Congratulations February Employee of the Month:
Trinnette Nichols-Jones

Trinnette Nichols-Jones

Trinnette Nichols-Jones made my registration experience, which I had been dreading all Christmas break, a wonderful experience. There aren't enough words to express my thanks for the many things she did from taking the time to make packets, sitting side-by-side to guide me, answering my many questions, and so on. I learned so much from her that day that helped to improve the way I had been doing things. If I could give an award to the person that has gone above and beyond the call of duty during last chance registration for me and the students, I would present it to Trinnette.

Trinnette Nichols-Jones
Director of Student Services

Q.   How long have you worked for CCCC?
A.   13 and 1/2 years (since August 2003).
Q.   Where were you born?
A.   In Marion, South Carolina, and I am the youngest of three children (all girls).
Q.   Where did you grow up?
A.   Originally from South Carolina, but haved live in North Carolina since 2000.
Q.   Educational credentials?
A.   Master in Counseling from Webster University and Bachelor in Psychology from Francis Marion University.
Q.   Where do you live now?
A.   Fayetteville with my husband Don Jones and two boys, Tristan (11) and DuMarcus (9).
Q.   What are some of your hobbies or other interest outside of CCCC?
A.   I enjoy quiet time relaxing as well as fun activities with my husband and children. I love researching and learning new things to keep current both socially and academically.
Q.   Anything else you'd like to share with the CCCC family?
A.   I've always wanted to be in the helping field providing assistance to individuals toward achieving their personal best. My current and previous roles at CCCC have allowed me to live out my passion each and everyday. And I am grateful.



The Compliance Certification Report-Submitted to SACSCOC!

Boxes containing required documents, including the Compliance Certification Report were submitted to SACSCOC on Feb. 23, during Valentine's season as planned! This only happens once every ten years!

Thank you, CCCC, for all of your help and support! All across the College, people contributed to the Compliance Certification Report, which is required for our 2018 Reaffirmation. Our CCCC faculty and staff shared their knowledge, editing skills, and 1000s of pieces of documentation to make this happen. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Compliance Certification Report-Submitted to SACSCOC! Compliance Certification Report-Submitted to SACSCOC! Compliance Certification Report-Submitted to SACSCOC! Compliance Certification Report-Submitted to SACSCOC! Compliance Certification Report-Submitted to SACSCOC!


CCCC's Rebecca Parker Wins Honor

Rebecca "Becky" Parker, CCCC Dunn Center Site Coordinator, has been honored with the 2016 Ambassador of the Year award from the Dunn Area Chamber of Commerce.

The presentation read, in part:

"Our 2016 Ambassador of the Year is a dedicated and enthusiastic member of the Chamber. Since her job relocated her to Dunn full time in mid-2015, she has been a very active part of the Ambassadors Club - attending ribbon cuttings, open houses, and Business After Hours. She has assisted throughout the year in many capacities at Boogie on Broad and selling Taste of Dunn raffle tickets before the Christmas Gala. She also helped at Business Fest and was a very active member of the planning committee. During Operation Thank You, she delivered 39 packets to 34 businesses in one day!

"Her positive attitude is infectious and you just can't help but smile when she is around. Her giving heart and willing spirit are all testaments to this award. This giving attitude transfers over to all that she does whether it be in her professional life where she volunteers for the CCCC Foundation's annual Golf Tournament or other programs and events."

Rebecca Parker, CCCC Dunn Center Site Coordinator, has been honored with the 2016 Ambassador of the Year.
Rebecca Parker, CCCC Dunn Center Site Coordinator, has been honored with the 2016 Ambassador of the Year.


Marchant Madness!

Mark your calendar for "Marchant Madness" and the 2017 Campus Fund Drive! Start practicing your jump shot now!

Marchant Madness


William R. "Bill" Tyson Retires


CCCC's William R.

Central Carolina Community College's William R. "Bill" Tyson (second from left) retired as CCCC Harnett Provost as of Feb. 1. The CCCC Board of Trustees has honored Mr. Tyson with the new title of CCCC's Harnett Provost Emeritus. Pictured with Mr. Tyson are the three men who served as CCCC President during his 33-year career at the college -- Dr. T. Eston Marchant (far left, 2008-present), Dr. Matthew S. Garrett (second from right, 2004-2008), and Dr. Marvin R. Joyner (far right, 1983-2005).


