The PCC VISIONS Career Development and Scholarship Program held its annual Summer Institute last week to welcome 73 new students into the fold.
From June 11-14, the 15th class in the program’s history took part in seminars to assess their strengths and gain information that will help them choose a college major that best fits their career goals. They also had a chance to experience college life by visiting various PCC classrooms to participate in hands-on activities.
“The Summer Institute is designed to introduce new VISIONS students to educational and career opportunities available to them locally and to make them aware of the requirements for participating in the program,” said PCC Assistant Vice President of Institutional Advancement Marianne Cox.
In addition to visiting PCC curricula, the rising Pitt County high school seniors also toured Greenville’s Grady-White Boats facility, where they received tips for professional and life success from Kris Carroll, the company’s president. Students interested in technical programs also visited Winterville Machine Works and Roberts Company in Winterville.
Started in 2004 to help reduce Pitt County’s high school drop-out rate while increasing the number of county students attending college, VISIONS is the result of a collaboration between the PCC Foundation, Pitt County Schools and the Eddie & Jo Allison Smith Family Foundation.