There has never been a better example of a win-win than the opportunity Pamlico Community College can offer individuals who wish to learn specific trade skills. Nothing is a good deal unless it is a good deal for all concerned. The deal is – Pamlico Community College received a grant from the State of North Carolina to offer free instruction to those who qualify in welding, electrical wiring, and construction emphasizing weatherization.
Prospective students who qualify win because they learn a readily employable skill, Pamlico Community College wins because it is an opportunity for the institution to fulfill its mission of serving the public, and Pamlico County wins because residents who acquire these skills and become gainfully employed impact both the quality and quantity of life in our communities.
Electrical wiring, construction classes empathizing weatherization, and welding are the three trades course offered in the Spring 2014 semester under the Back to Work initiative.
The grant is termed a Back to Work initiative. Prospective students for these classes are invited to a free pig pickin’, 5 – 8 p.m. at the college on Thursday, December 5 to learn about qualifying, meet instructors, and tour the facilities. This event is a joint venture of the college and the Pamlico County Chamber of Commerce.
Construction Technology I will ground the trainee in basic knowledge and principles of carpentry, masonry, electrical work, plumbing and weatherization. Students will also earn an OSHA 10 or 30, Career Ready Certification and a National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) credential on completion of this course. Beginning Monday, January 13, classes will meet 6 – 9 p.m., Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays and 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. on a Saturday yet to be determined. Fees of $271.25 will be waived for those who qualify as unemployed, underemployed, a veteran, or member of the National Guard. These classes conclude on May 3.
In Electrical Wiring Residential II, students will learn to install wiring and other electrical components, such as circuit breaker panels, switches, and light fixtures, follow blueprints, and become familiar with the National Electrical Code® in addition to state and local codes. These classes will meet 6 – 9 p.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, beginning January 14. A Saturday class is yet to be determined. Fees of $267.25 will be waived for qualified applicants as in the construction course. These classes conclude on May 29.
In welding, students will explore safety, welding, metal fabrication, pipefitting, and work done by mechanics and machinists. These classes begin January 14 and are held 6 – 9 p. m, Mondays and Wednesdays. The term ends July 23. Again, fees are waived for those who qualify. The regular cost for this course is of $413.40 covering a welding kit, text, and insurance.
Interested persons should contact the Continuing Education office at PCC as soon as possible to learn if they qualify for fee waivers. Contact Richard Garrett, Chair of Continuing Education, 252-249-1851 × 3015, Neil Oettel, Coordinator of Career Training Programs, 252-249-1851 × 3124, or Linda Boryk, Project Manager for the Back to Work Initiative, 252-249-1851 × 3117.
Boryk stressed the need for prospective students to indicate their interest as soon as possible so that funds will be in place at the beginning of the semester in January for those who qualify.
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