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July 24, 2014
Volume VII, Number 7

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Active Shooter Drill

Shots were fired in the Science Building at Central Carolina Community College's Lee County Campus. Law enforcement, fire and rescue workers were immediately dispatched to the scene. Within 25 minutes, the shooter was captured, but not before killing two people and wounding seven others.

It wasn't a real incident, but it could have been. By conducting its first Active Shooter Drill on July 18, Central Carolina Community College is determined to be prepared to deal with such scenarios.

Approximately 110 people participated in the event, including CCCC staff and faculty; police personnel from the Sanford, Siler City, and Pittsboro police departments; the Lee County Sheriff's Department; the North Carolina State Highway Patrol; the Sanford Fire Department; Central Carolina Hospital Advanced Life Support-EMS; Benhaven Emergency Services; and the University of North Carolina Air Care helicopter.

CCCC Library Assistant Peggy Cotton said that as soon as the drill got underway, it became eerily real to her.

"I got the message immediately that we were under attack," she said. "I locked the doors, notified the other staff members and got in the restroom. It was frightening to think that this really could happen. When Monday comes, I'm going to talk to the library director and other staff members to make sure that we have a plan of action, someone assigned to lock the door, say that we're under attack, and so on."

CCCC President Bud Marchant asserted that the exercise was not only vital to campus security, but beneficial to everyone involved.

"It allows local law enforcement and emergency services personnel to become familiar with the campus, while getting excellent training," he said. And it ensures that the college has procedures in place in the case of such an event."

CCCC Security Director Frank Bedoe said the exercise is only the first in a series the college is planning.

"I'm sending out a questionnaire to gain feedback from every person and all agencies who participated," he said. "Our Emergency Planning Committee will meet, evaluate the responses and use them to develop future exercises."

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Watch the CC Works Project Unfold!

Our Mission

Central Carolina Works seeks to promote skills and knowledge that will ready students for success in college and careers leading to economic benefits for individuals and communities through increased participation in North Carolina's Career & College Promise program.

What Have We Been Up To?

  • Visiting and learning about CCCC programs to gain a greater understanding of the educational opportunities available to our service area high school students
  • Evaluating current and potential future CCP Pathways to ensure alignment between the high school and college curriculum
  • Orienting ourselves with the grant expectations and constructing an action plan for successful execution of initiative
  • Meeting with Chamber leaders and civic groups to identify common goals and opportunities for collaboration
  • Meeting with focus groups of secondary partners to discuss role of the advisor and dynamics of collaboration
  • Summer training for newly hired advisors

What Are We Doing?

  • Visiting high schools and CCCC campuses for introductions and tours
  • Mastering the CCP program operating procedures
  • Conducting CCCC-specific training
  • Practicing hands-on CCP advising strategies
  • Planning for grant reporting and data collection implementation

Search #CCWorks on Twitter, or visit

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Faculty Named Certified Nurse Educator

The Louise L. Tuller School of Nursing Associate Degree Program is pleased to announce that Barbara Campbell has earned the designation Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) after meeting strict eligibility criteria and successfully completing a rigorous certification examination developed and administered by the National League for Nursing.

Congratulations Barbara Jean Campbell MSN, RN, CNE!

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25th Annual CCCC Foundation Lee County Golf Classic


Please mark your calendars! The Foundation is planning our 25th Annual CCCC Foundation Lee County Golf Classic. The classic will be held on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at the Sanford Golf Course.

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Chatham Cottage Auction

2014 Chatham Cottage Auction

The cozy, energy-efficient Chatham Cottage, crafted by Central Carolina Community College Sustainability Technologies students, will be auctioned off at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at the college's Chatham County Campus, 764 West St., Pittsboro, NC.

The one bedroom, one bath, 529-square-foot cottage features a vaulted living room ceiling, energy efficient vinyl windows, and reclaimed oak flooring. It can serve as a great transition home for people wanting simplicity and sustainability, guesthouse, mother-in-law suite, or other uses. The house can be viewed 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. For information about viewing and bidding procedures, contact Andrew McMahan, Sustainability Technologies department chair/Biofuels and PV instructor, at 919-545-8036 or

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New College Website Launch

Dear CCCC colleagues,

We are excited to announce the upcoming launch of the new college website on August 11th! Once launched, we encourage you to explore the site, provide feedback, and reach out if there are any issues. Please take a few moments and review the website link below to find out more about the website redevelopment process and how this site will better meet all user needs.

