Central Carolina Technical College has selected Pam Dinkins to serve as CCTC’s new Dean of Business and Public Service effective May 14, 2018. Dinkins has served as the Interim Dean of Business and Public Service since February 1, 2017. “Central Carolina Technical College is all about changed lives. We offer each student a high-quality education and the opportunity for growth in a cost efficient and engaging environment. I am delighted to serve the college and our communities in a different role as we reach into the future to bring new ideas and technologies to the ever-changing world of education,” says Dinkins. CCTC Vice President for Academic Affairs Myles Williams says, “Pam Dinkins has been an extraordinary department chair for the college’s Early Childhood program and will now bring a wealth of experience to benefit the entire Business & Public Service division.”
Pam Dinkins began teaching as an adjunct instructor for the Early Childhood Development program at CCTC in 1994 and later became the program manager in 1998. Since that time, she has worked to create and maintain a rigorous and practical program that enables students to pursue a variety of job opportunities as well as opportunities to transfer to four-year institutions. In 2001, she gained approval to implement an Associate Degree in Early Care and Education program, thereby allowing students to meet workforce education and regulatory requirements. In 2007, the program was among the first 20 in the nation to achieve national accreditation by The National Association for the Education of Young Children.
Dinkins holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in education from the University of South Carolina. She has been a past recipient of the E.C. “Red” Kneece Faculty Excellence Award and the Central Carolina Faculty of the Year for the South Carolina Technical Education Association. She served on state committees to develop curriculum for the state-wide certificate in Infant and Toddler Care and for development of the SC Infant-Toddler Guidelines and SC Early Learning Standards. She has facilitated training opportunities locally and around the state and is a member of several professional organizations. She is married and has four wonderful children and six grandchildren.