First CPT graduates
Graduates included, from left, front: Doug Long,
William Swann, Linda Weaver; back, Ronnie Leonard and Stacey Daye. Not pictured
are Sharon Burns, Athena Hughes, and Gordon Foote.
Piedmont Community College’s Workforce
Certification Academy marked a special occasion this week—the graduation of its
first class of students. The program, which began this spring, offered
participants the opportunity to earn the Certified Production Technician
credential, and eight students achieved that status.
“I’m really proud of all of you,” said
instructor Mike Cobb. “We had fun and great camaraderie, but we worked hard.
Now you can celebrate what you’d accomplished.”
The eight students who received their CPT
credentials, awarded through the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC),
included Sharon Burns, Stacey Daye, Gordon Foote, Athena Hughes, Ronnie
Leonard, Doug Long, William Swann, and Linda Weaver.
The students passed four core
production modules: Safety, Quality Practices and Measurement, Manufacturing
Processes and Production, and Maintenance Awareness.
Graduate Gordon Foote was noticeably absent
from the celebration since he has already met with success in putting his new
training to use. Foote landed a job with Spuntech and began work this week.
Other graduates are interviewing and hope to follow his lead with their new
training from PCC’s CPT program, the only one in the state to offer all four
Dr. Doris Carver, Vice President,
Continuing Education, added her congratulations to the graduates and expressed
appreciation to the N.C. Rural Center, which provided a PCC $70,000
mobilization grant for the program.
The Workforce Certification Academy,
sponsored by the College’s Human Resources Development program, serves
dislocated, unemployed, underemployed and economically distressed individuals.
The College collaborates with local employers to develop training programs
designed to cultivate qualified candidates for job placement.