ECU and Pitt Community College host partnered event aimed to provide students with knowledge about college

PITT COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) -Attending college is something many children have a desire to do but for some navigating the various pathways towards a higher education can be difficult, especially when you don’t know the steps that need to be taken to make your dreams a reality.

East Carolina University and Pitt Community College looked to be a helping hand for students and families as they hosted an event to provide better knowledge about college Thursday night.

Let’s Connect Pitt County is a program where ECU and PCC partner to help provide Pitt County middle school, high school, and community college students with all the information needed to be successful in college.

The college process can be stressful and sometimes confusing, but Mckinzee Harris says events like Let’s Connect are helpful.

“I gained extra information about a certain college I want to go to, like ECU,” Harris said. “I gained information about what I could possibly do there as far as studies go.”

Students and faculty from both ECU and PCC were set up throughout the event as many explored everything college has to offer.

For some, attending the event with their kids was a full-circle moment.

“When I first got to Pitt Community College, I had a professor named Dr. Ray Taylor,” said PCC alum, William Brown. “He took me under his wing and made me feel at home. I had no idea that one day my son would be here listening to a college presentation.”

Higher education can sometimes seem far-fetched, but ECU and PCC are looking to erase any doubt and replace it with pure belief.

“If you want to be successful, I don’t care what you do it has to start with opportunity,” said ECU alum, Vidal Harris. “If you never get an opportunity, it’s going to be that much harder. I think this a tremendous opportunity offered by these two institutions.”

Pitt County is the fourth of five stops for Let’s Connect.