First-Gen Committee Schedules Virtual Orientation

PCC Director of TRiO Programs Travis Kinsey (center) says the “IamFirstGen Campaign" is a celebration of first-generation college students, like Antwanique Ham (left) and Tonaria Powell. The students, clad in their "I'm First" t-shirts promoting the campaign, are the first members of their respective families to go to college. Both Greenville residents, Ham and Powell have been taking college courses at PCC for the past several years through their enrollment in the Pitt County Schools Early College High School. Now ECHS seniors, Ham is well on her way toward a four-year business degree, while Powell is making steady progress on an Associate in Science Degree from PCC’s University Transfer program.

WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College’s First-Gen Forward Development Committee will hold a virtual orientation session July 15 for first-generation students.

The program, which will take place via Cisco WebEx from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., is part of TRiO’s efforts to build a stronger first-generation campus community at Pitt, according to PCC Director of TRiO Programs Travis Kinsey.

“Being a first-generation college student/graduate is something to be celebrated,” Kinsey said. “Often, these individuals become role models for their families and members of the community, many of whom have not attended college.”

Kinsey says the orientation will focus on academic and student support services designed to advance outcomes and experiences of first-generation college students, whose parents have not completed a college degree. He added that participants will have the opportunity to attend four extended orientation sessions throughout the 2020-21 academic year.

“We’re inviting focused, driven and highly-motivated first-generation individuals to attend PCC’s First-Generation Virtual Orientation,” Kinsey said. “Our goal is to provide opportunities for excellence to these students, who bring unique voices and opinions to on-campus discussions and diversify student bodies culturally, socially and economically.”

First-generation students interested in attending the orientation are being asked to contact their PCC Student Success Advisors at (252) 493-7578 to register. For additional information, email firstgeneration@email.pittcc.edu.