over $150 billion given to college students annually, do not let the length of the application keep you from applying. You never know what types of financial assistance you could be giving up.


“Even if a student is not eligible for federal funds, they could be eligible for state funds, but they would never know if they do not fill out the FAFSA,” says Melissa Whitman, director of financial aid.


Filling out the FAFSA is typically the first step in applying for other types of financial assistance, such as scholarships. At Pamlico Community College, like most institutions of higher learning, students are required to fill out the FAFSA before being awarded need-based or merit-based aid packages.


At Pamlico Community College, we know that taking that first step is difficult, and applying for financial aid through the FAFSA can be scary and overwhelming. That is why Pamlico Community College is hosting its annual FAFSA Day on Saturday, October 29th from 9am-12 noon. This event is open to any student or parent who needs help filling out their FAFSA, or anyone who has questions regarding the FAFSA.


In order to better assist you, Pamlico Community College’s Financial Aid department asks that you bring:


  • Prior to the event, each student and one parent should apply for a FSA ID at Make sure to keep a record of the parent's and student's email addresses, their answers to the security questions, and both FSA IDs in a secure place. You'll need that information to sign the FAFSA.
  • Completing the 2017-18 FAFSA on the Web Worksheet in advance will help you get familiar with what's on the electronic version you'll be completing and submitting. Worksheet available at
  • The day of the event, it’s helpful to bring information from your 2015 tax filing. With that in hand, most families will be able to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool in the income/asset section of the FAFSA.


It’s important to remember that while bringing along these items is recommended, it is not required to be helped. PCC’s student services will be here to help you through the entire process.


Do not let the cost of college keep you from reaching for your dreams. Submitting the FAFSA is completely free, and with the trained staff at Pamlico Community College here to answer any questions, it can be easy, too.


Pamlico Community College’s FAFSA Day is being held at PCC’s main location, NC 306 Hwy S in Grantsboro from 9am-12 noon this Saturday, October 29. If you have any questions regarding the event, please contact Melissa Whitman, Director of Financial Aid, at or 252-249-1851 x 3026. If you cannot make it to the event, do not worry. We will be available to help you year-long from 7:30am-4:30 pm Monday-Thursday and 7:30am-1pm on Friday.




PCC Announces Golden LEAF Scholarship Opportunities

October 20, 2016


Melissa Whitman, Directof of Financial Aid, helping students understand the financial aid process


For many students, the cost of higher education can serve as a deterrent to applying. Right now, the average student loan debt is over $30,000 and the national student loan debt is upwards of 1.3 trillion.


With the student loan debt on the rise, students are depending more on institutional scholarships, and Pamlico Community College is stepping up to help.


PCC is pleased to announce more scholarships are available for the fall, spring and summer semesters for the 2016-2017 academic year.


These scholarships are made possible by a grant given to the NC Community College System by the Golden LEAF Foundation. Curriculum students may apply for up to $750 per semester and occupational education students are eligible for up to $250 per term.


Golden LEAF Scholarships can be used to assist with tuition, fees, books, supplies, transportation and childcare expenses related to attending classes during the 2016-17 academic year and industry-recognized credential testing expenses that address skill gaps. Scholarships for both occupational and curriculum students are available during the fall, spring and summer semesters.


The Golden LEAF Scholarship program, designed to help North Carolinians attend the state’s community colleges, is funded through a $750,000 grant from the Golden LEAF Foundation.


“This scholarship is a great opportunity for our students.  Pamlico Community College is thankful that the Golden LEAF scholarship helps our students reach their educational goals,” says Jamie Gibbs, Vice President of Student Services.


“The Golden LEAF Foundation is proud to have awarded over 9,600 Golden LEAF Scholarships to help North Carolinians attend our state’s community colleges,” says Dan Gerlach, Golden LEAF President. “Our hope is that these scholarships will help build the talent, knowledge and skills of our current and future workforce, which are in demand by industry, especially in the rural areas of our state.”


Do not let the cost keep you from attending college. Financial aid, in the form of scholarships, grants, work study, etc., are available to many students in the eastern North Carolina region.


To learn more about the Golden LEAF scholarships and other financial aid opportunities, please contact Melissa Whitman, Director of Financial aid, at 252-249-1851. Pamlico Community College will be hosting its annual FAFSA day on Saturday, October 29 from 9am-12 noon.




SBC to Host Social Media Summit

September 29, 2016

Social media is an effective marketing tool for any business. However, social media marketing changes about every three months, which is why business owners need up to the minute recommendations to stay at the top of their game.


According to Social Media Examiner, over 97% of marketers are currently participating in social media. In this day and age, that statistic is unsurprising. What is surprising is that over 85% of the participants are unsure of how to effectively launch a social media platform, or even utilize social media effectively. That means many local businesses are missing out on a free and highly effective marketing tool, which is why Pamlico Community College’s Small Business Center is here to help!


The SBC Social Media Marketing Summit 2016 will be held this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, September 29, 30 and October 1. Known experts in social media marketing will provide you with current tips on how to integrate and manage your social marketing campaign and utilize top services in social media.


Meet the marketing experts that will help your business grow:


Renea Simon is the owner of Step-by-Step Business Solutions. Renae has over 12 years of experience in business consulting, marketing and advertising, facilities management, special events management, and sales. Would it be great if you could consolidate all of your social media accounts into one place?  What if you could schedule your marketing Tweets, Google Plus/ My Business posts, Facebook posts, and LinkedIn updates weeks in advance? Well you CAN, and Renea will show you how!


Mary Ann Gerney is the owner of Oakland Publishing Services and specializes in web design and social media marketing for small businesses. She helps businesses establish websites, build Facebook pages, and join the twitter universe, as well as Pinterest and Instagram. Gerney will be bringing her expertise given to her clients to you for FREE at the Social Media Marketing Summit.


Christina Williams is the owner of Savvy Tech Consulting and is a Microsoft Office Specialist, educator, and a small business owner.  She has taught computer classes for the last 10 + years, and now has geared her trainings to small business owners across North Carolina.  Her seminars are fun and educational, and she teaches you the material in an easy to understand way but in a very easy relaxing atmosphere. 


The schedule for the Social Media Marketing Summit is as follows:

Thursday, Sept. 29, 3:15 pm to 5 pm: FaceBook Marketing

Thursday, Sept. 29, 6 pm to 8pm: Email Marketing

Friday, Sept. 30, 3:15 to 5 pm: Google Marketing for Business Owners

Friday, Sept. 30, 6 pm to 8 pm: Instagram for Business

Saturday, Oct. 1, 10 am to 12 pm: Mobile Apps for Business Owners  

Saturday, Oct 1, 1 pm to 3 pm: Hootsuite Social Media Management for Business 

Come to one, or come to them all. For more information visit, contact Sandy Johnson Clark, Small Business Center Director, at 252-571-2243 or





Scholarships Still Available!

