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PCC Graduate ‘Build’ Rewarding Career

John BerryPretty soon, the brand new Eastern Carolina Cardiovascular Institute that rises above the Greenville, N.C., landscape will begin serving patients in need of heart care.

And when the doors to the medical facility finally open for business, Pitt Community College graduate John Berry can smile and take ‘heart’ in the knowledge that he played a key role in establishing the 375,000 square foot-facility.

“That’s one of the great things about construction, seeing the finished product,” he says.

Berry, a 2002 graduate of PCC’s Architectural Technology program, is serving as assistant project manager during construction of the new heart care center. As such, he is a point of contact for the many architects, engineers and subcontractors working at the construction site.

Berry said he began preparing for his construction career at PCC in 2000. He had thought of becoming an architect, having received inspiration from his high school drafting teacher in his hometown of Washington. But through a PCC internship with Pitt County Memorial Hospital’s Design and Construction department, he found a new calling, one that led to his present position with the Goldsboro-based T.A. Loving Company.

Berry had high praise for his PCC education, saying the coursework “was extremely tough.” Through his community college classes, he gained a valuable foundation for working in the construction field—how to read plans, surveying, and an understanding of communication with architects and engineers.

Upon completing his PCC curriculum, Berry became one of the college’s first Architectural Technology graduates to enroll in East Carolina University as a junior. He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Construction Management from ECU in 2004.

“I took two years at Pitt, two at ECU, and I was out,” Berry said. “It worked out great.”

Berry said the transition from PCC to ECU was “very easy” and that he would recommend the same educational route to others hoping to follow in his footsteps. “It was a perfect fit for me,” he said. “I couldn’t have asked for anything better.”