If you have always dreamed of working in local industry and making a high wage, there is now a training program to help make your dream come true.
Northeastern Technical College is working with local industry to train individuals as certified production technicians, a career field which is currently in high demand in the area.
If you, or someone you know, is interested in a career in advanced manufacturing, registration for the fall CPT program is now open. Classes will be offered at NETC campuses in Bennettsville, Cheraw and Dillon.
Currently there are workforce development initiatives providing 100 percent scholarship funding for eligible residents of South Carolina who are veterans, unemployed, underemployed or even those who are would like to “re-career” into the field of advanced manufacturing.
The program is also funded by the SNAP2Work, a program for food stamp recipients, who can provide DSS proof of eligibility for the month the program starts. All costs incurred are covered to provide the opportunity to be work-ready.
The CPT program consists of 160 hours of classroom and hands-on training. Classes extend over a period of roughly 10 weeks and will help individuals increase their employability for open jobs in the area with industry-recognized national certifications.
Upon successful completion of the program, graduates have the opportunity to earn four nationally recognized certifications including MSSC certified production technician, Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt, OSHA – general industry safety and adult CPR.
“By the end of the program, individuals should master the soft and technical skills for advanced manufacturing, understand how to work effectively in a manufacturing environment, and comprehend the importance of continuous improvement in the manufacturing process,” said Sherrie Chapman, dean of continuing education. “They will also learn the essential skills needed to gather, interpret and use data consistently and accurately, learn to measure using a wide variety of instruments, improve communication skills, increase safety awareness and also learn to read blueprints.”
A number of local industries have committed to hire new employees exclusively from the CPT program. The starting salary for a certified production technician ranges from $25,000 to $35,000, and there are many growth opportunities in the field.
All applicants must be at least 18 years old; successfully complete a drug screen and background check ($20 fee); score silver (4) or better on the WorkKeys test; and have a high school diploma or GED. Candidates who qualify should be prepared to adhere to the attendance policy and satisfactorily complete all components of the training.
For more information about the program, or to check eligibility for scholarship funding, contact Tammy Morrell in the continuing education department of NETC at 843-921-6924.
Shannon Justice is public relations coordinator at Northeastern Technical College.