September 29, 2016

2015-2016 PCC scholarship recipients


The following scholarships are still available for Pamlico Community College students. In order to be considered for scholarships, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). To apply for the FAFSA, go online at Assistance in completing the FAFSA is also available in the financial aid office.


  • Paul H. Johnson GED Scholarship
    PCC Foundation Scholarships
    Margaret Rawls Stancil Scholarship
    Mount Vernon Lodge #359 Masonic Scholarship


Additional requirements may be requested of potential scholarship recipients such as meeting with the donor and attending the Annual Scholarship Award Banquet.


All Re-Advertised 2016 – 2017 Scholarship Applications are due into the Financial Aid Office no later than October 5th, 2016.


Scholarship Application






2016 Business Expo & Job Fair

September 21, 2016

Attendees from the 2015 Business Expo


Thousands of North Carolinians have found jobs using Career Centers across the state.


This year, Pamlico Community College is trying to make it easier for people to get the help they need and to find the job they want. The Pamlico County Career Center, a branch of Pamlico Community College, has partnered with the Pamlico County Chamber of Commerce to host a Business Expo and Job Fair.


Job Fair

Over 15 companies looking will be in attendance and are looking to fill open positions.

Whether you want to learn more about your job options or an opportunity to practice your networking skills, make plans to attend.

It is recommended that attendees bring multiple copies of their resume and dress in interview attire.


Business Expo

Last year’s Business Expo was a huge hit, and this year’s Expo is expected to be even better.


The Pamlico County Chamber of Commerce has worked hard to put on this event for all ages. PCC will be packed with local businesses and organizations ready to answer your questions and give out free goodies. 


“The expo will provide an avenue for businesses to show off their expertise and goods and services. It will also be a great networking opportunity,” says Joyce Swimm, Executive Director of the Pamlico Chamber of Commerce. “Restaurants will be showcasing their culinary delights and giving out samples throughout the entire event, and some of Pamlico’s local artists will be there to perform, so we will have music as our backdrop.”


Mark your calendars for Tuesday, September 27, from 4pm-7pm for Pamlico County’s only business expo. Sample businesses from A-Z, sample tasty delights from restaurants, and sample entertainment by area musicians.


The 2016 Business Expo and Job Fair will be hosted at the Delamar Center at Pamlico Community College. The event will be from 4pm-7pm. For more information on the Business Expo, please contact Joyce Swimm at 252-745-3008. For more information on the Job Fair, please contact Eric Cedars at 252- 745-9934. Pamlico Community College is located at 5049 NC Hwy 306 S. in Grantsboro..





Change is a Good Thing

September 9, 2016

PCC High School Equivalency students studying during class


The fall 2016 semester has begun, leaving many students to ask themselves, “What if?” What if I enrolled in the wrong classes? What if I am in the wrong program? What if I did this whole school thing completely wrong?

At Pamlico Community College, we believe every “what if” is an opportunity for success.


Each year, PCC helps students find their passion, regardless of it is in a different class or program than they had originally planned. Kathern Milligan, recent Nurse Aid I graduate and current GED student, epitomizes that all too common shift in interests.


Kathern Milligan, mother and grandmother, started school at Pamlico Community College in October of last year. She enrolled in the High School Equivalency (GED) program, but knew something was missing.


“I knew I wanted to finish my education and do something more with my life, but getting my GED was just the first step. I did not know what I wanted to do afterwards, but I knew I wanted to continue with school,” says Milligan.

This past summer, PCC offered a popular Nurse Aid I class. After encouragement from family and friends, Milligan decided to try it out.


“My mother passed away when I was 17. After that, I kind of lost myself for a little while because it took such a toll on me. I think that is why I wanted to become a certified Nurse Aid. I wanted to help and care for others.”

At the end of the semester, Milligan had successfully completed the course, as well as passed the NC State Nurse Aid I exam. Because of her certification, she was able to find a job in the nurse aid field.


Milligan became a certified Nurse Aid over the summer, finding a job during the process. This fall, she returned to Pamlico Community College to obtain her High School Equivalency (GED). She plans to graduate this December.


“I did not know what I wanted to do when I started school last fall, but I was put on this earth to do more,” Milligan says. “Everything just kind of fell into place. I received a scholarship for the Nurse Aid I class, so I have been able to go back to school for free, and that was a huge blessing.”


After graduation in December, Milligan plans to take a little break from school. She, however, plans to return to PCC for the fall 2017 semester.


“I want to one day become a nurse, but I could not imagine going anywhere else for the first couple of years. I plan on receiving my degree in Medical Assisting from PCC and then go on to nursing school.”


Milligan credits PCC for her current success, saying she would have never been able to accomplish what she has during this past year without the encouragement and support from PCC employees.


“If you ever feel like you can do more, even if you do not know what you want to do, take that first step at PCC. They will help you find where you are supposed to be, and you will accomplish great things along the way.”


If you would like to learn more about the Nurse Aid I program and available scholarships, contact Kathy Swecker at 252-249-1851 x 3017 or If you would like to learn more about the High School Equivalency program, contact Jim Privette at 252-249-1851 x 3082 or




PCC Named 3rd Best in Nation

By: The Pamlico News

September 1, 2016


GRANTSBORO – Pamlico Community College (PCC) has received national recognition as one of America’s premier community colleges in WalletHub’s 2016’s Best & Worst Community Colleges.


With more than 1,200 community colleges in the United States, Pamlico Community College has been judged to be the third best community college in America. Selected by WalletHub, a personal finance national website owned by Evolution Finance, Inc., community colleges across the nation were evaluated under a set of criteria to determine overall excellence. WalletHub’s analysts compared 821 community colleges across three key dimensions: 1.) Cost & Financing; 2.) Education Outcomes; and 3.) Career Outcomes. These categories were evaluated using 12 metrics, including cost of in-state tuition and fees, student-faculty ratio, and graduation rate.


Pamlico Community College is highlighted for its low student-teacher ratio at 9:1, and its high graduation rate, recognized as #5 in the nation.


PCC President Jim Ross called this recognition a credit to PCC’s outstanding faculty and staff.


“To be judged the third best community college in our nation is a tremendous honor to our employees and all associated with our college,” he said. “This is no surprise to me as I consider PCC’s employees to be unsurpassed in our nation,” Ross said. “One of the secrets in higher education is that students can get a great education at community colleges,” said Ross. “There are many outstanding community colleges in our state and nation, and to be recognized as one of the very best in America serves to let people know they can receive an outstanding education at PCC.”