Hope, Hopeful, Hopelessness

Recently, my sister Sally (not her real name), and I were discussing the Denzel Washington movie, "Fences." I had not seen the movie, but she had. Sally left the theater in distress because the movie struck so close to home.

While "Fences" is created out of the experience of an African-American family, the situation portrayed in the movie could be a reality in anyone's life. All human beings have the ability to put up fences as safeguards to avoid further injury, but a fence has the potential to erect hopelessness in the life of the owner and all who are enclosed within it. It is this crippling sense of hopelessness created by her own dad with which Sally identified.

Sally overcame her initial sense of hopelessness when she was able to turn her thoughts from fear and rejection to hope for the future. She was able to make the change because someone came alongside her and showed her the possibilities that lie outside the fence that had been erected by someone else around her life. A small glimpse on the other side made her hopeful.

Students often seek a college education because of a sense of expectation and hope for the future. Staff and faculty at Central Carolina Community College are dedicated to tearing down "fences" by supporting every student through programs and services, and by encouraging students to pursue goals with hope and expectation of success.



TRiO Student Support Services Visits Appalachian State University

TRiO Student Support Services and Student Support Services STEM & Health Sciences participants visited Appalachian State University for a transfer exploration visit. For some participants, this was a chance to visit their dream university. For others, it was an opportunity to explore a new university and potentially add it to their prospective transfer school list.

A TRiO coach and a student study for an upcoming math exam on the way to Boone

A TRiO coach and a student study for an upcoming math exam on the way to Boone.

The first stop was lunch at Trivette Hall overlooking the duck pond on West Campus. After lunch, students attended a presentation with admissions staff designed specifically for transfer students. They then took a walking tour of campus led by Mountaineers who had transferred to ASU.

A view of the bell tower.

A view of the bell tower.

After the tour, students visited with the TRiO Student Support Services program at Appalachian State to learn about the types of support available to them once they transfer.

Did you know? Tutoring services are only available to freshman and sophomore students at Appalachian State, unless enrolled in the university's Student Support Services program. If you're working with a student who is transferring to ASU, encourage them to sign up for this helpful program!

Dinner at the Black Cat Burrito in Boone.

Dinner at the Black Cat Burrito in Boone.

The students had a wonderful trip and were able to experience many new things. One student reflected by saying, "This was my first time touring a college campus, my first time being that far northwest, and the first time hearing about accommodations for transfer students, which was surprising and peaked my interest. I like that the group of CCCC students that went were of all ages. This truly shows what a community college is all about."

TRiO Student Support Services and Students Support Services STEM and Health Sciences are two Department of Education funded grant programs 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 e-mailing or calling (919) 718-7567.


Student Ambassador Selection Process

Greetings Faculty and Staff,

It's that time of year to start our selection process for the 2017-2018 Student Ambassadors. Please nominate curriculum students that you feel can represent our students and would be an excellent asset to the college's Ambassador Program. The program awards 10 students the opportunity to serve as leaders for one complete academic year.

The criteria for selection consists of (1) a 3.0 cumulative GPA, (2) evidence of leadership, and (3) an interest in community service. Students who are selected must maintain a minimum of 12 semester hours during their term of service, a 3.0 semester GPA, and the highest level of professionalism in order to maintain an active status in the program. Students who are part-time can be nominated if they can agree to enroll full-time, should they be selected. The students selected receive full tuition scholarship for the Fall and Spring semesters. Additionally, they receive uniforms and such to wear while they serve.

Please submit the names of the students you feel would serve CCCC well as a Student Ambassador. Submit all nomination forms to Aaron Mabe via campus mail or complete the Google form by Friday, Feb. 24. Thank you for your time and consideration.


News From The Library

Accepting Book Order Requests - Final Call

The library is still accepting book order requests from faculty and staff until March 1 for this fiscal year. Requests can be made online using the Library's Order Request Form, or by contacting the librarian assigned to your campus library.

New Books & AV Available for Check-out

Lists of new and donated books and audiovisual materials that were added to the library collections during the Fall 2016 semester have been updated on our web page. Click here to browse the lists and see what's new. Be sure to check our catalog for current title availability.

