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PCC Unveils Sign at New Farmville Center

A PCC contingent takes time out for a group photo following the unveiling of the sign at the college's new Farmville Center.

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FARMVILLE—Pitt Community College administrators joined Town of Farmville officials Wednesday morning to unveil the sign denoting the college’s new Farmville Center on Main Street.

Though the facility won’t be hosting classes for several months, PCC now holds the lease to the former Bank of America building and will be renovating the facility in the weeks ahead.

The development of a center in Farmville has been a long time in the making. PCC President G. Dennis Massey said it was eight years ago that trustees first made it a strategic goal for the college to expand learning to more parts of Pitt County, away from the main campus.

“The Farmville Center is a significant expansion for us,” Massey said. “People can’t always get to the main campus in Winterville, and that includes individual students and businesses.

“This center will be a benefit to PCC and Pitt County, and I know we can be the catalyst for assisting many individuals, businesses and organizations in the years ahead.”

Massey said he was impressed by the turnout at last week’s unveiling ceremony, which included Farmville Mayor Etsil Mason and several of the town’s legislators along with several PCC Trustees.

“What a good turnout from the community—representative of the diversity in the community and the support we have received so far,” he said. “It has been a long effort to keep this project moving forward, but we’ve received a lot of help and support to make it possible. Now, we just have the process of renovation and start-up ahead of us, and that is something we’re really excited about.”

For the past few years, PCC has been offering courses in Farmville at Farmville Central High School (FCHS), the H.B. Sugg Center, Farmville Community Center and other locations. Before the Farmville Center opens its doors to students, the college will be seeking input from the public this month regarding the kinds of educational programming and services they would like to see offered there.

Sara Singleton, PCC Director of Off-Campus Programs, says Pitt has scheduled three forums to give the community a chance to share its “needs, wants and hopes” for the new center.

“The forums will be informal and feature group discussions and one-on-one conversations,” she said. “We want to know what Farmville residents and business leaders would like to see offered at the center in terms of services and credit and non-credit programming, and we also want to learn more about their overall career goals.”

Singleton said the first public forum is scheduled for Sept. 15 at the Farmville Community Center, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The second, she said, will take place at FCHS at the same times on Sept. 22, while the third is set for Sept. 26 at the Farmville Public Library, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

PCC’s Farmville Center is the result of public and private partnerships between the college, the Farmville Town Council, Farmville Project Task Force Members and Pitt County Commissioners. Funding and support for the project have been provided by the partners and private donations, along with grants from the James J. and Mamie Richardson Perkins Trust and the Mildred Sheffield Wells Charitable Trust.


09/04/2015