Congratulations May Employee of the Month: Talia Friday

Talia Friday

Talia Friday is always looking for ways to help our students. I have witnessed Talia work with the Foundation and senior administrators to locate funds to help students find money so that they can enroll in classes and not have to leave college. Talia has also helped create and successfully supervised the development of the new STEM lab and has created student jobs in the process. This lab helps numerous students be successful in the areas of math, science, engineering, and technology. Talia has recently represented CCCC at the NC Tutoring and Learning Association State Conference in Pinehurst as she presented on "Perfect Partners: Tutoring and Mentoring". Talia also works one on one with students and helps tutor them in times of need, while continuing to perform her regular duties of supervising the AAC and testing. What impresses me the most is Talia's selflessness and passion to help students be successful.

Talia Friday
Coordinator for Academic Assistance

I have worked at Central Carolina CC for 4 years. I had always heard many wonderful things about CCCC and wanting to be a part of such a supportive environment is what brought me to the college. It has been a fantastic experience!

I and my team are responsible for providing additional academic support for students. Students can contact Academic Assistance for arranging seated one-on-one or group tutoring sessions, assistance with Upswing distance tutoring, information on the STEM lab, or exam proctoring services. I am very proud of the free flowing exchange of ideas and constant innovation Academic Assistance demonstrates in order to keep up with students' needs.

I was born in Nevada. My family was a military family, so I had the opportunity to travel growing up. We lived in various places including California, Texas, and even Germany before calling North Carolina home. Even today, I am fortunate that family is never far away, so I spend most of my free time with them. I have my mother, Tina Higgs, and my sister, Captain Desiree Prince, to lean on for support, and I am incredibly grateful for that.

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Third Bi-annual Food Drive for Communities in Schools and Buddy Backpacks

April Food Drive

Last month the CCCC staff, faculty, and students again found a way to support those less fortunate in the local community.

The month of April marked the third food drive (occurring bi-annually in April and October) for two local organizations: Communities in Schools of Lee County (CIS) and Buddy Backpacks of Harnett County. Both organizations are non-profits which provide weekend backpacks to elementary and middle school students to fill the weekend gap for the neediest students receiving free breakfast/lunch at school.

This past year CIS served approximately 280 students in the Lee County primary schools, and the western Harnett area Buddy Backpacks served approximately 365 students. The program directors for both CIS in Lee and Buddy Backpacks in Harnett greatly appreciate the donations as well as the volunteer hours spent by CCCC students as part of their service learning.

I also personally want to thank everyone for your involvement with both of these great organizations. You have all had a strong positive impact on your community. To find out more, or to get involved please contact Robert Immormino in the TRiO office in Hockaday Hall on the CCCC Sanford Campus or email

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New Director of College Success

Sarah Hoffarth

I am pleased to announce Sarah Hoffarth as our new Director of College Success and Student Transitions/ACA Department Chair. Sarah attained her Bachelor's degree in Communication from the State University of New York at Buffalo and her Masters in Higher Education and Student Affairs from The Ohio State University. Sarah has over nine years of experience working in higher education and most recently served as Lead Success Coach here at CCCC. Sarah officially started in her new position in March. Thanks for joining me in congratulating Sarah on her new position.

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Don Buie Memorial Endowment Scholarship

Don Buie Memorial Endowment Scholarship

The Sanford Area Society of Shaggers (SASS) has donated $600 to the Central Carolina Community College Foundation for the Don Buie Memorial Endowment Scholarship. Graham Parker (left), SASS Vice President, presents the check to CCCC Foundation Executive Director Emily Hare. The CCCC Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization affiliated with, but independent of, the college. It receives donations of money and equipment on behalf of CCCC and uses them to promote the educational mission of the college and assist students through scholarships and grants. For information on giving to the Foundation, contact Emily Hare, Executive Director of the CCCC Foundation, at 919-718-7230 or

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First Annual Chef Challenge

Best in Show winner of the inaugural Central Carolina Culinary Institute Chefs Challenge

Anthony Crouch, of Sanford - with his pork barbecue macaroni and cheese - was the "Best in Show" winner of the inaugural Central Carolina Culinary Institute Chefs Challenge recently held on the Central Carolina Community College Lee County Campus. Fourteen different dishes were available for students, faculty, and staff who paid $7 to sample the offerings. "The Chefs Challenge was an event that allowed students to express themselves through their cooking," said Chef Regina Minter, Lead Culinary Instructor with the Central Carolina Culinary Institute.

