Congratulations April Employee of the Month: Brenda Keller

Brenda Keller

Brenda Keller is a math instructor who goes over and beyond to help her students succeed in DMA classes. One example is that she recently called a student who had missed the first day of class to make sure they were in class the second day so this student could attend the four weeks.

She is an excellent math instructor who helped develop the DMA curriculum. To help our students be more successful, she suggested we provide tutoring sessions in the afternoon for the modules.

She has not only worked tirelessly in Developmental but she was a wonderful institutional researcher for many years for the college.

She loves what she does and it radiates through her. She is a role model for any employee of this college to follow.

Brenda Keller
Math Instructor

Q.   How long have you worked for CCCC?
A.   I started working at CCCC full-time in 2006. From 2001 until 2006, I worked part-time in the Continuing Education office at night and also worked part-time in Human Resource during the summers. My first job at CCCC was teaching Business Math as an adjunct in the early 1990's.
Q.   What brought you to CCCC?
A.   I feel that it was God's leading that brought me here. When CCCC was going through the last SACS decennial accreditation, Marcia Bellamy, the Institutional Researcher, became the Institutional Effectiveness Director to lead the College through the process. I was recommended to her for the position of Institutional Researcher and received a call asking me if I would be interested in applying for the position. I was teaching at Lee Christian School at the time and never thought that I would leave the classroom. After much prayer, I applied for the position, was interviewed, and was offered the job. I worked in this position from 2006 until 2010.
Q.   Describe what you do for the College.
A.   Since 2010, I have taught in the Developmental Math Department helping students prepare for their curriculum math. I teach both seated and online classes, and I hold group tutoring sessions in the afternoons. In addition, I sometimes have the opportunity to work on research projects for the college.
Q.   Where were you born?
A.   Fort Bragg Army Hospital
Q.   Where did you grow up?
A.   I grew up in Lee County, south of Tramway, on the same farmland where I now live.
Q.   Educational credentials?
A.   BS in English from Appalachian State University. While teaching English, I took enough math courses to add an endorsement to teach math to my NC Teacher's License.
Q.   Tell us about your family (relatives, spouse, children, grandchildren, etc.).
A.   My husband, Tommy, and I married the summer after I graduated from college. Our older son, Stephen, is deceased. Our younger son, Andrew, and his wife, Hannah, have an 18-month-old daughter, Elaina.
Q.   What are some of your hobbies or other interest outside of CCCC?
A.   My main interest is spending time with my family and friends. I also enjoy playing the piano and reading.
Q.   Anything else you'd like to share with the CCCC family?
A.   I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to work in so many departments of the college with so many wonderful colleagues.

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Harnett County Special Olympic Spring Games

Harnett County special Olympic Spring Games

On Friday, April 17, several athletes, volunteers and spectators gathered at the Irwin Belk Track of Campbell University for the Harnett County Special Olympic Spring Games. In the Spring Games, athletes with intellectual disabilities compete in events such as standing long jump, running long jump, track and field events, softball throw and relay events.

Harnett County special Olympic Spring Games

Harnett County special Olympic Spring Games

Harnett County special Olympic Spring Games

Volunteers with Central Carolina Community College participated in several aspects of the day’s events from opening ceremonies to closing ceremonies.

Harnett County special Olympic Spring Games

Along with volunteers from other areas in the community, there was a strong showing from Central Carolina Community College, which had more than 50 volunteers present for the day. The volunteers represented several areas of the college including: faculty, staff, ACA students, Phi Beta Lambda, and the Student Government Association.

Harnett County special Olympic Spring Games

Harnett County special Olympic Spring Games

Charlee the Cougar made a special appearance and encouraged athletes in several events.

Harnett County special Olympic Spring Games

The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

Jamie Wicker, Director of Student Learning, is the co-chair of the Harnett County Special Olympics volunteer committee and a part of the games management team for the Spring Games. Jamie can be reached at for more information regarding Special Olympics.

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ACC At The Quad C Success!

ACC at the Quad C

The first annual ACC at the Quad C, hosted by the Social Committee, was held on March 12 in the gym. This event was a huge success which allowed co-workers to socialize, watch the big games together, as well as participate in a few fun competitive basketball competitions. If you missed out, we anticipate it becoming an annual event so be sure to look for the second annual ACC at the Quad C in March 2016!

The Social Committee would like to thank the CCCC Foundation and the Culinary Cafe for their sponsorship!

ACC at the Quad C

ACC at the Quad C

Scott Byington demonstrates his juggling skill.

ACC at the Quad C

ACC at the Quad C

Drew Goodson and Martin Haley enjoy the fare provided by the Culinary Cafe.

