Congratulations November Employee of the Month:
Joel Oldham

Landscaping Supervisor

Have you ever even wondered how many campuses we have? How much detail needs to be executed in order to simply mow the grass, trim the bushes, and pick up the debris that over 5,000 students deposit at each of our campuses? Joel Oldham is instrumental in making sure that all of the CCCC campuses are beautiful. His position as Landscape Supervisor is certainly one that is "cellophane thin" as he seeks to make sure everything looks appealing to students who attend our college. Just think if you arrive at an area that is not immediately appealing to the eye, you would probably think twice about going in. Even if you knew the instruction was great and the facilities were superior, the curb appeal has to be in place for students to feel comfortable entering our halls. Joel is responsible for our "curb appeal" and is a huge part of our recruiting effort!

Joel Oldham
Landscaping Supervisor

Q.   How long have you worked for CCCC?
A.   This month will be 25 years since I have worked here at the college. I started in November of 1991.
Q.   What brought you to CCCC?
A.   I was working in Raleigh at the time and wanted to be closer to home when the grounds position here at the college became available.
Q.   Describe what you do for CCCC.
A.   I am the grounds and housekeeping supervisor.
Q.   Where were you born?
A.   I was born in Lee County and live in Chatham County.
Q.   Educational credentials?
A.   A.A.S. from Sandhills Community College in 1987.
Q.   Where do you live now?
A.   I have lived in Chatham County (Bear Creek) pretty much my whole life except for three years. I lived and worked in Northern Virginia, taking a job there after graduating from college.
Q.   Tell us about your family!
A.   I have a twin sister and an older brother.
Q.   What are some of your hobbies or other interest outside of CCCC?
A.   I like to fish and hunt, and I also raise beef cattle.
Q.   Anything else you'd like to share with the CCCC family?
A.   I also like to do taxidermy work in my shop at night.



BreadBasket of Sanford

Each month, Veterans Upward Bound staff volunteer at the BreadBasket of Sanford. Amanda Parkstone prepped side dishes for lunch with veteran Brenda Blue. Kevin Hunt, from NCWorks, worked dish duty.

BreadBasket of Sanford

Veteran Brenda Blue serves drinks during lunch at the BreadBasket of Sanford.

BreadBasket of Sanford

Pictured from left to right: Amanda Parkstone, Brenda Blue, and Kevin Hunt.

The Financial Aid Office decided what better way to retreat but to give back to the community. On Oct. 27, the financial aid staff volunteered at the BreadBasket of Sanford and fed those in need.

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2016 Leadership Program

Congratulations to CCCC's Lisa Godfrey, Nena Dixon, and Mari-inetta Pavlic as graduates of the 2016 Leadership Harnett program.


FAFSA Day Success

We had a great turnout for FAFSA Day on Oct. 31. We assisted over 80 families in completing their 2017-2018 FAFSAs early. CCCC was ranked #3 in the state, from all community colleges and public universities, with the most registered attendees to this great event.

I want to thank all of you for helping us make FAFSA Day a success.


Super Smash Brothers Tournament

On Oct. 14, the CCCC Gaming Club held a Super Smash Brothers Tournament to benefit the Veterans Upward Bound fund. The event, which ran from 12 p.m. until 3 p.m. in the gym, was open to all students. For a $5 entry fee, students could participate in the tournament, in open gaming (with board games, cards games, or other video games available), or be a part of a Dungeons & Dragons campaign. Concessions were also available to purchase.

With Veterans Day right around the corner, we wanted to host an event that the students' would enjoy and that we could use to help out our student population of veterans.

On the same day, the CCCC Gaming Club kicked off its "Gifts from Gamers" campaign. Through the end of the semester, the club will be collecting new and gently used board games. At the end of the semester, the games will be donated to be distributed to children in need for Christmas. At the end of the day, the CCCC Gaming Club raised over $220 for the Veterans Upward Bound fund and collected several board games for the "Gifts from Gamers" campaign.

