PCC receives NC Rural Center Grant
Area residents who are unemployed or economically
distressed now have a new option for re-training at Piedmont Community College
(PCC) for available jobs in Person County and Caswell County through a program
that begins next week. The College has received a grant from the North Carolina
Rural Economic Development Center Inc. to fund a Workforce Certification
Academy to provide individuals the opportunity to earn industry-recognized
credentials that address identified skills gaps within the community.
The program will offer short-term training through
its Workforce Certification Academy in the areas of electrical, HVAC, and
advanced manufacturing to address specific skill shortages identified by Person
County and Caswell County industry representatives. The Academy will deliver
the Certified Production Technician (CPT) program in its entirety and will be
the only community college in the state to do so, according to Angela Webb,
Director, Human Resource Development programs at PCC. The CPT program
emphasizes industry-recognized credentials that will verify the manufacturing,
electrical, and HVAC skills of displaced workers.
PCC plans to implement the program beginning next
week with a class that offers an orientation to the CPT program. “Orientation
to CPT Training,” begins Thursday, Feb. 2, and will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays
through Feb. 28. Completion of the course is required for individuals who plan
to enroll in the CPT training program, which will begin on March 7 and conclude
on April 23.
The orientation class will provide students the
opportunity to brush up on basic computer skills, study skills, and test-taking
strategies. They also may earn their Career Readiness Certificate, an
industry-recognized credential. The CPT
training program will provide training for national certification in four
areas: Safety Awareness, Manufacturing Processes, Quality Practices, and
Maintenance Awareness. Students who complete this course will be prepared to
obtain employment in advanced manufacturing facilities. Two more cycles of this
training will be held in the next six months.
The CPT course will be followed this summer with two
licensure classes: Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning and Electrical
Processes. These classes will provide individuals currently working in these two
fields the opportunity to become licensed in HVAC or Electrical Processes.
Financial assistance may be available to dislocated,
unemployed, underemployed, and economically distressed individuals. For
information, contact Ann Kirby, coordinator, at (336) 599-4620 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The College is collaborating with local employers to
develop training programs designed to cultivate a qualified candidate pool for
job placement within their industries. Community partners CertainTeed Gypsum,
Eaton Corp., and Spuntech have all agreed to screen applicants who earn the CPT
credentials through PCC’s Workforce Certification Training Academy. JobLink
Career Centers in both Person and Caswell counties have pledged their support.
The Rural Community Mobilization Grant funds are
provided to support community-driven workforce development strategies to help
rural North Carolina residents who have been laid off or are in economic
distress. PCC’s grant is valued at $70,000.