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Career Day

2015 Career Day

More than 80 businesses, industries, health services, and agencies were presented for the Central Carolina Community College Career Fair, which was held Thursday, March 19, at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center in Sanford. CCCC students had the opportunity to seek out opportunities for full-time and part-time employment, as well as internships.

2015 Career Day

Tyesha White, right, who is Human Resources Manager with GKN Driveline, visits with Dorothy Hawes and Viva Quick, both of Sanford, during the Central Carolina Community College Career Fair. The CCCC Career Services Center is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday. To schedule an appointment or for more information, people can contact the Lee County Center at 919-718-7396, the Harnett County Center at 910-814-8834, or the Chatham County Center at 919-545-8054. Or, visit the CCCC website at

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Silence is Violence

On Tuesday, May 5, from 6-7:30 p.m., Lee Early College Drama Club and CCCC Sociology students present, "Silence is Violence" a themed event showcasing students' service learning reflection projects.

Instructor Vadrin Colvin-King, who teaches a course in Social Problems every spring, asked students to volunteer at least five hours at a local non-profit agency of their choosing. To guide their service and reflection, the instructor gave students a theme on which to focus. "Silence is violence" is a campaign used in major cities, like New Orleans, to counteract the "stop-snitching" tag-line that feeds fear, allowing street crime to run rampant. Service Learning helps students to see they have a direct impact on solving problems in their community," says Colvin-King.

So far students have selected various agencies from domestic violence shelters, local fire departments, animal shelters, and some have designed t-shirts. Students in both the sociology class and LEC Drama Club, Austin Dowdy and Keyana McNair, helped coordinate the event.

The "Silence is violence" program will include an ensemble of creative reflection collages including live performance and visual art. Local indie band, Dark Water Rising, headed by Charli Lowry, of American Idol fame, will perform at the event, bringing attention to issues affecting the Native American community.

The event is being held at the Dennis Wicker Civic Center. It is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Vadrin Colvin-King, or 919-718-7365, or Jessica Jones, LEC Drama Club advisor at or 919-888-4502.

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First Annual Chef Challenge

On May 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. the Culinary Institute will host the first annual Chef Challenge outside the library and student center.

14 students will present a tasting of foods prepared using their training throughout the program. Tickets will be sold on the day of the event for $7. Come hungry as there will be 14 different foods to taste! Participants will be able to vote for the best dish. The winning student will be awarded the title of "Best in Show" for this event.

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2015 Campus Fund Drive Is Here!

The 2015 Campus Fund Drive is going on now (April 20-24)!

The CCCC Foundation will sponsor lunches in Chatham, Harnett and Lee! Dust off your clubs and practice your swing...the Foundation will also sponsor the Annual Employee/Guest Golf Tournament. We look forward to a wonderful week!

100% of your contributions are used for college, student and program support. YOU make the difference!

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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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Student Recognition

Student Recognition

Central Carolina Community College students Austin Dowdy (second from left) and Isaac Phillips (second from right) have been recognized as nominees for N.C. Community College System honors. Dowdy was chosen as CCCC’s nominee for the Gov. Robert W. Scott Student Leadership Award. Phillips has been chosen as CCCC’s nominee for “The Great Within the 58” academic excellence award. Anna Burby (not pictured), a former CCCC student, was chosen as the college’s nominee for The Dallas Herring Achievement Award. Pictured with Dowdy and Phillips are, left to right: CCCC Dean of Student Learning Mike Beck, Dowdy, CCCC President Dr. T.E. Marchant, Phillips, and Vice President of Student Learning Dr. Brian Merritt.

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Spelling Champs

Spelling Champs

Team members display the winning word — pantophagous, which is defined as eating all kinds of food.

The Central Carolina Community College Cougars were the winners at the 16th annual Beginning Life with Books Spelling Bee, which was held March 23 at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center in Sanford. The Delta Rho chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International hosted the event, with approximately 35 teams participating.

Spelling Champs

Members of the CCCC team were (left to right) Captain Becky Howington, Administrative Assistant; Amanda Carter, Director of Distance Education & Instructional Technology; Paul Haspel, English Instructor; and Sarah Hoffarth, Lead Success Coach.

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N.C. Great Teachers Seminar Director From CCCC

Ellen Bland, Communications instructor

Photo by Hannah Hunsinger, The Sanford Herald. Ellen Bland, Communications instructor for Central Carolina Community College, served as director of North Carolina's 22nd annual N.C. Great Teachers Seminar.

Ellen Bland, Communications instructor, served as director of North Carolina's 22nd annual N.C Great Teachers Seminar, an annual event that gives community college teachers from throughout the state and beyond the opportunity to enhance their teaching skills and enliven the learning experience for students. The seminar was held in February in Hendersonville.