According to WalletHub, “Long perceived as the bottom rung of the higher-education ladder, community colleges are often the subject of college humor.” That is changing rapidly.


The past unpopularity of community colleges stems from three principal misconceptions: first, that a link exists between cheap tuition rates and subpar quality of education; second, students are older, high school dropouts who failed admissions standards at “real” universities; and finally, dismal graduation rates reflect academic weakness. Such myths, however, draw from the nontraditional profile of a typical community-college attendee — 28 years old, on average, balancing studies with work, family or both.


Community college graduates are getting the last laugh as they out-earn bachelor’s degree holders and their alma maters finally earn respect. Across the board, community colleges are slowly stacking up against their university counterparts by offering better schedule flexibility, smaller class sizes and comparatively rigorous coursework, including bachelor’s degree programs at a fraction of the university cost. First-time college entrants find those qualities most appealing — as do university students transferring to community colleges, an emerging trend that reverses the traditional path of “upgrading” from a two-year to a four-year institution.




PCC Small Business Center Helps Area Businesses

August 31, 2016

Infographic explaining the success of Small Business Centers in North Carolina



For Pamlico Community College, summer has ended and the fall 2016 semester is in full swing. With all the different programs and pathways available to students at PCC, it can be easy to forget the Pamlico Community College Small Business Center (SBC) and the services it provides existing and prospective business owners.


The PCC Small Business Center is a state funded organization that is part of the Small Business Center Network of North Carolina. It supports the development of new businesses and the growth of existing businesses by being a community-based provider of training, counseling, and resource information.


It supports and encourages local small business owners with information they need for success, including advice on marketing, sales, bookkeeping, and management. We offer the following services:

• Confidential counseling to help you deal with your business needs;
• Training and technical assistance in starting your business;
• Business skill seminars, workshops, and courses;
• Resource and referral services - your one stop entrepreneur's shop; and
• A library with small business publications, literature and online resources.


There is no cost associated with any of the services the PCC Small Business Center provides. The training, counseling, and seminars are completely free.


Sandy Johnson-Clark, Director of the PCC Small Business Center, is passionate about helping businesses grow and flourish in eastern North Carolina because of her history and experiences.


“This area of North Carolina is my home, and entrepreneurship has been in my family for hundreds of years,” says Clark. “In following in my family’s footsteps, I have decided to dedicate my life to helping others achieve their business dream, teaching and sharing what I have learned through my education and experiences.”


With a Master of Business Administration degree and over 18 years of experience as a small business specialist in economic development, Clark is an invaluable asset to the PCC Small Business Center and existing and prospective business owners.


Because of Clark’s dedication to this area’s businesses, this year the PCC Small Business Center was nominated for the Small Business Center Network of North Carolina’s Most Impact Award for helping a client achieve over 140% growth in only the second year of business.


Clark provides the education and training for free, asking only for the business owner to dream big.


“All growth starts with a small business owner willing to take the risk and dream,” says Clark. “Whether you are thinking about starting a business, have started a new business, or been in business for years, I can and want to help you succeed.”


To learn more about the PCC Small Business Center, contact Sandy Johnson-Clark at 252-745 7348,, or visit the Small Business Center page at, located under “Community.”




New President, New Era at PCC

August 17, 2016

PCC President, Dr. Ross, meets with potential new student at registration

PCC’s new president, Dr. Jim Ross, taking time to meet with potential students during registration last week.


Pamlico Community College’s new president, Dr. Jim Ross, was welcomed with applause as he briefly shared his vision for the college at a welcome back ceremony for PCC faculty and staff last week.


Dr. Ross believes that PCC has the potential to become one of the best small, rural community colleges in the country. 


“PCC already has the framework needed to achieve greatness. We have outstanding faculty and staff, committed and dedicated to the mission of the college and making lives better for the students and community,” says Dr. Ross.


While Dr. Ross sees potential, he also sees the need for growth.


“I took this position because I believe in the power of education and the great things PCC can do for the community. I did not, however, take this position to oversee the status quo. I came to PCC to be an agent of change, promoting a spirit of innovation. I can promise that.”

Dr. Ross’ official first day on the job was July 25, and since then, he has kept that promise.


During the college’s welcome back ceremony, Dr. Ross addressed the campus community, encouraging faculty and staff to “make a difference.”


“Today is the start of our conversation to see what we can do to make our community better,” says Dr. Ross. “I encourage you to start each day with a goal to help at least one person. Listen to a student, help a coworker, encourage others, and share our mission, because these small acts add up. Through these acts, we will be making our college better, our community better, and our world better.”


Dr. Ross characterizes himself as a servant leader, committed to inspiring and encouraging others. Thus far, he has exemplified that quality in every interaction with the PCC community.


The first time Dr. Ross addressed the entire campus community, he took the time to acknowledge and thank the faculty and staff. Employees with a tenure of one year to 35 years were recognized and thanked personally by the new president.


“I want to meet with every employee at PCC, every elected official, every business owner, every teacher, and every citizen to hear their thoughts on how we can make Pamlico Community College better.”


He does not just want to hear these thoughts. He wants to listen, and he wants to learn.


“I want the community to know that I have an open door policy, and I encourage anyone and everyone to come to my office and have a conversation with me. Hopefully these conversations will turn into relationships and partnerships with shared goal to make this county better.”


PCC classes begin August 22, with many classes still open for registration. Learn more by visiting or calling 252-249-1851.





PCC Extends Hours for Registration

August 10, 2016

Good news. There is still time to enroll for the fall 2016 semester at Pamlico Community College, even though classes start in just a few weeks.


Pamlico Community College is hosting a two-day registration event dedicated to helping all students apply and register for the upcoming fall 2016 semester.


This registration event is a one-stop enrollment for registration, financial aid, testing, and scheduling classes, and PCC is extending its hours for two days this week in an effort to make this one-stop enrollment available to everyone.   


The special registration days will be Wednesday, Aug. 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Thursday, Aug. 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.  The extended hours and services are designed to help all students register, even if they cannot make it to campus during normal working hours. 


“At Pamlico Community College it is our mission to serve our community. We understand that our students can have other responsibilities that make coming to campus during normal working hours difficult. We extend our hours every semester because we want to be available to anyone and everyone who wants to come learn more about our programs, apply, or register for the fall 2016 semester,” says Jamie Gibbs, Vice President of Student Services.


At this two-day registration event, students can:

  •         Fill out an application
            Meet with an advisor about academic goals
            Get help with class registration
            Sign up for new student orientation
            Get help with financial aid
            Review financial aid status and payment options
            Pay tuition; start tuition payment plan
            Purchase or rent books at the PCC bookstore


This two-day registration event is not just for current students. Prospective students and their families are encouraged to attend.


