Congratulations March Employee of the Month: Cathy Woelfle

March Employee of the Month

Cathy Woelfle is one of the most helpful, caring, and giving individuals I have ever met. She always goes above and beyond for her students as well as her staff. She does whatever it is that she can to help one advance and succeed. She is very passionate about what she does and is very sincere in any and everything that she does.

As a lead instructor, her support is invaluable. Not only is she readily available, she gives sound advice and is always encouraging. She is my biggest cheerleader! Having her guidance and support has not only set me up for success, but it has helped me be a better instructor so I can set my students up for success!

Cathy Woelfle

Cosmetology Lead Instructor

How long have you worked for CCCC?
Since October of 2000.

What brought you to CCCC?
It's stellar reputation and student commitment.

Describe what you do for CCCC.
Training students for employment, assisting with both educational and career goals.

Where did you grow up?
New York.

Educational credentials?
Cosmetology License, Cosmetology Instructor License, B.A. from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.

Where do you live now?
North Carolina - commuting from New York just didn't seem feasible.

Tell us about your family!
All extended family resides in New York.

What are some of your hobbies or other interest outside of CCCC?
I love to read and travel with my man.

Which actor would portray you in a movie about your life?
Tom Hanks (to infinity and beyond! lol).

What is your favorite meal?
I can go with a bagel and a cup of coffee every once in a while.

Anything else you'd like to share with the CCCC family?
The college is a strong advocate for student success and as a department we follow the same standard. This award is a representation of the whole department, our success stems from the students success. I learned a long time ago that each student has a story and it is our job to make sure their story has a happy ending. Thank you. It is a pleasure to be part of the CCCC family.



Marchant Madness

Marchant Madness—with barbecue and basketball—was presented for the Central Carolina Community College faculty and staff. Each campus joined in on the fun. The event serves as a Campus Fund Drive for the CCCC Foundation.

Tuesday, March 6, Harnett Main Campus

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Wednesday, March 7, Chatham Main Campus

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Thursday, March 8, Lee Main Campus

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Rescheduled Spring Fling

Dates for fun events on campus

Wednesday, April 11, Lee Main Campus
*Food, games, DJ, club info, and more! 12 noon - 3 p.m.
*Food for students in night classes: 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Tuesday, April 17, Harnett Main Campus
*Food, games, DJ, club info, and more!
*Food, games, DJ, club info, and more! 12 noon - 3 p.m.
*Food for students in night classes: 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Thursday, April 19, Chatham Main Campus
*Food, games, DJ, club info, and more! 12 noon - 3 p.m.


Jazz Band Competition

For the third year in a row, the Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble, directed by Gregg Gelb, has the distinction of being among the 15 jazz big bands selected nationally to attend the 23rd Annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival May 10-12.

Dr. Gelb has led the Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble, a group sponsored by the non-profit, Philharmonic Association, since 2010. They tried for many years to qualify in the national high school competition offered by Jazz at Lincoln Center. In May 2016, in a first for North Carolina, the Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble was selected to go to the finals in New York City and earned second place. In 2017, they were again selected to participate, and many of the individual musicians received special recognition. Now they are going back!

The Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble is among 109 high school jazz bands across North America that entered the competition by submitting recordings of three tunes performed from charts from Jazz at the Lincoln Center Essentially Ellington library. Further, the selection is limited to three bands from each of five regions to allow participation from across the USA. The Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble, under Dr. Gelb's leadership, has also won the Outstanding Community Band Award at the Carolina Jazz Festival, North Carolina Regional Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Festival at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, for eight years in a row, from 2012 - 2018.


2018 Campus Fund Drive Thank You!

Thank you to all who helped and participated in the Marchant Madness/Campus Fund Drive events! Remember to please complete your fund drive giving form and return to Abby Walker in the Foundation as soon as possible.

Our goal is to have 100% in giving from Faculty/Staff this year. Every dollar helps change a student's life. We appreciate your continued support!


Golf Classics 2018

Golf Classics

Mark your calendar! CCCC's annual Golf Classics are scheduled. Come join us!


Give Kids a Smile Event

The CCCC Dental Programs hosted their annual Give Kids a Smile event on Feb. 16, serving 63 children from Deep River Elementary School and six children from the community. This is an annual event created by the American Dental Association as an outreach to provide dental sealants to first and second grade children. Read the full article.

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Goodnight Scholarship Awarded to CCCC Student

Elizabeth Vanegas, a Lee Early College student in the Associate in Science program, has been awarded the Goodnight Scholarship for fall 2018-2019 at North Carolina State University. Elizabeth is the first CCCC winner of this very competitive scholarship program that supports students who wish to study in the STEM and/or education fields at N.C. State.

