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PCC Celebrates 50th Anniversary with Gala


Dr. G. Dennis Massey reflects upon PCC's success during the college's 50th Anniversary celebration.
PCC President G. Dennis Massey takes a moment to reflect upon the college's 50 years of academic success during the college's 50th Anniversary Gala, which took place March 12 at the Greenville Convention Center.

WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College employees and supporters celebrated the school's 50th Anniversary Saturday with a gala at the Greenville Convention Center.

The event featured remarks from key PCC leaders, past and present, including current President G. Dennis Massey and former President Charles Russell, who led the college from 1984 to 2003.

Started as Pitt Industrial Education Center in March 1961, PCC has grown significantly in terms of enrollment, facilities and curricula over the past 50 years. It became Pitt Technical Institute in 1964 and by June of that year, was serving more than 1,000 Pitt County citizens through 170 courses.

Today, PCC serves more than 21,000 students annually through 60 curriculums and a host of Continuing Education programs and course offerings. The college’s educational services are far-reaching, as evidenced by a presentation Saturday night by administrators from Wuxi Institute of Technology, PCC’s sister school in China.

Wuxi Vice President Cao Jianlin congratulated Pitt on 50 years of academic excellence and presented the school with a sculpture on behalf of his institution.

Following a video detailing PCC's 50 years was a skit, “Dancing through the Decades,” that featured college highlights and world news headlines since 1961 along with college employees dancing to music from each decade of the school's existence.