For more information about the CCCC Gaming Club or if you are interested in donating a board game to support "Gifts from Gamers," please contact Seth Buchanan at or (919) 718-7339.

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We Need Peer Leaders!

After a successful first semester with peer leaders assisting with new student orientation and in ACA courses, the College Success Center is in the process of recruiting peer leaders for NSO in summer 2017 and for the 2017-2018 academic year. We are looking for nominations from you! Do you work with any students that might be a good fit for this position? If so, please send along their name and contact information to Adam Wade at If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us.


Edgar J. and Ethel B. Boone Adult & Community College Leadership Fellowship

On Nov. 14, Sarah Hoffarth was awarded the Edgar J. and Ethel B. Boone Adult & Community College Leadership Fellowship. Sarah was recognized as a first-year doctoral student who has demonstrated outstanding contribution to the practice of adult education. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Higher Education Administration at NC State University. Sarah is the Project Director for CCCC's First in the World Grant initiative.

Congratulations, Sarah!


CCCC Staff Member Visits D.C.!

Sarah Hoffarth

Sarah Hoffarth represented Central Carolina Community College and the First in the World grant at The White House and the U.S. Department of Education's convening on November 15, Higher Education Innovation that Reduces Costs and Strengthens Quality. The convening was a time to spotlight and celebrate higher education innovation that has led to greater equity and student success, as well as sustain the momentum for this work. To learn about the progress being made with our First in the World grant, visit


TRiO Student Support Services Travels to Charlotte

On Oct. 14, TRiO Student Support Services and Student Support Services STEM & Health Sciences participants traveled to Charlotte for a cultural trip. This trip gave our students an opportunity to gain some cultural capital, experience a new city, and practice problem solving and team building skills.

TRiO Student Support Services Travels to Charlotte

Students use the bus trip to Charlotte as an opportunity to study.

The first stop was Concord Mills Mall, where students visited the Sea Life Aquarium, had lunch together, and had a brief opportunity to explore. For some students, it was the first time they had seen sea creatures in person.

TRiO Student Support Services Travels to Charlotte

Students arrive at the Sea Life Aquarium.

The next stop was Codescape, an escape room challenge. Students were separated into teams and locked in themed rooms. Teams had 60 minutes to solve a series of puzzles in order to escape their room and avoid an untimely fate! The "Deep Space" team was mere moments away from escaping before time ran out, while "The Residents" team needed a little more time.

TRiO Student Support Services Travels to Charlotte

Students arrive at the Sea Life Aquarium.

All said, participants had a great time while learning a lot. One student summed it up best by saying, "I met new people with similar backgrounds; I also traveled to Charlotte for the first time and worked with a group of different ages to solve a problem not related to school or work. It was great!"

TRiO Student Support Services and Students Support Services STEM and Health Sciences are two Department of Education funded grant programs that provide specialized services for students who are low-income, first generation, or have a disability. If you know of a student that could benefit from our program's services, please refer them by e-mailing or calling (919) 718-7567.


News From The Library

College Archives Photos Digitized
The library recently had two boxes of photos from the College Archives digitized! These are now available online through the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center. Curriculum programs included in these first two boxes were automotive mechanics, broadcasting, business administration, cosmetology, and others.

The library has approximately 12,000 photos organized in 38 archival boxes that document CCCC’s history. More photos are now being digitized. This project will take several years to complete in partnership with the NC Digital Heritage Center. Samantha O’Connor, Public Services Librarian, has done a great job in organizing, inventorying, and describing these photos to prepare them for digitization and online access. Below is a sampling of some photos we recently had digitized. View more here. Watch for more to come in the future!

Agriculture Technology instructor, Jerry Burnette, with a student in the greenhouse in 1967.

Business Administration instructor, Roy Green, teaching typing in 1967.

Automotive instructor, Jack Ballard, and students in 1965 learning to assemble starters and generators.

Broadcasting instructor, Bill Freeman, helping a student with the camera in the early 1980’s.

Cosmetology instructor, Rhea Jackson, teaching men’s haircutting in the 1980’s.

