The VISIONS Career Development and Scholarship Program was created in 2004 to provide mentoring, career guidance and scholarships to deserving students from Pitt County’s public high schools.
Students selected for participation receive a $1,000-scholarship per year to attend PCC. Funding is renewable with satisfactory progress toward completion of a program or degree and active participation in the VISIONS program.
How Did VISIONS Start?
Herman Simon, financial consultant for the Eddie and Jo Allison Smith Family Foundation, wanted to develop a program to assist students who needed financial support, educational mentoring and career guidance. Simon's concept led to a partnership between the Smith Family Foundation, the PCC Foundation, The Greater Greenville Community Foundation and Pitt County Schools that resulted in the VISIONS program.
Due to the success of the first VISIONS class of 27 students, which graduated in May 2005, funding has been increased over the years to allow more students to participate.
Selected Pitt County high school juniors who presently have:
• A 2.0-3.2 grade point average.
• Plans to attend PCC.
• No discipline problems.
• Financial need.
High School Level
• Provide a one-week summer career development opportunity to help students choose majors wisely.
• Mentor students through junior and senior year activities and classes.
• Provide tutors as needed.
• Provide assistance with the financial aid application and college admissions processes.
• Prepare students for transition to Pitt Community College.
• Provide orientation to college.
• Advise students in choosing majors, classes and activities.
• Continue mentoring students.
• Monitor performance and provide tutors and counseling as needed.
• Assist with resume preparation and job applications.
Each summer, VISIONS students representing all six Pitt County high schools visit the PCC campus for a week to learn more about career and educational opportunities available to them in their own back yards.
The VISIONS Summer Institute, as it is called, provides new students in the program with valuable information to guide them through the final year of high school and into higher education. The goal is to give students insight on the college experience to help them fine tune their academic plans and be prepared for higher education.
During their campus visit, students explore educational options, participate in hands-on instruction, and interact with instructors from each of the college’s five academic divisions. They also visit Greenville’s Grady-White Boats, which is owned by VISIONS benefactor Eddie Smith.
The institute also features assessments that help students identify their personal strengths and choose career pathways that best suit them. VISIONS staff are determined to help students build confidence and discover what they are passionate about in order to enjoy fulfilling lives.
What Makes the Difference?
• Network of caring VISIONS staff, assisted by PCC Institutional Advancement staff who find answers, assistance and provide a “safety net.”
• Commitment to student success.
• Financial support for a college education.
Each student receives a $1,000-scholarship ($500 from The Eddie and Jo Allison Smith Family Foundation and $500 from the PCC Foundation) per year to attend Pitt Community College.
For More Information ...
Contact a Pitt County High School Career Development Coordinator:
• Ayden-Grifton - Carla Jones - (252) 746-4183
• D.H. Conley - Susan Mendell - (252) 756-3440
• Farmville Central - Carla Jones - (252) 753-5138
• J.H. Rose - Ashleigh Wagoner - (252) 321-3640
• North Pitt - Hal Knox - (252) 825-0054
• South Central - Emily Duke - (252) 321-3232
Contact PCC VISIONS Staff:
Director of VISIONS Program
Office: (252) 493-7719
Cell: (252) 341-9487
VISIONS High School Coordinator
Office: (252) 493-7501
Cell: (252) 714-9744
VISIONS College Coordinator
Office: (252) 493-7831
Cell: (252) 493-1358
VISIONS High School Technical Coordinator
Office: (252) 493-7239
Cell: (252) 375-7517
Office: (252) 493-7719