PCC receives Golden LEAF grant for its Workforce Certification Academy©
Community College (PCC) has been awarded a Golden LEAF Mid-Skills Training
Initiative Grant to expand existing training programs offered through the
College’s Workforce Certification Academy© (WCA).
WCA began serving unemployed and underemployed individuals in January 2012 with
a goal of meeting local workforce needs. The program began by offering
Certified Production Technician (CPT) credentials through the Manufacturing
Skills Standard Council. PCC held five cycles of CPT training in 2012, serving
77 individuals who acquired various industry-recognized credentials. Of those
graduates, 60% obtained employment averaging $13.65 per hour.
As the year
ended, PCC added a second program, Certified Logistics Technician (CLT).
Golden LEAF grant will allow PCC to expand and enhance the WCA in three ways:
1) implementation of a combined CLT and Forklift Certification program; 2) addition
of stand-alone Forklift Certification course to the CPT training; and 3) development
of two new courses (Hydraulics and Pneumatics and Rigging and Moving) at the
request of local employers.
is in the process of enhancing the CPT curriculum so the certification can be
integrated into four of the College’s existing Associate Degree programs:
Electrical Power Production Technology, Electrical/Electronics Technology,
Facility Maintenance Technology, and Industrial Systems Technology. Beginning in Fall Semester 2013, CPT
graduates will have the opportunity to earn credit by exam for the following
courses: Introduction to Maintenance Procedures (MNT 110), Industrial Safety
(ISC 112), and Introduction to Quality Control (ISC 130).
CLT and CPT programs lead to industry-recognized credentials awarded through
the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council and prepare job seekers for entry- and
intermediate-level positions in the advanced manufacturing and logistics
fields. Five local employers have indicated intent to create up to 390 jobs
over the next three years and have committed to screen and hire graduates of
LEAF funds, awarded in the amount of $165,032, will be used to purchase a
forklift and other training equipment, support instructional positions, pay
student certification fees and support services, and cover the expense of
necessary class materials.
more information on the WCA program, contact Angela Webb at (336) 322-2132 or email@example.com.