Congratulations June Employee of the Month:
Patricia Wicker

Patricia Walker

Patricia H. Wicker
Administrative Assistant

The latest example of Patricia Wicker's commitment to excellence is the way she has been working with her peers to get ready for Continuing Education's move from W.B. Wicker to the new buildings. She's carved a few hours every day to work diligently on cleaning out, organizing, and packing up years of continuing education medical program equipment and resources, in addition to her daily regular duties.

Patricia Wicker exemplifies excellence in everything she does on a daily basis and she does a lot. With regards to work ethic, rare is the day when Patricia is not the first one in the building and the last one out of the building. Patricia practices excellent customer service with students and co-workers. She always takes all the time necessary to support a student or a colleague and meet their needs.

Patricia maintains a tremendous knowledge base of resources available throughout the college. Even if she cannot provide the answer herself, she is always willing to share a contact that may be able to help with the challenge or opportunity of the moment.

Patricia also facilitates a cohesive team. Managing an office and a Continuing Education schedule can be a stressful proposition. Patricia maintains professionalism at all times.

Most importantly, as evidenced by her participation in helping move the building, Patricia is the personification of team player. She is always willing to do what it takes to get the job done and shoulders as much of the workload as she can handle and then some.

Patricia is quiet and does not call attention to herself. It's for this specific reason she makes for a great nomination. It's the quiet and hardworking individuals who strive for excellence every single day that help make CCCC great. There is no question that Patricia Wicker is one of those who contributes to CCCC's greatness!

Q.   How long have you worked for CCCC?
A.   Seven years.
Q.   What brought you to CCCC?
A.   Before coming to CCCC, I was employed at General Shale Brick Company as an Administrative Assistant and Brick Sales Representative for 22 years. Due to downsizing, I was laid off. When it came time for me to search for employment, I knew I wanted to go into the education or the medical field. CCCC had an opening as an administrative assistant in Pittsboro, so I applied. While applying, I was informed there was an opening at the Sanford location if I was interested. Of course, I accepted and have been working in Continuing Education as well as assisting the Medical programs since. How lucky am I to have gotten a job that gave me my wish to work in both Education and Medical.
Q.   Describe what you do for CCCC.
A.   I am the Administrative Assistant for Continuing Education and Health & Medical Occupations.
Q.   Where were you born?
A.   Sanford, N.C.
Q.   Where did you grow up?
A.   Cameron, N.C.
Q.   Educational credentials?
A.   Associate in Applied Science, received at CCCC.
Q.   Where do you live now?
A.   Sanford.
Q.   Tell us about your family!
A.   I have been married to Ronnie for 20 years, a retired teacher/coach for 34 years. We have four children and seven grandchildren. Two of my grandchildren live with us. We also have a toy poodle, Izzy, and a parakeet, Buddy.
Q.   What are some of your hobbies or other interest outside of CCCC?
A.   Church, family time, quilting, beach.
Q.   Anything else you'd like to share with the CCCC family?
A.   I would just like to say, this award was such a surprise. What an honor to be recognized! Thank you.



CCCC Leadership through Learning program graduates

The CCCC 2016-2017 Leadership through Learning First Cohort has successfully completed a year-long program, which equips employees with opportunities to enhance their skills, knowledge, and abilities by providing them with resources and networking opportunities to ensure their success. During its commencement, the group shared with members of the President's Council two projects it developed to increase student access from the college's Strategic Plan.

2016-2017 Leadership through Learning First Cohort

Pictured are, left to right: back row, Dr. Brian Merritt (Vice President of Student Learning), Joli McDonald, John Ainsworth, John LaVere, Derrick Wright, Rosalind Cross, Cricket Jones, Jonathan Hockaday, Dr. T. Eston Marchant (President), Ken Hoyle (Vice President of Student Services), and Mark Hall (Chatham Provost); middle row, Amanda Matthews, Amber Thomas, Maryann Aucompaugh, Mike Peluso, Faye Stone, Diana Cagle, Misty Davin, Amy Whitmer, Teradee Hagan, and Becky Finken; front row, David Barron, Samantha O'Connor, Shirley Rijkse, Mary Schmid, and Stephanie Whitaker. Not pictured is Latasha McIver.


