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CIT Division to Ink New Recruits on Thursday


WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College will join technical institutions across the country Feb. 16 in hosting a National Career and Technical Education (CTE) Letter of Intent Signing Day program on campus.

The event, organized by Pitt’s Construction and Industrial Technology (CIT) Division and sponsored by the National Coalition of Certification Centers, will be similar to programs that feature high school athletes committing to universities.

The students participating in Thursday’s program will be encouraged to initiate the PCC enrollment process during the event, and those who attend will be eligible to participate in a special New Student Orientation program set aside just for them.

Mark Faithful, dean of PCC’s CIT Division, says the signing day ceremony in Pitt’s Craig F. Goess Student Center is meant to honor students entering technical fields.

“In addition to recognizing future CIT Division students at PCC, the purpose of this signing event is to draw awareness to the important roles they will fill in our community and future workforce,” he said.

More than 40 technical institutions, including Pitt, will host signing day programs on Thursday. The events will be tied together by live simulcasts airing nationwide. This is the second year PCC has sponsored such an event and is once again the only signing day program that will take place in North Carolina and east of Tennessee.

“We are proud to be the only North Carolina community college to host a National CTE Signing Day program,” Faithful said. “It’s a chance to highlight our programs and industry connections and serves as an opportunity to recognize our dedicated and knowledgeable faculty.”

Alvin Frazier, CIT recruiting coordinator for PCC, says signing day will give area industry leaders a chance to meet with students and their families and talk with them about high-demand jobs in transportation, engineering, HVAC, electrical, welding, manufacturing and other industrial fields. He said local business and community leaders will also be in attendance to show their support, along with several of PCC’s corporate partners.

“By signing our incoming students to letters of intent, we’re telling them that we’ve reserved a place for them and we want them,” Frazier said. “Technical education will prepare them for a strong career.”

Thursday’s program will begin with registration at 9:30 a.m. The signing ceremony gets underway at 11 a.m.