Congratulations January Employee of the Month:
Rosalind Cross

Rosalind Cross

A recent event allowed me to reflect on Rosalind Cross' approach when it comes to her team. Rosalind holds a challenging position in that she manages communication with stakeholders from various groups including the workforce board members, local government, partner local area educational institutions including SCC and Campbell, the federal government, the state government, contractors, partners, etc.

The sensitive nature of managing all of those relationships might suggest the safest route would be to keep a tight rein on everything that happens in her area of direct control. Where Rosalind shows management excellence is that she is always maintaining the balance of empowering her direct reports with flexibility yet keeping an eye on the situation to avoid the mishaps that might happen with managing such a complex system.

In addition to management excellence, Rosalind leads by example. She shows extreme dedication to her position by working late into the night, over weekends, and as often as the situation requires, which is frequently for a director of a workforce development board. It is for these reasons and many others not mentioned, that Rosalind should be recognized for her contribution to the college, the state, the workforce board customers (many of whom are CCCC students), and the large number of partners and stakeholders she interacts with every day.

Rosalind McNeill Cross
Director of Workforce Development and Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Programs

Q.   How long have you worked for CCCC?
A.   Nine years and counting.
Q.   What brought you to CCCC?
A.   I enrolled as an adult learner at CCCC in 2005 upon permanent layoff from my job. As a student, I became immersed in the culture of the college and made the decision that I would like to become a part of the CCCC family.
After successfully completing my associate degree in Business Administration, I sought employment with the college. A mere four months after my graduation date, I was hired as an administrative assistant to one of the curriculum deans. I thoroughly enjoyed this position, however CCCC fosters a learning first environment and I was inspired to continue my educational goals. As I achieved more academically, I also advanced professionally and became the Program Coordinator for the then Workforce Investment Act Programs, which is a federally funded grant. This eventually led to my transition to becoming the Director of Workforce Development. I am happily housed in the Economic and Community Development Division and stationed on the W.B. Wicker campus.
Q.   Describe what you do for CCCC.
A.   As the director, I am responsible for the implementation of the agenda of the Triangle South Workforce Development Board (TSWDB). I provide management and oversight to the operational activities of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which is a federally funded grant that the College is responsible for. My duties include supervising WIOA program operations, operational staff, and management of departmental budgeting and finances in our four-county local Area (which includes Chatham, Harnett, Lee, and Sampson counties). My department is responsible for assessing and evaluating service delivery strategies and service provider outcomes. In cooperation with staff and workforce development board committees, we develop Requests for Proposals, review proposal submissions, recommend selection of service providers, and develop and oversee implementation of contracts. As the director, I serve as the lead contact with programmatic and administrative monitors and auditors from state and federal agencies, while working in conjunction with the Department of Commerce to oversee the operations of the NCWorks Career Centers in our region. To sum it all up, I work hard to ensure that the TSWDB meets its goal of maximizing the efficiency of the local labor market, and exceeding federally required and state determined performance standards.
Q.   Where were you born?
A.   I was born in Boston, Mass.
Q.   Where did you grow up?
A.   I grew up in a very small town in Harnett County with my mom and two younger brothers.
Q.   Educational credentials?
A.   I earned my associate degree from CCCC in Business Administration. As a result of my studies, I was encouraged and inspired to further my education through the College's articulation agreement with Franklin University. While enrolled there, I earned my Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and my MBA.
Q.   Where do you live now?
A.   I reside in Lillington, NC.
Q.   Tell us about your family!
A.   I have a 22-year-old daughter who will always be my biggest accomplishment in life. She is finishing her education at Fayetteville State University making her a second generation college student.
Q.   What are some of your hobbies or other interest outside of CCCC?
A.   I'm grateful to live near my extended family, so I do spend a lot of my free time visiting with my two favorite aunts. I enjoy traveling, and I am an avid shopper, especially when there is a great sale! I play an active role in my family's church, and I thoroughly enjoy singing in the choir. But whenever I am in the mood for some "me" time, I love to spend a quiet evening at home reading a great book.
Q.   Anything else you'd like to share with the CCCC family?
A.   I am extremely honored by this recognition, and I am thankful to the person that nominated me and to the selection committee. I have a deep passion and desire to help others, and although I am not on the front line assisting clients and students, I'm grateful to have the opportunity to assist from "behind the scenes." I am happy to be a part of the CCCC family, and I very much enjoy the day-to-day hustle and bustle in the Workforce Development Department. CCCC is an awesome place to work, and I take pleasure in seeing others around me thrive. CCCC fosters educational experiences that help to improve and enrich the lives of local families and it is a great source for education and employment.



Rice Drive at Siler City Center

The BELL Men's Club at the Siler City Center sponsored an all-campus rice drive and donated 122 pounds of rice to the West Chatham Food Pantry.