Fall semester classes begin Monday, Aug. 22. PCC is located at 5049 NC Hwy 306 S. in Grantsboro. Normal registration hours are Monday- Thursday 7am – 4:30pm and Friday 7:30am – 1pm.






PCC Launches New and Improved Law Enforcement Program

August 3, 2016

Law Enforcement Speciality Training students participating in training


After many months of preparation, recruiting the best instructors and coordinator, Pamlico Community College has officially launched its new and improved Law Enforcement program.


Scott Houston, Major at the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office and supervisor over the Operations Division of the Sheriff’s Office, will be an instructor and coordinator for the Law Enforcement program at PCC. With twenty years of experience in law enforcement and a North Carolina criminal justice certified instructor, Houston brings a vast understanding and dedication to helping law enforcement officers receive the training and education they need to keep citizens safe.


Kathy Swecker, Coordinator of Health Occupations and Emergency Services, and Major Scott Houston worked hard to understand the law enforcement needs of this community and surrounding areas. They realized there are two major areas needing improvement--location and type of training--, areas in which PCC can help improve.


“Over the years I have seen how some smaller agencies oftentimes fall through the cracks and find it difficult to obtain specialized training for their officers. Small agencies cannot afford to lose officers for days at a time for travel and training half way across the state, and budgets do not allow for the meal and the lodging expense associated with such trips,” says Major Houston.


“This issue of convenience is a problem,” says Swecker. “And it is a problem we felt we could fix.” PCC is an excellent location for surrounding agencies to receive training. This limits distance traveled and lodging expenses, thus allowing agencies to receive the training they need with little to no cost.


“Along with offering yearly mandated in-service training that most community colleges offer, we are attempting to offer relevant specialized training in certain high liability and high visibility areas, including Narcotics Enforcement, Homicide Investigation, and Critical Incident Management,” says Major Houston. “We also offer certain specialized investigative courses focusing on Physical and Rural Surveillance and Narcotics Investigation.  In the coming months, we will be offering Basic Criminal Investigations training and other Officer Safety courses.”

This fall, PCC will be offering two specialized law enforcement classes. Pre-registration is required.


Death and Homicide Investigation

August 29-September 2



Advances Homicide Investigation

October 31-November 3


The spring, PCC will be offering two more specialized law enforcement classes. Pre-registration is required.


Sexual Assault Investigation

March 6-7



Drug Enforcement for Patrol

April 24-26



Not only has PCC identified two needs in the area, we are doing something about it. If we can help these agencies receive specialized training at a more convenient location with high quality instructors, then we are fulfilling our mission to the community.


If you would like to learn more about the Law Enforcement program or to register for courses, please contact Kathy Swecker at or 252-249-1851 x 3017.







Fall 2016 Beacon Now Available Online

July 27, 2016

Fall 2016 Beacon front cover



The Fall 2016 Beacon is here! Check out program highlights, course offerings, and more!


Fall 2016 Beacon





Success at PCC

July 27, 2016

Debbie Elks, Samantha New, and Dianne Golding at PCC’s 2016 commencement

Debbie Elks, Samantha New, and Dianne Golding at PCC’s 2016 commencement.


Dianne Golding graduated from Pamlico Community College in May of 2016 with an Associate degree in Medical Office Administration, with certificates in Billing and Coding and Medical Transcription.


During Golding’s time at PCC, she had to balance many other responsibilities. She was working full-time, while also being a full-time student and a single mother of three children. The odds were stacked against her, but like many PCC students, she persevered.


“I have always wanted to go back to school, but going to school when I had other responsibilities was hard on me,” says Golding. “But this program taught me that no matter how hard it may seem, I just need to keep pushing.”


When life got tough, she remembered her reason for choosing this profession. 


Losing her father at a young age was part of the reason why Golding chose a career in Medical Office Administration. She remembers going with her father to treatments, watching how different medical receptionists treated her father and family. From there, she realized the positive, or negative, impact these professionals can have on the patient and the family.


“When I felt like giving up, I remembered how much of an impact I would make in someone’s life. I may have to take care of someone’s mother, father, sibling, uncle, aunt, etc., and I want to be able to help them through anything and everything that might come their way,” says Golding. “Medical receptionists are the first and last person patients see when they enter and exit the building. I want to leave a good impression.”


Diane Golding found her passion at a young age, and the Medical Office Administration program at PCC helped her gain the skills and knowledge she needed to find success in a field she enjoyed.


“PCC was an awesome college, and they genuinely care about each student. I would not be where I am without the program and the college,” says Golding.


Like Golding, you can use your passion to find a career you enjoy. Pamlico Community College is enrolling for the fall 2016 semester until August 11. Financial aid and scholarships are still available. Visit, or call 252-249-1851 to learn more.





New Partnership to Benefit Transfer Students

July 20, 2016

Dr. Maria Fraser-Molina, PCC Interim President, and Dr. Evan D. Duff, NC Wesleyan Vice President of Adult and Professional Studies, signing transfer agreement.

Dr. Maria Fraser-Molina, PCC Interim President, and Dr. Evan D. Duff, NC Wesleyan Vice President of Adult and Professional Studies, at last week’s transfer agreement signing ceremony.


Pamlico Community College and North Carolina Wesleyan College have signed a credit transfer agreement, enhancing and expanding options for Pamlico Community College students who wish to pursue a bachelor’s degree.


On Thursday, July 14, representatives from both PCC and NC Wesleyan attended a signing ceremony at PCC’s main campus in Grantsboro. In addition to the representatives from the respective Colleges, members from the PCC Board of Trustees, the Pamlico County Chamber of Commerce, and Arapahoe Charter School were in attendance.


Under the partnership, any Pamlico Community College student who is a recipient of a degree in Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, Human Services Technology, Office Administration, and Medical Office Administration are eligible to transfer to NC Wesleyan with sixty hours towards a baccalaureate degree and junior standing. Additionally, this partnership provides transfer students eligibility for state and federal financial aid and NC Wesleyan scholarships.


“This agreement is proof of the commitment that NC Wesleyan and PCC have to improving and increasing educational opportunities for the residents of Pamlico County.  This agreement goes beyond your traditional transfer opportunities in Arts and Science.  It gives graduates of Pamlico Community College, who complete associate in applied science degrees that would otherwise be terminal, a seamless pathway to a four year degree,” says Dr. Maria Fraser-Molina, Interim President, Pamlico Community College.


An agreement focused on student success, the partnership will help PCC graduates achieve a seamless transfer to NC Wesleyan, providing PCC graduates assistance with moving on toward advanced degrees.