Meet the Ambassadors

The CCCC Ambassadors are student leaders that represent many facets of the college and local community. Students chosen to serve as Ambassadors are offered many opportunities to engage in collegiate events. Candidates are nominated by a faculty or staff member and confirmed by formal selection committee. Once selected, students are required to attend a leadership development course during the summer semester and serve for one complete academic year.

Meet and read about each student Ambassador at

Student Ambassadors


Mental Health First Aid Training

Mental Health First Aid training was held on May 22 and 23 at the Civic Center. Over 30 faculty and staff went through this two-day (8-hour) workshop to become certified through the National Council of Behavioral Health in Mental Health First Aid.

We had an overwhelming waiting list of people that wanted to take this course, so we are offering it again on July 10 and 11 in the Civic Center Lecture Hall.

Learn more about the training and register today at

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Register Now Signs

Open registration for CCCC has begun! Would you be willing to place a sign in the yard at your home for others to see as they drive by? Send your name and number of signs needed to and we will deliver signs for you to display. When the registration campaign has concluded, we would appreciate if you would return the signs to the CCCC Marketing Department.

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PTK going strong at CCCC

Phi Theta Kappa didn't even exist on the Central Carolina Community College campus seven years ago, when college officials started considering an international honorary to replace the local honorary.

Now, CCCC's Beta Sigma Phi Chapter is winning friends and influencing people with national accolades, one student being elected a regional vice president and service projects reaching well beyond the college to shape the entire community.

Teresa Echeverria

Teresa Echeverria, a Broadway resident and Western Harnett High School graduate, is pursuing her Associate in Science. Echeverria entered the college to study dental hygiene, but was offered admission to a competitive academic program leading to admission to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she plans to study biology and pursue a career in pediatric dentistry.

Echeverria, who describes herself as fairly quiet and reserved in high school, didn't know much about Phi Theta Kappa until she received email one day commending her academic achievement and offering her membership. From that moment, she threw herself into the experience -- learning how to create and execute community projects, become an effective public speaker and, as she puts it, "let her personality out."

All of that came together when she was elected Phi Theta Kappa Regional Vice President for North Carolina, a role she's using to find ways to elevate other students by strengthening other honorary chapters across North and South Carolina.

Though she stepped into regional office just recently, she says Phi Theta Kappa has already changed her life. "I would have still been that shy little girl from high school," Echeverria says. "I wouldn't have made as many friends or be open to so many people. I'm still trying to work on that, but I wouldn't be who I am right now."

Powell is pleased with what the chapter has achieved in just a few short years. More students are active than ever before and they're working to change their community and the world beyond -- all in a positive way.

"There are other community colleges many times larger with many more members, but their students don't develop any more than ours do," Powell says. "Our students are now developing their own identity on campus as high-achieving students. We want them to feel proud of what they do and how they do it."


Not Too Late!

Reminder: It's not too late to turn in your Campus Fund Drive packets!

Please complete your fund drive packet and return to the Foundation as soon as possible. If you have misplaced your packet, contact Abby Walker at and a new packet will be emailed to you! Thank you for your continued support!


Chatham Leadership Program

Chatham Leadership Program

Congratulations Ashley Voss for completing the Chatham Leadership Program.


School of Nursing Committee Representative

Congratulations Dixie Holden for being selected as the School of Nursing Committee Representative for the School of Medicine at Duke University on the School of Medicine's Committee on Appropriate Treatment of Learners. Dixie is currently attending the Duke School of Nursing to obtain her Masters in Nursing with a concentration in Nursing Education. She has previously completed her MaEd at East Carolina, her BSN at Fayetteville State University, and her ADN from here!


