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Corbett Excelling in Automotive Service Field

P.J. Corbett has found success in the automotive service field.

When Greenville’s Robert Bosch Tools plant closed in 2007, P.J. Corbett was left with no job and no particular skillset that would distinguish him from the hundreds of others who would soon be flooding the job market.

Upon graduating from D.H. Conley High School in 1994, Corbett, who was already employed at Bosch, decided he would continue working at the manufacturing plant rather than pursue a college education.

“I made the common mistake of thinking, ‘Why go to college when I already have a good job?’” he said of the decision. It wasn’t until Bosch closed that he finally had a definitive answer to that question.

Corbett says Pitt Community College offered the training and skills he needed for a new career. And just two years after enrolling at PCC, he says he was already receiving job offers when he completed an associate degree in Automotive Systems Technology in 2010.

“In no time at all, I was working as a technician at the dealership level and earning higher wages than I ever made during my previous manufacturing experience,” Corbett says. “The knowledge and insight that I gained while attending PCC have allowed me to achieve ASE Master Technician certification less than two years into my career.”

Corbett, who has been working at Greenville Toyota for more than a year now (after spending a year at another dealership), has a one-year-old son with his wife, Amy, a graduate of PCC’s radiography program who works as an X-ray technician at Vidant Medical Center.