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BCC foundation
kicks off fund drive
The Foundation of Brunswick Community College (BCC) officially kicked off its annual campus fund drive on April 2. This annual event is the core effort by faculty and staff to contribute to the foundation in support of student scholarships.
“Win from Within” was the thrust of Foundation Executive Director Terry W. Mohr’s address to the crowd.
“When faculty and staff support our mission, we collectively exemplify the determination of this campus,” said Mohr. “Where we lead, others will follow; it is vital that we are united and walk the walk. The individual stories of our students are inspiring, and their perseverance to achieve their educational goals is admirable.”
The foundation awards more than 300 scholarships annually and additionally assists students with books and fees.
Susanne Adams, president of BCC, spoke of the determination and strengths of students and the life-changing role BCC plays in the community. Afterward, she introduced guest speaker Sharon Morrissey, senior vice president for academic student services and chief academic officer for the North Carolina Community College System, the third largest community college network in the nation. Based in Raleigh, it’s celebrating 50 years “Creating Success through Hope, Opportunity and Jobs.”
Brunswick Community College, the most recent member to the 58-college system, is celebrating 35 years this year.
“All our students are important to us,” Morrissey said. “Our community-college graduates are thriving members of the business communities throughout the regions of this state. Their services to communities and individuals improve our quality of life.”
The BCC campus fund drive is April 1-30. To donate, contact the Foundation of BCC at 755-8517 or visit www.brunswickcollegefoundation.com.
BCC offers information on bachelor’s degree
The public is invited to attend an information session about the bachelor of interdisciplinary studies (BIS) degree offered by UNC Pembroke on the campus of Brunswick Community College (BCC).
The session will be from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Monday, April 29, in the student center (next to the cafeteria) on the BCC campus. Dr. James Robinson, BIS program director, and other UNCP faculty and staff will be on hand to answer questions regarding the degree.
The BIS degree is a four-year degree available to community-college graduates who have an associate of applied sciences degree. It allows them to complete a four-year degree in two to three years, which was not possible in the past. The degree is geared toward a different kind of student; one who earned a two-year vocational degree, but needs the knowledge, practical skills and credibility that a bachelor’s degree provides.
Current majors and tracks offered at Brunswick Community College include:
• Criminal justice: specialization in sociology
• Applied professional studies: office administration
• Public and non-profit administration: general.
UNC Pembroke’s BIS online program provides these additional options:
• Applied professional studies: specializations in advertising, economic development or financial administration
• Applied information technology: operations management
• Criminal justice: applied information technology
• Public and non-profit administration: financial administration.
Other tracks are available on the main campus in Pembroke.
To learn more about the new BIS program, contact Ronette Wilson, BCC campus coordinator, at (910) 675-2202 or email ronette.wilson@uncp.edu or contact James Robinson, BIS program director, at (910) 521-6472, email james.robinson@uncp.edu or visit the BIS website at www.uncp.edu/bis/.