Richmond Community College welcomed a group of high school seniors, as well as the general public, to the Honeycutt Center on Friday for an open house of trades that can lead to successful careers.
Dr. Dale McInnis, RCC president, welcomed the group to the Honeycutt Center and encouraged them to explore the many career opportunities available to them through RCC’s technical programs.
Charlie Pittman, owner of Pittman Electric Company, talked about the NCCER Electrical Apprenticeship program that the college will be offering in the fall that provides certification for nationally recognized craft skills.
Pittman is a master trainer for the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) and will be teaching the apprenticeship program. He explained there are many trades in the electrical field, construction and welding that can develop into lifelong, rewarding careers with high earning potential.
RCC instructor Bill Frye gave an overview of the Heating, Air and Refrigeration program offered by RCC and also talked about the opportunities to make good money with a two-year associate degree.
“People want to be comfortable and they’re willing to pay for it,” Frye said. “This is a way to make a good, honest living by building a good reputation and making good money.”
The group was treated to a tour of the facility and the equipment used to learn about heating and cooling systems. Linemen from Pee Dee Electric also spoke to the group about careers in the utility industry, and Electronics Engineering Technology instructor Billie Adeimy talked about other technical programs such as mechanical and electrical engineering offered at RCC.
RCC also had staff members from the Financial Aid Office on hand to talk to prospective students about financial assistance available to them.