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Wells Fargo, Pitt County New Car Dealers Partner with Foundation on Scholarships

On hand for last week's Wells Fargo check presentation at PCC were, left to right: Bill Brown, Ed Tew, Norman Lilley, Sherry Woolard, William Wilson, Susan Nobles, Andrea Barnett and Dr. G. Dennis Massey.

WINTERVILLE—Wells Fargo has developed a partnership with Pitt County new car dealers and the Pitt Community College Foundation to provide scholarships for students in PCC’s Automotive Systems Technology program.

PCC announced the partnership on Sept. 25 with a ceremonial check presentation that featured college administrators, Wells Fargo representatives, Brown and Wood Automotive Owner Bill Brown, and Sherry Woolard, president and owner of Greenville’s Hastings Ford.

Susan Nobles, PCC Vice President of Institutional Advancement, said Brown and Woolard have long supported PCC, its Automotive Systems Technology program, and the PCC Foundation.

During last week’s announcement, Wells Fargo’s Ed Tew and Andrea Barnett presented a $17,250-check to the PCC Foundation. The funding will provide full scholarships to several automotive students as they train for careers with local dealerships.

Tew, Wells Fargo’s senior vice president and commercial services relationship manager, said his company is eager to help deserving young people build their futures and improve the community at the same time. He added that Wells Fargo is committed to serving auto dealers and their customers, both from a national perspective as well as in Pitt County and the surrounding area.

“We believe this is a perfect opportunity to partner with our dealer customers to help train and prepare the next generation,” Tew said. “PCC is a fantastic resource in the community and we fully support their efforts to educate students of all ages.”

Barnett, senior vice president and commercial services loan administration manager with Wells Fargo, explained that one of Wells Fargo’s priorities is to connect with the communities it serves.

“Education and community development go hand in hand,” she said. “Dealer relationships are foundational to our line of business. The Automotive Systems Technology Program at PCC is a premier program. Supporting these scholarships is a winning combination of helping the communities we serve.”

Norman Lilley, department chair of PCC’s Automotive Systems program, said the scholarship funding provided by Wells Fargo is much appreciated. He explained that while other community colleges have discontinued their automotive training programs, PCC’s has grown.

The college opened a brand new Construction and Industrial Technology Building in 2012 featuring three state-of-the-art automotive shops for training. Lilley said the program welcomed 70 new students this fall – twice the number of new students that have typically enrolled in years past.

“Because of Wells Fargo’s generous donation to the PCC Foundation, individuals who may not have pursued an education due to a lack of funding will now have the opportunity to train for careers in the automotive service industry in a state-of-the-art facility with some of the best equipment and tools available,” Lilley said.