PCC-PCS Technical Academy Seeking Applicants

Keith Drury (third from left), department chair of PCC's Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration program, teaches high school students participating in the college's new Technical Academy about job opportunities in the HVAC field.

WINTERVILLE—As an extremely successful school year draws to a close, the Pitt Community College-Pitt County Schools (PCS) Technical Academy is preparing for the one ahead by encouraging current Pitt County sophomores to apply for participation.

The academy, which developed through a partnership between PCC and PCS, began as a pilot program during the 2018-19 academic year before growing substantially in year two. It offers high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to complete an associate degree one year after finishing high school and, with the skills they’ve acquired, move into well-paying careers that are in high demand.

After starting out with 20 students from two Pitt County high schools the first year, the academy welcomed 43 juniors and seniors from all six Pitt County public high schools this year. The students are taking hands-on courses at PCC in either Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration Technology, Electrical Systems Technology, Computer Integrated Machining or Industrial Systems Technology – programs that are not offered at their respective high schools.

Local businesses and industries have been supporting the academy by offering participants tours of their facilities, speaking with them at job fairs, and interviewing academy graduates.

Students selected for the academy are bused to and from class on the PCC campus at no charge. The cost of their tuition, fees and books is also covered.

To apply for participation, current sophomores should contact PCC-PCS Technical Academy Director Lynn Griffin at (252) 493-7653 or lgriffin@email.pittcc.edu. Additional information is also available on the PCC Technical Academy Facebook page.