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Career fair gives students chance to meet employers

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PCC's Davenport Multipurpose Room was brimming with activity earlier this month, as approximately 400 students took advantage of the opportunity to meet with area employers during the annual PCC Career Fair.

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PCC News Service

Sunday, April 28, 2019

WINTERVILLE — Pitt Community College held its annual Spring Career Fair on April 17, giving students a chance to meet with area employers about potential job and internship opportunities.

The fair, which was organized by PCC Career Services, drew approximately 400 students to the Craig F. Goess Student Center’s Davenport Multipurpose Room, where they met with 38 employers representing a variety of businesses and industries.

PCC Career Services Coordinator Arwen Parris says the fair has grown considerably since 2010, when 130 students came out to meet with 32 employers in the Charles Coburn Center. A record 415 students participated in last year’s event — 35 more than the 380 who came out to the fair in 2017.

Parris said this year’s event was open to full- and part-time students, distance learners, Continuing Education students and alumni. The goal, she said, was to help each one prepare for a successful future.

"The career fair is not just for students seeking jobs and internships; it can benefit all students in gaining the information they need to take their next steps, whether those next steps are selecting a major, choosing a university, getting experience, or beginning a career,” Parris said. “There's always a next step."

To help students prepare, Parris said Career Services staff visited classrooms to discuss the purpose of career fairs and share details about employers expected to be in attendance, jobs and internships, how participants should introduce themselves to employers, and steps they should take following the event. She said Career Services also scheduled hours for students to drop in during the week prior to the fair and receive assistance with creating and updating resumes.

“Preparing students for a successful career fair experience was a campus-wide effort,” Parris said. “The PCC Women's Resource Center hosted a Soft Skills Workshop on April 15 to assist students with developing effective verbal and nonverbal communication skills, and the college’s Men's Resource Center hosted a clothing drive to support male students with obtaining free business and professional clothes to wear to the fair.”

In addition to meeting employers, Parris said the fair offered students an opportunity to sit for a professional portrait they can attach to resumes or use as a profile picture on LinkedIn.

Parris said 11 employers — Advance Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning, Autism Society of NC, DENSO, Edwards, Inc., Farrior & Sons, Inc., MegaForce Staffing, Mestek, Inc., Smithfield Packaged Meats, Corp., Thermo Fisher Scientific, UniFirst Corporation and Vidant Health — sponsored the 2019 fair. She said sponsorship funding ensures PCC Career Services will have the financial support needed to continue hosting career fairs.

Adult One-Stop Day set for May 4

PCC will hold a special event May 4 for adult learners who want to take classes during the summer semester, which begins on May 20.

According to PCC Recruitment and Orientation Specialist John Carrere, Adult One-Stop Day will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Room 120 of the Goess Student Center. The program, he said, offers adult learners a chance to complete multiple admission requirements — including placement testing, applying for financial aid, and New Student Orientation — in a single day.

“It’s aptly named ‘Adult One-Stop Day,’ because they can get it all done in one stop at the college …,” Carrere said. “We understand adult learners have really hectic schedules.”

Carrere noted that prospective students interested in completing an associate degree through evening and weekend courses are particularly encouraged to attend.

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

PCC Foundation honors volunteers

The PCC Foundation held a luncheon on Wednesday to thank individuals for contributing their time and energy toward helping the organization raise money within the past year.

The program celebrated 369 volunteers who contributed a combined 1,567 hours at three fundraisers to help the PCC Foundation raise $210,285 for student scholarships and a variety of educational activities at PCC.

Starting with the President’s Scholarship Gala in May, 43 volunteers contributed 215 hours to help raise $36,302.53. Several months later, 278 volunteers helped raise $133,638.23 through a whopping 1,112 hours at the Down East Holiday Show. And just last month, 48 volunteers gave a combined 240 hours to raise $40,344.24 through the 2019 Accelerating the Future fundraiser.

During the luncheon, the PCC Foundation announced the creation of an annual award to recognize the talents and dedication of those who serve as volunteers during its fundraising events. The first award will be presented in 2020.

Mayne Pharma Scholars information session

PCC will hold an information session for students and parents on the new Mayne Pharma Scholars Program on April 30.

The event will take place in the Davenport Multipurpose Room from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. It is open to all PCC and Pitt County high school students and their parents. Dinner will be provided by Jersey Mike’s.

The Mayne Pharma Scholars Program features a full, two-year scholarship ($8,000 maximum per student) for students seeking an associate degree in biotechnology, which is a laboratory-intensive program that trains students to be lab analysts in the pharmaceutical industry. Current high school seniors and PCC students with an aptitude for science are encouraged to apply. Eight students will be selected for the program each year.

Scholars will have an opportunity for a paid, full-time internship at Mayne-Pharma during the summer between their first and second year of college and a part-time, paid internship during their second year.

For more information, contact PCC Biotechnology Department Chair Christy Weeks at 493-7861 or cweeks@email.pittcc.edu.

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