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NCCCS Report Examines Impact Education Has on Earnings; PCC Exceeds Average

PCC's Andrew Walker, right, works with a student in the college's new career center. Whether it's mock interviews, career assessments or assisting with resume development, Walker says career services staff aim to help students achieve their career goals.

WINTERVILLE—A report released by the N.C. Community College System (NCCCS) this summer shows there is considerable monetary value to a Pitt Community College education.

According to the report, students who attended PCC for career and technical programs saw a 34 percent increase in their annual salaries – significantly higher than the average gain in earnings seen at most other North Carolina community colleges. The information from the N.C. Department of Commerce was shared with PCC President G. Dennis Massey at a meeting in late July.

PCC exceeded the North Carolina community college average earnings increase by nine percent.

“I was not surprised that there was an increase, because our programs and instructors are high quality,” Massey said. “This clearly demonstrates the ‘value added’ of a Pitt education.”

Tabitha Miller, president of the PCC Faculty Senate and composition coordinator of the college’s English and Humanities Department, says Pitt instructors are committed to providing quality classroom experiences for students.

“We have faculty who are highly innovative and respond to the changing needs of our students as they work toward achieving their educational goals,” Miller said. “This report signifies that our efforts to engage students in ways that will transfer to their endeavors beyond college are working. We are so excited for our students and our community as we build a brighter future together.”

The NCCCS said the purpose of the report was to make certain the state’s community college career and technical programs and coursework align with and result in higher-paying jobs for students.

With regard to PCC, the report retrieved information on 250 former students who had either successfully completed at least six applied science credit hours or earned certification in a continuing education course with an industry-designed curriculum during the 2013-14 academic year.

This summer, the college developed a new career center to support internship activities that give PCC students an even greater advantage in the workplace.

Andrew Walker, PCC Career Services and Quality Enhancement Plan Director, says internships often help students identify career paths while giving employers an opportunity to grow and develop personnel.

“The career center is in a key position to help students find and complete internships experiences,” Walker said. “It also supports business and industry in developing and identifying a qualified workforce through the internship program. These activities have already served to strengthen the college’s relationship with the community.”

Located in the Craig F. Goess Student Center’s new addition, the PCC Career Center is open to students and alumni weekdays through in-person and telephone appointments. To schedule an appointment, call (252) 493-7784 or send an e-mail to careerservices@email.pittcc.edu.