Hester and Carter to speak at Black History Month events at PCC

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Piedmont Community College’s (PCC) Learning Resources Center celebrates Black History Month with two lunch ‘n’ learn programs. The first will be held on the Caswell County Campus on Monday, February 13. The Person County Campus event is scheduled for Thursday, February 23.

Iris Hester photoIris Hester, Instructor of Cosmetology at PCC, will speak on African-Americans and the Church during the Caswell County Campus event, from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. on Monday, February 13. This presentation will be held in Building K, Room 202-203 and is open to the public.

Through PCC’s Cosmetology program, Hester works with both high school and college students. The Career and College Promise program offers training specifically for high school students and through this, Hester has the opportunity to teach students from Bartlett Yancey High School. She also works with curriculum students studying for their diploma or certificate in PCC’s hands-on cosmetology courses.

Hester obtained her cosmetology license in the state of Virginia from Dickerson Beauty Academy in 2000 and was Valedictorian of her class. She also graduated from Piedmont Community College with an Applied Science degree in General Occupation Technology. During her personal time, she is active in Full Gospel Baptist Fellowship as an ordained elder and is active in MG music group ministry with her husband.

The event on the Person County Campus is also open to the public and will feature Joelle Davis Carter, Ph.D., Dean of Student Joelle Davis Carter, Ph.D. photoDevelopment as the speaker. She will present on February 23 from 12-1 pm in Building S, Room 100. Dr. Carter’ topic is The Pendulum Effect: Considerations of the Plight of African American History Then and Now.

At Piedmont Community College, Dr. Carter provides leadership and management of student service and enrollment areas such as academic advising, admission and recruitment, and supplemental instruction. Prior to joining PCC, she served in a number of senior leadership roles including Assistant Vice President for Retention and Student Services at Western Kentucky University, Director for Undergraduate Programs in the George Washington School of Business, and Diversity for Diversity in the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Physical Sciences at the University of Maryland College Park.

Dr. Carter received her Bachelor of Science degree in Middle Grades Education with concentrations in Social Studies and Language Arts from Winston-Salem State University and a Master of Arts degree in Student Personnel from The Ohio State University. She received her Philosophy of Doctorate degree from the University of Maryland College Park in the College of Education. Carter, a Granville County native and 1991 graduate of J.F. Webb High School, indicated that her interest in joining PCC’s team stemmed from both professional and personal reasons at this point in her career. Dr. Carter and her husband, Randall L. Carter, reside in Durham.

Photos: Iris Hester and Joelle Davis Carter, Ph.D.