BELL Academy (B.ridge to E.arning L.earning and L.iving) is a post-secondary, work-based option in the College and Career Readiness Department that provides the integration of core academics (reading, writing, math, technology) with job-specific practicum experience. Applying course instruction to an actual work setting, learners develop employability competencies that are critical to vocational success. The curriculum is designed for individuals with intellectual disabilities, as students are given the opportunity to achieve their personal, educational, and career goals.

The program is offered in Chatham, Lee, and Harnett counties. For more information, contact or (919) 545-8668. The Dean of College and Career Readiness is Dawn Michelle Tucker.

Rice Drive


TRiO Thanks You!


The Upward Bound Math and Science (UBMS) TRiO program at Central Carolina Community College would like to thank the CCCC community for its continued support of our program and its students. Your contributions to UBMS over the years have helped us achieve great success since our initial funding in 2012, and we wanted to share a document recently created in collaboration with our Marketing department which highlights much of this success.

Please review our Snapshot of Success, which details several ways in which the UBMS program has positively impacted the educational trajectories of its low-income, first-generation students from Harnett County high schools, including data on student GPAs, ACT & SAT scores, internship experiences, college credits earned, and postsecondary attendance. As we like to say, "TRiO Works!"

Thank you again for your support and contributions to TRiO!


New Student Orientation Sessions

The College Success Center hosted new student orientation sessions in January with over 55 attendees. Additionally, over 114 new students completed the online new student orientation. On Jan. 6, the College Success Center trained six peer leaders and faculty working with peer leaders. This spring, peer leaders will serve in two ACA courses.

Peer Leaders
Peer Leaders
Peer Leaders


Celebrating Success

Please welcome the following faculty to the Health Sciences and Human Services division or congratulate them on their change in position:

  • Dental Programs - Mark DiBurro, Dept. Chair, Dr. Charmaine Keffer, Dental Programs Dentist/Faculty
  • VMT - Amber Desvignes and Cherrokie Taylor, Adjunct Faculty.
  • Associate Degree Nursing - Welcome back Jackie Keith!
  • Practical Nursing - Consuela Blaizes accepted the Practical Nursing Coordinator position in Harnett County.
  • CCP NAI - Elizabeth Hodges, CCP NAI Coordinator, joined the team Fall 2016.
  • Early Childhood - Anne Carver, welcome back!

Celebrating Success!

Melissa Fogarty, Medical Assisting completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Administration, Transfer Honors from North Carolina Wesleyan College, Rocky Mount, NC.

Danielle Bruner, Dental Hygiene completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene at West Liberty University and welcomed her first son, Matthew Gray Bruner on Jan. 10!

dental hygiene

Carl Bryan, Health and Fitness Science earned his NCSF Certified Personal Trainer and completed another semester toward his doctorate. He also ushered in the Golden Shovel award at the most recent Professional Development Day. He completed the CCCC Cardio Lab!

Consuela Blaizes, Practical Nursing earned her MSN from the University of Mary.

Dixie Holden, Associate Degree Nursing was admitted to the MSN program at Duke University and completed her first semester.

Megan Kelly, Veterinary Medical Technology is working toward the completion of her Bachelor of Science at St. Petersburg College.

Denise Martin, Health Information Technology recently completed her MBA and graduate certificate in Higher Education Leadership at DeVry University.


A Big Thank You from the CCCCAEOP’s

This year we were able to raise $1,342 for our scholarship fund.

Thanks to those who donated items, brought snacks for our bidders, came to bid, and most of all those who won the bid on items.

We could not have been this successful without your participation.

It was a lot of hard work, but definitely well worth the effort.

Our students at CCCC will benefit from your generosity. This year we gave four scholarships at $500 each to deserving CCCC students. We hope next year we can do even more.

Polly Bouldin
CCCCAEOP President


Retirement Celebration

You are invited to Bill Tyson's retirement celebration on Jan. 30 in the Harnett Health Sciences Center.

William Tyson's Retirement Celebration


News From The Library

Nora Burmeister

Personnel News
The Lee Main Campus Library will welcome Nora Burmeister as our new Online Learning and Electronic Services Librarian on Feb. 6. Nora received her master's degree in Library Science at Emporia State University and her Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature at the University of Oregon. She has over eight years of experience working in libraries, most recently as a circulation staff and adjunct faculty member at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA. She has worked in a number of other academic libraries, including the University of Western States, National College of Natural Medicine, and Clark College.

Nora has a passion for using technology to improve the experience of library users and ensure that library resources are accessible to everyone. She began her library career at a community college and is excited to return. In her spare time, Nora enjoys reading, playing with her dog, learning to play the ukulele, and dreaming up her next cosplay character. She's thrilled to join the CCCC library team and looks forward to meeting her new colleagues and exploring North Carolina.

