First Lady Jill Biden visits Pitt Community College and hears from students

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – First Lady Dr. Jill Biden visited Pitt Community College on Monday to learn more about the career-connected learning programs here in our state.

The First Lady stopped by several classrooms, including the biotechnology lab and automotive bay.

“A lot of excitement, I mean, it puts us on the map. It gives us a chance to tell everybody about what we do hopefully spreading the word means good things for the long term,” said Ben Trimpi, Biotechnology Instructor.

Dr. Biden spoke to students and their educators, viewing what students work on in their classrooms every day, specifically students who are dual enrolled or attend early college.

“This is exactly what our administration wants to do is find jobs for all students because not all students need a four-year degree,” said the First Lady, Dr. Jill Biden.

That is exactly what this program encourages students to do.

“By the time I graduate, I will have my associates and I believe a certificate in biology,” said Nakyla Jennette, Pitt Early College High School Student.

In fact, some students already have job interviews lined up before they graduate.

“We have three courses that are literally pharmaceutical courses designed to teach exactly what they do on the job,” said Trimpi.

After the First Lady heard from science students, she headed over to the automotive program where she spoke with Carson Sizemore, a Farmville Central junior, who works with cars in a hands-on environment.

“If they’re just graduating and not in a shop or anything, it really helps because you get in there instead of thinking, oh, the book said this. You’ve seen it before,” said Sizemore.

Biden encouraged the students to finish the year strong. “You only have a couple more weeks left. You can do this,” said Dr. Jill Biden.

After the visit, Trimpi said his biggest hope is that Biden learned that the program does exactly what it says it does, bringing students in to give them the tools and techniques they need to get a job as soon as they graduate.

After her visit to PCC, Dr. Biden attended a roundtable talk with Governor Cooper at Guilford Technical Community College in Greensboro.