‘Construction Careers Awareness Week’ Is April 9-13

PCC Building Construction Technology students work on the frame of a house they are building on the PCC campus as part of their hands-on training.

WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College will join the N.C. Community College System in celebrating career and technical education programs during “Construction Careers Awareness Week” April 9-13.

Through its Construction and Industrial Technology (CIT) Division, PCC provides training for a variety of dynamic career fields. Graduates can continue their education at select four-year institutions or immediately pursue gainful employment.

Each year, Pitt’s CIT students develop critical-thinking and problem-solving skills through live-build projects. The technical knowledge they gain from those hands-on experiences ensures a smooth transfer into the workplace after graduation.

“Students from five different CIT programs are involved in the live-build projects, carrying out a variety of hands-on tasks that range in scope from design development to construction to technologies and project completion,” said Maurey Verzier, chair of PCC’s Building and Construction Technology Department. “This type of learning environment facilitates more than just hands-on training; it empowers each student with a sense of pride, as they are able to see their hard work evolve into a finished product.”

PCC Career Services Outreach Specialist Rachel Bridgers says that in addition to promoting construction careers that can be obtained through PCC training, “Construction Careers Awareness Week” is an opportunity to highlight Pitt County’s increased need for skilled workers in the construction industry.

“The industry is booming again, but our employer partners are having a hard time re-filling positions lost during the recession,” Bridgers said. “It’s important for prospective students, parents and community members to see the career opportunities and wages that are available in this field.”

Throughout “Construction Careers Week,” PCC will utilize a combination of traditional and social media outlets to provide more insight on the educational offerings available through the college’s CIT Division.