APRIL 18TH...Bladen Community College Receives North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation Grant


The North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation has awarded Bladen Community College $125,000 to support the development of a writing center on the Dublin campus.

Dean of Arts and Sciences and Developmental Studies, Dr. Joyce Bahhouth, is the motivation behind the writing center. “Regardless of the course of study a student may choose, writing skills are essential to their academic success.”

 “This grant award provides the financial means for the writing center to have tutors, designated computers, and expanded resources,” explained Bahhouth. “We are thrilled to partner with the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation to create a state-of-the art center for Bladen County.”

 The writing center provides an environment that nurtures the writing process. Assistance is readily available in all disciplines with face-to-face and online appointments with virtual tutors, walk-in help, one-on-one tutoring, group tutoring, and writing workshops.

“We are equipped with handout materials, onsite reference books, tutors, and computer access,” stated Bahhouth. “Our experienced tutors can provide guidance for all styles of writing.”


President William Findt endorses the value of strong writing skills. “Skilled writing extends beyond traditional creative writing and into academic areas such as writing within the sciences. Everyone, in every career or workforce position, benefits with enhanced writing skills.”


About the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation

The North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation is an independent self-funding 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting activities that help meet the educational and health needs of today's society and future generations. Since its creation in 1986, the foundation has granted $71.0 million to support North Carolina projects and programs that emphasize the understanding and application of science, health, and education at all academic and professional levels. Visit the website at or by twitter handle in a tweet with the release @NCGSKFOUND.

 For more information about the Writing Center, or other programs at Bladen Community College, call 910.879.5500. 

Caption: BCC students can now receive coaching in the new writing center.


MARCH 14TH...Bladen Community College Signs Agreement with Institute in Panama

DUBLIN - Bladen Community College has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Instituto Politécnico Bilingüe Gosén. “This agreement will facilitate communications and educational opportunities between BCC and Panamanian students,” remarked BCC president William Findt.

The agreement is a result of collaboration with the Institute administrators Victor Cedeño Caballero and Joel Andrade De León, during their recent visit to the Dublin campus.

Mr. Andrade and Mr. Cedeño are studying the educational structure of Bladen Community College and have plans to model the Instituto Politécnico Bilingüe Gosén in a similar format. BCC’s successful college readiness program and the subsequent workforce skills programs are of particular interest to the Panama City based institution.

According to BCC director, Silas Acosta, “The Institute wants to know how we help students who have dropped out of high school to regain their student status and become credentialed in skilled areas of the workforce. They are asking questions such as, how do we provide financial assistance for students who cannot pay for their education, and how do we assess our potential students for placement into our programs.” 

Vice President for Workforce and Continuing Education Sondra Guyton shared, “This is exciting news for BCC. We have a visiting student on campus right now who brings to us extraordinary cultural diversity and a genuine desire to learn about our educational system. There are limitless opportunities for our students to electronically interact with students at the Instituto Politécnico Bilingüe Gosén. It is an enriching experience for our students, and an excellent example of the progressive educational focus of BCC in the 21st century.”

For more information about educational opportunities at Bladen Community College, call 910.879.5500.


MARCH 13TH...Bladen Community College to Host Poetry Reading by UNC-W Author

DUBLIN - Bladen Community College will welcome Professor Mark Cox to campus for a poetry reading and discussion on Mon., March 20, at 11 a.m. in the Student Resource Center. 

Founder of the creative writing department at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Cox is acclaimed for his public readings, workshops, and panel discussions across the United States. He has a B.A. in English composition from DePauw University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Vermont College.  

His poetry accolades include the 1999 Poetry Prize award from the Society of Midland Authors, the 1999 Oklahoma Book Award for Poetry, the 1996 Kansas Arts Commission Poetry Fellowship, and the 1994 OSU Burlington-Northern Faculty Achievement Award. 

His poems explore essential connections between one's relationship to poetic tradition, the reader, the natural world, other lives, and language itself. He is recognized for his attention to traditional poetry elements such as voice, rhythm, and image as he brings the reader decisively into the poem. 

Cox will be reading from several of his 270 poems and essays. The presentation is open to the public.  

For more information, contact Dr. Joyce Bahhouth at 910.879.5540.   


MARCH 13TH...BCC Offers Assistance to Students Seeking Financial Aid

 DUBLIN - Bladen Community College will assist students and families in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) during the month of March. 

According to Director of Financial Aid Samantha Benson, “the FAFSA is a program which automatically qualifies students for a variety of federal and state grants, as well as work study programs. Assistance provided with a work-study program allows students to be employed on campus to help with the expenses.” 

Billions of dollars in financial aid are available to help college-bound students who are in financial need. But to be considered, you must apply.  

“The FAFSA application process can be overwhelming,” remarked Benson. “Families need to have their household financial documentation on hand.” The 2015 tax return or W-2 forms are generally sufficient to complete the FAFSA application.  

The Financial Aid Office will work individually with students and their parents in the online process of applying. “It’s tedious, but any funding a student receives through the FAFSA does not have to be repaid,” she stated. “That is a great incentive to complete the process.” 

Assistance is offered to any student, regardless of where they will be attending college.  

More information is available at the website, which features other scholarships, grants, plus extensive information about the cost of college.  

To arrange time with a financial counselor at BCC, contact the Financial Aid office at 910.879.5500.