Library Instruction & Pop-in Visits

It's not too late to schedule library instruction sessions for your spring classes. Faculty may request an instruction session using our online form, or by contacting the librarian at your campus. You can also schedule a 15-minute refresher session or a 5-minute introductory pop-in visit. Don't miss the opportunity to give your students the extra research help they need to successfully complete their assignments.
Blind Date with a Book

Blind Date with a Book

The Lee Main Campus Library held its Blind Date with a Book event on Feb. 13 to 17. Library books and our users definitely felt the love this Valentine's Day as approximately half of our Blind Date books were checked out for a date. It certainly illustrates that no one cuddles better than a good book!

Harnett Walkin' and Talkin' Tuesdays

Spring is just around the corner, and what better way to enjoy the nice weather than to join Jennifer Seagraves for Walkin' and Talkin' Tuesdays at 11:15 a.m. on the Harnett Main Campus. Faculty and staff can connect with our Harnett librarian professionally and discuss the work the library is doing on campus to help students succeed. Contact Jennifer for more information at (910) 814-8843.

National Library Week

Save the date for National Library Week coming April 10 - 14. This year's theme by the American Library Association (ALA) will again be "Libraries Transform." Last year, we created a video around this theme featuring our library users, which was submitted to the ALA. The ALA then incorporated a clip from our video into their video, which features English instructor David Flatley, and a shoutout to CCCC on the ALA web page! Watch for David at 0:54. We have a new star!



TRiO National Day of Service (Feb. 25)

Book Drive

Please join the North Carolina TRiO community in honoring TRiO Day, our National Day of Service, by donating any of the following items for our literacy drive to benefit Smart Start Rowan:

  • new or gently used books for children ages birth through Grade 5
  • crayons
  • pencils
  • letter blocks
  • letter/number fridge magnets
  • small notebooks or composition notebooks

Donations will be collected by Ashley Tittemore, UBMS Director, in Wilkinson Room 37 until Friday, Feb. 24.

For this day of service, the North Carolina Council of Educational Opportunity Programs (NCCEOP) is listed as an organization on the Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated Serve Your City website, and the organization with the most registered volunteers will win a $2,500 grant! Your participation could help bring scholarship funds to TRiO students in North Carolina!

All volunteers who donate should register as a project volunteer by Feb. 18.

Following the drive for donations, TRiO students and staff will travel to Livingstone College on Feb. 25 to collaborate with other TRiO programs from across the state to assemble literacy kits for donation and conduct a community beautification project.

Thank you for your support!


Creative Activities

Creative Activities class

Fun pictures from our EDU 151 Creative Activities Class! This semester, as part of their Early Childhood Education program, students were making snake bubbles. Along with the fun, students devised appropriate activities and lesson plans.

Creative Activities class


Fundraising Approval

Please see the new Fundraising Approval Form for all club/organization fundraising events. This form must be completed prior to the planning of any fundraising event. Please contact the CCCC Foundation with any questions. Thank you.


Traffic Pattern Changes on the Lee Main Campus

Traffic Pattern Changes on the Lee Main Campus


Dunn Tourism Event

The Dunn Tourism Event, held on Feb. 16, was a success! Some of the visitors took advantage of a tour of the Senior HTS Apartments while at the workshop.
Dunn Center, Dunn Tourism, and TRAC meeting held on Feb. 16. Dunn Center, Dunn Tourism, and TRAC meeting held on Feb. 16. Dunn Center, Dunn Tourism, and TRAC meeting held on Feb. 16.

Special thanks to Mari-inetta for helping me set up everything and to all who let us use items to decorate with!


Wall Art at Dunn Center

The project we started a while back to clean up and frame some of the old pictures of Harnett High School graduating classes is complete. Our maintenance team placed and mounted the framed pictures along the walls of the Education Building hallway. Pretty cool stuff and a fitting tribute to the structure's history as an education site. Give Becky Parker the kudos; she drove it to completion.

Framing of Harnett High School Graduation Pictures Framing of Harnett High School Graduation Pictures Framing of Harnett High School Graduation Pictures Framing of Harnett High School Graduation Pictures


CCCC Student Farm

The Central Carolina Community College Student Farm, located on the Chatham Main Campus in Pittsboro, is gearing up for the spring and summer growing seasons.

Central Carolina Community College Student Farm Central Carolina Community College Student Farm



BUS 110 Does Mannequin Challenge

View more CCCC videos online on the CCCC YouTube Channel.


