Two hundred and forty-eight prospective students toured a wide variety of career, technical and adult education programs on display at the Pinellas Technical College, St. Petersburg campus open house that was held Tuesday night, October 22.
“Tonight was magical. The community came out in force,” said Ann Sherman-White, the PTC Industry Services Coordinator for the St. Petersburg Campus. “We are two campuses, but with one vision and one mission. We make sure that all residents have the opportunity to achieve a career in about a year.”
Crowds came to PTC to learn about the more than 50 full-time programs, apprenticeships and online courses offered on campus. Visitors toured classrooms, spoke with instructors, sampled high-tech, interactive displays and enjoyed an array of culinary delicacies prepared by the students of the Commercial Foods and Culinary Arts Department.
“We understand that people who walk through our doors are on many different journeys,” said Sherman-White. “We make sure that our students have a wonderful and equal opportunity to reach for the stars.”
Prospective student Kevin Atkinson said his wife, who is currently enrolled in the Automotive Service program, encouraged him to attend the open house. Atkinson said that he was most interested in the welding program.
“I am a UC certified diver and underwater welding has always been an interest to me,” said Atkinson. Atkinson said he brought his three young kids to the open house to get them thinking early about the many career possibilities in the future. “Everybody needs industry people. It is a great place to come and learn what you need to know, get out into the field, and make some cash for yourself,” he said.
In addition to the career technical displays around the campus, the college was also decorated in pink in observation of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
“We just want folks to know that when they walk through our doors, that we are a comprehensive setting. We not only feed you academically and intellectually, but we feed your spirit and vision. We help our students get to the next level,” said Sherman-White.