Project Skill-Up grant presented
William Upchurch, Executive Director
of the NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commission, made a ceremonial check presentation
to Piedmont Community College officials on April 3 at the Kirby Cultural Arts
Center. The presentation marked the College’s receipt of a $25,000 Project
Skill-Up grant to assist Person and Caswell County residents who have been
negatively affected by the decline in the tobacco industry.
The College is using the grant to fund its new Workforce Certification Academy,
which offers the Certified Production Technology Technician (CPT) program
leading to national certification in several manufacturing areas. PCC is the only
community college in North Carolina to offer the entire CPT program. CPT
provides training for national certification in the areas of safety awareness,
manufacturing processes, quality practices, and maintenance awareness.
are, from left: Dr. Doris Carver, PCC Vice President, Continuing Education; Dr. Walter Bartlett, PCC President: Angela Webb,
Director, Human Resource and Development, PCC; William Upchurch, Executive
Director, NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commission; and N.C. Rep. Winkie Wilkins.