Workforce Certification Academy
Dr. Doris Carver and Mr. Gordon Foote discuss the Workforce Certification Academy (WCA) at Piedmont Community College and how the academy is getting workers back in the workforce. The program also serves as a model for community colleges around the state and has also received national recognition for its success.



Human Resources Development
Human Resources Development (HRD) provides classes to assist the unemployed and underemployed in gaining new skills and/or upgrading existing skill sets. HRD classes are related to the follow areas:
  • Create a professional resume that will impress employers.
  • Complete a job application that will get an interview.
  • Interview techniques in how to answer those tough questions.
  • Write an impressive cover letter and thank you letter.
  • Learn to find and apply for jobs online.
The classes are provided at no charge to those meeting eligibility requirements for the HRD Fee waiver.

Locations:

The Caswell Career Center on the Caswell County Campus of Piedmont Community College.
Contact Kathleen Kersey at (336) 694-8064 for class schedule information.

The Workforce Training Center at 303 S. Morgan Street in Roxboro.
Contact Jeanette Godsey at (336) 322-2133 for class schedule information.

Classes:

Workforce Certification Academy© Training:

The mission of the Workforce Certification Academy© is to meet workforce needs and to prepare individuals for employment by providing demand-driven, short-term training that leads to national, state, or industry-recognized certifications. Courses include:

Orientation to Certified Production Technician (CPT) - Students are introduced to the field of advanced manufacturing and earn a NC Career Readiness Certificate.

Orientation to Certified Logistics Technician (CLT) - Students are introduced to the field of Logistics (transportation and distributions) and earn a NC Career Readiness Certificate.

Certified Production Technician (CPT) - The CPT course provides training for national certification in four areas: Safety Awareness, Manufacturing Processes, Quality Practices, and Maintenance Awareness.

Certified Logistics Technician (CLT) - The CLT training provides two national credentials; Certified Logistics Associate and a mid-level Certified Logistics Technician. These certifications are nationally validated skills standards which prepare individuals for frontline jobs in material handling, manufacturing factories, warehouses, distribution centers, and transportation.

OSHA 10 Training - The OSHA 10 certification course for General Industry provides training for entry level workers and employers on the recognition, avoidance, abatement, and prevention of safety and health hazards in the workplace.

OHSA Forklift - This course provides instruction on the operation and maintenance of an industrial forklift. Core topics include forklift design, controls and instrumentation, pre-use inspection, safety awareness, and forklift stability. This course meets the training requirements for OSHA regulations.

Basic Law Enforcement Training
(BLET) - For individuals who wish to seek employment in law enforcement but have no experience. The course is comprised of 36 separate blocks of instruction, practical exercises, and an extensive ethics section that is woven throughout the training experience. The course concludes with a comprehensive written exam and skills testing. To be eligible to enroll, an individual must be a US citizen, at least 20 years of age, have completed high school or obtained a GED®, and pass a reading comprehension test with a minimum of a 10th grade reading level. Other admission criteria also apply.For more information on BLET training, contact Lee Tate at (336) 694-4013. or by email at lee.tate@piedmontcc.edu

Computer Skills Training:

Computer Technology for Job SearchDevelop the basic computer skills needed to get a job in today's economy. Students create simple job search documents and learn to how the Internet can be used to assist with job search efforts.

Job Search Training:
  
AIM for Work (Job Club): Job seekers learn a variety of job-seeking skills, including resume development, job application completion, interviewing techniques, and job retention strategies.

Interviewing Skills for the Job Seeker (30 hours): Job Seekers learn how to prepare for, research, practice and deliver a job winning interview.

Mission Employment (Open Computer Lab): Upgrade your skills in reading, math and locating information in preparation for earning a NC Career Readiness Certificate. Benefit from individualized assistance with creating and updating resumes, completing online job applications, and conducting job searches.

Ready to Work (30 hours): This course teaches employability skills for individuals who are ready to return to the workforce. Job seekers receive instruction in five job seeking skills: resume development, job applications, interviews, job seeking strategies, and job retention techniques.

Career Pathways Training:

Orientation to Certified Production Technician (CPT): Required course for students entering CPT training. Students are introduced to the field of advanced manufacturing and earn a NC Career Readiness Certificate.

Orientation to Health Care Careers: This course prepares students to take health care classes. Students explore the health care field by learning about specific jobs in the health care field and occupation-specific skills and tasks. The development of customer service skills and training success strategies are emphasized throughout the course. CPR Certification for the Health Professional is also included.

Other HRD Classes:

Money Management for the Unemployed (18 hours): Learn how to build a budget, cut costs, and reduce debt while looking for a job.

Stress Management (30 hours): Learn to utilize a variety of stress management techniques to cope with times of transition and daily challenges.