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New Students Urged to Attend Orientation

Bruiser, PCC's bulldog mascot, entertained students and their parents during last year's New Student Orientation sessions.

WINTERVILLE—With the first session a little more than a week away, Pitt Community College Student Development Services personnel are stressing to new students the importance of attending orientation this month.

Clarence Scott Jr., PCC Student Success Coordinator, says orientation is a chance for new students to learn more about the services available at the college and the educational requirements of their respective programs of study. He said it is also an opportunity for them to meet with academic advisors and sign up for fall courses.

“For students just starting out at PCC, new student orientation is really the beginning of their educational journey here,” Scott said. “It’s a chance for them to receive the tools they need in order to be successful during their time at Pitt.”

Although orientation is not mandatory for new students, Scott said those who don’t attend cannot register for fall courses until July 19, which greatly diminishes their chances of getting a favorable class schedule for the fall semester.

“In addition to the valuable information orientation has to offer, it truly is the best opportunity new students will have to sign up for the courses they want this fall at the times they want to take them,” Scott said. “It’s also a great way for newcomers to meet and socialize with other students who will likely be in many of their classes.”

Students enrolling in the Public Services and Fine Arts Division will have the first opportunity to attend orientation on June 11. Business Division students meet the following day, and Construction and Industrial Technology students meet June 13.

The Arts and Sciences Division will offer three orientation sessions this month. Those sessions, which are also open to special credit students, will take place June 19, 21 and 28.

New health sciences students have four orientation sessions to choose from with the first one slated for June 18. The division will also hold sessions June 20, 25 and 27.

Scott said each orientation session would begin at 9 a.m. in the Craig F. Goess Student Center on PCC’s main campus, with check-in starting at 8:30 a.m. Each session’s attendance is capped at 250 students, he said.

For those planning to attend orientation, Scott said it is important for them to sign up online by visiting www.pittcc.edu and clicking on the “PCC Orientation” logo on the home page. He pointed out that online sign-up for each orientation session closes five days prior to the event.

For additional details on new student orientation, including a “Frequently Asked Questions” section, visit the orientation page on PCC’s website.