The Goodnight Scholars Program began in 2008. It has grown into a comprehensive student development program designed to develop scholars into leaders. The value of the scholarship is $20,000 and is renewable for up to four years for first-year students, and three years for transfer students. In addition to the scholarship, Goodnight Scholars have access to an assortment of developmental programming focused on their professional and personal growth, including faculty and industry dinners, professional development workshops, cultural and artistic performances, and athletic competitions. To learn more or recommend a student, visit Goodnight Scholars Program.


It's Tee Time!

Start getting your team together now for the 2018 CCCC Employee Golf Tournament sponsored by the CCCC Foundation!

Tee Time


International Culture Night

International Culture Night, sponsored by El Refugio, Central Carolina Community College, and Lee County Arts Council, was held on March 1 at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center. Representatives from 22 countries shared food, art, and cultural facts at their respective tables. Hundreds were in attendance experiencing the different cultures. Chef Hamm's students and staff prepared and served tasty international treats for the guests, and the Lee County Orchestra entertained the crowd with a variety of orchestral selections.

International Culture Night


New Regional VP for NCMATYC

Congratulations to Kaan Ozmeral, mathematics instructor on the Chatham Main Campus. He has been elected as the Central North Carolina Regional Vice President of the North Carolina Mathematics Association of Two Year Colleges (NCMATYC). He will serve a two-year term.


New Summer Continuing Education Classes

Looking for classes for the summer? Check out some of Continuing Education's offerings! For a full listing of courses, visit Find Classes.

  • Develop Assertiveness and Self-Confidence, Harnett County
  • 21st Century Technology Skills, Harnett County
  • Data Analysis with Excel Pivot Tables, Harnett County
  • Digital Media & Marketing, Harnett County
  • Manicuring - Nail Tech, Harnett County
  • Manicuring - Nail Tech in Spanish, Harnett County
  • Moving from Memoir to Poetry, Chatham County
  • Your Life is a Poem! II, Chatham County
  • Social Media Tools for Job Seekers, Harnett County
  • Dancing for Fun and Fitness, Harnett County
  • Hatha Yoga, Chatham County
Summer Continuing Education Classes


Red Clay Review

From the 2017 issue of the Red Clay Review, "How It Was" by Ruth Moose.

That morning
after croissants and tea
we walked paths skirting
fields where wheat grew tall
as our waist. And heard
the cuckoo, my childhood
bird that popped on time
from grandmother's clock.
Only here it was feathered
and flew. We walked in woods
where bomb craters still
lay round but mostly filled
with silt and leaves.
Down the cobblestone streets,
through back lanes, past shops,
the echo of our footsteps
like the dropping of bombs
that sent the village to bunkers
still square on the green.
I cried because my father
was one who carried a gun
and crawled on his gut
behind enemy lines
where my friends' fathers and brothers
and uncles aimed and missed.
Somehow now we ended up on the same side.


Notes from Institutional Effectiveness & Research

2nd Trivia Challenge! Win a Prize!


Attention, CCCC Faculty and Staff! It's time to know OUR data better! IER is sponsoring our 2nd Trivia Challenge using the newly released 2017 IPEDS Data Feedback Report for CCCC!

What's an IPEDS Data Feedback Report you ask? It's a report released by the National Center for Education Statistics that compares CCCC against a list of pre-selected comparison group institutions. The figures are based on data collected during the 2016-17 IPEDS collection cycle and are the most recent data available.

Answer the trivia questions using CCCC's 2017 Data Feedback Report by April 13. All respondents will be entered into a drawing for a $15 CCCC bookstore shopping spree! Winners (and correct answers) will be shared in next month's Cougar Bytes article!

Spring IPEDS Data Collection

IPEDS stands for Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. During the IPEDS Spring Data Collection, we work with dedicated CCCC staff in many departments to report data for Fall Enrollment, Finance, Human Resources, and Academic Libraries. It's a lot of work! Thank you to everyone who reports!

Institutional Effectiveness & Research is your home for accreditation,
strategic planning, outcomes & assessment, and institutional research!


News From The Library

Lee Library

Librarians Britney Shawley (Johnston CC), Nora Burmeister, and Samantha O'Connor at the NCCCLA Conference at Randolph Community College.

Librarians Present at Statewide NCCCLA Conference

CCCC librarians Nora Burmeister and Samantha O'Connor partnered with Johnston Community College librarian Britney Shawley at the North Carolina Community College Library Association (NCCCLA) Annual Conference on March 8 to present a session on "Digital Tools for Embedding Library Instruction in Online Courses." This gave our librarians the opportunity to share what we, and Johnston Community College, are doing with our embedded librarian program with other libraries across the state. The conference session was standing room only, and the presenters received many questions and networking opportunities afterward. Kudos to Nora and Samantha for leading other community college libraries in this cutting edge area of library instruction!

