Congratulations August Employee of the Month: Denise Martin

Denise Martin
Denise Martin is always willing to go above and beyond her job description to ensure student success at Central Carolina Community College. Denise is developing the new Health Information Technology Program from the ground up, including developing Blackboard courses for the entire program and preparing for initial program accreditation. Denise has also devoted her time to updating printed forms to electronic forms for several college departments that have allowed processes to be accomplished in less time and with less impact to multiple departments.

Denise has also volunteered to create and teach a new course for College and Career Promise students even though it meant she would work on Fridays during the summer schedule. CCP students appreciate the additional effort Denise puts into her courses. This includes a one-minute phone break! Students may need to check their phones, but at a time that doesn't take away from valuable instruction. Students appreciate interactive games and videos Denise includes in her course in order to engage them. Denise was selected to serve on a panel as a healthcare expert regarding the automation/computerization of electronic health records and the job opportunities that accompany those changes. We appreciate Denise's dedication and willingness to think outside-the-box in order to put learning first and improve student success!

Denise Martin
Health Information Technology Program Director

Q.   How long have you worked for CCCC?
A.   Since July 1, 2015.
Q.   What brought you to CCCC?
A.   In March 2015, I was invited to be a part of the Advisory Board for the Health Information Technology program. At the first meeting, I met Dean Godfrey who was quite persuasive over the next few months in convincing me to leave Womack Army Medical Center where I was working as an outpatient coding auditor. At the time, I was not looking for a career change, but I had always planned to end my career teaching. Luckily for me, it happened much sooner than I thought.
Q.   Describe what you do for CCCC.
A.   I am the Program Director for the Health Information Technology program. We are part of the Health Sciences division and are just starting our first cohort this month, which is very exciting. Over this past year, I have been working on creating the courses in our degree program and preparing for accreditation.
Q.   Where were you born?
A.   Lacrosse, Wisconsin.
Q.   Where did you grow up?
A.   Although I was born in Wisconsin, I only lived there for a few months. My sister was born the next year in Orlando, FL. We moved to New Jersey when I was three, and then to New York when I was five. I lived in upstate New York as a child and teen, and moved to Summerville, SC, in 1996, which is my husband's hometown and where I now call home.
Q.   Educational credentials?
A.   I have an associate's degree in Health Information Technology from Rasmussen College, a bachelor's degree in Health Information Management from DeVry University, and an M.B.A. with a concentration in Project Management from Keller Graduate School of Management. I am currently working on a graduate certificate in Higher Education Leadership from DeVry University, and will graduate this December.
I hold several industry credentials as well - Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA), Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT), Certified Emergency Department Coder (CEDC), and Certified Professional Coder (CPC).
Q.   Where do you live now?
A.   Whispering Pines, NC.
Q.   Tell us about your family!
A.   I have been married for 16 years and my husband is in the Army stationed at Fort Bragg. We have one daughter who is 16.
Q.   What are some of your hobbies or other interest outside of CCCC?
A.   I enjoy cooking, reading crime novels (Michael Connelly is one of my favorite authors), gardening, and DIY home projects. My husband and I are huge movie buffs and we go to the movies almost every weekend.
Q.   Anything else you'd like to share with the CCCC family?
A.   I consider this to be my "dream job" and every day I am excited about what I do. Working in education has been a big adjustment for me after working in the healthcare industry for 20 years, and every day I am still learning something new about higher education and about teaching. I have been blessed with several mentors here who have taken me under their wing and patiently answered my millions of questions. Ultimately, I am so honored to be a part of the CCCC family, and to be selected as the employee of the month. On my very first day of orientation, Dr. Scuiletti said, "Welcome to the best job that you will ever have," and she was definitely right about that!



Adjunct Faculty of the Year

Please join the Department Chairs and Adjunct Committee in congratulating Shelby Parrott from our Dental Department as our Adjunct Instructor of the Year! Shelby was recognized during our annual Adjunct Professional Development night on Thursday, Aug. 11. Read more about Adjunct of the Year Eligibility & Guidelines.

Congratulations Shelby!


