Congratulations June Employee of the Month: Jessica Rogers Dickens

June Employee of the Month

Jessica Rogers Dickens has served as the Director of CCCC's two TRiO Student Support Services programs since Sept. 2015. During that time, she has made intentional efforts and succeeded in building partnerships across departments and all of our campuses for the benefit of her programs and students.

She is involved in several committees, has made an effort to get to know and build relationships with many colleagues across the college, and she always strives to both learn from others and contribute to the work of the college. She brings together a team of outstanding professionals on a daily basis in service of CCCC's low-income and first-generation students and students with disabilities.

Her leadership intentionally reflects CCCC's mission, vision, and values. With both her programs and students, she is careful to follow and respect the policies and procedures of the college, and over the past several years has handled many delicate situations positively and professionally. Finally, as a dedicated member of the national TRiO community she has been a great asset to CCCC's TRiO team and vocal advocate for TRiO programs and students across North Carolina.

Jessica Rogers Dickens

Director, TRiO Student Support Services Classic and STEM - Health Sciences

How long have you worked for CCCC?
It will be three years in September.

What brought you to CCCC?
The newly funded TRiO SSS programs.

Describe what you do for CCCC.
I provide leadership and administrative oversight to both staff and the 260 first-generation, low-income and students with disabilities program participants. Our programs provide academic development, assists students with basic college requirements, and motivates students toward the successful completion of their postsecondary education. The goal of SSS is to increase the college retention, graduation, and four-year transfer rates of its participants.

Where were you born?

Where did you grow up?

Educational credentials?
Bachelor's from Winston-Salem State University, Master's from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, and currently enrolled in doctoral program at North Carolina State University.

Where do you live now?

Tell us about your family!
Fun fact is that my now husband, as of April 27, 2018, and I started dating because we sparked up a conversation about my new position at CCCC. From then on, we have been sharing life's adventures together.

What are some of your hobbies or other interest outside of CCCC?
Travel is a pastime I have come to thoroughly enjoy. I like seeing different places and trying new places to eat.

What is your favorite meal?
No favorite meal, but favorite types of food are Italian and Mexican.

Anything else you'd like to share with the CCCC family?
I'm so honored to be named employee of the month. This is exciting to have recognition from colleagues. Being an advocate for first generation college students is no easy task, but having people across campus who support the mission makes this a labor of love. Please join us in the fall for a TRiO SSS 50th Birthday Bash!



Dean of Student Learning

Dear Colleagues:

I am thrilled to welcome Jairo McMican to Central Carolina Community College as Dean of Student Learning.

Jairo comes to us from Durham Technical Community College where he served as Director of Admissions and Advising Services overseeing college recruitment, advising, admissions, and placement testing. He has experience as a community college advisor, instructor, and as a transcript evaluation specialist. He served as assistant director of admissions at North Carolina Central University and admissions counselor at UNC-Asheville. Jairo is enrolled in the Adult and Community College doctoral program at North Carolina State University, and he has an M.S. in Organizational and Strategic Leadership and a B.S. in Psychology from South Carolina State University.

During the search process, we emphasized the need for an equity-minded leader who will lead a collaborative, college-wide effort to help close achievement gaps in learning, access, and success outcomes across our one-college model. If you did not have the chance to interact with Jairo while he interviewed on campus, I think you will find the combination of his knowledge, passion, skills, and experiences to be an excellent fit to help address challenges and create new opportunities to improve student outcomes.


Director of Secondary Partnerships

Hello Everyone,

I am very pleased to welcome Dr. Sara Newcomb to CCCC as our new Director of Secondary Partnerships.

Sara worked at Gardner-Webb University as Director of Community College Partnerships in which she formed and facilitated partnerships between community colleges and Gardner-Webb, worked on articulation agreements specifically related to AAS pathways, and managed all degree program updates for the university. She has served as Associate Dean and Director of Advising, the Advising Center Coordinator, Academic Advisor, and as an Admissions Counselor. Her doctorate research focused on developing partnerships and bringing about continuous improvement through practice and research. She brings a wealth of experience in higher education and will excel in the Director of Secondary Partnerships role.


