Employers, Students Attend CIT Career Fair

With helmets on, a PCC welding instructor observes a student's welding technique.

WINTERVILLE—With 32 employers discussing more than 70 job and internship opportunities with students, organizers of Pitt Community College’s 3rd Annual Construction and Industrial Technology (CIT) Career Fair are calling it a rousing success.

The fair, hosted by PCC Career Services Nov. 7, witnessed its largest student and employer turnout since the inaugural event in 2016. PCC Career Outreach Specialist Rachel Bridgers cited support from CIT faculty as the primary reason for record student attendance.

“Our CIT faculty make it a priority to ensure students are career-ready, and the employers who participated in the fair definitely noticed and were pleased,” she said. “Crown Equipment Training Administrator Bill Edmundson told me his team was very impressed with the quality of the students who attended the fair and the interest they showed in his company.”

Bridgers said this year’s fair drew a number of out-of-town employers eager to recruit PCC students. She said Corning Incorporated’s optical communications facility in Wilmington made it a point to participate after hiring a PCC graduate they now consider a “model” for the kind of employee they want to hire.

Paul Goodwin, automation engineering supervisor for Corning, Inc., said, “The skillsets (PCC) students are learning and the lab applications they are seeing [in the classroom] are directly applicable to the work and openings we have right now.”

A total of 11 companies sponsored the career fair. Gold sponsors included Advance Mechanical, The Roberts Company and SPC Mechanical. Silver sponsors were BridgePoint Civil, CPG Staffing, Crown Equipment Corporation, Greenville Pool & Supply, Mega Force Staffing, Mid-Atlantic Crane & Equipment, Rivers & Associates and TA Loving.

Bridgers says PCC Career Services is looking forward to hosting another record-breaking CIT Career Fair in 2019.