PCC provides training for new business & industry
CertainTeed Gypsum, Inc., a subsidiary of the world’s largest building company,
decided to open a new plant in Person County, it called on Piedmont Community
College to assess and train potential employees.
Community College has been a tremendous help to us not only in planning our
training program for our new plant in Semora, but in assisting with pre-hire
assessments as well,” says Kathie Toth, CertainTeed Human Resources Manager.
is making a $160 million investment to build a new 300,000-square-foot facility
just north of Roxboro. The company will create 95 new jobs with average annual
salaries of over $55,000, an exciting economic development opportunity for new
jobs in a rural community.
like the one with CertainTeed are what North Carolina’s Customized Training
Program is all about. For more than 50
years, NC Community Colleges have supported business and industry through
company-specific training. According to
Training Expenditure Report recently submitted to the legislature, from
July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011, the Customized Training Program was involved in
251 projects related to job growth, productivity enhancement and/or investments
continues to be a focus of job growth in North Carolina, with 91 percent of
projects during fiscal year 2010-11 involving manufacturing companies located
within the state. More than 17,000 North
Carolinians were trained for these
manufacturing companies, with 16,770 jobs projected to be created by these projects
over a three year period.
of the many reasons companies choose to locate and remain in North Carolina is
the guarantee that a skilled workforce awaits them and that workforce can be
trained further to meet the company’s specific needs as they evolve,” says Dr.
Scott Ralls, N.C. Community College System President. “Our Customized Training Program is a huge
incentive to business and industry, and the increased number of projects over
the past year is a reflection of companies’ desire to invest in this state and
addition to the 251 projects related to job growth, productivity enhancement
and/or investments in technology, the Customized Training Program has assisted
with projects related to business and industry support as well as regional and
local capacity building, resulting in a 21 percent increase from the previous
Business and industry eligible for
support through the Customized Training Program include aerospace and aviation,
advanced manufacturing, life sciences, business services, logistics warehousing
and information technology. In order to
receive assistance, eligible business and industry must demonstrate two or more
of the following criteria:
The business is making an appreciable capital
- The business is deploying new technology.
The business is creating jobs, expanding an
existing workforce, or enhancing productivity and profitability of the
operations within the state.
- The skills of the workers will be enhanced by
more information on the state’s Customized Training Program, contact Debra
Seamster, Customized Training Director Piedmont Community College at (336)