PCC’s 2nd Annual M.A.I.N. Summit a Success

Greg Hedgepeth with the Center for Emerging Issues at N.C. State University served as keynote speaker for the 2nd Annual Males Addressing Issues & Needs Summit at PCC.


WINTERVILLE—For the second straight year, Pitt Community College welcomed minority male high school students to campus for a series of presentations and workshops intended to help them increase their chances of future success.

The 2nd Annual Males Addressing Issues and Needs (M.A.I.N.) Summit, a product of PCC’s Minority Male Success Initiative, took place Dec. 18. Minority males from four of Pitt County’s six public high schools participated in the event, which stressed financial literacy, goal setting and building character.

“We strategically and aggressively pursued the hearts, minds and souls of minority males in Pitt County by focusing on their holistic development,” said Jasmin Spain, PCC Assistant Vice President of Student Development & Community Standards. “We wanted them to realize that they can only achieve success if they are prepared for the opportunities they encounter and that education is the foundation of those preparations.”

Spain, who helped organize the summit, said the event was also an opportunity to encourage participants – all high school seniors – to enroll at PCC, which he says is committed to preparing minority males for success in today’s global workforce.

“While we certainly want to see more minority males enroll at PCC, we’re even more interested in seeing those who do complete their educational goals,” he said. “That’s the purpose of our Minority Male Success Initiative – to offer minority male students opportunities for academic, personal and professional development that will result in better retention, successful transfer to four-year colleges and universities, and more graduates.”

Spain said the M.A.I.N. Summit was also beneficial to education administrators. In addition to increasing their knowledge of tools and services available to assist with student engagement, he said they were able to see the importance of aligning minority male success services with local workforce needs.