College Schedules Virtual Open House Event

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WINTERVILLE—With social distancing protocols in place due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Pitt Community College has scheduled a virtual open house this month to introduce prospective students to programs and services.

The college’s first-ever Virtual Open House will take place Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. Representatives from PCC’s academic divisions and continuing education department are scheduled to participate, along with key staff and special guests who will discuss support systems in place to foster student success.

PCC Director of Recruitment John Carrere organized the open house and says the decision to hold it online was an easy one given the current circumstances with COVID-19. He encouraged prospective learners of all ages to attend.

“PCC never closed when the pandemic forced us to begin operating remotely,” Carrere said. “The transition to the online classroom was a challenge for everyone, and the Virtual Open House is a continuation of our dedication to meeting students where they are.”

Carrere says the open house will feature a special greeting from PCC President Lawrence Rouse as well as words of wisdom from Pitt alumnus La’Quon Rogers. The program, he said, will also include admissions and financial aid presentations, and participants will have a chance to ‘break out’ into special sessions to learn more about the programs in which they are interested from faculty and staff.

“We are encouraging interaction with personnel from our academic departments so prospective learners can receive all of the information they need to make accurate decisions on the majors they wish to pursue,” Carrere said. “Along with these sessions, we’ll have a panel of current students sharing their views on the PCC educational experience in addition to their thoughts on learning in a virtual environment due to the pandemic.”

Carrere said it is fitting that PCC students will have a key role in the Virtual Open House, since “student welfare is at the heart of every decision made at Pitt Community College.”

Prospective learners and family members planning to participate in the open house are encouraged to complete a short registration form in order to attend this free event.