PCC to Offer Additional Late-Start Course Options

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WINTERVILLE—As the semester midpoint nears, Pitt Community College is preparing to launch a diverse selection of late-start courses for individuals still interested in taking classes this fall.

According to Lori Preast, PCC Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs, the college will begin offering eight-week classes Oct. 13 and five-week courses Nov. 5. All classes run until Dec. 14, she said, adding that most will take place entirely online due to COVID-19 health concerns.

“Late-start courses are accelerated and a lot of work,” Preast said. “However, ‘on the flip side,’ they offer wonderful opportunities for online-savvy, focused students to complete coursework in less time.”

The selection of classes is wide-ranging, everything from industrial safety and CPR certification to public speaking and entrepreneurship. While some courses are specific to associate degree curricula, others can be transferred to many of North Carolina’s public and private four-year institutions.

Preast says prospective students should realize the three weeks’ difference between late-start options may appear insignificant but is considerable.

“Eight-week classes aren’t quite as accelerated as the five-week options and provide a little more time for students to learn, understand and apply the information,” she said. “Students considering five-week classes must be focused, proficient with online learning, and have excellent time management skills, because the classes are fast-paced.”

No matter which classes students choose, Preast said PCC has online support services available to help them achieve academic success.

New students interested in taking eight-week classes are asked to contact the PCC Student Hotline at (252) 493-7245, Monday through Thursday, between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., and Friday, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Current students may register from an approved Student Education Plan or by contacting their Success/Faculty advisor.

For five-week courses, students should contact Preast at lpreast@email.pittcc.edu or (252) 493-7700, so she can walk them through the admissions process.