Open House Events Set for Bernstein and Farmville Centers

Rob Goldberg | July 12th, 2021

Crape Myrtles in bloom outside of the Robert Lee Humber Building on PCC's main campus in Winterville.

WINTERVILLE—In preparation for a new academic year, Pitt Community College has scheduled open house events at a pair of off-campus learning sites to give the community a closer look at programming and services.

The first event is set for July 28 at the Bernstein Center in Greenville. The second is scheduled for July 29 at the PCC Farmville Center. Both will take place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and feature college financial aid and admissions personnel providing information on the enrollment process, curricula, and opportunities for tuition assistance.

“Open house events are a great way for prospective students to learn more about Pitt Community College’s commitment to providing an educational experience that is meaningful, affordable and convenient,” PCC President Lawrence Rouse said. “We work with economic development officials and employers to ensure our programming and services lead to gainful employment while meeting the region’s workforce development needs.”

Rouse said Pitt is dedicated to educational equity and has agreed to several partnerships in the past few months that call for the college to offer courses and support services at off-campus sites, like the Bernstein and Farmville centers.

“We’re taking programming to the communities we serve in order to reduce or eliminate barriers that make it difficult for people to pursue college degrees and credentials,” he said. “For some, transportation is an issue. Others may not have the technology to access courses or complete assignments. And then there are individuals who already have jobs and want to improve their career prospects but struggle to find enough time in their busy schedules to complete college coursework.”

Through its three-year partnership with the Achieving the Dream National Network, PCC administrators are focused on continually improving student success outcomes. Rouse said the college is seeking ways to increase retention and completion rates while closing achievement gaps directly related to equity among underserved, underrepresented and under-resourced students.

After operating remotely for more than a year due to COVID-19, PCC employees and students are preparing to return to the traditional classroom when fall classes begin Aug. 19. The college will also utilize online, hybrid, blended and synchronous virtual classroom teaching formats to accommodate student learning styles and scheduling preferences.

For more information on this month’s open house events, call the Bernstein Center at (252) 757-3980 or the PCC Farmville Center at (252) 753-0010.

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