Best in Show winner of the inaugural Central Carolina Culinary Institute Chefs Challenge

Dr. Brian Merritt, CCCC Vice President of Student Learning, was among the faculty and staff members to sample the variety of dishes at the inaugural Central Carolina Culinary Institute Chefs Challenge.

Best in Show winner of the inaugural Central Carolina Culinary Institute Chefs Challenge

Chef Regina Minter, Lead Culinary Instructor, and Chef Gregg Hamm, Executive Director, of the Central Carolina Culinary Institute serve beverages during the inaugural Central Carolina Culinary Institute Chefs Challenge recently held on the Central Carolina Community College Lee County Campus

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15th Annual Furniture Auction

15th Annual Furniture Auction

This beautiful furniture will be among the items up for bid at the Central Carolina Community College Foundation's 15th Annual Furniture Auction.

The CCCC Foundation continues its tradition of offering hand-made furniture and a variety of beautiful and useful items in wood and metal as it hosts its 15th Annual Furniture Auction.

The event starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 6. The items will be available for viewing in and outside of the Miriello Building Multipurpose Room on the college's Harnett County Campus, 1075 E. Cornelius Harnett Blvd. Bidding starts at 10 a.m. and will wrap up about noon.

The Auction is a great source for those seeking to purchase quality wood and metal work at auction prices while also making an impact on the future of the students at CCCC.

Proceeds from the Auction help to provide financial aid for Harnett County students at the college through an endowed scholarship fund managed by the CCCC Foundation. The proceeds also pay for materials used to produce the auction items, which are created by students in the college's carpentry and welding classes.

More than 50 pieces of handcrafted wood and metalwork, including lawn furniture, chests, jewelry boxes, utility buildings, yard decorations, and other items will be up for auction.

For more information about the CCCC Foundation Furniture Auction, contact CCCC's Harnett Provost Bill Tyson at 910-893-9101 or Go online to to see a photo gallery of the auction pieces.

15th Annual Furniture Auction

A beautiful and sturdy round table with four seats will be among the items up for bid at the Central Carolina Community College Foundation's 15th Annual Furniture Auction.

15th Annual Furniture Auction

Well-built utility buildings will be among the items up for bid at the Central Carolina Community College Foundation's 15th Annual Furniture Auction Saturday, June 6, in the Multipurpose Room of the Miriello Building on the college's Harnett County Campus, 1075 E. Cornelius Harnett Blvd.

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Professional Energy Manager (PEM) Certifications

Professional Energy Manager (PEM) Certifications

Three Central Carolina Community College employees — (left to right) Ronnie Measamer, Danny Furr, and David Eric Butler — have received Professional Energy Manager (PEM) certification from the Institute of Energy Professionals. Measamer, Furr, and Butler completed 96 hours of instruction over a seven-month period through N.C. State University at Randolph Community College in Asheboro. After completion of the instruction, they had to successfully complete an examination to receive the PEM certification.

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VA Rural Health Team

The Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) office heard from Central Carolina Community College (CCCC) student veterans and veterans in the CCCC community that they were experiencing difficulties accessing the Veteran Affairs medical centers (VA). Some of this difficulty came from the long distance to the regional VA hospitals in Durham and Fayetteville. CCCC campuses are located approximately equally far away from the regional VA hospitals so veterans may have to travel 40 miles or more to access care. The VUB program invited the Rural Health Team from the Fayetteville VA to Central Carolina Community College to try to help students gain access and overcome obstacles.