New Online Resource

The Library now has access to Gale Interactive Human Anatomy which allows users to examine virtual 3D dissections of the human body and immerse themselves in interactive research. Students can explore models and guided lessons, and then use self-assessments to determine comprehension. Explore Gale Interactive Human Anatomy online now.

Harnett Library Writer's Workshop - April 4

The Harnett Library will be offering a writer's workshop on April 4 in partnership with the Writing Center. The workshop will be presented by Liz Hinnant, Writing and Reading Center Coach, and Grace Sharrar, Instruction and Outreach Librarian. It will begin in the Writing Center at 10:30 a.m. and continue in the Harnett Library computer lab at 11 a.m. This workshop is geared toward helping students write papers, identifying facts versus opinion, vetting sources, and identifying credible sources and bias.

More Archives Photos Digitized

The NC Digital Heritage Center recently digitized two more boxes of photos from our College Archives. These photos are of campus grounds and facilities through the years. Take a look and see how the campuses have changed, and how construction then compares with our current construction projects! Below are a few samples.

Archives Construction Quiz: Can you identify which building each is? (Answers are at the bottom of this issue.)

Library 1


Library 2


Library 3


Library 4


Library 5


Library 6


And a mystery....

Mystery Photo

Mystery Photo. We need more information about this photo. Who knows what this Lee Campus monument is about? Contact Samantha O'Connor at ext. 7340 or if you have any information.


National Library Week Events - April 9-13

The CCCC Libraries will have several events going on for National Library Week.

Lee Library

  • Gaming Day and Maker Fair, April 11, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. in conjunction with Spring Fling. Join in the fun with games hosted by the Gaming Club, a Robotics Maker Fair, and more!
  • Paws to Read, Friday, April 13, from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. in partnership with the Vet Med program. Have fun with some playful pups and see what's new at the library.
  • All Week: Jelly Bean Jar Count contest. Person with the closest guess to the actual number of jelly beans wins the whole jar!

Harnett Library:

  • Library Land Game, April 11. Play a fun, familiar game to learn more about your library and enjoy some cookies, too! Available throughout the day.

Chatham Library:

  • Fine Forgiveness Day, April 11. Celebrate National Library Week by having your late fines forgiven. Patrons must visit the library in person. See more details here.


Library Spring Fling Activities

April 11 at Lee: Gaming Day and Maker Fair from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Join in the fun with games hosted by the Gaming Club, a Robotics Maker Fair, and more!

April 17 at Harnett: Library Button Maker Booth outside and clay, coloring, and candy/snacks inside the Library.


Chatham Community Library Book Sale, April 12 - 14

Don't miss the Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale at Chatham Community Library! The sale includes more than 15,000 books (all categorized), plus CDs, DVDs, and audiobooks. All items are in excellent condition. Admission is free, and purchases may be made by cash, check, or credit card.

Book Sale Hours:

  • Thursday, April 12: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Friday, April 13: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 14: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

All books and materials are half price on Friday. On Saturday, fill a grocery bag for $5, with no limit on the number of bags. All proceeds from the book sale are used to benefit the library for underwriting programs; purchasing books, materials, and equipment; and improving technology and services. For more information, call (919) 545-8084.


Library Instruction & Embedded Librarians

It's not too late to schedule a library instruction session for your spring classes. We tailor our instruction to meet your needs! Faculty may request an instruction session using our online form, or by contacting the librarian at your campus:



3rd Annual Culinary Showcase

3rd Annual Culinary Showcase


Automotive Restoration Car & Bike Show

1st Annual Automotive Restoration Car & Bike Show


CCCC will host the Automotive Restoration Car & Bike Show on May 5 at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you have questions or need additional information, contact Keil Rhodes at (919) 777-7771 or Come join the fun!


Internationally Acclaimed Jazz Vocalist Giacomo Gates

Heart of Carolina Jazz Society presents internationally acclaimed jazz vocalist Giacomo Gates with the Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra, sirected by Gregg Gelb.

Internationally Acclaimed Jazz Vocalist Giacomo Gates


Friday, April 6, 8 p.m.
Temple Theatre, Sanford
$16 adults, $11 students
Visit for advanced tickets

In honor of Jazz Appreciation Month April, the Heart of Carolina Jazz Society is pleased to feature one of America's great jazz vocalists: Giacomo Gates.

Treat yourself to this special evening with Giacomo Gates. His sheer joy, exuberance, and wit makes him one of jazz' most compelling artists. Gates deep, cognac baritone and his vintage-hipster phrasing and bearing upholds his deceptively easy nonchalance.