“Students who take PCC college-level courses in high school can now continue their studies at the College and transfer to NC Wesleyan to attain a bachelor’s degree if they so desire, or they could find a job with the credential they attained at PCC while they further their education. This agreement is also an acknowledgement of the high caliber graduates that PCC sends into the workforce or the university. ”


Pamlico Community College, located in Grantsboro, NC, is one of 58 community colleges in the North Carolina Community College System. PCC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award Associate Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates. To learn more, visit or call 252.249.1851.




PCC Unveils New Sign

July 13, 2016

New electronic sign on PCC's main campus

On Monday, representatives from donors Harold H. Bate Foundation, Carolina East Health Center, and the PCC Foundation participated in PCC’s electronic sign unveiling alongside PCC Board members, County Commissioners,

and PCC faculty and staff.


If you have driven down 306 recently, you might have noticed a new addition to Pamlico Community College’s campus. The electronic sign was one of Dr. Cox’s initiatives, and everyone at Pamlico Community College was excited to see this project come to life. 


On Monday, Pamlico Community College held an unveiling ceremony, with sign donors, community members, the PCC Foundation, the PCC Board, and staff members all in attendance.


“We have been working on this project for a long time, but it would not have been possible without the support of our donors,” says Dr. Maria Fraser-Molina, interim president of Pamlico Community College. “We wanted to invite them down and personally say thank you for their support, because it is those partnerships that enable us to continue to serve the community.”


Without the support of the Harold H. Bate Foundation, Carolina East Health System, the PCC Foundation, and Bollin M. Millner Jr., this electronic sign would not have been possible.

It helps us reach the community in a way that was just not possible before.


While it is not a new, shiny building, it is an addition that brings more life and character to our campus, showcasing our new brand.  


For the past year, Pamlico Community College has been undergoing a rebranding process. The reason for this was not just a normal marketing tactic. We had very specific goals we wanted to accomplish. We, as a local community college, wanted to be more visible in the community. We wanted the community to know that we are a great institution of higher learning, and that we are here to serve and help our citizens and community by providing opportunities for everyone.


As Dr. Maria Fraser-Molina stated during the unveiling, our sign does help showcase our new brand, however, it means much more than that. This electronic sign is a concrete representation of the strong partnerships that PCC has had with the donors over time, providing us one more way we bring Pamlico Community College into the community.


 “This sign shows the efforts not just of the donors, but also of those who make this a great college-- the faculty and staff.  At the end of day, it is not colorful signs or beautiful buildings and grounds that make us special; it is the quality and rigor of the programs we offer and the support systems we provide our students who make us the college of choice and the college of our community,” says Fraser-Molina.


Pamlico Community College would like to extend a heartfelt ‘thank-you’ to the Harold H. Bate Foundation, Carolina East Health System, the PCC Foundation, and Bollin M. Millner Jr. Thank you for believing in the power of education.






Overcoming Obstacles at PCC

June 29, 2016

PCC Graduate poses with family

Debbie Elks, Medical Assisting graduate, with her family at PCC’s 2016 commencement.


During Pamlico Community College’s 2016 commencement, many exceptional graduates walked across the stage. One of those exceptional graduates was Medical Assisting student, Debbie Elks.


Elks is now a three-time graduate of Pamlico Community College and back in class again this summer, working towards her fourth credential. Debbie, after graduating with a diploma in Medical Assisting (MA), started the CNA program this summer. She will soon be qualified to sit for the CMA exam through the AAMA (Medical Association of Medical Assistants).


Debbie’s time at PCC started in 1996. “I left high school not because I did not want to learn and go to school, but because I was getting picked on for my hearing disability. It made it hard to get up every morning when you were scared to go to school,” Elks says. Knowing she needed an education for a good career, she chose to receive her GED from PCC.


During this time at PCC, Elks was pushed by faculty and staff to want more in life and was taught to believe in herself. Shortly after receiving her GED, she started the Phlebotomy program and graduated in eight short weeks.

A few years passed, and Elks felt as if something was missing. “I saw my grandfather become ill, as well as my grandmother. I wanted to do more to help, so I started researching medical programs,” Elks says. “I came to PCC’s campus and talked to Medical Assisting Program Director and Instructor, Jessica Boomer. After talking with her, I knew my next step was at PCC in the Medical Assisting program.”


Little did she know, the Medical Assisting program at PCC was becoming one of the school’s best programs with some of the best instructors.


The Medical Assisting program at PCC successfully completed the re-accreditation process in February of this year. In the final report of the program and the college, the program and college were referred to as a family environment, where each faculty and staff member is committed to student success.


This student success in the Medical Assisting program can be seen through the recent data released by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA). The MA program at PCC currently has a 100% pass rate, with the students taking the Certified Medical Assisting (CMA) exam (qualifying exam for MA students) through the AAMA being among the 90th to 93rd percentile in the nation.


“The Medical Assisting program at PCC is a very close network of students working towards the same goal—making a difference in their lives and in the medical field,” says Jessica Boomer, MA Program Director and Instructor. “I could not be more proud of Debbie Elks. She has had to overcome many obstacles many students do not face, and she is still one of the academically strongest in her class. She has been an absolute joy to have as a student and watching her overcome the obstacles in her life and succeeding is not only a success for herself, but me, the program and the college,” Boomer continues.


Debbie Elks shares this sentiment.


“If I would have gone somewhere else, I would not have been as successful. One of my fondest memories is having Mrs. Boomer and Mr. Cedars go above and beyond to get me a special stethoscope so I could hear and participate in class, even with my hearing disability,” Debbie says. “I never felt like I did not matter. I actually felt special, which is what I needed to have the confidence to believe in myself. I owe everything to Pamlico Community College. PCC has changed my life and the life of my family.”


Debbie Elks is a PCC success story. Each obstacle she has faced, she has worked hard to overcome. We know when she leaves Pamlico Community College she will be successful because she has the drive and passion to change the world, and change the world she will.

If you would like to learn more about PCC’s Medical Assisting program, please visit, or contact Jessica Boomer at or 252-249-1851 x 3044.





Transfer Success Story


Jamie LoScalzo, 2015 PCC graduate, visitng Paris during her time as an ECU study abroad student


Did you know you can successfully transfer to any 16 universities in the UNC System after attending PCC?


At Pamlico Community College, you can earn an Associate in Arts (A.A.) or Science (A.S.) and transfer to a UNC System institution, entering at the status of a junior. The transfer pathway at PCC provides many benefits to students.


  • Non-competitive admission – No SAT or ACT score required
  • Small class sizes – Providing individualized, personalized attention to each student
  • Highly qualified faculty – All college transfer faculty have a master’s or doctoral degree
  • Location – No need for a long commute
  • Affordability – Less than ¼ cost of attending a 4-year university
  • Seamless transitions - Graduates begin as a junior at UNC System institutions


Many PCC graduates have found success after transferring from PCC to a four-year institution.

