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New VISIONS Class Gets Closer Look at PCC

PCC Electrical/Electronics Technology Department Chair Eddie Sherrod helps South Central High School students Maria Ruiz (left) and Breona Evans wire a doorbell as part of the annual PCC VISIONS Summer Institute.

WINTERVILLE—The Pitt Community College VISIONS Career Development and Scholarship Program held its annual Summer Institute last week to introduce new participants to career and educational opportunities available to them locally.

Each June, VISIONS welcomes a new group of rising Pitt County seniors to campus for the institute. This year’s event featured a tour of Greenville’s Grady-White Boats and a variety of hands-on activities and presentations at the college to help students become more familiar with PCC curricula.

Started in 2004 to help reduce Pitt County’s drop-out rate while increasing the number of county students attending college, VISIONS is a partnership involving the Eddie and Jo Allison Smith Family Foundation, the PCC Foundation, Pitt County Schools and the Greater Greenville Foundation. Each year, the program provides a select group of Pitt County high school students with the direction and support they need in order to obtain their diplomas and move on to higher education.

All 55 of this year’s summer institute participants were selected for VISIONS as high school juniors based on several criteria, including academic success and family income. The students will continue to receive special mentoring and advising through the program throughout their final year of high school.

In the nine years since VISIONS began, nearly 100 percent of its participants have completed high school. Those who have moved on to enroll at PCC have received scholarships and personal and academic counseling at the college.