Pitt Community College officials are continually monitoring the developing outbreak of the respiratory illness caused by coronavirus (COVID-19). The most up-to-date campus information and resources are posted on this coronavirus webpage. For previous coronavirus posts, please visit the PCC Coronavirus Archive. Please remember to refresh this page and/or clear your browser history to ensure you are seeing the latest details.
Message to Students from PCC President Lawrence Rouse
Pitt Community College is asking you to help safeguard our community by complying with the “Go Home. Stay Home” campaign in Pitt County and surrounding areas. Information on this collective effort to combat the coronavirus pandemic is available on the Pitt County COVID-19 resource page.
At 5 p.m. on March 25, the PCC campus officially closed to the general public. A limited number of essential staff are working on campus to ensure college operations run smoothly, while the vast majority of our services are transitioned to alternative delivery methods. Restricted access to campus will be in effect from March 26, 2020 to April 8, 2020. College administrators will assess the situation and announce any future changes by April 3.
Please note that advising, career services, counseling, tutorial services, and many other important student resources, are available to you by telephone and/or video conferencing. Despite the difficulties we are all facing these days, you can rest assured that PCC administrators, faculty and staff are committed to assisting you with completing your coursework and progressing toward graduation.
On the topic of graduation, college administrators have decided this year’s spring commencement will not be held ‘in-person.’ It was a difficult decision for us, but in the interest of everyone’s health, we determined that PCC must do its part to adhere to social distancing guidelines as part of the worldwide effort to end the coronavirus pandemic. PCC will offer a graduation ceremony in an alternative/online format, and additional details will be announced as soon as they are available.
For students having difficulties completing coursework due to technology, the college is ready to assist you by every possible means. Please review this page and contact us immediately.
PCC will make an announcement regarding continued operations by April 3. Please continue to monitor your email and the PCC website for new information, as this is a rapidly evolving situation.
I’ll leave you with these encouraging words from the legendary Henry Ford: “When everything seems to be against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.”
Stay safe, Bulldogs!
Continuing Education/High School Programs
Course delivery has been altered for many of the continuing education classes already underway. Students are advised to contact instructors if they have questions about the changes. For more information, visit the “Continuing Education and Workforce Development” page on this website.
For high school students taking PCC courses, please note that even though Pitt County Schools classes are currently “on hold,” PCC courses resumed March 23. Please visit the “High School Programs” page on this website for more information.
Transitional Studies students (AHS, GED/HSE and ESL), please continue to check your emails for messages from teachers and coordinators. You may also check the PCC Transitional Studies page on Facebook for updates. If you have questions, concerns or a specific need, please contact email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student Information Hotline/Important Contacts
PCC students with questions during this time may call the “PCC Student Coronavirus Hotline” at (252) 493-7245, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. for general information and answers to general questions. For specific course questions, students should contact their PCC instructors. Students should not come to campus.
For Financial Aid, please call (252) 493-7264. For Admissions/Registrar’s Office, please call (252) 493-7679.
PCC students needing personal, mental health and/or academic counseling or information regarding financial emergency assistance programs, including Finish Line grants, should contact Olivia Sutton at email@example.com or Mecca Waller at firstname.lastname@example.org with the college’s Counseling Services Department.
Students can also email specific questions to the following:
- For Continuing Education questions: email@example.com
- For Financial Aid questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
- For Advising questions: email@example.com
- For Veterans Affairs questions: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
- For Admissions and Residency questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
PCC will respond to all inquiries as soon as possible.
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Laptops Available for Student Checkout
NOTE: For students needing broadband internet access, Suddenlink is offering 60 days free. Additional information may be found on the Altice Advantage website.
PCC is loaning laptops to students currently enrolled in PCC coursework who need one to complete their PCC coursework. Laptops will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and must be returned by May 6, 2020. Students are responsible for all damages or the loss of the laptop, should that occur.
Laptops can be picked up at the PCC library by appointment only. To borrow a laptop, please contact Leigh Russell at (252) 493-7354 or email@example.com to schedule a pickup time (Monday through Friday, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.).
Please note that, starting the week of April 5, library staff will be on campus Tuesdays and Thursdays only, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and appointments are still required to pick up laptops. Also, based upon demand, it could take as much as one week to prepare a laptop for your use, so please plan ahead.
Students checking out laptops will be required fill out and sign the “Student Laptop Check-Out Form.” They must also show their student ID and proof of current address or state-issued ID. If a student’s ID address does not match the address in PCC’s student information system, he or she must provide two current forms of address verification.
Valid forms of address verification are:
- Any document issued by the State of North Carolina or a county or city in North Carolina or the federal government
- North Carolina Vehicle Registration Card, insurance policy or title
- North Carolina Voter Precinct Card
- Military orders or military documents
- Utility bill or cable bill
- Housing lease or contract, mortgage statement, property or income tax statement
- Pre-printed financial statement
Student Store Closed Until Further Notice
Effective March 23, the PCC Student Store is closed until further notice. The store’s website will remain open, however, and orders will be processed daily.
Thank you for your patience and understanding! Feel free to reach out to student store personnel with questions by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
For Moodle assistance, see “Moodle Introduction for Students” on your Moodle page.
- PCC Library Webpage
- PCC Library Online Databases
- Tutorial and Academic Success Center (TASC)
- Smarthinking (24/7 Online Tutoring and Live Support) — PCC contracts with Smarthinking (ST), an online tutoring service that allows students taking core academic courses to connect with an ST tutor anytime from any internet connection. Sessions are real-time audio, video, chat and virtual white board. The purpose of ST is to increase students’ achievement and enhance learning in support of faculty instruction. It is available as a free service to PCC curriculum students. To use Smarthinking, students must access it via Moodle or the myPittCC Portal Login.
- In 80 percent of cases, contraction of COVID-19 results in mild or no symptoms. Self-quarantine is recommended for people who have come in direct contact with individuals confirmed to have the COVID-19 illness and/or individuals who have traveled from areas where COVID-19 transmission is widespread and/or ongoing.
- Students and employees are encouraged to take the same precautions they would follow in order to prevent influenza and colds. Wash hands frequently, sneeze and cough into shirt sleeves (not hands), and avoid sharing food, cups and utensils. When possible, avoid people who are sick. For those who haven’t done so already, get a flu shot.
- Those who feel ill and have additional medical conditions, such as asthma, pregnancy, diabetes, cancer and heart conditions, or have symptoms that are severe and not improving after several days, should contact a doctor or, in the case of an emergency, call 9-1-1.