It’s certainly a truism in the Business & Applied Technologies Division that the only thing that stays constant is change. This past year we have ushered in a brand new program - Sustainability Technologies - that reflects the increasing interest in renewable energy and the conservation of resources in addition to the increasing employment opportunities in this fast-growing field. Four of our programs have altered their curricula to be more attuned to sustainability; Automotive Systems, Electrical/Electronics, Air Conditioning/Heating, and Carpentry. Also in our Applied Technologies area of the Division, we have seen a renewed interest in Evening classes. Students are now seeking evening diplomas in Electrical/Electronics, Automotive, Air Conditioning/Heating and Welding. Congratulations to the Automotive Systems Technology program for its recertification this past summer by NATEF. This certification documents that this program serves at the highest standards in the industry. The Welding program has extended its remarkable run of five years by again having every one of its 3d semester students pass the AWS certification!
One of the hallmarks of this Division has been its instructional staff and we are excited about our new additions this semester. Joining the Cosmetology staff at the South campus is Emily Ankrom who has worked previously as an adjunct faculty member at the Main campus as well as South. Emily brings a great deal of experience with her and has already proven herself to be an excellent instructor. Also new at the South campus is Sharon O’Geary who will be teaching Office and Medical Office Administration. Sharon has worked at South previously and we are happy to welcome her back. And she is now armed with 18 graduate hours in Psychology! A strong Culinary Arts program just got stronger with the arrival of John Boretti as fulltime instructor. Chef John previously worked as an adjunct instructor but left to return to the Culinary Institute of America to get his Bachelor’s degree. We are fortunate to have his skills in the baking area of the program. The Culinary Arts program is housed on the beautiful campus of the Masonic Home for Children in Oxford and has done a great job of providing newly graduated practitioners of the culinary arts to this area for six years now.
Members of the Phi Beta Lambda business society continue to do well in both state and national competitions. While only in its fifth year it is already one of the largest chapters in the state of North Carolina and its Professional Division is the largest. At national competition in San Antonio, Texas this past summer, PBL had five members place in the Top 10 in four different categories. This included a 3d place finish, a fourth, an eighth, and a tenth place. Our chapter took a 2d place finish for having the most Professional Division members in the nation. Congratulations Phi Beta Lambda! PBL membership is open to any student taking a Business Technology course. PBL is known for its team-building, leadership opportunities, and just plain fun.