PCC Trustees to Meet on Bond Referendum
WINTERVILLE—The Pitt Community College Board of Trustees will convene a special meeting July 16 to vote on the college’s pursuit of a $19.9 million bond referendum this fall.
The board’s executive committee has already agreed to pursue the funding and Pitt County Commissioners have allowed the bond referendum to be placed on the Nov. 5 ballot.
PCC administrators say the college’s enrollment has grown 38 percent since 2008 and that statistics show it is easily the state’s most crowded community college. PCC served more than 23,000 students in credit and non-credit programs in 2012.
“We have done our best to meet the demands for education despite a lack of space by adding weekend and online courses,” PCC President G. Dennis Massey said. “We are making the most out of the space we have, but we remain the most crowded campus in North Carolina.”
Should Pitt County voters approve the bond, Massey said PCC would use $18 million to build a new science building on campus. In addition to providing space for a variety of science and technology courses, he says it would provide a much-needed home for the college’s biotechnology program.
“We need to bring biotechnology back to campus and let it grow,” he said. “It has outgrown the TEC Center on Greene Street [in Greenville], and we need to expand biology and physics programming.”
Bond funding would also enable PCC to move its Basic Law Enforcement Training program closer to the main campus in Winterville. The program is currently utilizing a warehouse behind PCC’s Greenville Center on Memorial Drive to train.
Massey said that facility would be repurposed to provide specialized training for local business and industry, if the bond is approved.
Tuesday’s special meeting will begin at 4 p.m. in room 12 of the Vernon E. White Building on PCC’s main campus.