"Back To School" Cookout Success

"Back to School" cookouts welcomed faculty and staff back from summer break. We enjoyed fine food, service, and camaraderie. Thank you to the CCCC Foundation for sponsoring this fun event!

Chatham Campus

Special thanks to the President's Council for their service!

Chatham Campus celebrating on Aug. 8.

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Harnett Campus celebrating on Aug. 10.

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Lee Campus celebrating on Aug. 11.

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Excellence in Advising Winners

Excellence in Advising Winners: Holly Schofield and Pam Riddle

Please join the Advising Committee as we congratulate Holly Schofield and Pam Riddle as our winners of the new Excellence in Advising award. Both were recognized on Aug. 12 during the All Curriculum/Student Learning meeting and will be congratulated college-wide during our PD Day on Dec. 14. Read more about the Excellence in Advising Award eligibility and guidelines.

Congratulations Holly and Pam!


New Faculty Orientation

New Faculty Orientation

More than a dozen new full-time faculty members arrived at Central Carolina Community College for a week-long orientation. Scott Byington, Dean of Arts, Sciences and Advising, organized the orientation along with Amanda Carter, Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, and Daisha Gaines, Director of Organizational Development.

Under the theme, "Map to Success," the festivities began with routine employment paperwork and a welcome from President T. Eston Marchant. The rest of the week included receptions to meet college officials, an overview of college services and policy, advice on how to be effective in the classroom, and hands-on working sessions with department chairs.

Danielle Bruner, a CCCC alumna and one of the new full-time instructors, is leaving a private dental practice to teach second-year dental hygiene students. It's a career move that fills her with excitement and optimism, having spent her days off over the last year at the college as an adjunct instructor.

"I had a phenomenal experience as adjunct instructor, and that was the light that inspired me to teach full time," she said. "That's where my heart was and I can give my passion back to the students."

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College and Career Readiness Partners with Coty, Inc. to Offer ESL Classes

The College and Career Readiness department has partnered with Coty, Inc. to offer onsite ESL classes for plant employees. Students have the option of enrolling in one of four classes that are offered at varying times to accommodate shift schedules. To date, 50 students have registered in the class.

College and Career Readiness Partners with Coty, Inc. to Offer ESL Classes


Welcome VUB Outreach and Services Coordinator

Amanda Parkstone

The Veterans Upward Bound program welcomes a new Outreach and Services Coordinator! Amanda Parkstone joined the VUB team on July 6 after serving four years as the Military Admissions Coordinator at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She not only brings with her years of professional experience serving the military-affiliated student population, but also a decade of experience as a military spouse.

Amanda's passion to serve those who have served stems from her role as a proud Army wife; her husband is an active duty Special Operations soldier stationed at Fort Bragg. Originally from San Diego, Amanda and her husband arrived in North Carolina in the spring of 2009 and have been here (give or take) ever since. At the time, Amanda had just completed community college where she was actually a program participant in a TRIO SSS program. She transferred to UNCW where she graduated in 2011 with a B.A. in Art History with a Minor in Classical Studies. In 2012, she joined the Transfer Admissions Team at UNCW where she worked tirelessly to improve resources and services for military-affiliated students and helped to increase military-affiliated student enrollment by 7%. While working full-time at UNCW, she started their Masters of Arts in Liberal Studies program and is currently working on completing her thesis so she can graduate in the coming year. In her spare time (whatever that is) she also serves as the Vice President for the Southeastern Council on Military Education (SECOME), one of 11 state Advisory Council on Military Education (ACME) groups in the country where she handles their development committee, non-profit status, annual scholarships and annual symposium planning.

Amanda has hit the ground running and has already spent time, boots on the ground, in all five of the counties that VUB serves. Her hope is that her experience and connections within the Veteran resource community will contribute to VUB's success in reaching their target audience and increasing the number of Veterans served annually. Want to know more about the VUB program? Contact the VUB Team (919) 718-7463 or

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Faculty Poem Featured in Prime Number Magazine

Congratulations to Ty Stumpf for the featured poem "First Allowance" in the most recent issue of Prime Number Magazine, a journal of distinctive poetry and prose. Read Ty's featured poem at Prime Number Magazine.