In March, the VA Rural Health Team, consisting of LaVondra Pye, Jeffery Thomas, and Derrell Lee was on the Sanford campus all morning assisting CCCC student veterans, VUB participants, and veterans from the community. The VA team was available to provide information on a number of topics, including general health issues, mental health options, the VA Choice card program, and enrollment in the VA. The most commonly sought help was with enrollment, speeding up the process to getting a first appointment, and options for seeing local health care providers through the VA Choice Card program.

To gather more information while registering at the event we asked veterans what other services they would like to see come to the CCCC campus. Our first step on following up on these ideas is the up-coming Veterans Health Fair on May 19, which was held on the CCCC campus in Lillington. In addition to hosting the VA rural health team from the Fayetteville VAMC, we also hosted the mental health team, Marcus Pickett and Ronald Thomas, from the Greensboro Mobile Vet Center. Moving forward we hope to continue a dialog with veterans at CCCC and in our community and coordinate services that meet their needs.

Student Recognition

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The Library Green Catchers

The Library Green Catchers team won the 2014 Central Carolina Community College Green Office Challenge. This is the second consecutive year that the Library Green Catchers won the challenge, which is organized around a checklist of sustainability initiatives to complete. The program's intent is to help college employees strengthen their commitment to respect and protect the environment through simple, everyday actions. In honor of their accomplishment, the Library Green Catchers were given a crepe myrtle tree to plant in front of the library on the CCCC Lee County Campus. The CCCC Educational Office Professionals and the CCCC Sustainability Committee sponsor the Green Office Challenge.

Library Green Catchers

Pictured are, left to right: front row, Library Green Catchers members Peggy Cotten, Amy Gustavson, Samantha O'Connor, and Tara Guthrie. In back are Continuing Education Program Associate Cathy Giles and Sustainability Coordinator Laura Lauffer, who work with the Green Office Challenge. Other members of the Library Green Catchers team are Virginia Brown, B.J. Thompson, Jessica Walshaw, and Barbara Wood.

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Staff T-shirts For Sale

Buy your 2015 New Student Orientation Staff T-shirts. To order visit or call the College Success Center 919-718-7485.

Staff T-Shirts

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2015 Campus Fund Drive Golf Tournament

Thank you to all who participated in the 2015 Campus Fund Drive golf tournament that was held on Friday, April 24 at Carolina Lakes Golf Course. We enjoyed a day of beautiful weather, golf and fellowship with our friends and colleagues! Congratulations to the following winners:

2015 Campus Fund Drive golf tournament

1st Place:

  • Ray Epley
  • Wayne Robinson
  • Len Royals
  • Ron Hammrick

2015 Campus Fund Drive golf tournament

2nd Place:

  • Jonathan Hockaday
  • Kaitlyn Thomas
  • Parker Phipps
  • Russell Tatum

Longest Drive Men:

  • Jon Spoon

Longest Drive Women:

  • Christa Mashburn

Closest to the Pin #6:

  • Russell Marks

Closest to the Pin #8:

  • Daniel Buchanan

Closest to the Pin #12:

  • Joel Oldham

Closest to the Pin #15:

  • Jonathan Hockaday

We appreciate your continued support of the CCCC Foundation!

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Upcoming Student Orientation Sessions

The College Success Center at Central Carolina Community College (CCCC) will host eight New Student Orientation sessions over the course of the summer in preparation for the fall 2015 semester. The New Student Orientation program hosts organized, purposeful, and positive introduction sessions for all new CCCC students and their families. These sessions help them become familiar with services and programs vital to their successful transition as full and active members of the CCCC community. Partnering collaboratively with other college offices and departments, these sessions help students gain the skills, information, and meaningful relationships important to successful long-term academic and personal outcomes. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to take placement tests and meet with an academic advisor to register for fall courses. CCCC will host orientation sessions on all three campuses.

  • Chatham County (Chatham Campus, Pittsboro)
    June 25, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    July 29, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Harnett County (Harnett Campus, Lillington)
    June 23, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    July 22, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Lee County (Lee Campus, Sanford)
    June 18, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    July 15, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Aug. 6, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Aug. 13, 6 to 8 p.m.