"Gates is one of the most extraordinary singers working in jazz today, the owner of a joyful baritone who has synthesized a host of influences - Eddie Jefferson, Jon Hendricks and Sinatra among them - and turned them into something uniquely his own." -Glenn Whipp, LA Daily News

Gates plays all the major U.S. clubs—New York's Birdland, Smoke, Jazz Standard, Blue Note, and Dizzy's, Philadelphia's Chris' Jazz Cafe, Blues Alley, and The Kennedy Center in D.C., Scullers in Boston, and Snug Harbor in New Orleans, Dazzles in Denver, The Jazz Bakery in LA, Pearl's in San Francisco. He also performs at major festivals like Detroit/Montreux, Telluride, Caramoor, Sedona, Rochester, Syracuse, Clearwater, Fairbanks Summer Arts, California's Jazz at the Plazz, and New York's Lost Shrine Series, as well as at countless universities and jazz societies. Giacomo's enormous appeal and popularity are obvious from the many repeat engagements he has had at these venues. His international touring includes several tours of Russia, Italy, and Belgium, teaching in Europe, and three Australian tours.

Gates has seven heavily acclaimed CD's, the last four with Savant Records—his most recent release "What Time Is It?" in April 2017. His previous releases, "The Revolution Will Be Jazz-The Songs of Gil Scott-Heron," reached #1 for six weeks on National Jazz Playlist, and "MilesTones" was #1 for four weeks! "Everything Is Cool" reached #8. Al three spent over three months in the Top 20 of the Jazz Week Charts on over 300 stations.

The Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra, founded by Gregg Gelb, has brought top quality jazz performance to central North Carolina for the past 25 years and is dedicated to presenting, performing, and educating audiences in what is recognized as America's classical and original music - Jazz.


Touch-A-Truck Day

Touch-A-Truck Day


Get Fit Poker Walk

A seven-station Get Fit Poker Walk was held on March 14 on the Lee Main Campus. The event was hosted by the CCCC Health & Fitness Science students and the Employee Wellness Committee.

The winners are:

  1. Jessica Fink - 1 hour massage gift certificate
  2. Jessica Brown - 1/2 hour massage gift certificate
  3. Shirley Rijkse - EAP picnic blanket and Chick-fil-a gift card
  4. Pacidia McDonald - Tickets at Work gift card
  5. Ginger Harris - Tickets at Work gift card
  6. Misty Davin - Tickets at Work gift card
  7. Daisha Gaines - First aid kit
  8. Haley Thomas - Water bottle & fitness band
  9. Becky Finken - Journal & fitness band
  10. Matt Smith - Journal & fitness band
  11. Daniel Berndt - Neogov Teddy Bear
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The Creative Switch

Student: Hello Professor

I am emailing you in regards to the research paper that's due Monday. The first question in my paper, while being related to the chosen subject it isn't exactly the subject. I went really in depth about the cause and effect of anger. Is this acceptable and, also, if I wanted to share a personal experience, would that be appropriate or would you like me to stay objective?

Instructor: Yes, spread your academic wings and jump off... If you wish to tell a personal story in science, always write it in the third person. Use he, she, it or use your name i.e. "William stepped intrepidly into the dark room."

Afraid To Be Wrong

Many students today are rewarded for obeying. We give the highest grade to those that don't think independently, do what they are told, and don't color outside the lines. This practice begins in preschool. A child in a local preschool started painting blue grass and the teacher told her not to do it that way and attempted to wipe off the blue and replace it with green paint. It is a proper academic practice to teach the basics, Reading, wRiting, aRthithmatic, in elementary school, but innovation, and free flowing creativity should also be incorporated into the curriculum; otherwise, we are inhibiting an important brain function during the most formative years of a child's life.

Switching On Creativity

We recently discovered that creative thinking shuts down certain functions of the brain. Dr. Kenneth M. Heilman, professor of neurology at the University of Florida, stated that release of the neurotransmitter Norepinephrine is reduced during creative thinking. This brain chemistry is responsible for long-term memory and when it is inhibited, the brain tends to put aside previously learned information, giving rise to innovative solutions. Dr. Charles Lamb and Dr. Allen Braun (2008) discovered that freestyle jazz musician's shut down parts of the frontal cortex that is responsible for self-regulation and self-criticism and switches on the medial prefrontal cortex (MPFC) responsible for internally generated self-expression.

What Do We Expect?

We cannot expect people to be creative if they have not been encouraged to release that part of the brain. Instructors know the deer-in-the-headlight look when we ask students to be creative, innovate, or improvise. Often the question they ask is, "What do you want me to do?" I ask my students, what do you want to do? You must fall before you can fly, but when you learn to fly you will never be the same.

Limb CJ, Braun AR (2008) Neural Substrates of Spontaneous Musical Performance: An fMRI Study of Jazz Improvisation. PLoS ONE 3(2): e1679.