Employee Assistance Program: Did You Know

In addition to providing free and confidential counseling, our Employee Assistance Program offers additional benefits such as:
  • Employee discount program called Perks at Work.
  • Financial and legal resources including a free simple create your own will.
  • Free online courses.

Perks at Work

Perks at Work offers employee discounts of up to 25% on name brand, practical and luxury items, as well as travel, amusement park and entertainment tickets. Register for free at

First-time users will need to register using their work email address and the company name of EAP in order to access the Savings Center. When entering the company name, as you begin to type a drop-down menu will appear. Please choose EAP from the options in the drop down.

  • Don't forget to use the company name of EAP.
  • Please register with your work email address.
  • Be sure that you can access your email right away. A system-created message will be sent to that address immediately.
  • You will need to retrieve the email to complete your registration and then log in to begin exploring the site for the great discounts.

Legal and Financial Center

To access the Financial and Legal Resource Center, go to the EAP website at You will choose the "My Portal Login" and the "Work-Life" option. Enter our unique employer username and password combination--username: cccc2014 and password: guest.

Once you have accessed the work-life site, you will have access to a wealth of resources and online seminars. In the "Centers" - you can find the "Legal and Financial Center." This is where you find a link for more information on how to create simple will at no cost to you plus more financial links.

Skill Builder Center

In the "Skill Builder Center," you can access e-learning courses that you can complete in 15-20 minutes. Human Resources recommends several of the topics including:

  • Cultural Diversity in the Workplace
  • Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
  • Drug-Free Workplace
  • Business Etiquette and Professionalism

However, there are several courses for your personal enrichment such as:

  • Appreciating Personality Differences
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Effective Communication
  • Eating Your Way to Wellness and more.

The presentations are narrated and you will receive a certificate of completion.

For more information on your Employee Assistance Program, contact the Human Resources Department at (919) 718-7493 or call the EAP at (800) 633-3353.


Updated CCCC Policies and Procedures Manual

Policies and Procedures Manual

For the updated CCCC Policies and Procedures Manual, visit



Welcome New Employees!

  • Kelly Hall, Continuing Education Support
  • Audra Kallimanis, Sociology Instructor
  • Charmaine Keffer, Dental Hygiene
  • Jacqueline Keith, Associate Degree Nursing
  • James Lassiter, Facilities Management, Security
  • Heather McKenzie, Curriculum Support Staff
  • Shatea McNeill, Career Counselor
  • Karen Minter, Student Services
  • Dana Scott, Cosmetology
  • Hampton Williams, Fire and Rescue Training Coordinator


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


Birth Announcements

Congratulations! Leonidas Lashlon Sasser (Leo) made his appearance on Feb. 16, at 9:42 a.m., weighing in at 6.9 lbs. and 21 inches long. His parents, BriAnna and Ronnie Allen Sasser are doing well as are the grand parents, Ronnie and Karen Sasser.

Congratulations to Mike Fann, Business and Acounting Lead Instructor, and his wife Rachel on the birth of their healthy baby boy, Leif Soloman Fann, on Jan. 14. All are doing well.



Birthday Cake
2/24 Janice Keat
2/25 Heather McKenzie
2/26 Teresa Mangum
2/26 Regina Minter
2/27 Sylvester King
2/28 Debbie Arnold
3/1 David Malenick
3/1 Brenda Keller
3/1 Edward Mercer
3/2 Sue Boyd
3/3 Ronnie Measamer
3/5 Angela Crisp-Sears
3/7 Susan Johnson
3/8 Angela Glover
3/9 Maria Buxens
3/11 Paul Reynolds
3/15 Jamie Childress
3/16 Deborah Wall
3/17 Tonya Davis
3/18 Melissa Godfrey
3/20 Amanda Carter
3/21 Colleen Johnson
3/22 Jill Gillette
3/22 Terri McKone
3/22 Christine Powell
3/23 Carla Parrish
3/24 Gary Lopossay
3/25 BJ Thompson
3/26 Peggy Cotten
3/26 Kenneth Hoyle Jr
3/26 Caroline Julich
3/27 Martha Wilkie
3/28 Karen Brown
3/28 Bill Freeman
3/28 Christopher McNeill
3/30Fernanda Perry
3/30 Lorraine Whitaker
3/31 Dana Diaz


News From The CCCC Family

We regretfully inform everyone of the passing of a former employee, Marie Thomas Morris, 88, life-long resident of Sanford, who died peacefully at her home on Feb. 15. Marie retired from CCCC where she was employed by the Business Department. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Swann Station Baptist Baptist Church at 7592 NC-87, Sanford, NC 27332 or to Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 2991, Sanford, NC 27331.

