Phrasal Verbs

A phrasal verb is made up of a short verb and an adverbial particle.  Often this gives the verb a new meaning. Examples You should give up smoking. (quit) Please fill in this form. (complete) She takes aft…

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CCCC Looks toward Building Construction Technology Program

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Photo courtesy of The Sanford Herald Jeff Gannon is Central Carolina Community College Green Building Instructor



From Central Carolina Community College

SANFORD — Building Construction Technology (BCT) will be offered at Central Carolina Community College in Fall 2016, pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. The program will be based on the CCCC Chatham Campus in Pittsboro.

This area of study prepares students for today’s growing job market in the construction industry by combining hands-on training with classroom instruction to provide students with a solid foundation in the skills needed for this vibrant sector.

The program is an extension of CCCC’s Sustainability Technologies Program, which has achieved national recognition for in its commitment to providing the training and tools to equip students to be at the forefront of this industry.

“The success of our existing construction courses and the projected population growth in our area were two key factors in the decision to create an Associate degree in Building Construction Technology,” said Andrew McMahan, CCCC Department of Sustainability Chair.

“The construction industry is one of the top job growth sectors in our region,” said Jeff Gannon, CCCC Green Building Instructor. “The BCT program prepares students to enter the field by providing hands-on training with the academic knowledge to understand why things are done a certain way.”

Building Construction Technology Program highlights include:

* Hands-on approach. Students learn by doing. Each year students build a version of The Chatham Cottage, a small 500-square-foot house publically auctioned annually.

* Foundation courses in OSHA, codes and regulations, energy analysis, architectural drawing, building science materials, and methods.

* Sustainability Technologies coursework is integrated into the curriculum to train students not only how to build, but how to build better. Students learn conventional and advanced construction techniques to best prepare for a mobile job market.

* Students learn not only how, but why. The BCT program includes courses in energy analysis, architectural drawing, building science, and green building certification programs.

The instructors in the BCT program come to the classroom from the field. This approach provides students with access to real world experience and connections to those working in this demanding field.

“We teach students not only how to build, but how to build better,” said Gannon. “We teach not only the fundamentals of construction basics such as safe tool use and the assembling of hundreds of parts, but how to assemble those parts in high performance, energy efficient ways.”

Students successfully completing the BCT program will be able to:

* Develop fluency in the use of construction tools, building materials, and working safely.

* Implement communication skills and professional demeanor to advance best work practices.

* Develop skills in print reading, estimating, codes and regulations relevant to the construction industry.

* Apply building construction techniques and analyze the theories and principles fundamental to building science from the small details to the big picture.

* Establish connections and relationships with businesses and potential employers.

The curriculum will be offered as a five-semester Associate in Applied Science (AAS), three-semester Diploma, and a BCT Certificate option. Graduates will have the knowledge, hands-on skills, and experience expected of an entry-level candidate in the construction sector and can enter the job market or transfer credits to a four-year institution.

For more information on this program, contact Jeff Gannon at 919-545-8032, or by email at

More information on the Building Construction Technology program can be found at the website:

2016 Chatham Invitational Basketball Tournament

Students from Central Carolina Community College-ABE, Jordan-Matthews High School & Northwood High School Special Education Classes participated in a basketball tournament at Paul Braxton Gym, Siler City on April 5, 2016.

A Great Way to End The Winter Quarter

Lots of certificates for level completion and excellent attendance were awarded to ESL students last night. A special note of appreciation to the ESL teachers at the Siler City Center : Amanda and Johnny. See you all after the spring break! :)

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The writing skill most foreign language teachers don’t teach: interactional writing

The Language Gym


1.What is writership?

Chatting online or texting via SMS, WATSAPP, etc. has become part and parcel of our daily life, the verb and noun ‘chat’ alluding to the fact that although we are writing we are in fact ‘talking’ to someone. Just like in a face-to-face conversation when chatting online we have to respond to our interlocutor in real time if we want to ‘stay’ in the conversation and, most importantly, if we want to keep him or her engaged.

Since in real-life face-to-face communication applied linguists refer to interactionallistening as ‘Listenership’ I will henceforth call the set of skills involved in interactional writing: ‘Writership’.

Listenership and Writership have many similarities in terms of the cognitive processes they involve. There are, however, important differences, too. Besides the most obvious difference , i.e. the fact that  communication does not happen through the oral medium, there is another…

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Thanks Ms. Lori!

Students at the Pittsboro Main Campus had their last class with Lori Carswell. We all said our goodbyes and thanked Lori for two wonderful years in the ESL Program. Thanks for being such an amazing teacher. We will truly miss you. 

Congratulations to students who completed the winter quarter:) You have made such a great improvement! 


Choose Your Own End of The Story

Look at the pictures in the story “A Traveler’s Nightmare” and write what happened. You may start your writing in this way:

   Ben Armstrong was walking down a dark street in a strange city. He was carrying a backpack with his laptop with his work, his photos, and his whole life. Suddenly, …

After writing the story yo may read the real story and choose your own ending.


Making Inferences

Look up the following words in the dictionary and write an example with each of them:

Infer (v)

Inference (n.)

Watch the following video to find out more about making inferences in reading.

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