BCCC Briefs, March 9, 2013

Published 6:16 pm Saturday, March 8, 2014

Information sessions set


Information sessions are scheduled this month for those interested in enrolling in the Health and Fitness Science Program at Beaufort County Community College.

The sessions, which are free and open to the public, will be at noon Monday and 6 p.m. Wednesday. Both sessions will be held in Room 102 of Building 4 on the BCCC campus.

“The Health and Fitness Science Program provides a career path for those in our area who are interested in a health services career,” said Ron Baldwin, the program’s lead instructor. “As in other health services careers, jobs are in high demand for health and fitness science workers in several settings.”

The Health and Fitness Science Program is part of the Allied Health curriculum at BCCC that includes associate degree and practical nursing, medical laboratory technology, nurse aide, speech language pathology assistant. BCCC also offers emergency medical technician basic through paramedic, health unit coordinator, pharmacy technician and nurse aide courses through its Division of Continuing Education.

The program prepares graduates to be fitness trainers, aerobics instructors, corporate wellness directors, personal trainers, recreation workers and wellness coaches, among other positions.

“There is a real need for these professionals in many settings locally and statewide,” said Baldwin, lead instructor for the program. “As more attention is being paid to health issues – including the increase in childhood obesity nationwide — there is an increased interest among businesses and industry in wellness programs and an increase in the number of commercial fitness clubs. This has led to an increased need for professionals to work in this field.”

Students in the program need two years to complete the course work, after which they receive an associate in applied science degree in health and fitness science. An associate degree in the program requires 66 credit hours and includes coursework in anatomy and physiology, exercise science, group exercise instruction, health and fitness law and prevention and care of exercise-related injuries, among other courses.

For more information about enrolling in classes at BCCC or to schedule a placement test, contact the admissions office at 252-940-6237. Applications are available on the BCCC website at www.beaufortccc.edu.

For more information about the program, contact Baldwin at 252-940-6278 or by email at ronaldb@beaufortccc.edu.


Registration ends Monday for eight-week classes


Registration ends Monday for the Great Eight, eight-week classes that l begin Tuesday.

The college will offer courses — including art appreciation, personal health and wellness and world civilizations ii — that are available for transfer to one of the 16 colleges and universities that are part of the University of North Carolina system.

The college will also offer business-related courses — including introduction to computers, ethics and community relations and professional development — for those who would like to begin training for a career.

College-student success will also be offered as an eight-week course.

Students may register for one or more of these classes through Monday.

New students should contact Director of Counseling Kimberly Jackson at 252-940-6252 and returning students, Counselor Caroline Hill at 252-940-6443 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday to make an appointment to register for these classes.

Tuition and fees at Beaufort County Community College are established by the N.C. General Assembly and the N.C. Board of Community Colleges. Tuition for in-state students was recently set at $71.50 per credit hour and student fees at $2 per credit hour for a total of $73.50 per credit hour. Tuition for out-of-state students was set at $263.50 per credit hour and student fees at $2 per credit hour for a total of $265.50.

More information about the eight-week classes, including a complete schedule, is available on the BCCC website at www.beaufortccc.edu.


Medical lab technology information sessions offered


Do you enjoy solving problems? Are you interested in a career in health care but prefer to work behind the scenes? If so, then you would enjoy a career in medical laboratory technology.

Beaufort County Community College will hold information sessions to give prospective students a look at careers in medical laboratories and the course work needed to qualify for those careers at noon and 5:30 p.m. March 24 in Room 1217 of Building 12 on the BCCC campus.

The deadline is April 30 for applications for admission to the medical laboratory technology program beginning this coming fall at BCCC.

The MLT curriculum prepares students to collect samples and interpret findings involving tissue samples, blood and bodily fluids of patients in hospitals, medical offices, industrial and research centers, among other job functions.

Medical laboratory technologists are also needed to maintain the equipment needed for diagnosis and treatment.

MLT course work includes mathematical and scientific concepts related to this work.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage of medical technologists was $56,130 and medical laboratory technicians, $36.280 in May 2010.

Employment is expected to grow between 11 and 15 percent through 2020 as an increase in the aging population will lead to a greater need to diagnose medical conditions — such as cancer and Type-2 diabetes — through laboratory procedures.

For more information about the information sessions or the mlt program at BCCC, visit the Allied Health page on the BCCC website at www.beaufortccc.edu. Interested persons may contact Erica Schatz, dean of the Allied Health sciences, at 940-6425 or Phylicia Bridgers, Allied Health admissions coordinator, at 940-6221 for more information about the program and application process.


Lawn-care class rescheduled


It may still be winter but the grass on your lawn will soon be growing! The Division of Continuing Education will offer a class to help you take better care of your lawn and lawn-care equipment.

The course will be 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays beginning March 25 and ending
April 15 in Room 100 of Building 8A on the BCCC campus. The registration fee, including student insurance, is $46.25.

Instructor Thomas Rogers is an experienced landscaper who will teach students how to keep their push mowers, leaf blowers and weed eaters running smoothly. He will also demonstrate how to use this equipment safely and properly and avoid costly repair bills. Each successful student will be able to tune up at least one piece of his or her own equipment in the BCCC shop.

Students may register by calling 940-6375 or in person in room 802 of Building 8 on the BCCC campus from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. BCCC accepts Visa, MasterCard and Discover. Checks payable to Beaufort County Community College may be mailed to the attention of Eva Peartree, 5337 U.S. 264 East, Washington, NC 27889. For more information about the Community Service Program, contact Clay Carter at 252-940-6357.

For more information about other continuing education classes, visit BCCC’s website at www.beaufortccc.edu/coned/.