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College Update

May 1, 2017

May is always one of the high points of the entire year with so many successful completions and honors to celebrate at Pitt Community College.  As a result, a larger portion than usual of this Update will go toward the recognitions due to many of our students, faculty and staff, and community supporters for their collective efforts to “educate and empower people for success,” both for this year and many years to come.  It has been a busy run-up to the May 10 Commencement ceremony, and we anticipate almost 700 students walking in the procession, the highest number ever.  The Transitional Studies graduation on May 11 at the Convention Center honoring high school equivalency graduates will be equally exuberant.  I will report to you on these great days in next month’s Update.

May is also when the NC General Assembly discussion on the 2017-19 biennial budget heats up, and we are communicating often with our elected state officials on our budget priorities, which include increased funding for student success/advising initiatives, continuing education funding, and salary increases for employees, among other items.  We are hoping for final word on the budget in mid-summer.  I will also be presenting our County budget proposals to the Pitt County Commissioners in May, with final decisions on this important part of our funding in June.

Accomplishments and Recognitions

Best wishes for a delightful May.  Please keep in mind that there is continuous registration for Summer Session, which begins May 22-23. 

G. Dennis Massey, President