Student Orientation Dates

New Student Orientation dates are as follows:

  • June 28 - Lee Main Campus
  • July 19 - Lee Main Campus
  • July 24 - Chatham Main Campus (morning & evening sessions)
  • July 25 - Lee Main Campus (evening session)
  • July 27 - Harnett Main Campus (morning & evening sessions)
  • August 2 - Lee Main Campus
  • August 3 - Lee Main Campus (evening session)

For more information, please check out our website at


Upward Bound Math and Science Celebrates 3rd Graduating Class

Upward Bound Math and Science Celebrates 3rd Graduating Class

On June 2, 13 Harnett County high school graduates and their families gathered to celebrate their completion of the Upward Bound Math and Science program. The graduation banquet, held at the Harnett Health Sciences Center in Lillington, was a celebration of these students' hard work and perseverance throughout their time in high school and in the Upward Bound Math and Science (UBMS) program.

All of the graduates have spent the past three or four years preparing for college with the help of the UBMS program. They have attended monthly Saturday workshops, attended intensive summer programs, toured numerous college campuses, participated in ACT and SAT courses, and completed professional internships. All 13 of the UBMS graduates will enroll in postsecondary education this fall to pursue a college degree. Seven graduates are from Overhills High School, two from Harnett Central High School, two from Triton High School, and two from Western Harnett High School will attend colleges such as Georgetown University, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Appalachian State University, East Carolina University, and Central Carolina Community College in the fall.

Thank you to our CCCC family for your support of these scholars during their time in UBMS!


Notes from Institutional Effectiveness & Research

Outstanding SACSCOC Reaffirmation Off-Site Review Results!

CCCC had only four minor findings in the first step of a three-step process in the reaffirmation cycle! The average for colleges and universities at this stage is 17.5 findings. These results put CCCC in the top 5.7%! Our SACSCOC Vice President especially congratulated us on being found in compliance with all of the major elements including the "outcomes assessment" standards. It is extremely rare for an institution to be found in compliance with all four of these standards at this stage.

Each of the findings will be addressed in a brief Focused Report, which will be submitted to SACSCOC at the end of August along with our formal Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). The On-Site Committee will review these documents prior to their on-campus visit on Oct 23-26.

Thank you to all CCCC faculty and staff for their tremendous contributions to the reaffirmation process thus far! This process has truly helped our college maintain high quality standards and focus on continuous improvement in service to our students and we are confident it will continue to do so in the next stages.

Coming Soon: Annual Outcomes and Assessment Report Outs

President's Council is looking forward to hearing every department's 2016-2017 Outcomes & Assessment Report Out during the upcoming year! O&A Report Outs will take place during President's Council on Tuesdays, beginning on July 11.


The IER Department hosted the North Carolina Community College Planning and Research Organization (CCPRO) Central Region Meeting, on Wednesday, June 14. Topics included System Office updates, SACSCOC updates, Tableau Data Visualization, State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement, and a general Q&A session. Brian Merritt and Linda Scuiletti welcomed the visiting IER professionals.



News From The Library

Personnel News

Lindy Hall

The library welcomes Lindy Hall as our new Library Assistant for Acquisitions at the Lee Main Campus Library. Lindy has her Master's degree in Library Science from San Jose State University, and a Bachelor's degree in Crime, Law, and Justice from Pennsylvania State University, where she was a distinguished military graduate in the Army ROTC. Lindy served in the U.S. Army for six years and achieved the rank of Captain. Since her military career, she has worked in libraries for six years. We are excited to have her join our library team! Stop by to meet Lindy and give her a warm welcome.

New Fast Track Computers

New Fast Track Computers

The Lee Main Campus Library now has four "Fast Track" computers available for quick computer tasks that can be done in less than 10 minutes. Examples are for quick printing, searching the library catalog, or checking email. The Fast Track computers are located in the alcove leading back to the study rooms. These computers are in response to student requests on library surveys to have quick-use computers available for busy students on the go.

