BCCC Briefs, Nov. 29, 2015

Published 6:27 pm Saturday, November 28, 2015

Donation makes campus safer 

A donation from Vidant Health has better equipped Beaufort County Community College to provide assistance in medical emergencies. Last month, Vidant donated Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) to Beaufort County Schools and BCCC. Six of the devices were deployed this week on BCCC’s campus.

AEDs are located in Building 1 near the back door; in the Building 5 lobby; in the Building 8 lobby near the auditorium; in Building 10 near room 10-32; in Building 11 behind the cosmetology desk; and in Building 12 inside the main entrance. The cabinets are unlocked but trigger an alarm. Faculty and staff will receive training on how to use the AEDs, and whenever an alarm is triggered, the BCCC Police should be called.

When cardiac arrest occurs, survival rates improve the earlier defibrillation is administered. For every minute that a person in cardiac arrest goes without being successfully treated by defibrillation, the chance of survival decreases by 7 percent in the first three minutes and by 10 percent after that, according to Lou Montana Rhodes, vice president of Patient Care Services at Vidant Beaufort. Cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) helps by providing blood flow but cannot directly restore the heart’s function.


Headline: Spring BLET Academy orientation set for Dec. 7


The mandatory pre-orientation session for BCCC’s Basic Law Enforcement Training Academy for the spring 2016 semester will be held at 6 p.m. on Dec. 7 in Building 10, room 32, on BCCC’s campus.

Classes will begin on Jan. 6.

BCCC offers the BLET program accredited by the North Carolina Criminal Justice Training and Standards Commission and the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Commission. It is designed to give students the skills needed for entry-level employment as law enforcement officers with state, county or municipal law enforcement or private enterprise. Successful completion of a BLET academy also fulfills 19 credit hours, the equivalent of one semester, toward the requirements for an associate degree in criminal justice.

The BLET course consists of 34 different subject areas including criminal, juvenile, civil, traffic and alcohol beverage laws; investigative, patrol, custody and court procedures; emergency responses, and ethics and community relations. Anyone seeking to become a sworn officer with a law enforcement agency in North Carolina must take the course in its entirety and pass the state exam. Instructors for the course will be from a wide range of agencies and specialty areas.

To be considered for the class, applicants should complete an application packet and must provide a certified criminal history record check prior to registering for classes. Applicants are required to undergo a medical examination, to provide proof of U.S. citizenship and must have graduated from high school or have earned a General Educational Development, or GED, among other requirements.

For more information about the BLET Academy, interested persons can contact Larry Barnes, BLET school director, at 252-940-6228 or by email at Larry.Barnes@BeaufortCCC.edu. Information and an application packet can also be obtained by contacting Pauline Godley, administrative assistant for Law Enforcement Programs at 252-940-6232, or by email at Pauline.Godley@BeaufortCCC.edu. More information is available on BCCC’s website at http://www.beaufortccc.edu/progrm/busines/BLET/blet.htm.


Headline: History instructor nominated for prize


BCCC history instructor Keith Lyon has been nominated for the American Society of Church History’s Sidney E. Mead Prize, which honors the best, unpublished essay on the subject of American religious history based on dissertation research by a doctoral candidate or recent Ph.D. The prize includes publication in the organization’s prestigious journal, “Church History.”

Lyon’s essay deals with quasi-magical, seemingly inexplicable, mysterious and supernatural events that occurred during early-19th-century camp meetings.

He has also recently presented a paper entitled “A Great Tumult: African Americans in the Camp Meeting Experience” at the annual Ohio Valley History Conference, held at the University of Eastern Kentucky.


Headline: Turn your hobby into a business


The BCCC Small Business Center and the Washington-Beaufort County Chamber of Commerce will present a free seminar entitled “Passion to Profits: How to Turn Your Hobby into a Real Business” from 6-9 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 2. The seminar will be held in Building 8, room 828, on BCCC’s campus.

Presented by Russ Seagle, the event is designed for those interested in turning a hobby or interest into a profitable business. Participants will discuss the challenges of running a small business, the steps to turn an idea into a legal entity, presenting as a big business while capitalizing on smaller size and the most common mistakes small businesses make. Other topics include business plans, funding, finding and attracting customers and time management.

For more information about the services offered by BCCC’s Small Business Center, including targeted seminars for business owners, visit BCCC’s website at https://sites.google.com/site/conedbccc/small-business-center or contact Director Lentz Stowe at 252-940-6306 or Lentz.Stowe@BeaufortCCC.edu.


Headline: Nurse aide course offered in Washington County


BCCC will offer a “Nurse Aide 2” evening course next spring at the Washington County Center in Roper, N.C. The course will be held on Monday and Wednesday nights from 6-10 p.m. and two Saturdays per month from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., beginning on Jan. 25 and running through May 28.

Students interested in registering must be listed on the N.C. Nurse Aide 1 Registry in good standing; have a GED, diploma or high-school equivalency; and score 84 or higher on the NA 2 entrance exam. The entrance exam is free and will be administered at 6 p.m. on Dec. 14 or Jan. 11 at the Washington County Center.

Funding assistance for the “Nurse Aide 2” course may be available through NCWorks. Interested persons must apply to the NCWorks office in their home county. Also, scholarship applications for Golden Leaf, Continuing Education Foundation and SECU Foundation scholarships are available on the BCCC Continuing Education webpage.