Love Stories

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I found these lovely stories at the Story Corps website ( I would like you to choose one and  listen to it. Then I need you to write a brief reflection by answering the following questions:

What did you/ didn’t you like about this story? Why?

What does this story remind you of? Why?

What is the best way to express your love to someone?

Please post your answers as a comment in this post.

History of Black History Month at the Pittsboro Main campus

Presenter – Robert Barnes, History Instructor

Have you ever wondered why Black History Month is in February?  
Where did the idea originate?  
Why is it called Black History Month?  
Why do we celebrate Black History Month
These topics (and many others) will be discussed in our celebration of Black History Month.  This presentation will cover the origination of Black History Month as well as topics relevant to the study of African American History.

Specific Location: Pittsboro Campus, Building 42, Multipurpose Room

General Location: Pittsboro Campus, Audience: All,Time: February 15th, 12:30


Analyzing Inaugural Addresses


  1. Choose one presidential inaugural speech from the list included in this website:

  2. Watch or read one of the 44 presidential inaugural addresses and talk about it.

  3. Answer the following questions with your partner.

a)What is the President’s vision for the country?

b)How did you feel while reading or listening to the speech?

c) What was inspirational about it?

d) What concerns do you have?

e) What topics and issues were covered and what was left out?

f) What was the tone and mood of the speech?

g) What are your hopes and fears for the next four years?

h) What do you think is the most important thing that he said?

Descriptive Paragraphs

A descriptive paragraph, describes how something or someone looks or feels. It gives an impression of something. If, for example, you only wanted to write specific information about a certain river, you could write a paragraph filled with facts about a river. However, if you wanted to tell about the feelings you had when you sailed on a boat on the same river, you would write a descriptive paragraph.


A descriptive paragraph:

  • describes

  • gives impressions, not definitions

  • “shows” the reader

  • creates a sensory * image in the reader’s mind

*related to the five senses: hearing, taste, touch, sight, and smell

Source: Great Writing 4th Ed. Unit 8 page 156 (Cengage Learning)

PRACTICE: Great Writing 2: Great Paragraphs, 3rd Edition Unit 8

WRITING: What does your room say about you?

1) Open the link below, read the NPR article, and study the  different bedrooms from around the world

2) Brainstorm some sensory adjectives that describe your bedroom.

3) Write a topic sentence with a controlling idea.

4) Write supporting sentences that relate to the topic

5) Make sure the adjectives mean precisely what you want them to mean – check both positive and negative meanings.

6) Use prepositional phrases of location in your paragraph.

7) Make sure your concluding sentence related to the topic

8) Type your paragraph in this blog post.

CCCC Ranked Among N.C.’s Best Community Colleges

From Central Carolina Community College

SANFORD — Central Carolina Community College has been ranked fourth among the 2017 Best Community Colleges in North Carolina in the latest Niche rankings. There are 58 public community colleges in the North Carolina Community College System.

“Niche is a website that helps you discover the schools and neighborhoods that are right for you. We rigorously analyze dozens of public data sets and millions of reviews to produce comprehensive rankings, report cards, and profiles for every K-12 school, college, and neighborhood in the U.S.,” according to the Niche website.

Factors considered in the ranking include value grade, professors grade, student experience grade, student surveys on overall experience, diversity grade, local area grade, and safety grade.

“This is the first year that we’ve ranked both community colleges and trade schools here at Niche, so we’re very excited about the opportunity to help our users find the right schools for them in a totally new way,” said Jessica Hair, Niche Marketing Outreach Coordinator. “Central Carolina Community College ranks No. 4 for both the best community college and trade school in North Carolina, which is a testament to the quality education that your students receive at CCCC.”

CCCC President Dr. T. Eston Marchant said he is appreciative that Niche has compiled these rankings. “We are grateful to Niche that it has recognized Central Carolina Community College in this manner,” said Dr. Marchant.

“Central Carolina is a world class, nationally-recognized leader in community college education. Our faculty and staff truly care about the success of our students, and our strong focus on improving student learning helps strengthen our local workforce. This is truly a special place,” said Dr. Brian S. Merritt, CCCC Vice President of Student Learning and Chief Academic Officer.

Central Carolina Community College offers a wide variety of programs at its three campus locations and multiple instructional locations throughout Chatham, Harnett, and Lee counties.

Within these programs, students can earn associate degrees or college transfer credits, diplomas, or certificates. Some programs are offered entirely, or in part, via online distance education.

CCCC’s Economic & Community Development Division offers courses in such areas as Short-term Job Training, College & Career Readiness, Personal Interests, Business & Industry, and Emergency Services Training.

For more information on Central Carolina Community College, visit the website

For a list of the Niche rankings, visit the website