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Students Make the Most of Chance to Speak with Employers at 2nd Annual CareerFest

PCC's Davenport Multipurpose Room was a sea of activity Sept. 21 as several hundred students came out to speak with area employers about jobs during CareerFest.

WINTERVILLE—Hundreds of Pitt Community College students took advantage of the opportunity to talk jobs with representatives from area business and industry last month, as the college hosted CareerFest for a second straight year.

Organized by PCC Career Services, the career exploratory program took place Sept. 21 and featured employers from a variety of fields, including architecture, construction, health care, management, retail, marketing, human services and the public sector. Attendees gained valuable insight on local employment options and the skills, education and training needed to obtain and succeed in them.

“CareerFest aligned with PCC’s mission to educate and empower people for success by connecting 450 students to almost 30 employers from our community,” said PCC Career Counselor Crystal Howard, one of the event’s organizers.

Although the event targets first-year, undecided and university transfer students as well as students considering a change of major, Howard said all PCC students benefit from conversing with the employers on hand for CareerFest.

"It was an awesome event for students and employers,” she said. “PCC Career Services looks forward to developing more events that connect our students to opportunities to network and develop their future career paths."

In addition to college students, Howard said CareerFest drew nearly 80 students from the Pitt County Early College High School on PCC’s main campus.