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PCC Grad Helping Keep Military Pilots Safe

Jeremy CardIn 2006, the N.C. Department of Labor selected Pitt Community College graduate Jeremy Card as the state’s “Outstanding Trainee Award” recipient for the year.

Card, who earned an associate degree in Machining Technology from PCC, was recognized for his prototype engine work with AV-8B Harriers and Sikorsky H-53 and H-46 helicopters in addition to his perfect work attendance and first-rate machining abilities.

Since that time, Card has worked as a machinist at the Fleet Readiness Center (FRC) East at Cherry Point. With more than four years of service at Cherry Point, he is a permanent civilian employee of the U.S. Navy.

“Coming from PCC, I had no problem contributing to the workload and keeping the safety level high (at Cherry Point),” he said. “We always have to think about the safety of the pilots.”

There is excitement in Card’s voice when he discusses his line of work, but that hasn’t always been the case.

After four years with the Army’s 82nd Airborne, Card worked in construction for four years, pouring concrete for a company out of Raleigh. He said it was a “feast or famine” livelihood having to depend upon good weather in order to do his job, and he wanted a change.

“I wanted something that I could rely on, and I always wanted a college degree,” Card said, adding that he decided to attend PCC and use his G.I. Bill benefits to pay for his education.

As it turns out, Card made an excellent decision. His enjoyed his time at Pitt, and his work at the FRC is rewarding and provides the income necessary to provide for his wife and four children.

Card gives credit for his machining success to PCC and, in particular, Calvin Mayo, department chair of the college’s Machining Technology program.

“If it weren’t for Pitt, I don’t think I’d be as advanced as I am (in my career),” Card said. “I owe a lot to that school. (Machining Technology) is a great program, and Calvin’s a great instructor.”