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The Craig F. Goess Student Center will host registration for the 2017 Fall Semester on Wednesday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Classes begin Thursday.


By PCC News Service

Sunday, August 13, 2017

WINTERVILLE — Individuals wanting to take courses at Pitt Community College this fall will have one last chance to sign up for them on Wednesday, when the college holds registration for new and returning students.

“It is definitely not too late to get started at PCC this fall,” said PCC Recruitment and Orientation Specialist John Carrere. “Even though some of the more popular classes are filling up fast, we still have space available for all students wishing to join our campus this semester.”

Registration starts at 8 a.m for returning students. They have the option of signing up for courses online or in person with their academic advisors.

New students must first attend a New Student Orientation session at either 9 a.m., noon or 3 p.m. before registering. Each session will take place in the Craig F. Goess Student Center’s J. Paul and Diana S. Davenport Multipurpose Room. Success Navigators will be on hand for the sessions to assist students with registration, which closes at 5 p.m. for all students.

“There’s never been a better time to be a PCC student,” Carrere said. “Higher education is a logical choice for everyone pursuing employment, and PCC is a great local option to provide them with the training and skills they’ll need for success in their future careers.”

Students who register Wednesday must pay for their tuition and fees by 5 p.m. that day or their schedules will be deleted. The current tuition rates established by the N.C. General Assembly are $76 per credit hour for in-state students and $268 per credit for those from out-of-state.

Students may still complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the fall semester, but it may take time for the forms to be processed. Students intending to complete FAFSAs should be prepared to pay for their fall courses out-of-pocket Wednesday. Those who do will be reimbursed, if they receive approval for federal student aid.

The fall semester at PCC begins Thursday.

Hutchins continuing his NASA experience 

Having successfully completed a five-week online orientation session this summer, PCC student Liam Hutchins will now visit the Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., as part of the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars program.

Hutchins, who is on track to graduate from PCC’s Electronics Engineering Technology program in December, says he has been selected to take part in an engineering design workshop at Langley Sept. 25-28. In addition to working on a team project mentored by NASA engineers, he will attend briefings by engineers and scientists and tour the historic Langley site, which is NASA's oldest field center and once hosted the Lunar Landing Research Facility from 1965 to 1974.

A 2014 Farmville Central High School graduate from Greenville, Hutchins plans to transfer to N.C. State University to study mechatronics, technology combining electronics and mechanical engineering after graduating from PCC. The 21-year-old says his career goal is to work for NASA developing drone and related technologies.

“My plan is to use (NCAS) as a jump start to preparing myself for my dream job of working at Ames Research Center, which is where NASA houses their drone research [and] where they are working on how to make a traffic control system for drones,” Hutchins said.

Designed for community college STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — students, NCAS provides participants with an authentic NASA experience and encourages them to finish a two-year degree or transfer to a four-year university to pursue a NASA-related field or career. It is part of NASA’s efforts to better serve groups historically underrepresented in STEM fields.

College holding September event in Bethel 

PCC will host an event for business owners next month as a means of introducing them to the educational programming offered by the college in its effort to prepare a skilled local workforce.

“Bethel Business before Hours” will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Sept. 6 at La Casetta Italian Restaurant, 7434 Main St. In addition to information on PCC services, the program will include refreshments and door prizes.

“Our goal with this event is to show the Bethel business community how PCC can serve their unique needs,” said PCC Career Outreach Specialist Rachel Bridgers. “We want to make sure these area business owners are aware of the various types of training and support the college can offer them, including curriculum programs, customized training and recruitment services."

Though there is no cost to attend, those planning to be on hand for the Bethel program are asked to RSVP by contacting Bridgers by Sept. 5 at 252-493-7819 or rbridgers@email.pittcc.edu.