Faculty Poem Featured in Prime Number Magazine


Join the CCCC AOEP

The CCCCAEOP is, "Dedicated to the achievement of professionalism of educational office personnel and to the improvement of the quality of service provided to students, educators, and the Community." Join today by completing the membership application.

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New Director of Secondary Partnerships


I am thrilled to announce Mary Schmid as the new Director of Secondary Partnerships.

Mary served as the Assistant Director of Admissions for High School Outreach at Fayetteville Technical Community College. She previously served as Director of High School and College Relations at Sandhills Community College and also worked at FTCC as High School Connections Coordinator. Mary began her career as a high school guidance counselor in Cumberland County. Mary brings a wealth of knowledge and experience having managed dual enrollment within NCCCS since the days of Huskins to the present Career & College Promise program.

Have a great day,


Constitution Lectures

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Lectures on the U.S. Constitution will be presented at the Chatham Main Campus and Harnett Main Campus. History Instructor Robert Barnes will present two lectures focusing on the document's importance and relevance. Following the presentations, there will be a question and answer session. The lectures will take place:

  • Noon on Tuesday, Sept. 13, at the Chatham Main Campus, Building 42, Multipurpose Room.
    • This lecture will cover a brief history of the U.S. Constitution, with a focus on the document’s importance and relevance.
  • 1 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15, at the Harnett Main Campus, Miriello Building, Multipurpose Room.
    • This lecture will focus on the history of the U.S. Constitution, its importance as an Enlightenment Era document, and its significance to modern America.


Certificate of Appreciation from the Sheriff!


Certificate of Appreciation from the Harnett County Sheriff's Office

Congratulations to Dwight Dixon, Director of the Emergency Services Training Center, who has received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Harnett County Sheriff's Office for the classes he has arranged for the Sheriff's Office. Pictured with Dixon are Dr. Pamela Senegal, Vice President of Economic and Community Development, and Harnett County Sheriff Wayne Coats.


Chatham Trades Raffle

Chatham Trades is raffling off an amazing cooker in November! Raffle tickets are only $10.

Since 1980, Chatham Trades has been providing vocational and developmental services for Chatham adults with developmental disabilities.

If you would like to purchase a ticket, please reach out to Mike Peluso at (919) 777-7725 or (919) 280-6681. Enter more than once before the Nov. 4 drawing! Thank you for supporting Chatham Trades!




SECU Flyer

As a Central Carolina Community College employee, you and your family can become member-owners of State Employees' Credit Union (SECU). Join today!


Flower And Gift Savings


From You Flowers is offering all CCCC employees a 25% discount.

SAVE 25% on a spectacular collection of flowers and plants from the complete line of FTD and 1800FLOWERS trademarked items. Your employee discount also entitles you to great savings on gift baskets and gourmet baked goods from brands like Godiva, Ghirardelli, and David's Cookies. To take advantage of the 25% off employee discount, visit the CCCC customized site at or call (800) 838-8853 and mention code: CCCC.


Retirement Reception

A retirement reception was held on Wednesday, Aug. 24, for College and Career Readiness Harnett County Coordinator Melody McGee. The event was held at the Harnett Main Campus. During the reception, Melody was presented the prestigious Order of the Long Leaf Pine. Making the presentation on behalf of Gov. Pat McCrory was Gilda Rubio-Festa, Associate Vice President College and Career Readiness for the N.C. Community College System Office.

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State Health Plan Newsletter

View the e-Newsletter for the North Carolina State Health Plan. Keep up to date with plan benefit changes for 2017 and more.

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NCAEOP Annual Fall Meeting

Annual Fall Meeting

Plan on attending the NCAEOP District 7 Annual Fall Meeting. Anyone can come and professional development credits will be earned.


Fall TV Schedule

View the Fall TV schedule. You will note the addition of three shows:

  • 4C Visions
  • Carolina TV Hoofbeats
  • Carolina TV Hoofbeats for kids

The first show is hosted by our very own R.V. Hight. The second two shows are being provided to us free of cost via Carolina TV and Ms. Rose Cushing. It is a North Carolina show about horses and also airs on the CW in Wake County.

