PCC Hosting Signing Day for CIT Students This Month

In 2016, PCC became the first college in North Carolina to host an NC3 Signing Day program to highlight career and technical education students and the impact they will have on the state's workforce.

WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College will join dozens of technical institutions across the country April 18 for NC3 National Letter of Intent Signing Day.

The program, which is sponsored by the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3), will mirror the NCAA’s National Signing Day event for athletes who commit to play sports in college. It is designed to honor students entering technical fields and celebrate the dignity of their work.

PCC Construction and Industrial Technology (CIT) Dean Patrick Jacques says Signing Day will allow Pitt leaders to express their appreciation to students for trusting the college with their higher education needs. He says it’s also a way for the college to highlight its CIT programs, industry connections and dedicated, knowledgeable faculty.

“Above all else, Signing Day is an opportunity for Pitt Community College to recognize incoming CIT students and let them know we’ve reserved a place for them in our programs and want them to be here,” Jacques said. “It’s a chance to remind them how technical education will prepare them for rewarding careers that are in great demand, and it’s an opportunity to underscore the important role our CIT graduates play in their communities and North Carolina’s workforce.”

More than 60 Pitt County high school students planning to enroll at PCC during the 2024-25 school year are expected to participate in this month’s signing ceremony. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Eddie & Jo Allison Smith Center for Student Advancement’s Chris Smith Multipurpose Room.

Alvin Frazier, CIT recruiting coordinator for PCC, says Pitt’s Signing Day program will give local industry leaders a chance to meet with students and their families and talk with them about high-demand jobs in a variety of career fields, including transportation, engineering, HVAC, electrical, welding and manufacturing. He says nearly 30 industry representatives have been invited to attend PCC’s event.

Frazier, who is helping organize the program, noted that Pitt was the first college in North Carolina to host an NC3 Signing Day event back in February 2016. He said the school held signing programs in subsequent years, until it had to stop in 2020 due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This year’s signing ceremony, he said, will be PCC’s first since 2019.