Richmond Community College (RCC) is hosting a series of information sessions this summer highlighting a variety of skilled trade programs offered at RCC. Skilled trades jobs include welders, electricians, heating, air and refrigeration technicians, and other technicians prevalent in manufacturing and construction.
The informal drop-in sessions, which are open to the public, are being held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 15, at the Cole Auditorium on RCC’s main campus in Hamlet, followed by sessions from 9 to 11 a.m. and 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, July 17, at the Honeycutt Center in Laurinburg. Additional sessions will also be held in August at both sites.
According to human resource consulting firm Manpower Group, skilled trades workers have been the hardest segment of the workforce to staff for the past three years, even surpassing the demand for registered nurses, engineers and website developers. Many students often find immediate employment with a good salary upon graduation from a trades training program.
“For many students, the traditional path to a successful career with a good salary has been via the route of a four-year college education, but there is an upsurge in demand for graduates who are skilled in a trades area,” said RCC’s Vice President of Workforce and Economic Development Robbie Taylor. “In response to this demand for highly skilled individuals, RCC has increased its trade specific programs.”
This fall, Richmond Community College will introduce two new trades programs through its Workforce and Economic Development (WED) division, each of which will lead to a certification from the National Center for Construction and Education Research (NCCER). The two new programs are the NCCER Electrical and NCCER Plumbing Level One Certifications.
NCCER is a national credentialing agency, which has standardized curriculum and training for a wide array of trades areas.
“The credential earned at the end of the training is recognized in all 50 states, making it portable and allowing students who complete the program to work anywhere. In addition, the credential is becoming more important for contractors who hire workers,” Taylor said.
RCC has also expanded its Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Technology program, also known as HVAC, to include evening courses. The NCCER programs will also offer evening courses, allowing individuals to continue to work during the day while they seek training and certifications during the evenings.
For more information on the HVAC program, contact Bill Frye at (910) 410-1938 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For information on either of the NCCER programs, contact Lauren Holland at (910) 410-1848 or email@example.com.