Golf Classics 2018

Golf Classics

Mark your calendar! CCCC's annual Golf Classic is coming. Come join us!

  • 29th Annual Lee Golf Classic, Sept. 19, 2018


2017-2018 Leadership Sanford Class

Felicia Crittenden, of Central Carolina Community College, was among the graduates of the 2017-2018 Leadership Sanford class.


Gold Certificate of Safety Achievement

Ben Rankin, Safety Officer, and Trinity Faucett, Director of HR, attended the Department of Labor Safety Awards on June 12 and accepted a Gold Certificate of Safety Achievement on behalf of CCCC from Honorable Cherie K. Berry, State of NC Commissioner of Labor. The award is based on the number of employees, hours worked, and number of injuries reported.


Adult Education Resource Specialist Certification

Dr. Nutan Varma, Lead ESL instructor for Harnett County's College and Career Readiness program, was awarded an Adult Education Resource Specialist Certification from Appalachian State University on June 1. Congratulations!


Taking a Group to the Summer Institute

NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising is an international association that is committed to the success of students at colleges and universities around the globe. Academic Advising Today, NACADA's electronic publication, is distributed quarterly to our over 13,000 members around the world.

In the most recent issue Constance Boahn, Dept. Chair, Ginger Harris Bartholomew, Dept. Chair, Jessica Brown, Biology Instructor, Teresa Butler, Cosmetology Instructor, Scott Byington, Dean, Becky Finken, English Instructor, Katherine Meadows, Chemistry Instructor/QEP Coordinator, and Holly Schofield, Psychology Instructor, from your institution, are published with their article, Taking A Group to the Summer Institute.

We think that their contribution indicates their commitment to providing quality of advising for your students as well as demonstrates their dedication to the profession of advising and the academic success of all students. We invite you to view their article at

We are very proud of Constance, Ginger, Jessica, Teresa, Scott, Becky, Katherine, and Holly and know that you are as well. We congratulate them and you on their achievement and hope that they, you, and Central Carolina Community College will continue to support NACADA in its role as the premier organization for academic advising.

Charlie Nutt, Ed.D.
Executive Director
NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising


Dunn Enrichment Center Collaboration

Below are photos from our recent collaboration project for the Dunn Enrichment Center. Marketing, HCI, Harnett Maintenance, and Business Services all were a part of this update to our site.

Thanks to all for their creative efforts and a special thanks to Christa Mashburn, Crystal Smith, the Harnett Maintenance Team, our custodial staff, and HCI for making our project such a success.

With support from Provost, Dr. Jon Matthews and the HCI team, we started with wood frames and then went through a photo selection process with the help of our Marketing team.

Ideas were discussed with Marketing for our new retractable banner for The Dunn Center and Senior Activities Center.

Other ideas were presented to Business Services and through their creative design and use of newly obtained equipment, they brought our vision together and even made a trip to our site to complete the project with the help of our Harnett Maintenance team.

We were so pleased to have the project completed in time to host the Chairperson's Retreat held at our site in May.

The site feels more collegiate and colorful with these new additions to our buildings and we hope our clients and staff will enjoy our new look!

Many thanks to all,


Summer Continuing Education Classes

Looking to try something new over the summer? Check out some of Continuing Education's offerings! For a full listing of courses, visit Find Classes.

  • 21st Century Technology Skills, Harnett County
  • Automotive Occupations, Lee County
  • Basics of Art, Chatham County
  • Cosmetology in Spanish, Harnett County
  • Dog Obedience (Beginning), Chatham County
  • Digital Media & Marketing, Harnett County
  • How to Cook Locally and Seasonally, Chatham County
  • Introduction to Baking, Chatham County
  • Notary Public, Chatham and Harnett Counties
  • Painting - Acrylics, Lee County
  • Photography, Lee County
  • Social Media Technology, Lee County
  • ...and many others!


Red Clay Review

From the 2017 issue of the Red Clay Review, "The Accountant's Daughter. Almost Blind" by Don Byrne Jr.