Library Book Sale

The Lee Main Campus Library is having a book sale. Discarded books and audiovisual materials are only 5 cents each. Stop by and shop while the selections are still good!

Library Newsletter

The summer Library Newsletter is now available online. Click here to access.

Reminder: New Login for Library Databases

The library now has a new login for accessing online resources from off campus. Students, faculty, and staff can now login using their personal Blackboard login credentials. The former generic password has been retired. Please communicate this information to your students for the summer and fall semesters. Faculty who have links to library resources in their Blackboard courses should update their links using the new proxy prefix. Contact Nora Burmeister at or (919) 718-7435 for assistance or questions.

Summer Reading

Summer reading is currently under way. Faculty and staff are invited to come to the Lee or Harnett Main Campus Libraries to create a reading goal for the summer. Stop by and get a reading log to record your progress, and get some goodies too! Once you've reached your goal, bring back the completed reading log and you will get a prize. Visit the library for more details.

Volunteers Still Needed for Harnett Main Campus Library Community Garden

The Harnett Library community garden is growing and in need of volunteers to help weed, water, and prune. All are welcome to stop by the library to help. Those who help will get first dibs on the produce when picking time comes!

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Associate Dean of Health Sciences and Human Services

Dear Colleagues,

It is with great pleasure that I announce that Denise Martin will assume the position of Associate Dean of Health Sciences and Human Services effective June 1.

Denise Martin

Denise joined the college in 2015 as the Program Director for the new Health Information Technology Program. Denise's selection is a testament to her work ethic, dedication, and eye for details. Her education and background in project management and accreditation experience will be an asset to help the College move forward in expanding our health sciences programs.

Please join the Health Sciences and Human Services Division in congratulating Denise on her new appointment!


Graduation Cruise

On May 5, the TRiO Student Support Services STEM-Health Sciences, Student Support Services Classic, and Veterans Upward Bound programs hosted a celebration for participants who graduated or successfully completed their program.

This Annual Graduation Banquet was held on the "Lady of the Lake" Dinner Cruise on Lake Norman. The banquet included dinner, live music, and certificate ceremony. During the event, 40 Student Support Services participants were recognized who graduated in the program's first full year of programming, and Veterans Upward Bound honored 67 veterans who completed the program since it began in 2012. Many participants in attendance spoke of their gratitude toward their TRiO program and staff who supported them along their journey. The TRiO staff are proud of the graduates and praised their endurance, persistence, and courage.

For more information about TRiO Programs, Student Support Services, or Veterans Upward Bound, please visit


CCCC Foundation's Sweet Celebration

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Scholarship Recipients

SECU $750

  • Melanie Sutton, Chatham County
  • Karla Elliott, Harnett County
  • Kiana Cherry, Lee County
  • Anastasia Holub, Chatham County
  • Kasey Beasley, Harnett County
  • Stacey Reyesmejia, Cumberland County

Golden Leaf $250

  • Christine Carter, Harnett County
  • Karla Elliott, Harnett County
  • Kiana Cherry, Lee County
  • Keri Prince, Harnett County
  • Jennifer Coggins, Lee County
  • Timothy McClain, Harnett County

PAHI (All Chatham County Residents)

  • Whitney Jones, $185.55
  • Anastasia Holub, $185.55
  • Josue Tavares, $180.55
  • Tania Mood, $185.55


Dusty Old Treadmill?

Is your treadmill acting as clothing rack in your room or covered in dust in your garage? Consider donating it to a good cause! Humans aren't the only ones who can treadmill.

The Cougarpets dogs (the VMT rescue dogs on campus) are in need of treadmills to burn off some energy and stay slim and trim while avoiding the heat. The VMT department is looking for used treadmills to train our dogs on to help them get some exercise. If you have a working treadmill you would like to donate, please contact Jessica Holt at in the VMT department.

Cougar Pets

If you are interested in adopting any of our canine or feline friends, check out our webpage at to see who is available and schedule a meet and greet.


