NextFest ‘Open House’ Goes Live this Month

Vernon White Building with red azaleas in the foreground.

WINTERVILLE—The Pitt Community College Office of Recruitment has developed a multimedia presentation to give high school seniors and their parents details on programs Pitt offers and the kinds of jobs individuals who complete them can expect to find.

Titled “NextFest,” the open house-style presentation is part of PCC’s efforts to reach prospective students during the pandemic. It will go live during a Zoom webinar April 29 at 7 p.m., according to PCC Director of Recruitment John Carrere.

“We started NextFest last spring, after COVID-19 made it difficult for us to share pathways to education and employment with the community,” Carrere said. “The response was tremendous, so we decided to offer it again this year to highlight the economic, academic and equity advantages of community college attendance.”

Carrere said this year’s NextFest presentation would feature PCC academic departments coming together with local business, industry and economic development partners to discuss opportunities for employment in a variety of career fields.

“We’ll have representatives from Greenville ENC Alliance, Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce, Rivers East Workforce Development Board and many other organizations sharing valuable insight on local workforce needs, where jobs can be found, and the skills necessary to fill those positions,” Carrere said.

NextFest, he said, would also include details on the PCC admissions process and messages from local business and industry associates who regularly employ Pitt graduates. There will also be academic segments covering curricula options and opportunities for PCC students to transfer to four-year institutions after completing associate degrees.

“NextFest is open to anyone exploring higher education during ‘Community College Month,’” Carrere said. “It will offer valuable insight on why PCC is the best college choice, not only for graduating high school seniors but for any adult learner wishing to skill-up or change professions. I hope it will also go a long way toward dispelling longtime stigmas wrongly associated with public, two-year colleges.”

NextFest registration details can be found on the PCC website.