Middle, high school students learn about local manufacturing jobs
Piedmont Community College(PCC) hosted an Advanced Manufacing
Week open house for middle and high school students on its Person County Campus
last week, introducing students to some of the manufacturing careers available
locally and highlighting the training programs PCC offers to prepare them for
The event, part of a statewide effort to educate students
about advanced manufacturing, was the third open house held for prospective
students this spring. High school students learned about PCC’s Career and College
Promise programs during open houses on March 21 and March 27. All total, some
475 middle and high school students visited the College for the sessions.
The students learned about local industries and what they
produce as well as programs PCC offers to train employees for local
manufacturing careers. Representatives of Eaton Corp., GKN Driveline, and
Progress Energy participated in the Advanced Manufacturing Day program as well
as earlier events that also included Spuntech and CertainTeed representatives.
representatives explained what their company makes and talked to the students
about the types of employees they hire and the training their employees need,”
said Judy Bradsher, Dean, Technical and Occupational Programs and Career and
College Promise programs.
“Fifty years ago, our
community colleges were founded on the concept of diversifying our economy to
include industry,” said Dr. Scott Ralls, NC Community College System President.
“Today’s manufacturing is a high-tech, high-skill industry and in need of
qualified workers. The programs at our community colleges are a gateway to
emerging career opportunities.”
industry in North Carolina continues to expand; however, employers are
struggling to find qualified employees. Manufacturing Awareness Week seeks to
increase knowledge among students of career opportunities in advanced
manufacturing fields through demonstrations, discussions with leaders in
manufacturing and hands-on labs.
“The number of students
completing technician programs at our colleges recently increased by 60
percent,” says Ralls.
“Yet there is still a need to attract students into these
fields. We want to make sure that young people who are just beginning to think
about post-secondary education and adults who are looking for new careers are
aware of the opportunities available to them.”
Increasing the number of
workers trained for technical careers in North Carolina is a system-wide
priority. In the past year, the Community College System implemented a complete
restructuring of its technical education curriculum in an effort to increase
efficiencies and enable students to earn nationally recognized industry
credentials. North Carolina is also a lead state for the National Association
of Manufacturers Endorsed Skills Certification System, a system of stackable credentials that can apply to all sectors in the
more information about PCC’s Career and College Promise program for high school
students or about PCC programs leading to manufacturing careers, contact Judy
Bradsher at (336) 322-2211 or firstname.lastname@example.org.