PCC receives Golden LEAF grant for its Workforce Certification Academy©

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Piedmont Community College (PCC) has been awarded a Golden LEAF Mid-Skills Training Initiative Grant to expand existing training programs offered through the College’s Workforce Certification Academy© (WCA).  

The WCA began serving unemployed and underemployed individuals in January 2012 with a goal of meeting local workforce needs. The program began by offering Certified Production Technician (CPT) credentials through the Manufacturing Skills Standard Council. PCC held five cycles of CPT training in 2012, serving 77 individuals who acquired various industry-recognized credentials. Of those graduates, 60% obtained employment averaging $13.65 per hour.

As the year ended, PCC added a second program, Certified Logistics Technician (CLT).   The Golden LEAF grant will allow PCC to expand and enhance the WCA in three ways: 1) implementation of a combined CLT and Forklift Certification program; 2) addition of stand-alone Forklift Certification course to the CPT training; and 3) development of two new courses (Hydraulics and Pneumatics and Rigging and Moving) at the request of local employers.  

PCC is in the process of enhancing the CPT curriculum so the certification can be integrated into four of the College’s existing Associate Degree programs: Electrical Power Production Technology, Electrical/Electronics Technology, Facility Maintenance Technology, and Industrial Systems Technology. Beginning in Fall Semester 2013, CPT graduates will have the opportunity to earn credit by exam for the following courses: Introduction to Maintenance Procedures (MNT 110), Industrial Safety (ISC 112), and Introduction to Quality Control (ISC 130).    

The CLT and CPT programs lead to industry-recognized credentials awarded through the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council and prepare job seekers for entry- and intermediate-level positions in the advanced manufacturing and logistics fields. Five local employers have indicated intent to create up to 390 jobs over the next three years and have committed to screen and hire graduates of these programs.  

Golden LEAF funds, awarded in the amount of $165,032, will be used to purchase a forklift and other training equipment, support instructional positions, pay student certification fees and support services, and cover the expense of necessary class materials.  

For more information on the WCA program, contact Angela Webb at (336) 322-2132 or angela.webb@piedmontcc.edu.