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PCS Personnel Get ‘Taste’ of CIT Programs

Eddie Sherrod, chair of PCC's Electrical Systems Technology Department, utilizes a home electrical service box to explain voltages and current to Pitt County Schools administrators Mary Carter (center) and Caroline Doherty. The hands-on demonstration was part of PCC's 'A Taste of Industry' program on Thursday.

WINTERVILLE—A group of Pitt County Schools (PCS) personnel returned to the classroom last week for a day of hands-on activities designed to give them a better look at Pitt Community College vocational and technical programs.

In all, more than 30 faculty and staff members, including principals, guidance counselors, teachers and Pitt County Board of Education officials, participated in Thursday’s “Taste of Industry” event at PCC. In small groups, they rotated between Construction and Industrial Technology (CIT) classrooms across campus to gain information they can use when advising students.

“We want anybody who touches the lives of Pitt County students to be well-informed of the CIT programs Pitt Community College has to offer,” said PCC CIT Dean Mark Faithful. “After today, when students ask them about the types of training they can receive at PCC, they’ll be able to give them really good answers.”

By mid-Thursday morning, PCS Director of Secondary Education Mary Carter had already tried her hand at soldering and welding. The metal she’d fused together to make a t-frame during an earlier stop was now a memento – and she’d placed it in her car for safekeeping.

Pitt County Board of Education member Caroline Doherty, still wearing safety glasses from her Electrical Systems Technology visit, said she found “A Taste of Industry” to be “interesting and informative.” She said it was obvious that PCC was a willing partner in educating Pitt County Schools graduates and added that she would like to see local industries make more apprenticeship opportunities available to high school students.

Faithful, who helped coordinate Thursday’s event, said the program was the third PCC had organized for PCS employees. The CIT Division, he said, has hosted similar events for Pitt County ninth and tenth graders. The most recent took place in May, when 48 freshmen and sophomores visited PCC to take part in hands-on learning activities.