Nora’s responsibilities will include providing research assistance and library instruction for seated and online classes, leading the library’s new embedded librarian program, managing all technical aspects of the library’s electronic resources and services, developing online research guides (LibGuides) and video tutorials, collection development, and other duties. Her work hours will be 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday. Stop by and give Nora a warm welcome after Feb. 6.

Library Instruction & Pop-in Visits
Librarians are now scheduling library instruction sessions for 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.

New Reserve Request Process
The library has a new process for placing materials on reserve. The new electronic request form is found in the Faculty section of the library web page under Reserve Materials. Completion of this new form will be required for each reserve request, whether new or continuing from one semester to the next. Contact Tara Lucas at or (919) 718-7245 with any questions.

Accepting Book Order Requests
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 Tara Lucas, Director of Library Services, for Chatham and Lee requests, or Jennifer Seagraves, Instruction & Outreach Librarian, for Harnett requests.


Harnett Library Weekly Events
Join Jennifer Seagraves for Walkin’ and Talkin’ Tuesdays at 11:15 a.m. this semester. 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.

Harnett faculty and staff can also join Jennifer for 20-minute yoga workouts in the library computer lab every Friday at 2 p.m. using our Films on Demand streaming videos. Just bring a yoga mat and comfortable clothes. See the flyer for more information.
Blind date

Blind Date with a Book: Feb. 13 - 17
Looking for a date for Valentine's Day? No one cuddles better than a good book! Stop by the Lee Main Campus Library to go on a Blind Date with a Book! We will have a whole table filled with books looking for love. Stop by, read their personal ads, and choose one without knowing the title. Take it up to the desk to check out and we'll reveal your next true (literary) love!

More Archives Photos Digitized
The library recently had two more boxes of photos from the College Archives digitized! These are now available online through the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center. Curriculum programs included this time were electronics engineering, drafting and design, and early childhood education. Below are some sample images from the recently digitized photos. Keep an eye out for more coming soon! For more information about our College Archives, contact Samantha O’Connor at (919) 718-7340.

Library Holiday Greeting

Electronics Engineering students working on a project in 1968.


Drafting and Design students Aleta K. Bufkin and Joseph Spivey copying blueprints in 1967.


Early Childhood day care in the early 1990s.

Library Newsletter
The Spring 2017 Library Newsletter is now available online.



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!



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Approved 2017 Holiday Schedule

The Holiday Schedule for 2017 has been approved!

2017 Holiday Schedule


Updated CCCC Policies and Procedures Manual

Policies and Procedures Manual

For the updated CCCC Policies and Procedures Manual, visit



Riley's Rescue Rangers


One of our CCCC colleague's, Ashley Voss in Chatham county, recently had her 5-year-old son diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer. No words can describe the devastation this diagnosis has left with Riley's mother, father, sister, and family. Please consider helping in their time of need. Ashley recently requested shared leave, and wanted to share the following links:


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



Birthday Cake
1/20 Nellie Brown
1/20 Mitchell Patterson
1/21 Jamie McElreath
1/22 Mary Burke
1/22 James Fry
1/24 Richard Love
1/24 Abby Walker
1/24 Jason Ziebart
1/26 Michael Murray
1/26 Mary Schmid-Carter
1/27 Ben Falero
1/27 Tina Godbey
1/27 Mark Hall
1/27 Joshua Johnson
1/27 Laura Musselwhite
2/1 Kathy Sheffield
2/3 Mary Parker
2/3 Karen Sasser
2/5 Ellen Bland
2/5 Vicky Clark
2/6 John LaVere
2/7 Susan Poindexter
2/9 Anjanette Porter
2/11 Keyshla Crespo
2/12 Roxann Granger
2/14 Gary Beasley
2/14 Barbara Campbell
2/14 Jerry Cornelison
2/15 Haley Thomas
2/16 Julia Herbon
2/16 Edwardo Hollingsworth
2/16 Stanley Thompson
2/16 Mary Walker
2/16 Jessica Wilson
2/18 Adena Mitchell
2/24 Janice Keat
2/26 Teresa Mangum
2/26 Regina Minter
2/27 Sylvester King
2/28 Debbie Arnold


News From The CCCC Family

We want to inform everyone that a former employee, Celia Hurley's mother, Jo Ann Thompson, passed away on Jan. 6. Celia returned from Austration for services held at Holly Mount Baptist Church. Memorials may be made to: Holly Mount Baptist Church, 271 Brewer Farm Road, Mount Gilead, NC 27306.

We regret to inform you that Nicole Lofton's mother, Cleo Starks passed away on Jan. 3. Burial was at Lee Memory Garden, Sanford. We know they would greatly appreciate your thoughts and prayers.



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!

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 February 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 Feb. 22 for the February issue. Thank you!


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