Heilman, Kenneth M. , Nadeau, Stephen E. andBeversdorf, David O.(2003) 'Creative Innovation: Possible Brain Mechanisms', Neurocase, 9: 5, 369 -- 379


Barbering Program Hosted Officials

The CCCC Barbering program recently hosted officials from McDowell Technical Community College at the CCCC Dunn Center. Visiting were McDowell President Dr. John Gossett; Dr. Penny Cross, Vice President for Learning and Student Services; and Ryan Garrison, Vice President for Finance and Administration.

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Supervisor Survival Workshop

The CCCC Human Resources Department hosted a "Supervisor Survival" Workshop on Friday, Feb. 23, attended by 18 CCCC employees. Director of Human Resources Trinity Faucett led the discussion on the topics: 12 Basic Skill Sets for Supervisors, Legal Survival Skills, and The Dirty Dozen Manager Mistakes. Associate Director of HR/Diversity Officer Valorie Benn led the portion on Leading a Successful Safari (coaching and performance management) and Dealing with Wildlife Behavior (conflict management).

Participants enjoyed role plays, discussion with fellow supervisors, and even a friendly game of "Supervisor Family Feud." Comments from participants included that the workshop should be "mandatory for all supervisors" and that they enjoyed the "ability to share and discuss common experiences." Based on the positive feedback, Human Resources plans to host more workshops for supervisors and employees in the near future.

Supervisor Survival Workshop

Employees completing the workshop include: Denise Martin, Elizabeth Hodges, Felicia Crittenden, Jessica Rogers, Jonathan Hockaday, Kim Browning, Krystal Lee, Lisa Godfrey, Matthew Smith, Mike Spivey, Precious Ward, Rebecca Lystash, Rebecca Parker, Rodney Powell, Rosalind Cross, Seth Buchanan, Sue Atkins, and Vicky Wesner. Human Resources employees are Denise Johnson, Valorie Benn, and Trinity Faucett. Human Resources wishes to thank the Business Services Department and Morgan Steele for their assistance in preparing materials for the workshop.


Central Carolina Works to Hold CCP Professional Development Session

Have you ever wondered... What is the deal with Career & College Promise? Why do we have high school students enrolling in college courses? How do I know if I have a high school student in my class? What do I do if I have a high school student in my class?

All these questions and more will be answered in the upcoming CCP Professional Development session, held on Friday, April 20, at 10 a.m. in Wilkinson 210. If you are interested in attending, please register ahead of time. Contact Mary Schmid Carter at . We hope to see you there!


Veteran-Focused Conference

NC Strive

Save the Date for FREE Veteran-Focused Conference!

Join the NC STRIVE (Student Transition Resource Initiative for Veteran's Education) Annual Conference on Thursday, April 5. The purpose of the conference is to equip administrators, faculty, and staff in higher education with information, resources, and networking that will enhance the experience and success of student veterans in their pursuit of certificates and degrees.

This year's event will feature keynote presenters and panels devoted to the successful transition of student Veterans from the military to academia. Breakout sessions will address topics such as training for administrators, faculty, and staff; behavioral health issues such as opioid misuse and suicide prevention; and resources. Registration is required. Please join us!

When: Thursday, April 5, 2018
Where: Fayetteville Technical Community College
Tony Rand Student Center, Multipurpose Rooms 1&2
2201 Hull Road, Fayetteville, NC 28301
Cost: Free (registration is required).


Central Carolina Works Welcomes Newest Team Member

Alyson Cochrane will be joining the CCW team as the advisor at Northwood High School as of March 19. She will also teach for the English department this coming fall. Alyson comes to us from Southern Lee High School where she previously worked as an English teacher and AVID coordinator. Welcome aboard, Alyson!


Welcome Outreach and Services Coordinator for VUB

Outreach and Services Coordinator for Veterans Upward Bound

Please welcome Anthony Farrior, Outreach and Services Coordinator for Veterans Upward Bound. Anthony comes to us from Fayetteville State University where he was the Assistant Director for Transfer Recruitment. Anthony has worked in higher education for almost 20 years and has experience with career counseling, facilitating freshman seminar, and recruitment. He enjoys playing in adult recreation softball as well as watching his son play sports. Anthony resides in Stedman and has been in N.C. all of his life.


New TRiO Student Support Services Staff

Outreach and Services Coordinator for Veterans Upward Bound

James Thomas was born and raised in Sanford and is a former Central Carolina Community College student. He transferred to Western Carolina University where he finished his undergraduate studies and went on to complete a graduate degree at Emory University in Atlanta. He has worked for the college previously as a College and Career Readiness Instructor and is thoroughly enjoying being back on campus as an Academic Coach with TRiO Student Support Services. He spends his free time reading and relaxing with his wife, Jessica Thomas.


