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PCC Teaming with Pitt County High Schools to Promote Manufacturing Careers April 9

Welding and other manufacturing careers will take center stage next month, when PCC hosts Pitt County high school students for a “North Carolina Manufacturing Awareness Week" event April 9.

WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College and Pitt County Schools are partnering to give students from all six county high schools a closer look at manufacturing and engineering careers.

In conjunction with “North Carolina Manufacturing Awareness Week,” approximately 130 Pitt County high school students will visit the PCC campus April 9 to tour the college’s Construction and Industrial Technology (CIT) Building and take part in a number of hands-on learning activities.

Van Madray, dean of PCC’s CIT Division, will speak with students about the skills and attitude required to succeed in manufacturing. The students will also hear from local industry leaders—Mestek’s Emerson Hobgood, Terry Evans with The Roberts Company, and Ed Gonzalez with NACCO Materials Handling Group—about potential career opportunities.

In smaller groups, students will also tour PCC’s applied engineering areas, where they will have the opportunity to try out a virtual welding machine, watch a robotic welding arm in action, and observe what takes place in machining labs.