As we continue to move forward, we are dedicated to improving the website, working across the college to create and update sections, evaluating from the perspectives of our users, and making adjustments on an ongoing basis. If you have any questions or concerns, please email

We look forward to revealing the new and improved website!

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News From the Library

New Library Assistant


The library welcomes Kimberly Steiner as our new Part-Time Evening Library Assistant at the Sanford main campus. Kimberly has a Bachelor of Art in Art Conservation with a concentration in collections care from the University of Delaware. She has experience working in archives, including cataloging, conservation, and digitization, and experience in collections management, exhibits, and research for museums and historical societies.

In her new position at CCCC, she will manage our law and periodicals collections, assist with our college archives project, and work at the information desk in the evenings. Her hours beginning in the fall semester will be 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Kimberly is excited to be at CCCC and to enter the library field. She recently moved to Pittsboro from Delaware with her husband, son, and four dogs, and she enjoys exploring the area.

Did You Know?

The CCCC Libraries facilitate student retention and success by providing access to quality information and technology resources which support the programs of the college, by instructing in the use of these resources, by assisting students with questions on their assignments and about college services, and by providing a quiet place to study. In FY 2013-2014, we provided the following for our students, faculty, and staff.

  • Checked out 11,982 items (We ranked 9th in number of check-outs for NC community colleges!)
  • Borrowed 904 items through interlibrary loan
  • Loaned 509 items through interlibrary loan
  • Taught 1,562 students in 74 library instruction classes
  • Booked 1,495 study room reservations for a total of 1,722 hours
  • Students conducted 827,439 searches in our online databases and retrieved 88,055 articles
  • Library staff answered 13,672 questions from students, faculty, and staff (at Lee and Harnett)
  • 128,850 people came into the library (at Lee & Harnett)

Watch for more exciting news in the fall semester on how we can help your students succeed!

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Cougar Pets News

Anyone interested in animals for adoption should visit our Facebook page at for more information and pictures of all the animals that need homes.

You can reach Jonathan at 919-718-7465 or by email at if you are interested in adopting.

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Cougar Profile

Mark Hall

Mark Hall
Provost, Chatham County Campus

Q.   How long have you worked for CCCC?
A.   Since January 2005.
Q.   What brought you to CCCC?
A.   Initially, I became interested in teaching at a community college because of the great things a few CCCC instructors told me about working at our college. I first came to CCCC as an ACA 090 adjunct instructor. At the time, I was also teaching at Middle Creek High School and at Wake Technical Community College. Carl Bryan, then department chair for Humanities, also asked me to teach some summer English courses. During that summer, I was very fortunate to be granted an interview for and offered a full-time instructor position at the Lillington campus. I started full-time in the fall 2005.
Q.   Describe what you do for the College.
A.   For the first nine years I taught English and Humanities courses. In 2009, I became the Lead Instructor for Humanities. In that capacity I continued to teach but also supervised our department's adjunct instructors and coordinated department schedules. For the past five years, I've been the co-advisor, with Mike Neal, for the college's chapter of Phi Theta Kappa. I'm also in the fourth year directing the C-STEP at CCCC. In my position as Provost for Chatham County, I oversee college operations, strategic planning, policy development, and community involvement within the county.
Q.   Where were you born?
A.   Charlotte, NC.
Q.   Where did you grow up?
A.   Mostly in Wilmington, NC, but I finished high school in Cary, NC.
Q.   Educational credentials?
A.    I earned a Bachelor of Art degree in Psychology, with a focus on behavioral neuroscience from Appalachian State University. I also earned a Master's degree in Literature, from NC State University. I am currently working towards a doctoral degree in Educational Research and Policy Analysis, with a specialization in Higher Education Administration.
Q.   Where do you live now?
A.   I have lived in Sanford for the last ten years but, hopefully, will be moving to Chatham County within the next year.
Q.   Marital status?
A.   I have been happily married for 11 years.
Q.   Do you have children/grandchildren?
A.    I have three children, two daughters, 9 and 7, and one son, 4.
Q.   What are some of your hobbies or other interest outside of CCCC?
A.    While I like to whitewater kayak, run, bike, play guitar and bass, and read, I mostly stay active keeping up with my children.
Q.   Anything else you'd like to share with the CCCC family?
A.    I am privileged to work with the faculty and staff of CCCC for almost a decade, and I look forward to working with them for years to come.