New Student Orientation Polos Available!

New Student Orientation Polos are now available to order!

Cost of Polo: $16 (Payment due at time of delivery.)

Description: BLU-X-DRI Stain Release Performance Polo

The 100% 3.8-oz polyester shirt features BLU-X-DRI moisture wicking technology.

A sample is available for viewing in Adam Wade's office in the Bell Welcome Center. To order, please complete the form at For more information or questions, please contact Seth Buchanan at ext. 7339 or or Adam Wade at ext. 7526 or

New Student Orientation Polos Available!


ESL Civics Class Tours International Civil Rights Museum


ESL Civics Class

CCCC’s and El Refugio’s ESL Civics class toured the International Civil Rights Museum in Greensboro on June 3. The students explored the history of the American Civil Rights Movement in an effort to better understand the struggles of social justice and equality in the United States. 



Professional Development Opportunities

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.

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

Daisha Gaines



Summer Schedule

The college's 4-day/10-hour work days began Monday, May 15, with the following Friday closures:

  • May 19
  • May 26
  • June 2
  • June 9
  • June 16
  • June 23
  • June 30
  • July 7
  • July 14
  • July 21
  • July 28

The eight-hour work day schedule will resume Monday, July 31.


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.


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!

  • Javonna Bell, Financial Aid Specialist - Lee
  • Ana Fleeman, Administrative Assistant - Harnett
  • Christine Harner, Nursing Instructor - Lee
  • Karen Slunaker, Nursing Instructor - Lee
  • Benjamin Thomas, Career & College Advisor/Instructor - Harnett


Birth Announcements

Assistant Director of Financial Aid, Precious Ward, and husband welcomed their bundle of joy, Broderick Ward III, on Sunday, June 4. Mom and baby are doing well! We are happy for the new addition to the Ward family.




Birthday Cake
6/22 Linda Bradford
6/22 Daisha Gaines
6/23 Teresa Butler
6/24 Frank Bedoe
6/24 Doris Stone
6/25 Diana Cagle
6/26 Vadrin Colvin-King
6/28 Ashley Voss
6/29 Phyllis Taylor
6/29 Randy Baker
6/29 James Sizemore
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
7/15 Betty Carter
7/16 Vicky Wesner
7/17 Carla Strickland
7/18 Mark Diburro
7/18 Cathy Giles
7/18 Ramona Leftwich
7/18 Arthur McCullers
7/19 Virginia Ferguson
7/20 Rhonda Jones
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
7/30 Joli McDonald
7/31 Richard Biggs
7/31 Elizabeth Hodges
7/31 Elizabeth King


News From The CCCC Family

We regretfully announce the passing of a past instructor of CCCC, Iris Ragan Austin. Iris was always working to improve her education and even in her 80’s insisted on learning to use a computer and get online for email and internet access. This desire to learn was demonstrated throughout her life and passed on to her children. She took classes at night and on the weekends to obtain a teaching certificate, taught elementary school early in her teaching career, and eventually taught at Central Carolina Community College. Memorial contributions may be made to CARA Animal Rescue, 42 Deep River Roadd, Sanford, NC 27330 or to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105



Dates to Remember


Monday, July 3 Fourth of July Holiday Observance

Tuesday, July 4 Fourth of July Holiday Observance

Monday, July 10 Mental Health First Aid Training

Tuesday, July 11 Mental Health First Aid Training

Wednesday, Sept. 20 An anniversary celebration for the Triangle South Enterprise Center will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. at the TSEC in Dunn.




Cougar Pets News


Cougar Pets

Jingle Bell is a very sweet 4-year old lab mix with gorgeous chocolate eyes! She enjoys long walks and snuggles, and would love for you to come and visit! Jingle is spayed and up to date on all vaccinations, and has been in our colony for two years.

Visit our website at for more information on Jingle Bell, and others.

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 July 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 15 for the July issue. Thank you!


The next issue of COUGAR BYTES will be
Thursday, July 20, 2017.