View 4C Visions episodes online on the CCCC YouTube Channel.


Notes from Institutional Effectiveness & Research

In the Spring 2015 and 2016 College Services Surveys, many of you asked "What is Institutional Effectiveness & Research (IER)?" We're happy to fill you in on who we are and what we do!

Outcomes and Assessment Report Outs!

Last year, Dr. Marchant requested that each area report out on their Annual Program Planning and Review (Outcomes and Assessment). It was such a hit, we are doing it again this year. It is a great opportunity for departments to showcase their important work to our College's senior leadership. Each five-minute presentation includes a discussion of the department's three favorite outcomes, how they've "closed the loop" on the assessment process, and any accomplishments and innovations.

SACSCOC Leadership Team Starts Back!


The third round of SACSCOC Leadership Team meetings are starting this month. The team is working to plan for CCCC's upcoming 2018 SACSCOC Reaffirmation. They will focus on reviewing the first draft of 96+ SACSCOC standards and finalizing the Compliance Certification report which is due March 1, 2017.

Project of the Month


IPEDS stands for Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. During the IPEDS Fall Data Collection, we work with dedicated CCCC staff to report data for Institutional Characteristics, Completions, and 12-month Enrollment. It's a lot of work. Thank you to everyone who helps. Interested in looking at IPEDS data for CCCC or other schools? All data is available to the public through the IPEDS Data Center.

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Don't forget to check out our weekly "SACSCOC Tip of the Week" on the CCCC Staff Announcements.


News From The Library

Library Staff Changes

The Library welcomes Barbara Bera as the new Library Assistant at the Harnett Library. She replaces Barbara Wood who retired earlier this year. Ms. Bera was formerly the Evening Library Assistant at the Lee Library, and she is a graduate of the Library and Information Technology program at CCCC. Stop by to give her a warm welcome!


The Library also welcomes Jessica Thomas as the new Evening Library Assistant at the Lee Library. Jessica also graduated from the Library and Information Technology program this year. Stop by in the evening to meet her and welcome her to CCCC!



Library Instruction Sessions

Librarians are now scheduling library instruction sessions for your fall classes. Faculty may request an instruction session using our online form, or by contacting the librarian at your campus:

  • Chatham – Dana Haven (919) 545-8088
  • Harnett – Jennifer Seagraves (910) 814-8843
  • Lee – Caroline Hallam (mornings) (919) 718-7435 or Samantha O’Connor (afternoons/evenings) (919) 718-7340

Accepting Book Order Requests

The library is accepting book order requests from faculty and staff. Requests can be made online using the Library Order Request Form, or sent directly to your campus librarian. Requests for the Chatham Library should go to Tara Lucas, Director of Library Services. If you have any questions regarding book order requests, please refer to our Collection Development Policy and Guidelines.

Films on Demand – More Than Just Instructional Videos

Did you know that Films on Demand has more than just videos to support your curriculum classes? It has videos to support your healthy lifestyle too! You can find over 900 videos in the Personal Health & Wellness category. To help promote a healthy lifestyle and Films on Demand streaming videos, join Jennifer Seagraves at the Harnett Library on Tuesdays at 4 p.m. for a 20-minute workout in the library instruction lab. Just bring a mat and some comfortable clothes to move in. Contact Jennifer Seagraves at for more information.

New Faculty/Staff Guides Online

The library has some new guides to assist you in the topics below. Click a link to go to the guide, or read our Library Newsletter for more details.

Library Newsletter

The Fall 2016 Library Newsletter is now available to read online. Catch up on what has been happening in the library over the summer, and see what is new for the fall semester.



Professional Development Opportunities

I wanted to take a moment to welcome back our faculty and to share with you the great PD opportunities we have planned for this year. I hope you will take advantage of these sessions and let me know if there are others you are interested in or would like to facilitate.

