PCC Receives Grant to Recruit Black Male Students

By: Audrey Washington
By: Audrey Washington

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.

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  • by Jesse Location: Winterville on Dec 10, 2007 at 06:28 AM
    I think any opportunity for someone to advance their education and improve their quality of living should be celebrated. However, I can't help but notice there is little or no incentive to work hard for one's education here. Where is the criteria? Work hard and you will eventually attain most anything you want be it an education, money, happiness, or anything else you can think of. I believe that sometimes we discriminate by putting 'race requirements' on grants, scholarships and award money. We all need to be careful because if live by the definition of racism/discrimination we're all guilty of discriminating without necessarily realizing it sometimes. To be fair we need to make the same opportunities available to everyone.
  • by Malcom Location: Greenville on Dec 10, 2007 at 05:24 AM
    If people lived by God's Word (the Bible) we would not have these problems to start with. Proverbs 1:5-7 Let the wise listen to these proverbs and become even wiser. Let those with understanding receive guidance by exploring the meaning in these proverbs and parables, the words of the wise and their riddles. Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.NLT God wants us to come to him for wisdom and this is where it starts. Read the Bible. Why can't we all just be green?
  • by Gordon Location: Greenville on Dec 8, 2007 at 12:40 AM
    All comments have some measure of validity and accuracy. So let me add this. Sure there is a double standard and it comes from both sides. It is my observation that it actually has little to do with skin tone, but a mindset that has been injected into the minds of people nationwide. For example, if you tell a child he/she is brilliant, they will begin to believe it. If you tell a child that he/she is an idiot, in time, they will believe that too. My point is this, when our society begins to embrass one another as equals, these double standards will diminish tremendously. We are our own worse enemy. We, as a society, have perpetuated these inequalities for generations. We must let the "old days" die and learn to live today and plan for tomorrow. No one can undo the wrongs of our ancestors, but we can live together today. Its our choice. Everytime you point that one finger of blame, 4 fingers are pointing directly at you. Greater love hath no man.....his life for his friend.
  • by Andrew Location: Winterville on Dec 7, 2007 at 09:29 AM
    Why can't the Rev. Jesse "I talk until people are annoyed" Jackson pay for this "initiative?" You make a terrific point, Betty. Unfortunately, our country is being swallowed by an enormous, double standard beast!
  • by Brad Location: Winterville on Dec 7, 2007 at 04:37 AM
    As long as the government continues to give to them, they won't need an education to get a job. That's the problem. For many years now the government has given certain races almost anything their representative groups demand. The majority of the majority race knows this, but because we've become so polically correct, its not discussed publicly. And that people is fact!!
  • by Mel Location: Greenville on Dec 7, 2007 at 04:35 AM
    Lawrence, whites aren't being discriminated against? If this program benefited white males, would black males be discriminated against? People who refuse to admit the double standard are "moronic". Black males have been given the same opportunities as white males, white females, black females, etc. If a certain demographic chooses not to take advantage of the opportunities available to them, why should tax payers foot the bill for an "intervention". All people, no matter the color of their skin, should take responsibility for the decisions they make.
  • by Lawrence on Dec 6, 2007 at 03:45 PM
    Some of you people are moronic. Black males in this country on a general scale are struggling more than other demographic of people living in the US (for obvious reasons *wink*wink*) and educators are trying to do their best in how they can help the situation for this particular demographic, at least give black males somewhat of a boost in confidence that they can succeed in this country other than being a rapper or ballplayer that the media and general piblic seem to glorify...other than being a criminal which the media only likes to show a lot. The situation for this group is quite dire and some intervention needs to happen. So please! Don't give me this "whites are being discrimated" blah blah blah. If white males were in the same situation programs like this would be implemented....but we all know that's obviously not the case.
  • by mike Location: nc on Dec 6, 2007 at 02:34 PM
    wheres the grants for all other races? i thought the goal here racial eqality.
  • by ernie Location: chocowinity on Dec 6, 2007 at 12:00 PM
    I agree with the previous poster (Betty),why do we have to subsidize this group with taxpayer money?
  • by Betty Location: Washington on Dec 6, 2007 at 08:48 AM
    This is discrimination against the other races and sexes. If this was done for any other race the NAACP would have a lot to say.

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