Pitt Community College administrators received notification last month that the N.C. Community College System (NCCCS) has awarded the school a $30,000-grant to assist with the recruitment and retention of black male students.
Currently, black males at PCC like similar populations at other community colleges, are characterized by low levels of enrollment, academic achievement and retention. PCC administrators hope to improve that situation through the NCCCS funds.
"This grant will help initiate structures and processes to systematically and intentionally address a segment of our population in dire need of assistance on many levels, said Dr. Donald R. Spell, Vice President of Student Development Services at PCC. Not only will it help the college address their educational needs but their personal responsibility and workforce development needs as well."
Through the grant, PCC will enhance its College Bound: Here We Come initiative in an effort to increase enrollment of new black male freshmen.