March 2021: In The Community

March 2021: In The Community

March 31, 2021

One year ago this month, the COVID-19 pandemic forced community events to be cancelled and GUC facility tours to be put on hold indefinitely. Since then, virtual events have taken place, and March proved to be a busy virtual month for GUC employees “getting back out” into the community. Take a look!

Grow Local

Our IT, Water Treatment, and Wastewater Treatment employees were busy inspiring young minds through the Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce Grow Local program! Throughout the week-long event, middle and high school students chatted (via Zoom) with our employees to learn first-hand about the careers we have at GUC and virtually tour our Water and Wastewater Treatment Plants.  

This is the third year the Chamber has organized this valuable program for our community and students. In total, approximately 4,000 middle and high school students virtually met with 87 local businesses to discuss careers, education paths, and their future in Pitt County. 

Virtual Plant Tours

Human Resources and Public Information began working with the Water and Wastewater Treatment Plants in late 2020 on creating virtual tours for local students who would normally tour these facilities as part of their science curriculum. Employees at both plants, along with Communications Specialist Karin Fullington, worked hard over a span of four months to capture the treatment processes from start to finish. They also incorporated into the videos topics that are included in North Carolina science and health curriculum standards, so that teachers can easily incorporate them into their lesson plans. 

In March, the tour videos were completed, and HR began releasing them to schools that had been requesting virtual tours. “We have already received a lot of positive feedback from teachers and schools,” said Lena Previll, HR Manager. “The videos were also used in March as part of the Chamber’s Grow Local Program, since students were unable to physically tour our facilities.”  

A big thank you goes out to employees at the Water and Wastewater Treatment Plants for taking time out of their busy schedules to film these virtual tours.