To register and for more information, students can visit For questions, ask your students to contact the College Success Center at 919-718-7485.

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The CCCC Patrick Barnes Memorial Poker Run

2015 Poker Run

Participate in the CCCC Patrick Barnes Memorial POKER RUN on June 13! Participants will visit five locations. There will be food and snacks at each stop. Lunch will be served! To register or to find out more information contact Emily Hare at 919-718-7230 or email at

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Which Logo To Use?

Wondering which logo you should use on a flyer or promotional material? Page 7 of the Branding Guide includes guidelines for using the CCCC logo.

The official logo of Central Carolina Community College is the primary visual/graphic identity for the college. This logo replaces any previously existing CCCC logos.

The logo consists of four stylized “C’s” and the college name as a word mark. The word mark should always being used in combination with the logo and the elements may not be used separately.

The official Central Carolina Community College logo should appear in a prominent position on all marketing and communication documents, including print and electronic.

Below the vertical and horizontal configurations are shown. Across all configurations, logo elements should not be changed. You may download accurately proportioned logos from the CCCC Intranet under the Marketing section.

CCCC vertical logo CCCC horizontal logo

What is not acceptable is to resize the logo so that it is out of proportion or distorted. Do you see the difference?

CCCC vertical logo CCCC horizontal logo

Download the Branding Guide for more details!

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News From The Library

Barbara Bera

New Evening Library Assistant

The library staff welcomes Barbara Bera as our new part-time Evening Library Assistant. Barbara is a recent graduate of the Library and Information Technology program at CCCC. She completed her co-op work experience at the Lee Library in the Spring 2015 semester. Barbara also has an Associate in Science degree from Essex Community College in Maryland, as well as a certificate in early childhood development. If you stop by the library in the late afternoon or evening, please say hello to Barbara!

Library Password Change

The password for off-campus access to online databases has changed as of May 18. Please contact the library at 919-718-7244 for the new password if you did not receive it via email.

Summer Reading Program

The summer semester is officially here, and that means Summer Reading is right around the corner. Starting June 1, all faculty, staff, and students are invited to participate in our annual summer reading challenge. Stop by the Lee or Harnett campus libraries to sign up and create a summer reading goal for yourself. Participants who meet their goals will be rewarded!

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On-Demand Professional Development Training Modules

Over 100 trainings in 6 categories, each with a printable completion certificate:

  • At-Risk Populations
  • Campus Safety
  • Organizational Development
  • Student Success
  • Teaching & Learning
  • Technology

Click here for directions on how to login and access the modules.

To access, go to Enter username: cccc and password: Go2cccc

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Welcome New Employees!

  • Tia Bell: Lee Campus, Trio Math/Science Upward Bound

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Note of Thanks

Dear CCCC family,

My family and I would like to thank you for the outpouring of support and prayers during my Mom's recent passing. Difficult times like these are made a little easier with our friends. Thank you for all the kind words, deeds, and visits especially since January. We have been blessed in so many ways.


Becky Howington and family


Dearest Colleagues and Friends,

Thank you so very much for all the cards, prayers, messages, food, flowers, and the beautiful banner you sent during my lengthy illness and hospitalizations...

As you can see, my husband hung the banner on our family room bookshelves, and this truly lifted me up a hundred times a day. I am so grateful for all the love and support from dear friends and know that I am so lucky to be a part of such a special group of people and the important work we do. I apologize that I have not been strong enough to respond individually to each person who reached out, but will do so soon.

