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PDCCC Suffolk program marks progress

Students enrolled in the first class of the Paul D. Camp Community College’s National Center for Construction Education and Research Industrial Maintenance Electrical and Instrumentation curriculum were recognized recently for completing the first leg of the program.

“The NCCER core skills and knowledge is a 40-hour training program that covers topics such as safety, construction math, hand and power tools, construction drawings, materials handling, communication and employability skills,” Director of Workforce Development Angela Lawhorne said.

“After completing this section, the students will move on to a 165-hour course for NCCER IM E&I Level Four certification that will conclude in February 2018.”

Certificates were awarded by PDCCC President Dan Lufkin at a brief gathering prior to class on the Hobbs Suffolk Campus.

“You are pioneers in this program,” Lufkin said. “We encourage feedback from your experience so that we can assess the program and make improvements as needed.”

Receiving certificates and NCCER and OSHA certifications were Michelle Bergin of Franklin, Kyle Ellis of Suffolk, Shamane Jacobs of Suffolk, Thomas Joines Jr. of Gates, NC, Michael Serle of Virginia Beach, Amos Smith of Norfolk, Chris Wallace of Courtland and Willard Ward of Portsmouth.

“IM E&I technicians are needed in every industry that uses machinery,” Vice President for Workforce Development Renee Felts said. “We are meeting job needs that are in high demand in this field.”

Prospective students must meet some requirements to be registered in the program. Financial assistance is available. For more information, email workforce@pdc.edu, call 569-6050 or visit www.pdc.edu/workforce-development.