BCCC Briefs: Dec. 7, 2014

Published 6:05 pm Saturday, December 6, 2014

HED: BCCC offers Employability Lab for local job seekers


The Division of Continuing Education at Beaufort County Community College is offering an Employability Lab that will help local job-seekers hone their skills.

The lab will be open 2 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from Tuesday, Jan. 6, through Tuesday, May 12, at the Beaufort County NCWorks Center, 1385 John Small Ave. in Washington.

The registration fee is $180. This fee may be waived for those who are currently unemployed, have received notice of a pending lay-off, are working and eligible for the Federal Income Tax Credit or are working and earning wages at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level.

The lab is open-entry and open-exit, meaning students may attend at any of the above times that are convenient for them.

Lab topics include resume writing, job-search techniques, work ethic, communication skills and conflict resolution. Students will also work on their Career Readiness Certification. Other topics may be covered as time allows.

For students wishing to pursue a Career Readiness Certification, a fee of $30 will be charged and is payable at the time of testing.

For more information about this class, interested persons should contact Lou Stout, director of Workforce Initiatives at 252-940-6307. During the Christmas and New Years’ holidays, please leave a message and your telephone call will be returned.

For more information about other Continuing Education classes, visit BCCC’s Website at www.beaufortccc.edu/coned/contin.htm.


HED: Spring 2015 Late Registration is set


Late Registration for Spring Semester at Beaufort County Community College will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 5, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 6. Spring Semester classes will begin Wednesday, Jan. 7.

New students may apply to enroll in BCCC at the Admissions Office in Building 9 on the BCCC campus or on the college website at www.beaufortccc.edu.

Spring 2015 tuition and fees have been approved by the N.C. Board of Community Colleges. Tuition for in-state students is $72 per credit hour and student fees at $4 per credit hour for a total of $76 per credit hour. Tuition for out-of-state students is $264 per credit hour and student fees at $4 per credit hour for a total of $268.

For those not receiving financial aid, tuition bills must be paid by 4 p.m., Friday, Dec. 12.

For more information about enrolling for classes at BCCC or to schedule a placement test, contact the Admissions Office at 940-6237. Applications for new students are available on the BCCC website at www.beaufortccc.edu.


HED: BCCC to offer new Health Unit Coordinator class


Have you thought about a career in health services? The Division of Continuing Education at Beaufort County Community College will offer a course beginning Monday, March 2, that will prepare students to work as health unit coordinators in health care facilities.

The class will meet 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays for 20 weeks in Room 1217 of Building 12 on the BCCC campus.

The cost of the course is $180. The required textbooks, “Health Unit Coordinating” and “Skills Practice Manual for La Fleur Brooks’ Health Unit Coordinating, 7th Edition,” are available from the BCCC Book Store for an estimated cost of $152.75 before the first night of class. Students will also be required to bring a one-inch binder, stapler and hole puncher to class.

A health unit coordinator is an entry-level health professional that helps maintain and support a health care facility. Duties include setting up charts for hospital admittance, performing data entry, ordering lab tests and x-rays, transcribing physician orders and communicating them to nursing staff and other hospital departments, using computerized order entry systems, setting up and maintaining patient records, managing facility communications and keeping the unit in compliance with facility policy and confidentiality regulations.

The large number of expected retirements and tougher immigration rules are reducing the number of qualified professionals that are currently in this field. In some states it is projected that employment in healthcare services will grow 18.0 percent from 2007-2017, according to U.S. Department of Labor statistics.

The average salary for health unit coordinators range from $10.92 an hour in some rural areas to $20.82 in larger metropolitan areas, according to Workforce Explorer.

Students may register by calling 940-6375 or in person in room 802 of Building 8 on the BCCC campus. 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. Highway 264 East, Washington, N.C. 27889.

Funding assistance may be available through your local NCWorks Center, formerly known as JobLink. For more information and an eligibility assessment, please contact your local NCWorks Center.

For more information about this class, contact Sue Gurley, healthcare programs coordinator, at 252-940-6263 or by email at sue.gurley@beaufortccc.edu.

Information about this or other classes offered by the Division of Continuing Education is available at www.beaufortccc.edu/coned/contin.htm.