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Welcome New Employees


  • Natasha Bean, Cosmetology Instructor
  • Hanna Edgerton, Cosmetology Instructor
  • Kimberly Steiner, Evening Library Assistant
  • Sonja Wilson, Clinical Adjunct


  • Tracy Autry, College and Career Advisor
  • Foster Cates, College and Career Advisor
  • April Hammonds, College and Career Advisor
  • David Heesacker, College and Career Advisor
  • Elvin James, College and Career Advisor
  • Kimberly Kay, College and Career Advisor
  • Latoya Parker, College and Career Advisor
  • Wendy Harrington, Custodian
  • Jack Oglesbee, Custodian
  • Paul Reynolds, Custodian
  • Henry Wilson, Custodian Coordinator
  • Joseph Henderson, HR Specialist
  • Pamela Fincher, Industry Services Assistant
  • Randy Baker, Maintenance Technician
  • Dale Kelly, Maintenance Technician
  • Mitchell Patterson, Grounds Maintenance

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Birth Announcement

Drew Goodson, wife Erin, and daughter Elizabeth have good news! Mia Catherine Goodson was born at 8:25 a.m. on July 13, 2014. She weighed 7 lbs., 5 ounces. Mom, baby, and big sister are doing great!

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News From The CCCC Family


Dr. Karen Allen was hired in 1988 - and she was instrumental in bringing about those changes. Twenty-six years later, she has bid farewell to the college, retiring as of June 30. The college hired Allen in 1988 as its continuing education coordinator in Chatham County. In 1996, the Chatham resident became the college's provost for the county with the responsibility to lead and grow the college as it served Chatham's growing population and need for vocational, continuing, and university transfer education. Allen said she has no specific plans for her retirement, but that she will continue to be actively involved in leadership endeavors with Chatham County. She has already been appointed by the Chatham County Board of Commissioners to serve on the Health Board and is looking forward to that.

June and July

  • Kenneth Johnson, 6/30/2014
  • Edward Taylor, 6/30/2014
  • Kenny Baker, 7/1/2014

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Birthday Cake
Jul 24 Sue Atkins
Jul 26 Heather McCracken
Jul 27 Nancy Wiser
Jul 28 Nena Leake
Jul 29 Cathy Swindell
Jul 30 David Butler
Jul 31 Richard Biggs
Jul 31 Elizabeth King
Aug 1 Kevin Nooney
Aug 2 Marcie Dishman
Aug 3 Karen Owen-Bogan
Aug 4 Jon Matthews
Aug 6 Kim Browning
Aug 7 Michael Fann
Aug 8 Kelli Hammond
Aug 9 Carl Thompson
Aug 9 Janet Zurbach
Aug 10 Donna Cummings
Aug 10 Mike Jones
Aug 10 Tanasha Murchison
Aug 14 Lara Abels
Aug 14 Ann Peacock
Aug 15 Daniel Berndt
Aug 16 Talia Friday
Aug 16 Emily Hare
Aug 20 Crystel Harris
Aug 20 Neil McGowan
Aug 20 Joy McPhail
Aug 22 Phil Ashe
Aug 22 Diane Kannarr
Aug 22 Donna Rhodes
Aug 23 Kim Leaird
Aug 24 Jackie Keith
Aug 25 Debra Champion
Aug 25 Cindy Goldston
Aug 25 Kevin Pearson
Aug 26 Pam Jenkins
Aug 29 Robin Walker
Aug 30 Laura Lauffer
Aug 30 Willie Palme
Aug 31 Robert Hammond

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Dates to Remember


Sept 1 Labor Day Holiday

Sept 17 Foundation 25th Annual Lee County Golf Classic

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Things For Sale, For Free Or For Adoption

CCCC-Bay offers you a marketplace for services and excess stuff, a forum to advertise for things you need and a very responsive audience for pet adoption.

Our deadline for CCCC-Bay ads is 9 a.m. on the Tuesday before publication date.

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