Transitional Studies Holding Career Academy Orientation

WINTERVILLE—The Pitt Community College Transitional Studies Department will hold Career Academy Orientation July 12 for a select group of students wanting to improve their academic and employability skills for job attainment and career development.

The program, which will take place in the G.H. Leslie Building (Room 132) from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., is for students age 18 and older with learning challenges or special needs. The students must be committed to regular and punctual attendance and cannot be currently enrolled in public school.

“One of their goals should be to attain employment,” says PCC Transitional Studies Director Laurie Weston. “The program of study involves academic instruction in the context of career development and exploration.”

Weston says various career modules are available for students to explore and experience, including photography, housekeeping and hospitality, manufacturing, horticulture, landscaping and grounds keeping, retail and customer service, restaurant and food service, and entrepreneurship.

Those interested in the Career Academy must be able to take a Test of Adult Basic Education Achievement and attain a valid score, Weston said, adding that they must also adhere to the PCC Student Code of Conduct.

Weston says students attend the program for two years. Those who complete it, she says, will receive a Certificate of Completion as well as a transcript highlighting the skills they achieved, which can be used to assist them in obtaining employment.