PCC adds more in-person community development programs

WINTERVILLE, NC (PCC) — After two years of limitations in programming and mostly virtual instruction due to COVID-19, Pitt Community College is getting back to its roots when it comes to upcoming community development courses.

Like almost everything since March 2020, the pandemic has had a negative impact on PCC’s ability to offer in-person community development classes. But this spring, the college has already scheduled personal enrichment classes that meet face-to-face and will begin enrolling young people in Explore summer camps that offer hands-on activities in just over a month.

“We’ve done a great job of optimizing our educational programming virtually, but there’s no substitute for the hands-on instruction that PCC excels at providing,” said Dr. Dan Mayo, PCC’s Dean of Public Services and Fine Arts. “We’re excited to see a return to more personal instruction in the traditional format that many enjoy.”

For those looking to improve their cooking skills, Pitt offers a “Spring Desserts” course to teach them how to make everything from baked goods to cold/no-bake desserts and simple pies. The first chance to take the course will be from March 22-31. It will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. A second section is set from April 19 to 28 and meets on the same days of the week at the same times.

CCP Community Development Programs Coordinator Lisa Webb said the “Springtime Desserts” class will be held at CCP’s main campus. The cost is $39.55, she said, adding that attendees must provide their own ingredients.

“Those who complete the ‘Springtime Desserts’ class will have the skills to make delicious desserts that are sure to impress anyone who tries them,” Webb said. “Not only will they be tasty, but they’ll be as colorful as a garden of spring flowers.”

Community members interested in learning line dancing will have the opportunity to do so in April. The March class is already filled to capacity, but another section runs April 5-26 at the Ayden Community Theatre.

From March 28, young people aged 7 to 18 will be able to start registering for summer camps, which will begin in June. Webb says the camps will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis and led by qualified instructors, including teachers from Pitt County schools, PCC professors and community professionals.

“After two years of COVID, we are thrilled to be offering summer camps again,” Webb said. “We have fun activities and opportunities planned for June through August, and we look forward to seeing the kids have fun while developing new skills and meeting others in the community who share the same interests.”

The Explore Camp 2022 lineup offers a variety of programs covering science, technology, engineering, arts and math. Topics range from solar cookers, drip paint and edible cars to Snapkits, theft and innovation, and teaching biotechnology that shows how quickly pathogens spread. There are also camps on BMX, video game design, and YouTube content creation.

Campers can also explore CCP study programs through “Try-a-Trade” opportunities. The camps provide direct insight into the college’s Computer Integrated Machining, Electronics, HVAC, and Industrial Systems programs.

Webb noted that camp capacities, costs and registration times vary and added that the college reserves the right to cancel any camp before its first meeting due to limited registration. If there is a cancellation, she said parents would be notified and fees would be refunded.

For more details on community development programs or to register for classes, contact Webb at (252) 493-7317 or [email protected]

Norma P. Rex