Jamie LoScalzo, 2015 Associate in Arts (A.A.) graduate, began her degree at PCC in high school. A New Bern High School student, LoScalzo was part of the Career and College Promise program at PCC.


The Career and College Promise program provides seamless dual enrollment opportunities for eligible NC high school students, allowing them to accelerate completion of college certificates that lead to college transfer or provide entry-level job skills.


After graduating high school, LoScalzo only had one more year before she could receive her A.A degree, choosing to complete it at PCC.


LoScalzo graduated from PCC in May of 2015 and started school as a junior at East Carolina University in August of 2015. She is studying electrical engineering at ECU and will receive her Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Engineering and a minor in mathematics upon graduation.


While LoScalzo started her transfer pathway in high school, that is not the only option for students who wish to transfer. The best part about this pathway is that you can start at any age and at any time.


At PCC we make it our mission to serve the community. With cultural enrichment classes, technical and trade crafts programs, and degree programs, we have something for everyone.


Interested in learning more about the transfer pathway at PCC? Contact Cristy Warner, Counselor/Success Coach, at or 252-249-1851 x 3014.



2015-2016 Academic Excellence Award Winner

June 13, 2016

Janna Raynor holds a bouquet

“My community college experience has been life changing. Upon graduating high school in 2014, I was far from eager to leave my comfort zone and attend college. My parents encouraged me to tour Pamlico Community College. From the very beginning, I was welcomed. My assigned advisor, Mr. Greg Gallagher, sat down with me and assisted me with planning my class schedule for that semester. He personally showed me around the campus and introduced me to the faculty and staff. That was just the beginning of many positive experiences that I have had at Pamlico Community College. Instructors were more than willing to answer questions and the staff knew me by name and not just another face in the crowd. After I settled in, my goal was to obtain my Associate in Science degree and start a career. However, the faculty and staff assisted me to realize that the “world is my oyster”. They encouraged me to pursue a four-year degree at a college or university. They saw something in me that I could not see in myself. I will be forever grateful for the challenges and support I have received at Pamlico Community College. I will be even more grateful to shout that my college career began at a community college.”

—Janna Raynor, Pamlico Community College 2015-2016 Academic Excellence Award Winner




New Cultural Enrichment Classes Starting Soon!

June 9, 2016

Check out these new courses! A great way to learn a new skill, or find a hobby! Do not see something you like? Contact us, and we can try to make it happen!

Beginning & Intermediate Guitar
Instructor: Bobby Hurff of the band Peace Soldier
Mondays 5:30pm – 6:30pm
June 13th – July 25th
$97 (6 classes)

Jewelry Making
Instructor: Suzanne Burchfiel
Wednesday, June 15th 6-8 pm
Wednesday, July 13th 6-8 pm
$35 per session (materials Included)

Roadmap to Wellness Workshop at Oriental Town Hall
Instructor: Michele Musella
Saturday, June 18th 1:00pm – 4:00pm
A program of interactive holistic healing topics that is designed to complement current medical therapies. $40 (3hrs.)

Third & Fifth Thursdays
PCC Music JAMS … free for the public!
Come – pick, play, sing, or just enjoy the harmony!
June 16th & 30th, July 21st, 6:00 p.m.
Pamlico Community College, Johnson Building Mall
Spread the Word!

Cigar Box Guitar Construction & Lessons
Pamlico County Museum & Heritage Center
Instructor: Howard Nelson
Tuesdays 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
July 12th – August 16th (6 classes)
$75 (materials included)

CHAIR YOGA @ Oriental Town Hall
Instructor: Diana Peterson
Thursdays 3:45 pm – 4:45 pm
July 14th – August 18th
$25 (6 classes)

To learn more contact:
Jane Whitley 252-249-1851 ×3033
Denise Meyerson 252-249-1851 × 3117



Pamlico Community College Announces Dr. Jim Ross as its 5th President

May 31, 2016

Dr. Jim Ross


GRANTSBORO – Bob Lyon, Chairman of the Pamlico Community College Board of Trustees, announced today that Dr. Jim Ross has accepted the offer to become the college’s fifth president, pending State Board approval. He will succeed Dr. Cleve H. Cox who served the college for six years.

Dr. Ross, who currently serves as the Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Development and Educational Foundation Executive Director for Piedmont Virginia Community College in Charlottesville, Virginia, was selected from a rich pool of candidates, following an extensive nationwide search led by a diverse Presidential Search Committee.

“The Board of Trustees and I are happy to have Dr. Ross as the next president of Pamlico Community College. We feel Dr. Ross will be a great addition to the PCC family, continuing the legacy of Dr. Cox and bringing new ideas to make our college even better,” says Bob Lyon, Chairman of the Pamlico Community College Board of Trustees.

Dr. Ross has served 15 years in executive leadership positions in higher education, in addition to eight years in non-profit executive-level positions. At Piedmont Virginia Community College, he increased overall fundraising by 40%, increased annual campaign revenues by 60%, and increased amount from grant awards by more than 100%. During his tenure in higher education, he has supervised, developed, and mentored 198 full-time employees at two colleges. Dr. Ross has also been a business owner and author of a nationally-praised book on leadership, selling 48,000 copies and appearing on national TV’s NBC Today Show.

“During my visit to Pamlico County, I felt an immediate connection to the college and the community. I am eager to work with the Board of Trustees, faculty, and staff to create and foster high-achieving teams who serve students and the community with excellence. I think Pamlico Community College is special in that it has the direct ability to change lives, and that is an institution to which I am proud and inspired to serve as president,” says Dr. Jim Ross, PCC president elect.

A colleague describes Dr. Ross as an individual who “display[s] outstanding communication skills, professionalism, creativity, collaboration, and a willingness to give others credit for successes rather than caring about getting credit himself.”

Dr. Ross earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Political Science and a Master of Education in Social Studies at Slippery Rock University and earned his Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. His doctoral dissertation focused on state budget reductions in higher education, titled Examination of the Impact of State Budget Reductions on Community Colleges and Entrepreneurial Leadership Utilized to Effectively Manage These Reductions.

Dr. Ross will assume his duties at Pamlico Community College July 25th, pending formal State Board approval at its June meeting.



Saving Thousands at PCC

May 25, 2016

Students graduating

With the cost of tuition, books, fees, and room and board rising each year, the increasing financial burden of attending a four-year college can serve as a deterrent for many in pursuit of higher education. While financial assistance is available to students that qualify, as the demand for aid increases, the number of students who qualify for financial assistance decreases. This presents a growing problem for students who depend upon aid to help pay for the cost of a four-year institution.