You tell me face to face you have figured out
where your missing money was. I know how proud
you feel: the accountant's daughter, almost blind,
who still can reconcile a bottom line.
But your eyes align uneven on my face.
The blind left slips slightly down to a place
on my cheek. The right one seeks my eyes, but finds
only where they were, inferred from the outline
it sees of my head. You will never see again
in my eyes what my eyes see in you. Still, I can
see your soul in those darker windows, that see
by memory what they love, and reconcile me,
too, like a sum momentarily lost, then
found exactly where it should have been.


Notes from Institutional Effectiveness & Research

Coming Soon: 2017-18 CCCC Fact Book

The second edition of the CCCC Fact Book will come out later this summer! This helpful resource includes all of your general CCCC data needs. Highlights include enrollment information, graduation rates, fall to fall retention, and service area information!

July Outcomes & Assessment Coaching Visit

CCCC was selected out of a competitive application process to receive a free one-day NILOA coaching visit on July 12th. The National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) and the Lumina Foundation are working together to offer coaching visits to improve student learning and assessment practices at selected institutions. More information about the visit will be shared soon!

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


News From The Library

Embedded Librarian Program Update

The Embedded Librarian Program will be changing its name in the new fiscal year to become the "Online Librarian Program." This change is simply to facilitate a clearer understanding of the program's role in online learning at CCCC.

Summer Reading

Summer reading at the Lee and Harnett Libraries runs through Aug. 3rd. The Chatham Community Library summer reading runs through July 31st. Sign up at the information desk, or contact Samantha O'Connor (Lee) at ext. 7340, Grace Sharrar (Harnett) at ext. 8843, or Dana Haven (Chatham) at ext. 8088 for more information.

Harnett Library Community Garden Update

The Harnett Library community garden is growing fast and already yielding produce. Stop by to pick some or try our pick of the day!

Chatham Community Library Events

In honor of LGBT+ identifying communities, Governor Roy Cooper has proclaimed June as NC LGBT Pride Month. The Chatham Community Library in Pittsboro played a role in highlighting the special contributions of the LGBT+ community to arts and literature and hosted a discussion of LGBT+ rights and advocacy opportunities across the state.

Events included screenings of LGBT+ themed feature films and displays throughout the Library that highlight LGBT+ literature, as well as books by LGBT+ authors. On June 26, Kori Case of the LGBT Center of Raleigh presented a program on the LGBT+ community of central NC and a discussion of issues for LGBT+ individuals living in rural communities.



External Funding

The Office of Grants and Strategic Initiatives is constantly looking for ways to advance student learning and the mission of the College through external funding. We review funding opportunities daily and want to know your funding needs and ideas.

External Funding

Do you have a project idea, but no funding? We're here to help!

By completing our Program Needs Survey form with your project idea, you'll help us know what to look for as we review potential grants. We look forward to hearing your ideas and partnering on future projects!


Parking Lot Closure

The parking lot between the Science Building and Budd Hall on Lee Main Campus is now closed due to the replacement of the Science Building roof. The parking lot is expected to reopen in July.


National Safety Month

From the Health, Safety, and Security Committee

June is National Safety Month. The Health, Safety, and Security Committee want to help you focus on reducing injury at work, on the road, and in our homes and communities. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, slips, trips and falls make up the majority of accidents, which account for 15% of all accidental deaths per year, the second-leading cause behind motor vehicles and about 25% of all reported injury claims per year. Please see the attached poster for some helpful tips.


Save the date for the NCWorks Partnership Conference!

North Carolina's premier workforce conference will be held Oct. 10-12 in Greensboro at the Sheraton Four Seasons

The NCWorks Partnership Conference traditionally draws upwards of 1,000 Workforce Development Professionals from across the state. Attendees represent labor, state and federal government, education, community-based organizations, community colleges, and the private sector. In its 31st year, the Conference continues to offer timely topics and great networking opportunities.

For additional information, visit
or email ncworksconference



It's not too late. Want to learn more? Contact Debra McNeill, Betty Matthews, Peggy Cotten, or Kay Faucette to find out more and join CCCC AEOP for the May 1, 2018 to April 30, 2019 membership year.