We regretfully announce the passing of a former CCCC Harnett Campus employee, Danny Amos Dean, 69, of Mamers, who passed away peacefully at home on Feb. 11. Danny worked at the Harnett Main Campus as the Maintenance Supervisor. He was a life-long member of Antioch Baptist Church in Mamers.

We regretfully announce the passing of Kassandra Lyles' father, John Montegna, 77, who passed away in Reno, Nev. Services for family to be held in Reno. Those who want to send condolences can mail them to Kassandra's house in at 2305 Springhill Ave., Raleigh 27603.

CCCC regretfully announces the unexpected passing of a friend and donor of the college, Starr Webb. Mrs. Starr Freeman Webb, 69, of Mamers passed away on Jan. 24. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Cool Springs United Methodist Church, PO Box 617, Mamers, NC 27552 or to the CCCC Foundation, Attn: Dalanie Roe Webb Memorial Scholarship, 1105 Kelly Drive, Sanford, NC 27330.

We have learned that Thomas Davis Ratliff, 82, of Sanford, died Sunday, Jan. 22. Thomas worked in the electrical engineering field many years before teaching at Central Carolina Community College in the electronics' program. He retired from CCCC after 20 years of service. Memorials may be made to Cool Springs Baptist Church Building Fund, 1313 Cool Springs Road, Sanford, NC 27330 or CCCC Foundation Electronics/Engineering Program Fund, 1105 Kelly Drive, Sanford, NC 27330.



Dates to Remember


Tuesday, March 7 Marchant Madness, Harnett County. Lunch in Multipurpose Room/ACC Tournament showing with games and prizes.

Wednesday, March 8 Marchant Madness, Chatham County. Lunch in Multipurpose Room/ACC Tournament showing with games and prizes.

Thursday, March 9 Marchant Madness, Lee County. Lunch in Multipurpose Room/ACC Tournament showing with games and prizes.

Wednesday, March 15 Dr. Paul Haspel, of the Humanities Department, will present a program on "The Forbidden Island: Americans in Cuba" at 1 p.m. at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center Lecture Hall.

Thursday, March 16 The CCCC Career Fair 2017 will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center in Sanford.

Thursday, March 16 The Central Carolina Community College Foundation's Fourth Annual Harnett County Golf Classic will be held at Chicora Golf Club in Dunn.

Friday, March 24 The CCCC Foundation/Lee County Orchestra fundraising event will be held at 7 p.m. at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center in Sanford.

Tuesday, March 28 Phi Theta Kappa induction ceremony will be held at 5 p.m. at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center in Sanford.

April 14-April 17 College closed.



Blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and More.

Do you write a blog for your course? Do you have a Twitter account or Facebook page for your department or classroom? Share your link! Email Cristina Oliver at and we will add to the list.



Cougar Pets News

Are you interested in adopting a pet? To make it easier for potential adopters to fill out applications, complete the online form at Happy adopting!

Please visit our Facebook page at for more information and pictures of all the animals that need homes.



Things Wanted, For Sale, or For Free!

For sale: Accordion
This accordion is in excellent condition, made in Italy, and numbered. Asking price is $400. If any information is needed on the accordion, please feel free to contact Lisa Brown at (910) 814-8901 or email at

Accordion Accordion Accordion

For sale: China
This Noritake china is in mint condition. It consists of a complete service for 12 including serving platters, bowls, tea pot, coffee pot, and cups. Asking price is $350. please feel free to contact Lisa Brown at (910) 814-8901 or email at

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For sale: 2007 Dodge Caliber
One owner, but our family has outgrown the car. 189,000 miles, good gas mileage, tires less than a year old, great AC and Heat, recent full brake job. $3250 or best offer. Call or text Alyce Gaines (919) 770-9995

Car Car Car

For sale: Washer and Dryer
$75 for each. Contact Crete Smith at (919) 935-3796


Are you looking to clean out your attic or basement in the new year? 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 distributed to 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 March 22 for the March issue. Thank you!


The next issue of COUGAR BYTES will be
Friday, March 24, 2017.