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Incoming Students Encouraged to Sign up for New Student Orientation This Month

By Rob Goldberg Jr.
PCC Media Relations Director

WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College Student Development Services personnel are encouraging prospective fall students to sign up for orientation this month in order to register for classes and learn about available support services.

According to PCC Student Orientation Coordinator John Carrere, orientation plays an important role in helping students get off to the right start at Pitt. The program, he explained, offers newcomers tips for academic success while adjusting to college life and provides them with important information on such topics as financial aid and special admission requirements for select programs.

“Student retention research indicates early adjustment to the college community can have a major positive impact,” Carrere said. “We hope that through a combination of presentations, campus tours, and personal interaction with faculty and staff, our new students will gain a sense of belonging to PCC and a greater understanding of the resources we offer to help them succeed.”

Although orientation at PCC is not mandatory, Carrere says new students who don’t attend the program cannot register for fall courses until July 23, which greatly diminishes their chances of getting a favorable fall semester schedule.

PCC’s Business, Public Services/Fine Arts, and Construction and Industrial Technology divisions will hold orientation June 23. Students enrolling in the Continuing Education Division’s cosmetology program will also meet that day.

University Transfer and Special Credit/Undecided students will meet June 24, June 26 and July 8.

New Health Sciences students will also have three orientation sessions from which to choose, the first slated for June 25. The division will also hold sessions July 7 and July 9.

Carrere says each orientation session will begin with check-in at 8 a.m. in the Craig F. Goess Student Center on PCC’s main campus. Each session’s attendance is capped at 250 students, he said, adding that all five academic divisions will meet for orientation on July 10.

For those planning to attend orientation, Carrere says it is important for them to sign up online by visiting the "Student Orientation" page on the official PCC website. He pointed out that online registration for each orientation session closes five days prior to the event.