A grassroots movement since 1969, the Great Teachers Seminar ascribes to the belief that the best teaching ideas and strategies don't come from the "experts" but from teachers themselves. The seminar allows teachers to brainstorm and share their experiences, successes, problems, helpful practices, and techniques in a relaxed environment that encourages spontaneous discussion and problem solving.

Bland, who has been a facilitator for the seminar since 1999, said "The reason the seminar is so valuable is that these teachers inspire other teachers about concepts such as how to get students more engaged in the classroom, to love learning instead of viewing it as something they are made to do, and to be more responsible for their own role in learning. Many teachers share an epiphany, 'Oh, I'm supposed to 'uncover' the material, not 'cover' the material,' they have said."

Janet Zurbach, who teaches college transfer Spanish classes and English as a Second Language at CCCC, has attended the seminar twice.

"I like the seminar because it is different," Zurbach said. "You don't go to listen to a bunch of experts who supposedly have all of the answers. There is an element of surprise in it. The focus is on the participants. It is not something you can attend and be passive. As you participate, you realize that you have strengths you didn't know you had. No one is trying to tell you anything, the seminar is more discovery."

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Cape Fear Profiles Chef Hamm

SANFORD - Education and food are Gregg Hamm's inspirations. For more on this story by Steve Devane from the Fayetteville Observer, see:

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Two From CCCC Named To Fayetteville Observer's Annual 40 Under 40

Central Carolina Community College's Felicia Crittenden, Associate Dean - Corporate & Continuing Education, and Emily Hare, Executive Director of the CCCC Foundation, have been named to The Fayetteville Observer's annual 40 Under 40 list. For more on this story by Catherine Pritchard at The Fayetteville Observer, see:

Felicia Crittenden
Felicia Crittenden, Associate Dean - Corporate & Continuing Education.

Emily Hare
Emily Hare, Executive Director of the CCCC Foundation.

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March Madness Tournament Bracket Winner!

March Madness Tournament Bracket Winner

Please join us in congratulating Daisha Gaines for winning the 2015 CCCC Tournament Bracket Challenge benefiting the Foundation. Daisha won a gift basket selected by President Marchant and bragging rights until next years Men's NCAA Basketball Championship. Thanks to all who participated. We were able to raise a nice sum of money for the Foundation and that money will be used to further professional development opportunities for faculty and staff going forward.

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Invitation to Attend Electronics Application Project

You are cordially invited to attend the Electronics Engineering Technology student presentations. The projects and presentations will be held in Wilkinson Hall in Room 220 on May 5. The project viewing will be from 8 - 9 a.m. followed by the student presentations from 9 - 10 a.m. These students are enrolled in the EET capstone course entitled ELN 247 Electronics Application Project. All CCCC faculty, family and student body are invited and encouraged to attend to support our CCCC students.

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Upward Bound Team Wins Competition

Central Carolina Community College's Upward Bound Math & Science Scholars' Bowl team from Harnett County Schools won first place in the North Carolina Council of Educational Opportunity Programs Scholars' Bowl competition on Saturday, March 28, at Fayetteville State University.

Central Carolina's Upward Bound Team Wins Competition

Members of Central Carolina Community College's Upward Bound Math & Science Scholars' Bowl team from Harnett County Schools are pictured, left to right: Kiara Jones, Kayla Johnson, Ashley Tittemore (coach), Peggy Cotton (parent chaperone), Jeremy Walker, and Christie Cotten. Not pictured, Kayla Coleman.

"This team played outstandingly well together. Before the competition, they knew very little about Scholars' Bowl and had not yet practiced as a team, however, they played well together, encouraged each other, proved their incredible wealth of knowledge as a team, and most of all, enjoyed the competition," said the team's coach, Ashley Tittemore, who is Director of TRiO Programs at CCCC.

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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 award winning 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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Change Is Good!

With the growing needs for learning and training in our communities, CCCC must grow and change to meet those demands. The expansion of learning facilities and credential programs are necessary actions for CCCC to fulfill its Mission to the people of Lee, Harnett, and Chatham counties. These changes, however, while good must be approved before they are implemented.

SACSCOC Comprehensive Standard 3.12.1 states, "The institution notifies the Commission of changes in accordance with the Commission’s substantive change policy and, when required, seeks approval prior to the initiation of changes."

Substantive change is a significant modification or expansion of the nature and scope of an accredited institution. The reporting and review of substantive change ensures that the scope of programs offered by the institution have undergone appropriate review by the Commission.

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Session(s) for May

It is easy to register for any session. Click on the link, select your location and follow the on-screen instructions.

  • Thursday, May 7: Green Zone Training Creating awareness faced by Veterans and service members as they transition from the military.