One change for this year is that we will be offering PD Tracks that are directly tied to our strategic plan. For those individuals that complete all sessions within a track, he/she will receive a certificate of completion that can be used to verify the five hours of required Professional Development credit for the year. The first session of the Leadership Through Learning First track is Sept. 16.

However, feel free to drop-in for any session you would like. Please see the links for more information and to register.

Leadership Through Learning First

By completing this track, participants will leave with a better understanding of ways of achieving goals: 1- Learning First, 2- Student Access, 3- Student Success, and 7- Collegiate Environment from the Strategic Plan.

Read details of Leadership Through Learning First track

Additional Sessions

We will continue to offer various sessions based upon request. Please check out our new website to sign up these sessions:

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
  • Once the page loads, select "Professional Development" from the menu on the left
  • At the top of the page, click "2016 Fall Professional Development Training Series" folder
  • Make sure you use Internet Explorer and have Displayed all Content.

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

Daisha Gaines



Welcome New Employees!

  • Amanda Parkstone, TRiO Veterans Upward Bound Coordinator
  • Phyllis Taylor, Senior Activities Director - Dunn Center


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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8/28 Becky Finken
8/29 Robin Walker
8/30 William Palme
8/31 Robert Hammond
9/3 Ben Rankin
9/6 Tiffany Swenson
9/8 Karen Minter
9/8 David Riddle
9/8 Jonathan Hockaday
9/10 Pamela Fincher
9/10 Bobby Sharpe
9/11 Penny Shoun
9/12 Glenn Shearin
9/13 Darren Fincher
9/13 David Flatley
9/13 Wesley Womack
9/14 Annie Utley
9/14 Anita Green
9/14 Pamela Senegal
9/14 Michael Tildsley
9/15 Susan Carlson
9/17 Kelvin Hunt
9/18 Lisa Ziblay
9/19 Bill Tyson
9/19 Robert Daniels
9/19 William Hunt
9/21 Jimmie Boggs
9/21 Leigh Beam
9/22 Daniel Loges
9/22 Stormy Mascitelli
9/23 Constance Boahn
9/23 April Hammonds
9/24 Eileen Harrington
9/24 Karen Walton
9/24 Valorie Benn
9/24 Joel Oldham
9/24 John Ainsworth
9/25 Liz Wicker
9/25 Jamee Stiffler
9/25 John Gunter
9/26 Denise Martin
9/27 Lora Witcher
9/28 Markita McCrimmon
9/30 Emma Belcher


News From The CCCC Family


We regretfully announce the passing of Derrick Dupuis' father, Calvin Dupuis. He was 63 years old. His family is out-of-state and the service was held, but our thoughts are with Derrick and his family.

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Dates to Remember


Tuesday, Sept. 13 Lectures on the Constitution

Friday, Sept. 16 Professional Development: The Cost of Poverty Experience: College Edition

Wednesday, Sept. 21 The Foundation’s 27th Annual Golf Classic will be held at the Sanford Municipal Golf Course in Sanford.

Thursday, Oct. 6 Groundbreaking ceremonies at 4 p.m. at the Lee Main Campus

Friday, Oct. 7 The Innovation Center hosts National Manufacturing Day at the Innovation Center, located at the Lee County Industrial Park in Sanford.



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

Cougar Pets

Thunder is a female kitten, scheduled to be spayed in Feb.

Are you interested in adopting Thunder or another pet? Anyone interested please visit our Facebook page at for more information and pictures of all the animals that need homes.



Things For Sale or For Free!


Hello to one and all,

My name is Barbara Bera, and I am an assistant librarian at the Harnett Main Campus.

I was recently granted some very young kittens who were abandoned by their mother. They have been in my care for several weeks and are about 8-weeks old -- it is time for them to fly the nest! I have been trying to find homes for them.

If you or anyone you know are interested in adopting an adorable kitten, please contact me at


Thank you,

For sale: Wedding dress, size 4, only alterations is hemming. The price of $200 includes shawl, tiara, and veil. Interested parties please contact Lois Rice at or (919) 545-8044.



For sale: Bose Soundlink Color Bluetooth speaker, brand new (never used) for $100 (lists at $129). Contact Robin Kohanowich at



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