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PCC Has Role in Multi-Agency Partnership Funded by Golden LEAF Foundation Grant

By Rob Goldberg Jr.
PCC Media Relations Director

The PCC Business Division offers an associate degree in Entrepreneurship under the leadership of Charles Griffin. Pitt County students have the option to dual enroll in this program during their high school years.WINTERVILLE—The Golden LEAF Foundation has awarded Pitt County a $1.25 million-grant to develop an effective education-to-workforce pipeline that will help address eastern North Carolina’s growing need for advanced manufacturing workers and entrepreneurs.

According to Helen Parke, director of the Pitt Community College Office of Sponsored Programs, the grant will fund a joint effort by PCC, East Carolina University, Pitt County Schools and STEMEAST to promote entrepreneurship, science, technology, engineering, art and math (e-STEAM) to middle school students.

PCC will receive $70,000 from the grant to collaborate with NC REAL—a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing entrepreneurship and small business creation to North Carolina—on training and certifying Pitt County middle school teachers in both REAL (Rural Entrepreneurship through Action Learning) and REAL Youth programming.

“REAL Entrepreneurship gives participants opportunities to develop skills that increase their likelihood of success as entrepreneurs and better prepares them for the world of work and general life skills, regardless of their ultimate career choices,” Parke said.

PCC’s interim Business Dean Karen Mozingo said her division would be responsible for providing the teacher training during the summers of 2015 and 2016. Once the instruction has been provided, she said, PCC faculty will visit area middle schools to observe classroom implementation of entrepreneurial concepts.

Mozingo noted that the PCC Business Division currently offers an associate degree in entrepreneurship. She added that Pitt County students have the option of dually enrolling in the program during their high school years.