ARP Funding Continues to Help ENC Colleges and Universities

WINTERVILLE, NC (WNCT) — A year ago, President Joe Biden signed into law the American Rescue Plan Act.

The funding helped accelerate the country’s economic recovery from the pandemic. Some of that money went to colleges and universities to help students. Pitt Community College reflects on how it has used and continues to use the $19 million it received.

“We’ve updated classrooms to be WebX-enabled, we’ve purchased laptops and hotspots for students,” said Lee Bray, director of financial aid at PCC. “We upgraded and got air purifiers, updated HVAC systems, and even upgraded bathrooms so we could have our hands free in the bathroom.

“Not only has this money made it safer for students to be in class with each other, but it has allowed them to continue in class or for students to start classes that otherwise would not have due to problems. financial.”

North Carolina State Rep. Brian Farkas said the money is a huge plus for eastern North Carolina.

“A lot of times we hear about these big numbers in Washington DC and from lawmakers in Raleigh,” Farkas said. “Some of our leaders don’t take the time to explain where it’s going and really celebrate successes when they’re right in front of you. It’s here, it’s at ECU, it’s at Pitt Community College and it makes a huge difference.

In the future, CCP students will continue to benefit.

“One of the big things we’re trying to do is get mobile classrooms so students can be in an outdoor environment and have a place to congregate, charge their cell phones, laptops, do their homework “, Bray said. “We could also consider upgrading the windows, so we’re doing a lot with the rest of the money we have.”

Since the last US bailout funding round, ECU has received $53 million. Farkas said ECU uses some of its money for student financial aid, textbook vouchers, WiFi support and to make up for lost college income.

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