PCC, ECU Partnering to ‘Connect’ Local Students with Higher Education

ECU's Pirate mascot walking alongside PCC's Bulldog mascot in the Goess Student Center.

WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College is partnering with East Carolina University this month on “Let’s Connect,” a pilot program that will feature students and personnel from both institutions offering sage advice on navigating and succeeding in higher education.

PCC Director of Recruitment and First-Year Experience John Carrere says “Let’s Connect” will kick off at Pitt on Feb. 29 at 6 p.m. in the Craig F. Goess Student Center’s Davenport Multipurpose Room. He said PCC and ECU students, faculty and staff would be on hand to share their firsthand experiences with prospective students and their parents.

“We’re hosting ‘Let’s Connect’ to bridge learners – everyone from middle school students on up to students in community college – with opportunities in higher education,” Carrere said. “We’re hoping participants appreciate the firsthand interaction associated with the program and that it has an immediate impact on Pitt County communities and beyond.”

Carrere says individuals planning to attend “Let’s Connect” can expect to find representatives from Pitt and East Carolina arranged throughout the Goess Student Center, ready to discuss educational pathways students could benefit from – especially transfer programs between PCC and ECU.

“Pitt Community College and East Carolina have a strong student transfer relationship and share an eagerness to help learners get started on finding career pathways they’re passionate about,” he said. “An event like ‘Let’s Connect’ is beneficial for both institutions, and we are excited to deliver this experience to illustrate the truly transformational opportunities that exist for Pitt County’s prospective learners.”

Along with interactions with college representatives, Carrere says the program will include details on admissions and financial aid processes at both institutions. And, because the event is geared toward connecting Pitt County’s rural and Spanish-speaking populations with higher education opportunities, he said information will be shared with attendees in both English and Spanish.

PCC freshman Amy Arriaga, a member of Pitt’s prestigious Student Ambassador Program, will deliver a presentation for Spanish speakers who attend “Let’s Connect.” A Kinston resident and native Spanish speaker, Arriaga enrolled at PCC in the fall after graduating from Greenville Christian Academy and is seeking a degree in business administration.

“I chose to go to Pitt because of the opportunities it offers students,” Arriaga said. “Also, a Pitt advisor encouraged me to take a step of faith, and God has provided for me to continue with my studies.”

Those planning to attend “Let’s Connect” are encouraged to arrive early for Arriaga’s bilingual presentation at 6 p.m. Breakout sessions and a college information fair will begin shortly thereafter.