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PCC Notes: Pitt County meets NC Works Certified Work Ready Community criteria

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PCC employees who played key roles in helping Pitt County earn NC Works Certified Work Ready Community status were on hand for last week's special announcement ceremony at the college. They are, left to right: Jerry Jones, Elizabeth Midyette, Sonya Douglas, Ann Tess, Karen Davis and Zack Cleghorn.

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By PCC News Services

Sunday, September 24, 2017

WINTERVILLE — It’s official: Pitt County has been designated an NC Works Certified Work Ready Community.

During a ceremony at Pitt Community College Wednesday morning, a representative from the N.C. Chamber Foundation presented PCC officials with a certificate stating that Pitt County has met Work Ready criteria. In short, it means the county has demonstrated a commitment to workforce excellence, improved its high school graduation rates, achieved the target number of National Career Readiness Certificates (NCRC), and gained assurance from employers that they will utilize NCRC assessments in their employment practices.

“Having Work Ready certification means Pitt County leaders can assure companies they have access to a qualified labor force and customized training,” said PCC Director of Business and Industry Jerry Jones. “That can be a difference-maker when it comes to attracting new business and industry.”

According to a news release from the N.C. Chamber Foundation, the Work Ready initiative is a collaborative effort aimed at leveraging data and analysis tools to promote economic growth in North Carolina. In addition to the foundation, the program involves a number of the state’s workforce development partners, including the Governor’s Office, N.C. Community College System, and the departments of Public Instruction and Commerce.

Launched statewide in 2013, the NC Works Certified Work Ready Community initiative is modeled after the successful Work Ready Communities program piloted two years earlier by N.C. East Alliance (formerly the North Carolina Eastern Region). In fact, Work Ready utilizes criteria established by the pilot program.

Of North Carolina’s 100 counties, 51 are participating in the Work Ready program and 31 of them have earned certification, which is ultimately determined by the N.C. Chamber Foundation, a policy center for the state’s largest, broad-based business advocacy organization.

“By participating in the Work Ready initiative, counties are helping business and industry communicate their workforce needs,” Jones said. “They are also letting potential workers know what skills employers require and how they can prepare themselves for success.”

Jones said Pitt County reached 100 percent of its Work Ready goals this summer, when it secured commitment from 102 local employers to recognize the NCRC – five more than the county’s goal of 97.

NCRC, according to Jones, plays a pivotal role in helping jobseekers identify their strengths and weaknesses. He added that PCC serves as an instructional and testing center for adults and transitioning youth wanting to take the assessment.

Developed by ACT, Inc., NCRC is a portable, nationally-recognized credential that can help individuals verify workplace skills and increase their employability. The test also gives employers the tools necessary to plan, screen, select, train and promote appropriate candidates.

Collectively, the information NCRC provides can prove beneficial to many groups and organizations, including public school systems, local and federal government organizations, employers and economic strategists.

College making it easy for adult learners to sign up for spring classes

After a successful trial run in August, PCC officials have decided to schedule a trio of events designed to make it easy for adult learners to enroll in spring classes.

According to PCC Recruitment and Orientation Specialist John Carrere, the college will hold “Adult One-Stop Day” events Oct. 14, Nov. 4 and Dec. 2. The special admissions opportunities will take place in Room 120 of the Craig F. Goess Student Center each day, from 8 a.m. to noon.

Carrere said attendees should plan to participate in the entire program in order to complete all of the college’s admissions and enrollment requirements.

“As the name implies, these programs give adult learners a chance to become Pitt Community College students in just one day,” he said. “They can apply and earn admission to PCC on the spot, receive assistance with submitting financial aid applications, complete placement testing, attend New Student Orientation, and register for courses – all in the same day.”

Carrere said students planning to apply for financial aid should bring along their 2015 income tax returns or other income information. He said they should also bring copies of their official transcripts, if they have attended schools prior to enrolling at PCC.

Students interested in evening and weekend courses are particularly encouraged to sign up for a ‘one-stop’ program, Carrere said, adding that individuals planning to attend can RSVP by clicking the “New Students Connect” logo on the home page of the PCC website, www.pittcc.edu.

For more details, contact Carrere at 252-493-7380 or jcarrere@email.pittcc.edu.

The 2018 Spring Semester at PCC is scheduled to begin Jan. 8.

PTK Honor Society will hold annual fall yard sale fundraiser next month

PCC’s Beta Nu Upsilon chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society will hold its annual fall yard sale fundraiser Oct. 14 on the college’s main campus.

Rain or shine, the sale will take place in the paved parking lot in front of the William E. Fulford Building, from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Setup begins at 6 a.m. the day of the sale, and spaces must be cleaned up by noon.

Members of the community are invited to participate in the yard sale by reserving a parking space. The cost is $10 per space, payable by cash or check, if paid for by Oct. 4 at 4 p.m. After that, spaces are $12 each.

Items prohibited on the PCC campus, including guns, drugs, tobacco and alcohol, may not be sold during the event. Also, food and beverage sales are not allowed, except by PTK members.

Sellers should provide their own tables.

Please contact PCC instructor Joy Hall (jmoseshall@email.pittcc.edu or 252-493-7558) for more information or to sign up for a booth.

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