New Student Orientation Goes Virtual for First-Time Freshmen

Screenshot of PCC's virtual campus tour video.

WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College admissions personnel are encouraging students planning to enroll at the college for the first time this fall to complete an admissions application as soon as possible in order to get the enrollment process underway.

On Wednesday, PCC Office of Recruitment Director John Carrere said getting off to the right start is the key to higher education success. He said Pitt helps newcomers establish solid footing by assigning them academic advisors and having them participate in orientation.

“Because the college landscape is ever-changing, it’s critical for our students to have a thorough understanding of PCC processes and the support services we make available to help them succeed,” Carrere said. “New Student Orientation covers many of the questions students and their families have about attending Pitt, and it gives us a chance to make sure we’ve addressed their needs early on.”

Carrere says orientation is being offered exclusively online this summer, because campus is closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Students, he said, can choose between completing a self-guided learning module on the internet or participating in a virtual orientation via WebEx on select dates in July and August.

“We’re asking new students to refer to their acceptance letters to find out who will be advising them and to get in contact with those individuals to select their preferred orientation method and register for courses,” Carrere said, adding that orientation is not just for students.

“Parents and family members are in this process with their students,” he said. “We encourage them to participate in orientation as well, because the more they know about Pitt Community College, the better they can help support their loved ones and ensure they have a positive college experience.”

Carrere said parent and family orientation sessions are also being held virtually and will take place at www.pittcc.edu/parents. Registration is encouraged but not required.

New students, he said, can sign up for fall classes and select an orientation session by calling their assigned Student Success Advisor at (252) 493-7245 or emailing pccadvising@my.pittcc.edu.

The 2020 Fall Semester at PCC is scheduled to begin Aug. 17.