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New Students to Be on Campus This Month

Orientation a Chance to Learn about PCC Services, Register for Classes

WINTERVILLE—With the first session scheduled for Thursday, Pitt Community College Student Development Services personnel are encouraging new students to sign up for orientation this month.

Don Joyner, PCC interim director of orientation, says orientation is a chance for new students to become familiar with services available at the college as well as the educational requirements of their respective programs of study. It is also an opportunity for them to meet with academic advisors and sign up for fall courses, he said.

“Student retention research indicates that early adjustment to the college community can have a major positive impact,” Joyner said. “We have designed our orientation program to better prepare students for their first semester at PCC.

“Through presentations, campus tours, and personalized interactions with faculty and staff, we hope our new students gain a sense of belonging to the institution and a greater understanding of the resources we provide to help them succeed.”

Joyner said topics to be discussed during each orientation session include financial aid, adjusting to college, academic tips, admission requirements for specific programs, and an introduction to the PCC Student Development Services Division.

Although orientation is not mandatory, Joyner says new students who don’t attend cannot register for fall courses until July 24, which greatly diminishes their chances of getting a favorable fall semester schedule.

“In addition to addressing the specific needs of students based on their academic majors, orientation gives them the added benefit of meeting with academic advisors and scheduling fall semester classes,” Joyner said. “We also encourage students to interact with each other and our faculty and staff while they are here.”

University Transfer and Special Credit/Undecided students will have the first opportunity to attend orientation later this week. After that, the Arts and Sciences Division will hold three additional orientations June 19, 20 and 26.

The Business, Public Services/Fine Arts, and Construction and Industrial Technology divisions will hold orientation June 17 and 27. Students enrolling in the Continuing Education Division’s cosmetology program will also meet on those days.

New health sciences students have three orientation sessions from which to choose, the first slated for June 18. The division will also hold sessions June 24-25.

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

For those planning to attend orientation, Joyner says 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 registration for each orientation session closes five days prior to the event.

For additional orientation details, including a “Frequently Asked Questions” section, visit the “Student Orientation” page on the PCC website.