Veterans Upward Bound Bowling Event

On the Feb. 23, Veterans Upward Bound held a "North vs. South" bowling event for its participants. Participants from Harnett and Lee counties met at Kendale Bowling Lanes in Sanford, while Johnston, Wake, and Chatham county participants met at Buffaloe Lanes in Cary. The competition was fierce between the 25 bowlers, but the "North" came out on top with a high score of 152.


National TRiO Day of Service

National TRiO Day of Service

On Feb. 24, TRiO Upward Bound and TRiO Upward Bound Math and Science students volunteered at Second Harvest Food Bank in Fayetteville for the National TRiO Day of Service. The National TRiO Day of Service is recognized annually to commemorate the achievements of the Federal TRiO program in communities across the country. The TRiO program, which focuses on the academic needs and talents of disadvantaged young people, uses this day to allow its students to give back to their communities in acts of service. This year, 72 student participants aided in stocking, cleaning, and re-shelving at the Food Bank facility. By doing so, our students helped to facilitate a healthy and safe environment for those in need and formulate a bond between the local food industry and non-profit organizations like the Food Bank.


TRiO Transfer Visit

On March 2, TRiO Student Support Services took a group of students to North Carolina Central University (NCCU) for a transfer visit. The students were greeted by a representative from the Office of Transfer Services and listened to an informative presentation about resources available to those who transfer into the university. Lunch in the dining hall was followed by a tour of NCCU's beautiful campus. Our students enjoyed their visit and the warm hospitality they were shown by the folks at NCCU. Several of them indicated their interest in considering the university as the next step in their educational journey.

TRiO Transfer Visit


Problem Gambling Awareness Month

March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month and Central Carolina Community College is building awareness on campus by working to educate students on problem gambling services available, funded by the North Carolina Problem Gambling Program.

Students with gambling problems are more likely to use tobacco and use drugs and alcohol. Many students currently in treatment for substance abuse may also have a gambling problem. What has been labeled the "hidden addiction" many times can only be exposed through problem gambling screening tools that are available for clinicians.

The North Carolina Problem Gambling Program was established to provide and support effective problem gambling prevention, education, outreach, and treatment programs throughout the state. For more information about the free treatment services visit or call the hotline at (877) 718-5543. If you have any questions regarding the prevention services, reach out to Alison Drain at (919) 800-8482 or


CCCC Student Farm

It's growing season in the greenhouses at the Central Carolina Community College Student Farm, which is located on CCCC's Chatham Main Campus in Pittsboro.

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NIEHS Summer Internship Program

NIEHS Summer Internship Program

Dr. Ericka Reid, Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Office of Science Education and Diversity, visited with students on March 19. Students learned about the organization's focus on biomedical research, human health, and disease. Dr. Reid also discussed two paid internship opportunities for students. Students may apply for a 40-hours per week summer internship or 15 hours per week fall or spring semester internship. Read more about the NIEHS Summer Internship Program.



4C Visions is a television show produced by 4CNC -- Central Carolina Community College's Student Channel. The show, which is hosted by CCCC Director of Communications R.V. Hight, highlights various aspects of the college. The show is broadcast in the college's three-county (Chatham, Harnett, and Lee) service area on Charter Cable 193, as well as on TWC 97.5 in Chatham County. In addition, the show can be seen throughout Central N.C. on Century Link (PrismTV) Channel 98.

Episode 24 features Carl Bryan (Program Director, Health & Fitness Science) / Robert Powell (Dept. Chair of Public Safety & Director of BLET)

Episode 25 features Meghan Reece Brown (Grants and Strategic Initiatives) / Drew Goodson (Dean of Career and Technical Education)

View more CCCC videos online on the CCCC YouTube Channel.



Additional Degree Request

Additional Degree Request

Employees may be eligible for salary increases once additional degrees have been completed! For the Additional Degree Request form, visit


Professional Development Opportunities

Upcoming Sessions


Tuesday, March 27
1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Supporting Students with Accommodations- Pittsboro Campus- Building 41-Room #224
Presented by: Megan Sherman, Coordinator of Student Accessibility Services

During this session, we will provide you with an overview of the Office of Special Populations (soon to be the Office of Student Accessibility Services). We will discuss the policies and procedures students use to register for accommodations, implementation suggestions for faculty with key aspects to understand when supporting these students.

Click here to register:


Tuesday, April 17
1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Annual Outcomes & Assessment Reporting- Smart rooms
Presented by: Amy Gustavson, Assistant Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Research

Join us to learn more on compliance assist, assessment, and closing the assessment loop! Target audience: Department Chairs, Directors, Deans, etc.