TRiO Student Support Services Graduation Banquet

On Monday, May 7, TRiO Student Support Services and TRiO Student Support Services STEM & Health Sciences hosted a graduation banquet for our 2017-2018 graduates. This event was held at Maggiano's Little Italy in Durham. Our graduates and guests were invited to enjoy a four-course meal, followed by an awards ceremony. TRiO Student Support Services was honored to have Bianka Stumpf attend this event as our guest speaker for the evening. She addressed our graduates with words of encouragement and reflection of what they have accomplished. Each TRiO graduate received a TRiO Alumni pin and program certificate. We are so proud of our graduates and all of their accomplishments!

TRiO Student Support Services and Students Support Services STEM and Health Sciences are two federally funded programs through the U.S. Department of Education that provide specialized services for students who are low-income, first generation, or have a disability. If you know of a student that could benefit from our program's services, please refer them by email or calling 919-718-7567.



College Events Now on Google Calendar

Faculty and staff now have the option of seeing upcoming college events on their Google calendar.

  1. Go to your Google calendar
    • Your calendar can be access via your email.
    • Click on the 3x3 grid
    • Select the calendar icon .
  2. In the left column, type "Event Calendar" in the Add A coworker's calendar search box.

The Event Calendar will be listed with your other calendars. You will see upcoming college events on your calendar. We hope you will enjoy this new calendar feature!


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

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 is on a 4-day/10-hour work day schedule for the summer.

  • 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 Remaining Pay Dates

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 2018

Cougar Wellness

Check out the CCCC Wellness Resources for 2018!


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!

  • Katie Hall, Evening Administrative Assistant
  • Annette Johnson, Financial Aid Specialist
  • Daniel Warari, Senior Financial Aid Specialist



Birthday Cake
6/28 Alyson Cochrane
6/29 Randy Baker
6/29 James Sizemore
6/29 Phyllis Taylor
6/30 Anglanett Abraham
7/2 William Warner
7/6 Billie Gardner
7/7 Misty Davin
7/7 Shirley Rijkse
7/7 Lennie Stephenson
7/8 Lisa Godfrey
7/8 Carlton Peterson
7/8 Rodney Powell
7/12 Amy Bettini
7/12 Carolina Simmons
7/16 Vicky Wesner
7/17 Carla Strickland
7/18 Cathy Giles
7/18 Arthur McCullers
7/18 Ramona Petty
7/19 Virginia Ferguson
7/20 Rhonda Jones
7/20 Erynn Stainback
7/21 Meghan Brown
7/21 Morgan Steele
7/22 Kaan Ozmeral
7/23 Shelly Watkins
7/24 Sue Atkins
7/27 Nancy Wiser
7/28 Amy Baker
7/28 Nena Dixon
7/29 Cathy Swindell
7/30 David Butler
7/30 Theresa Cebulski-Field
7/31 Richard Biggs
7/31 Elizabeth Hodges
7/31 Elizabeth King



We regretfully want to inform everyone of the passing of a past CCCC instructor, John C. Wicker. John C. Wicker, 92, of Carthage, passed away on June 23. Mr. Wicker retired from the A&P after 35 years and from teaching Art at CCCC after 25 years. Memorial contributions can be made to the Sanford Brush and Pallet Club, P.O. Box 4886, Sanford, N.C. 27332

We sadly inform everyone of the passing of Lorraine Whitaker's father-in-law, James M. Whitaker "Coy," 75, of Sanford. The funeral service was held at Calvary Missionary Methodist Church with Rev. Curtis Norris officiating. Memorials may be made, in Coy's memory, to Calvary Missionary Methodist Church, 185 Calvary Church Road, Sanford, N.C. 27332.



Dates to Remember


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Cougar Pets News

Cougar Pets

My name is Grandpa Carter. I am a 2-year-old female that would love to come home with you! I am a playful little gal that enjoys attention and makes friends easily with cats and dogs. I am very sweet and love to be loved! Grandpa Carter is 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 Cris Oliver at and we will feature in next month's publication.



Contribute to Cougar Bytes

Cougar Bytes is happy to accept your summer 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 July 24 for the July issue. Thank you!