I have been cleared to work part-time from home as I regain my strength. I look forward to getting back in the swing of things and seeing each of you very soon! :)

With much gratitude,

Linda Scuiletti

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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

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Birthday Cake
5/22Michelle Coore
5/22 Robert Powell
5/23 Thadd McElreath
5/24 Gary Blankenship
5/24 Phillip Price
5/25Clint Matthews
5/26Felipe Osorio
5/26Frank Shue
5/27Melissa Fogarty
5/27Drew Goodson
5/27Christa Mashburn
5/27Lauren Weaver
5/30Dwight Dixon
6/1Georgia Durso
6/1Linda Rhodes
6/2Lena Clayton
6/4Travis Perry
6/5R.V. Hight
6/5Latoya Parker
6/7Garrick Ewers
6/8Benjamin Stone
6/9Amy Gustavson
6/10Robin Kohanowich
6/10Holly Schofield
6/10Linda Scuiletti
6/11Rebecca Howington
6/12Dixie Holden
6/13Bernnard Hasty
6/13John Jackson
6/16Keisha Petty
6/17Loria King
6/17Malissia McConnell
6/18David Myers
6/20Carlton Bryan
6/22Linda Bradford
6/22Daisha Gaines
6/23Teresa Butler
6/24Frank Bedoe
6/24Wilson Lester
6/24Doris Stone
6/25Diana Cagle
6/26Vadrin Colvin-King
6/29Randy Baker
6/29Donald Haspel
6/30Jessica Scott

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News From The CCCC Family


We regretfully announce the passing of Renee Nance's sister, Michelle Carter. She is survived by her three children, Shawn, Steven, and Kelly, and two grandchildren, Arianna and Bentley. Condolences may sent care of Renee Nance to: 146 Rod Sullivan Road Sanford, NC 27330

We regretfully announce the passing of Becky Howington's mother, Gladys Parker on May 5. A memorial service was held at O’Quinn-Peebles-Phillips Funeral Home in Lillington.

Gladys is survived by four children, Margie Warnica and husband Gary, Sr. of Camp Verde, AZ, Roger Parker and wife Brenda of Spring Lake, Judy Parker of Lillington and Becky Parker Howington of Lillington; 11 grandchildren, 16 great grand children and 7 great great grandchildren.

In Lieu of flowers memorial may be made to the Dementia Society of America, PO Box 600, Doylestown, PA 18901 or Alzheimer's Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011

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Dates to Remember


May 22 The Central Carolina Community College Curriculum Graduation, 9 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Dennis Wicker Civic Center in Sanford.

May 28 The Central Carolina Community College Continuing Education Medical Graduation, 6:30 p.m. at the Dennis Wicker Civic Center in Sanford.

May 25 Memorial Day Holiday (no classes)

June 6 The Foundation Furniture Auction, 10 a.m. at the college’s Harnett County Campus in Lillington.

June 13 The CCCC Patrick Barnes Memorial Poker Run

June 18 The Central Carolina Community College Adult High School/GED graduation, 7 p.m. at the Dennis Wicker Civic Center in Sanford.

July 22 The Central Carolina Community College Board of Trustees will meet at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 22, at the Lee County Campus.

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Cougar Pets News

Cougar Pets

Harley, spayed female.

Are you interested in adopting an animal? Anyone interesting should visit our Facebook page at for more information and pictures of all the animals that need homes.

Do you need your cat or dog vaccinated for rabies? An ear cleaning? Perhaps your pet needs their nails trimmed? The Veterinary Medical Technology department invite you to participate in the small animal clinics this spring semester. Read more and schedule an appointment today!

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Things For Sale, For Free Or For Adoption

House on CCCC Bay

Retired CCCC Marketing writer Kathy McDonald, and her husband, Tom, are enjoying the sunshine in California and are eager to sell their North Carolina home. It is located at 105 Ridge View Drive, The Highlands at Sherwood Forest, off Highway 27 in western Harnett County.

The house has about six-tenths of an acre, with a small woods at the back of the property. The location is about 20 minutes from Fayetteville, Sanford, Southern Pines, and Lillington. The 1,500-square-foot home has two bedroom suites, one at each end of the house. The small room adjoining each bedroom can be used for an office, library, playroom, nursery, etc. The living-dining area and kitchen are in the middle of the house. The house has an attached garage, screened porch and a wood-burning fireplace in the living room. It comes with dishwasher, range, refrigerator, washer and dryer. The home was bought for 106,900, but is being offered for $82,000. To see it, contact Teresa Wolf at ERA Strother Real Estate, 919-770-0364, or

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