Community colleges can serve as an effective and efficient bridge to four-year institutions for many reasons, but most notably for cost. The cost savings associated with attending a community college is in the thousands, offering a viable, cost-effective alternative for students who want the option of pursuing higher education. During the 2015-2016 academic year, PCC awarded over 40 internal scholarships, totaling over $50,000.

While cost is an important component when considering options for higher education, it is only one of the pros of attending Pamlico Community College.

Pamlico Community College offers two transfer degrees, Associate in Arts (A.A.) and Associate in Science (A.S.). Students completing either of these degrees can transfer coursework to any of North Carolina?s public colleges and universities and many of the private institutions, beginning classes as a junior.

Many people ask if community college instructors are qualified. At PCC, all faculty have a master?s or doctoral degrees and are focused full-time on teaching. Full-time faculty teaching transfer courses have more than 30 years combined teaching experience in areas such as english, mathematics, and psychology. Adjunct faculty have extensive teaching experience in areas such as history, sociology, art, music, and the natural sciences.

For working adults deciding to continue their education, one of the benefits of attending PCC is location. Many adult students have responsibilities other than school, including family and career. PCC?s location provides a better opportunity for those students to balance such responsibilities. PCC also offers flexible class schedules, benefiting those students who are might be working during the day and only have the option of attending evening classes. Our courses are offered seated, online, and partial seated/online.

For students coming straight from high school, Pamlico CC offers a location that is close to home, friends, and family. So students can focus on their studies without the uncertainties associated with moving, living alone, and adjusting to a new environment. Additionally, many recent high school graduates are unsure of their next steps. Due to the small size, faculty advisors at PCC are able to work with each student individually, allowing the student to enter a program or degree that best aligns with his/her interests.

Not only does PCC offer a viable first step to a four-year degree, our students are happy with the quality of education. More than 90% of PCC students report they are proud to be a student here and are satisfied with the quality of instruction, and that good experience only helps them succeed when they graduate and transfer to a four-year institution. For the second year in a row, 100% of Pamlico Community College students who transferred to a four-year institution earned a GPA of 2.0 or better after two semesters at that institution.

If you would like to learn more about PCC, please call 252-249-1851. PCC is located at 5049 NC 306 Hwy S., Grantsboro.


PCC to Offer Roadmap to Wellness Series

May 25, 2016

This cultural enrichment program will be hosting a series of interactive holistic healing topics that is designed to complement current medical therapies. Michele Musella, RN, MSN, Doctor of Integrative Medicine will be hosting the series.

Roadmap to Wellness
This is an overview of therapies offered in this program.

Fee for this 3 hr class is $40.

Saturday June 18th 1pm - 4pm at the Oriental Town Hall.

Aromatherapy is a series of three classes each lasting 2 hours. Fee for this series is $100 plus supplies.

Class one is practical aromatherapy which is a review of the art and science of the use of essential oils (EOs), the history of aromatherapy, the science behind it, safety tips, EO selection, and recipes.
Class two is building a kit for healing, in depth EO information, and use of oils.
Class three is creating a home spa, blending and creating products for personal and home use.

Vibration is a series of 2 classes each lasting 2 hours. Fee for this series is $65.

Class one reviews the power of color therapy, what color says about you, how it helps in healing, how to use color in everyday life. Part two describes the use and health promotion of music therapy.
Class two is use of humor and Gemstone therapy, exploring gem history in health, use/care of stones.

Acupressure and Auricular Acupressure is a series of 2 two hour classes. Fee is $65 plus supplies

Both classes review the history and use of acupressure, maps out meridian points on the body /ear and provide guidance to massage points to treat specific health issues.

Ayurveda is a series of 2 two hour classes. Fee for this series is $65 plus supplies.

Classes review the history of Ayurveda, ancient Indian system of preventive medicine addressing health and dietary issues pertaining to the doshas, (each of three energies believed to circulate in the body and govern physiological activity) and Mind, Body, Spirit (MBS) treatment for balance.

Emotional Freedom Tapping (EFT) reviews the history and use EFT strategies, borrowing from the Chinese meridian system and points at emotional issues. Class is 2 hours and fee is $35.

Reflexology is a class that describes the application of appropriate pressure to specific points and areas on the feet, hands, or ears. Fee for this 2 hour class is $35 plus supplies.

Relaxation is a class that reviews how to effectively combat stress, by activating the body?s natural relaxation response. You can do this by practicing relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, rhythmic exercise, and yoga. We will also discuss how to create your own sacred space. Fee for this 2 hour class is $35

To learn more or register, contact Jane Whitley at 252-249-1851 x3033 or


PCC Celebrates 49th Commencement

May 19, 2016

Students graduating

The show must go on, was Pamlico Community College's motto for Friday night's graduation. The rain was heavy, the wind was blowing, but Pamlico Community College's Delamar Center was packed with proud graduates, families, friends, community dignitaries, and PCC faculty and staff.

Pamlico Community College held its 49th Commencement on Friday, May 13 at 6:30pm. This year, 92 graduates were awarded a degree, diploma, or certificate. A total of 147 credentials were awarded this year, with many graduates earning more than one credential.

This year's youngest graduate was 16, graduating with credentials earned as a Career and College Promise student. The oldest graduate was 62, graduating with her 2nd Associate degree from PCC.

PCC's 49th Commencement had graduates from four different states, North Carolina, Wisconsin, South Carolina, and Georgia. Additionally, there were graduates from twelve different North Carolina counties, from Beaufort to Cabarrus.

Sixteen graduates had completed their college work at PCC while still in high school through the Career and College Promise program. This program allows qualifying high school students to earn two years of college credits. These college credits transfer to public and private universities in North Carolina, saving the student time and money.

We serve a diverse group of students, because our community is diverse, says Dr. Maria-Fraser-Molina, Interim President. The demographic variation of our graduates exemplifies our mission as an institution of higher education and our commitment to serving every individual that walks through our doors.

In keeping with tradition, awards for PCC's Outstanding Student, Faculty, Staff and Alumnus were all presented at the ceremony. Janna Raynor was received the 2016 Outstanding Student Award. Kathy O?Steen, Instructor of Medical Office Administration, received the 2016 Outstanding Faculty Award. Rick Shelton, Instructor of History, received the 2016 Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award. Brandi McCullough, Director of Planning, Research, and Effectiveness, received the 2016 Outstanding Staff Award, and Martha Harper received the 2016 Outstanding Alumnus Award.

Pamlico Community College had the honor of having Dr. James "Jimmie" C. Williamson as this year's keynote speaker. Dr. Williamson is currently the President of the S.C. Technical College System, and he will serve as the eighth System President for the NC Community Colleges beginning July 1, 2016.