To view all sessions offered see the Spring PD Calendar.

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Welcome New Employees!

  • Diana Cagle, Lee Campus, VA Upward Bound Academic Advisor
  • Sandra Hurley, Lee Campus, Medical Programs Coordinator
  • Shawna Jones, Lee Campus, English Instructor

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Birth Announcement

Welcome to the world Cooper William Brown! Megan Brown and her husband have welcomed their first child! He arrived at 4:30 a.m. on Friday, March 27. Congrats to the Brown family!

New baby

New baby

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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 (May 4) 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
4/24 Stephen Mabe
4/25 Wendy Cotten
4/25 Tyra Johnson
4/25 Jack Oglesbee
4/26 MontE Christman
4/27 Stephanie Cole
4/29 Abigail Hileman
4/30 Pam Byrd
5/3 Lori Rainforth
5/3 Barbara Wood
5/4 Clifton Ferguson
5/4 Alyce Gaines
5/5 Barrett McGehee
5/6 Cathy Woelfle
5/8 Tiffany Holloman
5/10 Kimcuc Michael
5/10 Jonathan Spoon
5/11 Shawna Jones
5/11 Patrick Kelly
5/13 Donna Boykin
5/14 Mitchell Carr
5/14 James Flannery
5/15 Douglas Arevalo
5/16 Christopher Gregory
5/16 Martha Wolfenbarger
5/18 Amanda Matthews
5/18 Melanie Yarborough
5/19 Cynthia Page
5/20 Trinnette Nichols-Jones
5/21 Rosalind Cross
5/22 Michelle Coore
5/22 Robert Powell
5/23 Thad McElreath
5/24 Gary Blankenship
5/24 Phillip Price
5/25 Clint Matthews
5/26 Felipe Osorio
5/26 Joey Shue
5/27 Melissa Fogarty
5/27 Drew Goodson
5/27 Christa Mashburn
5/27 Lauren Weaver
5/30 Dwight Dixon

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News From The CCCC Family


We regretfully announce the passing of Patrick H. Barnes III, 79, of Apex, NC. He was a former Chatham County Commissioner and served on several boards in Chatham County, including Central Carolina Community College. A service to honor the life of Patrick Barnes was held on April 16 at Bells Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, it was Patrick’s wish that donations be made to: Chatham Trades, 909 Alston Bridge Rd., Siler City, NC 27344.

We regretfully announce the passing of a member of our faculty, Uriah “Ukie” Hallman, Jr., 62, of Angier on Sunday, April 12 at Sanford Health and Rehab. He taught at Central Carolina Community College for 21 years. He was an avid reader and loved to cook. He loved Duke Basketball. A funeral service was held on April 15 at O’Quinn-Peebles-Phillips Funeral Home Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association/ Stroke Association. https://donatenow.
Duke Basketball.

Retiree Anne Phillips' husband, Roger E. Phillips, Sr., passed away on Wednesday, March 25. The funeral was held on Sunday, March 29, at Poplar Springs United Methodist Church. To share condolences, Anne's address is 1207 Dixie Farm Road, Sanford, NC 27330.

We regretfully announce the passing of Terry Miller's father in-law, Daniel Everwine, Sr., who passed away Sunday, March 22. The funeral was held at Smith & Buckner Funeral Home Chapel. Memorials may be made to Liberty Home Care and Hospice, 401 East Third Street, Siler City, NC 27344.

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Dates to Remember


April 20-24 2015 Campus Fund Drive

May 5 Electronics Application Project, 8 a.m. in Wilkinson Hall, Room 220.

May 6 Student Academic Awards Night, 7 p.m. at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center.

May 7 First Annual Chef Challenge, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Sanford.

May 13 Foundation 2nd Annual Chatham County Golf Classic at Chapel Ridge in Pittsboro.

May 14 The Caterpillar Youth Apprenticeship Program in Welding graduation, 6 p.m. in Sanford.

May 19 Veterans Health Fair, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. in Lillington.

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.

June 2 The Foundation Sweet Celebration from 4-6 p.m. at Café 121, 121 Chatham St., Sanford.

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

June 13 The Foundation will sponsor a poker run fundraising event beginning at 9 a.m. at CCCC’s Siler City Campus, then to the Chatham Campus in Pittsboro, the Lee Campus in Sanford, the Harnett Campus in Lillington, and conclude around noon at the new Dunn Campus.

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

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Cougar Pets News

Cougar Pets

CCCC Faculty and Staff Animal Care Opportunity

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!

You can reach Jonathan at (919) 718-7465 or by email at if you are interested in scheduling a clinic appointment or adopting and animal.

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Things For Sale, For Free Or For Adoption

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

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

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