Business Computer Programming instructor, John Dalrymple, with a student in the 1980’s.

New Reserve Request Process
Beginning in January 2017, the library will have a new process for placing materials on reserve. There is a new electronic request form 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. The new process and information supplied in the form will improve efficiency in managing library shelf space for reserve materials. All faculty should begin using the new reserve request form in the spring 2017 semester. Contact Tara Lucas at or (919) 718-7245 with any questions.

New LibGuides Design Coming Soon
Librarians have been testing a new design for our LibGuides (online research guides) with students and faculty. Testing is now completed, and the new design will be rolled out next semester. The new layout will be more intuitive to navigate and will follow the research process. The ENG 111 guide will be the first research guide to be updated with the new design, with other guides to be updated during the semester. Contact Samantha O’Connor at or (919) 718-7340 with any questions.

Accepting Book Order Requests
The library is still accepting book order requests from faculty and staff. 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. If you have any questions regarding book order requests, please refer to our Collection Development Policy and Guidelines.



Christmas Tree Lighting And Photos With Santa

Come join the CCCC family on Thursday, Dec. 1, beginning at 5:30 p.m. for the Christmas Tree Lighting at the Lee Main Campus Plaza in Sanford.



Community & Junior College Libraries Section Workshop

The Harnett Main Campus library will host the Community & Junior College Libraries Section Workshop. The session will go over key guidelines for web accessibility and provide overviews for many useful accessibility tools.

Library Workshop



4C Visions, Episode 3

View more 4C Visions episodes and other CCCC videos online on the CCCC YouTube Channel.


Student Farm

Student Farm

It's fall ... and the growing season continues at the Central Carolina Community College Student Farm on the Chatham Main Campus in Pittsboro.


Silent Auction

Silent Auction

The Central Carolina Community College Association of Educational Office Professionals Silent Auction will be held on:

Wednesday, Dec. 7
9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Lee Main Campus in the Science Building Conference Room

Some of the items for this auction will include crafts, homemade cookies, pies, cakes, breads, jewelry, Christmas items, and much, much more!!!

Proceeds from this auction will fund our student scholarships!

Come and do your Christmas shopping for a good cause.


West Harnett Center Giving 'Thanks' Tree

Student Farm

Students and staff worked together on a November project. This is the West Harnett Center Giving 'Thanks' Tree. Leaves were cut out of various colors of paper and everyone wrote something they are thankful for on the leaves. I then drew a tree with chalk markers and attached the paper leaves, along with real leaves, to the tree. It sparked great conversation and allowed the students creativity to shine through!


Approved 2017 Holiday Schedule

The Holiday Schedule for 2017 has been approved!

2017 Holiday Schedule


WIA Recognized for 2 Governor's Awards

The TSWDB was recognized for two Governor's Awards this year! Sampson County Board Member, Ret. Col. Edward Timmons, received the Outstanding State Government Service Award, and Harnett County WIOA participant, Sophia McLean, received the NCWorks Award of Distinction for Outstanding Teen. For more information on their accomplishments, watch the following stories.



Professional Development Opportunities

Mark your calendars for this year's annual Professional Development Day/Holiday Brunch starting at 11 a.m. on Dec. 14 at the Civic Center for all full-time and reduced hours full-time employees! For more information and to register, visit our new website at and click Register Now. Registration ends on Dec. 4.

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!