Dr. Williamson delivered an insightful, inspirational address to the graduates that serendipitously correlated to Pamlico Community College's new tagline, "Discover tomorrow's possibilities." Dr. Williamson spoke about life's difficulties, urging graduates to take those difficulties head on and to find the opportunities and possibilities in every situation.

Sometimes, in the most difficult of situations, there are opportunities. These opportunities, while seemingly small at first, have the potential to grow into life-altering possibilities. At Pamlico Community College, our students fight through life's difficulties and find those possibilities. Our new tagline highlights and commends our students for their tenacious, inspiring outlook on life. This year's graduating class exemplifies our tagline, and we could not be more proud of them.

PCC student advocates for MS in D.C.

May 12, 2016

PCC Student advocates for MS in D.C.

On March 14-16, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society convened 340 MS activists from across the country for its 25th annual Public Policy Conference in Washington, D.C. At the conference, activists learned how to strengthen relationships with elected officials and about federal policies that are important to people with MS.

Adrienne Daniels, PCC Human Services Technology (HST) student and eastern NC native, was in attendance, urging congress to listen, understand, and help.

Daniels entered the HST program in the fall of 2014. She immediately began to shine in her program, committed to the idea of studying hard and helping others. However, soon after making the decision to go back to school and becoming a model student, Adrienne's life changed forever.

In winter of 2014, Daniels lost her father. Three weeks later, she was diagnosed with relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS).

According to the MS Society, Relapsing-remitting MS is defined by inflammatory attacks on myelin (the layers of insulating membranes surrounding nerve fibers in the central nervous system (CNS)), as well as the nerve fibers themselves. "This disease affects every part of my day-to-day life. Walking, hearing, and seeing are luxuries to me some days," Daniels says.

Instead of giving up, allowing her diagnosis to control her life, Daniels decided to push back and fight harder. "Once I was diagnosed, I realized that many people have no idea what MS even is, and many people confuse MS with Muscular Dystrophy," Daniels says. "It became my fight, my purpose to educate and inform, because that is the only way to find a cure."

Daniels threw herself into school work and volunteer work. "Some days, I could hardly get out of bed. But I knew that I had a purpose, and I was more than this disease." Her hard-work, strength, and determination did not go unnoticed.

Last year, Daniels was contacted by the National MS Society, urging her to become a local MS activist. Without hesitation, Daniels agreed. "I realized that this was a chance to use my future degree, my passion, and my purpose to have an impact. Not everyone with MS finds the strength to keep going and not let this disease control them. I thought the only thing I could do was be there for them, a listening ear, a literal shoulder to cry on," she says. "But, this call meant I could do more. I can share their stories and my story and fight for them, for me, and all of those who will be diagnosed in the future."

Her passion prompted the National MS Society to invite her to participate in the 25th annual Public Policy Conference in Washington D.C. Daniels traveled thousands of miles to be able to talk with congress about an issue she is passionate about: Advancing Research for Neurological Diseases Act.

"The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not require U.S. physicians to report new cases, and because symptoms can be completely invisible, there is no way to know how many people are living with MS in the US. The Advancing Research for Neurological Diseases Act can help remedy this," says Daniels.

While mentally and physically taxing, Daniels found her trip to be worth it. "I know I can make a difference. My degree in Human Services Technology will only better prepare me for a career with the National MS Society," she says. "I do not know exactly what I want to do, but I know that because of PCC, I really can do anything."

If you would like to learn more about the Human Services Technology Program or get in contact with Adrienne Daniels, please contact Kasey Melvin, Chair of General Studies and Allied Health at, or 252-249-1851 ? 3040.


PCC alum finds success after graduation

April 28, 2016

Lisa Burchette at a sewing machine

Lisa Burchette is a PCC graduate, Marine wife, mother, mentor, and small business owner. She graduated from Pamlico Community College?s Esthetics program last year, leaving with the necessary skills needed to start and maintain a successful business in the esthetics field.

When Burchette relocated to the New Bern area because of her husband's career, she never knew she would establish a true home in the area. She's now settled in the area, graduating from college and opening up her own esthetics business, "Fountain of Youth Esthetics."

Growing up, Burchette always had a passion for skincare and makeup. "I remember being five years old and taking my grandmother's apricots and peaches. I went to the bathroom and started crushing them up to make a cleanser because I had seen a commercial for an apricot scrub on television."

As she got older, however, other dreams took priority. She became a wife to a Marine, forcing her to move around with him. "It was hard, because I knew I still had a passion, but just thought going back to school was not an option for me, especially after I became a mother."

When Burchette settled in New Bern, she started researching local colleges. "I started my education elsewhere, but it just was not for me. There was no flexibility in the class schedules, and I felt that the instructors did not really care for my well-being as a student and person."

One day, Burchette heard about Pamlico Community College's Esthetics program. She came to open house, met Shanna Lewis (Esthetics instructor), and instantly knew that PCC was right for her. "I was not shy about my home schedule. I am a mother, and that is my first priority. Mrs. Lewis worked with my schedule. It is really the only reason I was able to attend college in the first place."

Now, just a few short months after graduation, Burchette has managed to start and establish a business in New Bern. She offers a variety of services, from spray tans to chemical peels.

"There is a correlation between confidence and how you feel about yourself and your appearance," says Burchette. "Everyone deserves to feel beautiful and strong, because they absolutely are. That is why I am in this field."

Lisa Burchette is a PCC success story. While it was not easy, she never gave up on her dream. She wanted to start her own business because she believes she can help change lives, just by providing a listening ear and excellent care to her clients. "I love being able to wake up in the morning and be excited to go to work," Burchette says. "It is really what I was meant to do, and I could not have done it without the help, encouragement, and great education from Pamlico Community College."

To read more of Lisa's story and read other program highlights, check out the summer 2016 Beacon. The Beacon is PCC?s tri-annual publication of program highlights and course schedules, keeping the public informed about what is going on at PCC. Look for the Beacon in your mailbox, or visit to view online. To learn more about PCC's Esthetics program, contact Shanna Lewis at 252 245-5537 or


Summer 2016 Beacon now available!

April 26, 2016

PCC Beacon cover

PDF Summer 2016 Beacon

Skim through Pamlico Community College's tri-annual publication. This this newsletter, we bring you program highlights, summer 2016 course schedules, and upcoming events. Read about student success stories, learn about campus events and happenings, and discover tomorrow's possibilities.

Want to learn more about the possibilities awaiting you at Pamlico Community College? Come to our Registration event on Wednesday, May 11 from 8:30am-4:30pm.

We cannot wait to see you there!


Pamlico Community College does not discriminate in its educational programs, activities, or employment on the basis of sex, age, disability, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation or religion.