Pitt Community College awarded $47K federal grant

WINTERVILLE, PITT COUNTY - Pitt Community College has been awarded a federal grant to enhance it's Transitional Studies program. 

The federal grant is worth $47,092, according to the school.

The chair of the Transitional Studies department, Laurie Weston, said the money will help the college recruit and retain students seeking GEDs, as well as adult high school diplomas. Weston also said the grant money will be used to better meet students' needs, interests and career goals.

"We will primarily use the funds for training our teachers how to redesign academic instruction in the context of specific careers and career pathways, with goals that will go beyond high school equivalency completion toward career and post-secondary training," Weston said.

In addition, the training for instructors will focus on advising and goal-setting, giving staff the opportunity to proactively counsel, guide, and support students as they progress through the program, according to PCC.

"Transitional Studies coordinators will take on the role of transitions advisers while teachers will provide additional support and guidance at the classroom level," Weston said.

The college will also use the grant money to establish a Transition Advisory Board to assist in creating partnerships, on and off campus, PCC stated. The partnerships will connect opportunities, experiences, apprenticeships, and practice in a particular career pathway with academic progress.  The board will include representatives from community agencies, business and industry, and service groups, according to PCC.

According to Weston, more goals within the program include seeking dual enrollment opportunities for students and offering short-term, intensive instructional courses that require attendance.

Pitt Community College was one of five North Carolina community colleges, along with the Gaston Literacy Council, to receive grant funding that totaled $332,673, PCC stated. Seventeen grant applicants did not receive funding approval.

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