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Telephone Pioneers endow CCCC Telecommunications scholarships

11.26.2008College & Community

Members of the DurhamrnChapter of the Triangle Telephone Pioneers of America visited Central CarolinarnCommunity College’s N.C. School of Telecommunications recently to establish twornscholarships for its students. The North Carolina Telecommunications IndustryrnAssociation was the catalyst that brought the groups together. Pioneers membersrnBrian Leach, Walter Bugel and Mike Shearl toured the facility, located in thernLee County Industrial Park, and were impressed with the training provided. Theyrnpresented a check for $22,000 to Diane Glover, executive director of the CCCCrnFoundation to fund the endowments for the scholarships. The annual scholarshipsrnprovided by these endowments are in memory of the late Claude Sykes and thernlate Rassie Wynne, both formerly of Durham, who served as presidents of thernorganization. Joe Lawrence, of Sanford, an active member and officer of thernN.C. Triangle Pioneers, said these individuals were well known in the field ofrntelephony and that the scholarships are a great tribute to them. Pictured atrnthe NCST are (from left) Glover; Leach and Bugel; Kelly Dehring, NCSTrnadministrative assistant; and Ben Johnson, lead instructor forNetworking Technologies and Telecommunications. Forrninformation on the School of Telecommunications and its programs, call (919)rn776-5812 or go online to For information on this or other scholarships, contact the Foundation at (919) 718-7231.