  • Courtney Lowery Program Coordinator, Upward Bound Math & Science


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
11/18 Edwin Thomas
11/18 Leslie Nelson
11/21 Kevin Coleman
11/22 Ty Stumpf
11/26 Trenee Fennell
11/26 Bianka Stumpf
11/28 Thurlia Martin
11/29 Brenda David
12/3 Kelly Burton
12/4 Jason Murphy
12/5 Sandra Olmsted
12/5 Martin Haley
12/5 Mari-inetta Pavlic
12/5 Jennifer Seagraves
12/7 Katherine Meadows
12/9 Derrick Wright
12/9 Cynthia Price
12/13 Cathy Phillips
12/13 Kristy Baggett
12/14 Trevor Bradian
12/14 Nicole Malott
12/14 Ginger Bartholomew
12/16 Danielle Bruner
12/17 Ashley Tittemore
12/18 Tamara Joyner
12/19 Dianne Johnson
12/20 Michelle Powell
12/23 Anne Davis-Johnson
12/23 Maryann Aucompaugh
12/24 Heather Willett
12/27 Henry Wilson
12/29 Mike Spivey
12/29 Reginald Dowe
12/29 Richard Stump
12/29 Dawn Tucker
12/29 Seth Buchanan
12/29 Adam Wade
12/29 Amber Thomas
12/30 Fred Fritz
12/30 Terrence Miller
12/31 Kimberly Brzozowski


News From The CCCC Family


Sadly we inform you of the passing of Nicole Crissman's grandfather, J.R. Crissman, 89 whom pasted on Nov. 11. I know Nicole would appreciate your thoughts and prayers during this healing time.

We regretfully want to let everyone know of the passing of Jesse Ayers Jr. Jesse taught automotive from 1971 until 1996, 25 years. He passed away Oct. 28 at his home surrounded by his family after a brief battle with cancer. Condolences can be made at



Dates to Remember


Wednesday, Nov. 23 Thanksgiving Holiday (college closed).

Thursday, Nov. 24 Thanksgiving Holiday (college closed).

Friday, Nov. 25 Thanksgiving Holiday (college closed).

Wednesday, Nov. 30 The Foundation's Siler City Tree Lighting event will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the Siler City Center in Siler City.

Thursday, Dec. 1 The Foundation's Lee County Tree Lighting event will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the Lee Main Campus in Sanford.

Thursday, Dec. 8 ECD Medical Programs graduation will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center in Sanford.

Wednesday, Dec. 14 Professional Development Day 2016

Tuesday, Dec. 20 BLET (Basic Law Enforcement Training) graduation will be held at 6 p.m. at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center 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

Twinkle is an intact female kitten. Come and visit!

Are you interested in adopting Twinkle or another pet? To make it easier for potential adopters to fill out applications, we have made an online form, which can be found here 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!

Looking for a forever home for Bubba
Free dog for a loving family. Bubba is a sweet, timid and very shy dog. He was adopted a few years ago by the Hathaway family and his adoptive family is now moving but is unable to take him to the new home. He comes with bed, leash, and favorite toys. He is great with cats and kids. He is up to date on all his shots and the Hathaway family has offered to purchase the first six months of his dog food after he finds his new home. Please call Robbie Hathaway (919) 285-6623 if interested.

For sale. For sale.

For Sale
Slightly used child's bike cart that easily attaches to most bicycles. Has two seats and holds up to 100 lbs. $50. Contact Sue Whitman at if interested.

For sale.

For Sale
Janome Memory Craft 11000 embroidery machine and all supplies including threads, hoops, CDs, DVDs, embroider books and magazines, etc. Has a USB port for direct link and USB port for CD-Rom drive or USB memory key. Original cost of machine $12,000...asking $6,000 which includes all accumulated supplies. Sue Whitman at if interested.

For sale.

Industry Services at the Howard-James Innovation Center is in need of a full-size refrigerator with freezer. This is to accommodate conferencing needs for Industry, Chambers of Commerce/Economic Development, and other meetings as necessary by CCCC. If you have a refrigerator/freezer that you would like to donate, or know someone who would, please contact Pamela Fincher at or (919) 718-7225.

For Sale

For Sale
Beautiful dolltop desk. Asking $50; buyer pick up. Please contact Marcia Johnson at (919) 777-7707 or (910) 723-1545.

Are you looking to clean out your attic or basement? 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 for the Holidays

Cougar Bytes is happy to accept your holiday contributions. Perhaps you have a picture of your decorated office, celebrated with co-workers, or want to send holiday greetings to others, all contributions are welcome!

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 Dec. 14 for the December issue. Thank you!


The next issue of COUGAR BYTES will be
Friday, December 16, 2016.