Click here to register:

Friday, April 20
10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
ALL the C’s: How to Successfully Work with CCCC’s CCP High School Students- Wilkinson #210
Presented by: Mary Schmid, Director of Secondary Partnerships

As most of you are aware, a large portion of our enrollment comes from our high school students. This population of students is somewhat different that those traditional students. As such, we will briefly discuss how these students are recruited, enrolled, and what to expect when instructing them. You will also be provided with an overview of the CCP Student Handbook, whom to contact, and we'll answer any additional questions you have concerning the students or the program itself.

Click here to register:

The purpose of professional development is to support the mission of the college by helping employees enhance their job skills, obtain job-related knowledge and information, increase productivity and efficiency, and/or prepare for higher-level positions.

View upcoming professional development opportunities at and register today.

Recorded Sessions

As always, we continue to record the sessions offered in the Smartrooms. You can view them by:

  • Using Internet Explorer to login into Blackboard at
  • In the upper right corner, click on your name and select "Professional Development" from the drop-down menu.
  • Then select, Recorded Sessions from the left-side column.

Hope to see you all soon and please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns!

Daisha Gaines



Summer Hours

The college's 4-day/10-hour work days will begin Monday, May 14, 2018 with the following Friday closures:

  • May 18
  • May 25
  • June 1
  • June 8
  • June 15
  • June 22
  • June 29
  • July 6
  • July 13
  • July 20
  • July 27

The 8-hour work day schedule will resume Monday, July 30, 2018.

2018 Pay Dates

JanuaryJan. 10, 2018 Jan. 31, 2018
FebruaryFeb. 9, 2018 Feb. 28, 2018
MarchMarch 9, 2018 March 29, 2018
AprilApril 10, 2018 April 30, 2018
MayMay 10, 2018 May 31, 2018
JuneJune 5, 2018 June 29, 2018
JulyJuly 10, 2018 July 31, 2018
AugustAug. 10, 2018 Aug. 31, 2018
SeptemberSept. 10, 2018Sept. 28, 2018
OctoberOct. 10, 2018 Oct. 31, 2018
NovemberNov. 8, 2018 Nov. 30, 2018
DecemberDec. 4, 2018Dec. 21, 2018


Wellness Resources for Spring 2018

Cougar Wellness

Check out the CCCC Wellness Resources for Spring 2018!

Upcoming Events

  • Miles for Wellness Virtual Walking Campaign, March 12 - May 6
  • President's Puppy Walk, May 4, at 10 a.m. to walk Vet Med animals


Employee of the Month Program

Please join me as we continue recognizing our full-time faculty and staff for their exceptional contributions and customer service. The purpose of this award is to:

  • Promote positive employee-to-employee and employee-to-student interactions on campus in order to further a learning first culture.
  • Increase employee engagement through recognizing positive employee behaviors.

The Employee Recognition Committee is currently accepting nominations. All nominations are due by the first Monday of the calendar month to be recognized the following month.

Read Employee of the Month Program Eligibility & Guidelines. To nominate a deserving colleague, please click: Employee of the Month Nomination Form.


Welcome New Employees!

  • Tawanna Barry, Custodian



Adena Mitchell, Performance and Communications Coordinator in the Workforce Development Department, husband Terrance Sr. and son Terrance Jr., welcomed their new addition, Baby Ava Rae Mitchell to their family on Feb. 24. Baby Ava weighed 9 lbs. 1.5 oz. and is 21-1/8 inches long. Baby Ava and family are doing well!

Baby Ava



Birthday Cake
3/23 Carla Parrish
3/24 Consuela Blaizes
3/24 Gary Lopossay
3/24 Katie Surber
3/25 BJ Thompson
3/26 Peggy Cotten
3/26 Ken Hoyle Jr.
3/26 Caroline Julich
3/27 Martha Wilkie
3/28 Karen Brown
3/28 Bill Freeman
3/28 Christopher McNeill
3/30 Fernanda Perry
3/30 Lorraine Whitaker
4/1 Robert Barnes
4/2 Lisa Knight
4/2 Greg Hamm
4/3 Wilma Dorman
4/4 Dawn Gregory
4/4 Allen Howington
4/5 Latasha McIver
4/6 Shatea McNeill
4/8 Denise Johnson
4/11 Myles Tart
4/12 De-Ven Atkinson
4/12 Kelly Baird
4/13 Kimberly Langston
4/14 Ami Denton
4/14 Stanley Taylor
4/14 Jessica Walshaw
4/15 Bonnie Smith
4/17 Rodney Boykin
4/17 Charity Turner
4/18 Heike Johnson
4/18 Ashley Dial
4/20 Kasey Patterson
4/21 Kassandra Lyles
4/24 Stephen Mabe
4/25 Jack Oglesbee
4/25 Wendy Cotten
4/25 Tyra Johnson
4/26 MontE Christman
4/27 Stephanie Cole
4/28 Teresa Brown
4/28 Charmaine Keffer
4/30 Pam Byrd


News From The CCCC Family

We sadly want to inform everyone of the unexpected passing of Kelly Baird's grandfather, Charles Edward Estes, age 70, of Sanford. Charles died March 17, at his home. The family did receive friends on March 18, 2018 at Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home.

