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DeCuzzi Discovers Life's Calling at PCC

PCC Is Creating Success Through Hope, Opportunity and JobsAngela DeCuzzi, a member of Pitt Community College’s Class of 2002, is the owner of Locavore Market. Her company’s mission is to help local farmers market and distribute their products while also making it as easy and convenient as possible for customers to access products through the business’s ‘Virtual Farmer’s Market and Delivery Service.’

“I owe much of my success as a small business owner to my education at Pitt Community College,” DeCuzzi says, adding that her PCC academic career started early.

After graduating from the Adult High School program in May 1999, DeCuzzi began pursuing an Associate in Arts.

“When I first returned to PCC for college, I really had no idea what I wanted to do ‘when I grew up,’” she recalls.

In her first semester as a University Transfer student, DeCuzzi enrolled in an “Introduction to Sociology” course taught by Vic James.

“Prior to taking this course, I had barely even heard of sociology, and I had no clue that it would have such a profound effect on my life,” she said. “The class was amazing; I finally felt as though I found my calling in life.”

After completing the University Transfer curriculum, DeCuzzi moved on to East Carolina University, where she received a bachelor’s in sociology in 2004 and a master’s in the field two years later. “I was drawn to sociology because of my desire to help people,” she says.

DeCuzzi says studying sociology allowed her to understand some of the problems in society and encouraged her to come up with solutions. “That is why I started Locavore Market—to offer a simple community-driven solution to many of the problems created by the industrial food system,” she said.

After graduate school, DeCuzzi decided she wanted to work in the community college system. She has been teaching sociology at Wilson Community College since Fall 2006.

“It has been very rewarding to give back to the system which helped jump-start my academic and professional career,” she says.