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NRS Students Learn about Science at PCC

Students from the Northeast Regional School of Biotechnology and Agriscience attempt to catch fish with a net as part of an 'ecology scavenger hunt' on campus.

WINTERVILLE—Students and teachers from the Northeast Regional School (NRS) of Biotechnology and Agriscience visited Pitt Community College last week to participate in biotechnology and ecology laboratory exercises led by PCC faculty.

The collaborative event, which took place June 17, marked the culmination of the school year for NRS and provided nearly 50 students with real-world learning experiences in a collegiate atmosphere.

According to PCC Director of High School Programs Alton Wadford, the students spent part of their visit at the college’s BioTech Center on Greene Street in Greenville, where they learned used a fluorescent protein to make bacteria glow in the dark. He said the students also spent time on campus collecting and classifying organisms to learn more about biodiversity and ecosystem sustainability.

"This was another great way for Pitt Community College to provide learning opportunities for high school students,” Wadford said. “It’s important for us to hold events like this to help young students gain a better understanding of potential academic and career options."

Located in Roper, NRS opened its doors to students in August 2012. As an early college high school, its mission is to offer a rigorous, technology-enriched environment that prepares students for entry into the workforce and provides them with up to two years’ worth of college credits.

NRS is being developed and supported by a partnership that involves school districts in five counties – Beaufort, Martin, Pitt, Tyrrell and Washington – along with the N.C. State University College of Agriculture, the N.C. State Board of Education, and the N.C. New Schools Project. Additional support comes from the N.C. Department of Agriculture, the N.C. Biotechnology Center, the JOBS Commission, and the Golden LEAF Foundation.