NCCCS President, team visit PCC's Workforce Certification Academy©
Ralls, President, NC Community College System, talks with WCA graduate Linda
Weaver, center, and WCA coordinator Ann Kirby. Weaver completed the Certified
Production Technology (CPT) program in 2012 and is employed at Eaton Corp.
left are: Judy Bradsher, Dean, Technical and Occupational Programs, PCC; Shara
Bunker, Human Resources Executive, Spuntech Industries; Barbara Boyce, Associate
Vice President of Continuing Education and Workforce Initiatives, NCCCS; and
Teretha Bell, Coordinator, Special Projects and WIA, NCCCS. Boyce and Bell reviewed
certifications students may earn in PCC’s Certified Production Technology
Ralls, President of the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) and
several members of his leadership team visited Piedmont Community College’s
(PCC) Workforce Training Center on Morgan Street last Friday to learn more
about PCC’s Workforce Certification Academy© (WCA), a Continuing Education program
that is successfully assisting unemployed and underemployed individuals in
preparing for and acquiring jobs.
Dr. Ralls said
his interest was piqued after he heard WCA leaders Angela Webb, director, Human
Resources Development (HRD), and Dr. Doris Carver, Vice President, Continuing
Education, present information on the program at a meeting of the North
Carolina Rural Center Economic and Workforce Development Board. He brought
along his staff to Roxboro to learn more and to see how PCC’s successful model
might be implemented across the state.
PCC received a
$70,000 Rural Community Mobilization Grant through the NC Rural Center to serve
124 individuals who met the program requirements. The program provides
short-term training opportunities that target skill gaps and lead to
industry-recognized credentials. That grant has been extended through June 2013.
first year, the WCA completed five cycles of Certified Production Technology
(CPT), a training program offered through the Manufacturing Skills Standards
Council (MSSC). Of the 43 individuals enrolled in CPT, 30 received their CPT
credentials and 33 have found employment to date.
to several factors that she believes differentiate PCC’s program from others.
Although PCC’s Human Resources Development staff is tasked with delivering the
program, it has combined the services of several of the College’s program areas
to meet students’ needs.
hiring of an experienced, knowledgeable instructor was critical to the
program’s success. Instructor Mike Cobb has 35 years of experience in industry
and was certified to teach CPT as well as the WCA’s newest program, Certified
Logistics Technician, which began this semester.
offers the program’s courses face-to-face in a classroom setting with hands-on
demonstrations rather than online. Instructors say this method works best for
its students, many of whom have been out of school for many years.
to its success is its focus on student success with a personal touch. Webb said
program staff work with students until they find employment. “Once they are
with us, we work with them, even after the program ends, until they find employment,”
graduates shared their stories and answered questions for Dr. Ralls. One of the
three told how she was close to having to live in her car after losing her job.
Since receiving her CPT credential, she has found local employment and earns
enough to support herself.
program includes three components: Orientation to CPT (48 hours); CPT Training
(174 hours); and Job Search for CPT (18 hours).
Certified Logistics Technical (CLT) training began with orientation in December
with 26 students. Nineteen of these enrolled in the CLT training course, and 12
have received their CLT and Forklift certifications. Two have already gone to
presenting to the NCCCS visitors were Dr. Walter Bartlett, PCC President; Dr.
Doris Carver, Vice President, Continuing Education; Mike Dossett, Vice
President, Instruction and Student Development; Kelly Schelin, Assistant Director, HRD; Ann Kirby, Director, WCA; and
Mike Cobb, WCA instructor.
information on the program, contact Angela Webb at (336) 322-2132 or email@example.com.