PCC Alumni of the Year named
Community College’s Alumni Partnership’s “Alumnus of the Year” award display plaque
received two additions this year when the Partnership tapped both April
Duckworth and Carla Johnson for the recognition. The award was presented by Dr.
Walter Bartlett, PCC President, at the Kirby Gallery on April 3 during the
opening reception for an exhibition of artwork by students in PCC programs.
Both Duckworth and Johnson are employed as family therapists-parent educators
with the Person County Government Cooperative Extension Office.
Duckworth received an Associate in
Applied Science degree in Human Services Technology at PCC in 1995 and a
Bachelor of Science degree in social work from Shaw University in 2004. She has
been employed in her current role since 1995.
Duckworth is a nationally-certified Parents as Teachers Parent
Educator, North Carolina Certified Level II Parent Educator and an Intensive
Family Preservation Social Worker. She
is involved with the National Parenting Education Network, Parents as Teachers,
Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina, Intensive Family Preservation Services, NC
Association for the Education of Young Children, and the Person County United
Way. Duckworth continues to support PCC through her involvement with
the College’s Human Services program where she works with students on projects,
speaks to classes and promotes the program through written and oral
communication. She also strongly
supports the College through her involvement as a PCC Alumni Partner.
completed her degree in Human Services Technology at PCC in 1996. She also went on to earn her Bachelor of
Science Degree in Social Work from Shaw University in 2004. Johnson has been employed as a Family
Therapist- Parent Educator with the Extension Office since 1996.
Johnson also supports PCC
through her service to the Human Services Program, where she speaks to classes,
works with student projects, and writes
promotional pieces for the program. She is also a strong supporter of the PCC
She is a nationally-certified Parents as Teachers Parent Educator,
NC Certified Level II Parent Educator, and an Intensive Family Preservation
Social Worker. Her professional and
civic affiliations include the National Parenting Education Network, Parents as
Teachers, Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina, Intensive Family Preservation
Services , NC Association for the Education of Young Children, and the Person
County United Way.
Duckworth and Johnson were nominated for the honor by PCC instructor Sheri
Narin, who taught them at PCC. “It is difficult to talk about one without also
talking about the other,” Narin said. “They have worked together 16 years and
have demonstrated a strong partnership. I believe the strength of their
professional partnership has helped families see how people can work together
to build a stronger foundation. They truly are a team.”
year was the second year the PCC Alumni Partnership has named the “Alumnus of
the Year.” The 2011 recipient, Shirley Deal, serves as the Partnership’s chair
and introduced the award presentation by
reviewing the award criteria. She said nominees are required to have
completed a degree, diploma or certificate at PCC; must demonstrate support to
the College through monetary contributions and/or volunteer services; must have
achievement in their profession; and should have outstanding service in
receive a personal trophy and also have their name engraved on a plaque that
will be displayed on PCC’s Person County Campus, showing subsequent winners as
PCC Alumni Partnership was established in 2004 to strengthen the relationship
and bond with its alumni to connect the College with its largest constituency
group. The Alumni Partnership defines alumni as any individual who has enrolled
in and successfully completed a course (curriculum or continuing education) or
program of study (certificate, diploma or degree) at Piedmont Community
College. For more information about becoming a PCC Alumni Partnership, please
contact Patti Clayton, PCC Alumni coordinator, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at
Pictured from left are Dr. Walter Bartlett, PCC
President; Shirley Deal, PCC Alumni Partnership chair and 2011 PCC Alumnus of
the Year; and 2012 award winners April Duckworth and Carla Johnson.