Pitt Community College receives $2.23M grant for first-gen college students

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WINTERVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Pitt Community College is receiving a $2.23 million grant to help assist low-income, first-generation college students.

The U.S. Department of Education is awarding PCC a Title III grant as part of their strengthening institutions program.

The money will both expand and enhance the academic programs at PCC.

That includes “such things as academic planning, career planning, but also importantly financial planning,” said Thomas Vould, PCC’s vice president of academic affairs. “We want students to know not only where they’re going, how they’re going to get there, but ultimately how they’re going to pay for it so that they don’t leave college in debt.”

PCC plans to collaborate with public schools to help the state achieve a goal of 67 percent of adults receiving a post-secondary degree.

One program the grant will help improve is live burn training exercises.

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Several fire fighters participated in the training today to serve as a learning experience for Pitt Community College students.

Eight empty apartments in Greenville were purposely set on fire by trained professionals.

The new course is only two weeks long, and students who complete it receive a state fire investigator technician certification.

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