Career Services Holds Hiring Event for Students, Alumni

PCC students and alumni spoke with representatives from 16 area employers Wednesday about job and internship opportunities.

WINTERVILLE—For the first time in nearly three years, Pitt Community College Career Services was able to hold a hiring event on campus to give students and alumni an opportunity to meet with local employers about potential careers.

Held April 27, the “Spring Hiring Event” drew 83 attendees to the college’s Davenport Multipurpose Room. There, they met with 16 area employers wanting to fill a variety of full- and part-time positions and internships.

PCC Career Services Coordinator Arwen Parris said due to health safety concerns stemming from the pandemic, Wednesday’s program was the first on-campus employer recruitment event her department has hosted since January 2020. The last hiring event hosted by PCC Career Services, she said, was the Community Career Fair in June 2019.

“We’re delighted to have employers back on campus, meeting our students where they are,” Parris said. “We want our students to connect with employers to learn about the career paths their education and training leads to, so that they have a clearer vision of their future.”

PCC Employer Relations Specialist Reggie Baker said the employers in attendance were just as eager to meet with students. “They have a variety of open positions that PCC can help fill, because of the scope of our academic and short-term training programs,” he said.

Along with representatives from PCC’s Basic Law Enforcement Training program and Tutorial & Academic Success Center, the following businesses took part in the hiring event: Bayada Home Health Care, East Carolina University, Food Lion, Grady-White Boats, Greenville Utilities, Grover Gaming, Morgan Corp., Novant Health, Pitt County Juvenile Detention Center, Smithfield Foods, Thermo Fisher, VICTRA, Vidant Medical Center, and the Wilson County Department of Social Services.

To further help students with the job search process, Parris said PCC Career Services hired photographer Rob Taylor to take portraits they can use in their professional portfolios. She said a total of 72 students, faculty and staff took advantage of the service.

“It’s a treat to have the opportunity for a free professional portrait, whether it’s used to enhance an online image or for personal enjoyment,” Parris said.