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First CPT graduates

Published Wednesday, May 30, 2012

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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 training modules.

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.  

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