Regretfully, we inform all of the passing of a previous CCCC employee, Gina Del Vecchio of Sanford. Gina passed on Feb 19. Gina worked for CCCC as the Career Center Coordinator. Memorial contributions may be made to the Bread Basket, 140 E. Chisholm St., Sanford, N.C. 27330 or Helping Hands Clinic, 507 N. Steel St., Sanford. Online condolences may be made at



Dates to Remember


Monday, March 26: Central Carolina Community College's Fifth Annual Holocaust Remembrance Event will be held at noon at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center. The speakers will be Rose Mills and Sharon Halperin, both daughters of Holocaust survivors.

Tuesday, March 27: The Central Carolina Community College BBQ Essentials and Culinary Students will host a Green-House Pig Roast Dinner at 7 p.m. at the CCCC Dunn Center in Dunn. $15 per person. RSVP by email to Rebecca Parker at by March 13.

Thursday, March 29: The Central Carolina Community College Foundation Harnett Golf Classic will be held at the Chicora Golf Club, Dunn.

Thursday, April 5: NC STRIVE (Student Transition Resource Initiative for Veteran's Education) Annual Conference.

April 9 - 13: National Library Week Events

Wednesday, April 11: Spring Fling on the Lee Main Campus

Wednesday, April 11: 3rd Annual Culinary Showcase on the Lee Main Campus

Thursday, April 12: Alcohol Awareness Day event will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lee Main Campus in Sanford.

Tuesday, April 17: Spring Fling on the Harnett Main Campus

Thursday, April 19: Spring Fling on the Chatham Main Campus

Thursday, April 19: The Central Carolina Community College Culinary Arts program will participate in The Celebration of North Carolina's Farming Bounty, with special guest Vivian Howard, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Contemporary Art Museum, 409 W. Main St., Raleigh.

Saturday, April 28: Touch-A-Truck Day will be held at 10 a.m. at the Emergency Services Training Center (ESTC) in Sanford.

Wednesday, May 2: Student Academic Awards Night will be held at 6 p.m. at the Mann Center in Sanford.

Saturday, May 5: Automotive Restoration Car & Bike Show on the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center

Wednesday, May 9: The Central Carolina Community College Foundation Chatham Golf Classic will be held at the Chapel Ridge Golf Course, Pittsboro.

Friday, May 4: The President's Puppy Walk to walk Veterinary Medical animals will be held at 10 a.m. at the CCCC Lee Main Campus in Sanford.

Wednesday, May 9: The Central Carolina Community College Foundation Chatham Golf Classic will be held at the Chapel Ridge Golf Course, Pittsboro.

Thursday, May 10: Central Carolina Community College spring graduation will be held at the Chatham County Agriculture & Conference Center in Pittsboro.

Sunday, May 20: The Central Carolina Community College Confucius Classroom will host "Nanjing Impression: An Exhibition of Chinese Performance Arts" at 3 p.m. on at the Chatham County Agriculture & Conference Center in Pittsboro.




Cougar Pets News

Cougar Pets

My name is Chanel. I am a 1-year-old female that would love to be your new best friend! I enjoy the company of people and other dogs, but I am unsure about cats. I loves to run, play, and cuddle.

Chanel is currently available for adoption!

All of our adoptable dogs are spayed/neutered, microchipped, and up-to-date on all vaccines. In addition, they have had regular dental cleanings, blood work, and physical exams. We pride ourselves on the care that our cats and dogs receive during their stay. Contact us at for more information on our colony cats and available dogs.

To make it easier for potential adopters to fill out applications, complete the online form at Happy adopting!



Things Wanted, For Sale, or For Free!

CCCC-Bay is happy to post your unneeded, unwanted, or unused items in Cougar Bytes! Send an email (photos would be great) to Cristina Oliver at and we will feature in next month's publication.



Contribute to Cougar Bytes

Cougar Bytes is happy to accept your March contributions. Cougar Bytes is a monthly newsletter focused on staff and faculty. We welcome any events, stories, photos, or shout-outs in each issue. Please submit your contributions to

Our deadline for contributions is April 25 for the April issue. Thank you!


The next issue of Cougar Bytes will be Friday, Apr. 27, 2018.

Library Archives Construction Quiz Answers
1. Pittsboro Administration Building, 1991. 2. Harnett Etheridge High Tech Building, 1991. 3. Lee Vocational Building (Joyner Hall), 1987. 4. Harnett Continuing Education Building (first Harnett Campus building), 1985. 5. Lee first Science Building (now Lett Hall), 1968. 6. Lee Hockaday Hall, 1973.