Now is the time to prepare for new life-chapters at Piedmont Community College (PCC). Registration for the Fall 2022 semester is open, where current students can make sure they stay on track to graduate, and prospective students can complete their application to start their educational and career journey. This summer also provides the chance for middle and high schoolers to start thinking about their futures.

PCC has a variety of free summer camps for 6th-12th graders that range in subjects like healthcare, video game coding, mechatronics, criminal justice, cosmetology, agribusiness, and welding. These four-day camps start on various dates throughout June with registration available now, but spaces are limited. Find details on all nine camps and the application to register at piedmontcc.edu/summer-camps.

For the Fall 2022 semester, new students enrolled full-time have the opportunity to obtain a free laptop to use for their PCC studies. These students must register and finalize payment for tuition and fees before August 1, attend Welcome Weekend on August 6, and be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours this fall as well as register for 12 or more credit hours in Spring 2023. The first 200 eligible students will be notified in July and will receive their laptop in August. Learn more at piedmontcc.edu/free-pcc-laptop.

Students also now have more than one option for how long their courses are. Sixteen-week courses are the traditional length for college classes, and now an eight-week course format is available, proving to have many benefits for students. Dr. Barbara Buchanan, PCC’s Vice President of Instruction and Chief Academic Officer, explained that, when enrolled in eight-week courses, students will not have to juggle as many classes at once.

“Data shows increased success rates when students can concentrate on fewer subjects in a shorter time frame,” Buchanan said. “Eight-week classes increase entry and exit points for students who need to focus on class schedules around work, childcare, and other challenges.”

In this format, rather than taking five courses for 16 weeks, students could potentially take those same five courses, but take three during the first half of the semester, and two during the second half. This would allow students to have better focus and more control, while completing the courses in less time.

For current and future students needing financial aid, the scholarship round for the Fall is open, where the PCC Foundation will accept applications for more than 100 available scholarships through July 8. This includes the Pacer Promise program, offering free tuition for students enrolled in a career and technical program at PCC.

Students should complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to learn if they qualify for the PELL Grant or Longleaf Commitment Grant, which could provide free college for North Carolina high school graduates from the class of 2022.

“This is a golden opportunity for high school graduates,” Dr. Pamela G. Senegal, President, PCC, said. “This is an opportunity for students, families, and our community to take advantage of; to earn a degree from PCC without any worry of accumulating student debt. This is your chance, the time for college is now.”

The Longleaf Commitment Grant offers those full-time eligible students up to $2,800 a year through the Spring 2024 semester. Full details can be found at piedmontcc.edu/scholarships.

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