Paul D. Camp Community College Offers New Certified Production Technician Program through VCCS Grant

The Paul D. Camp Community College Division of Workforce Development will offer a new non-credit program that focuses on industry-related, core-competency standards, thanks to a Virginia Community College System Institutes of Excellence grant.
 
“This is an exceptional opportunity for us to not only help people find jobs with upward mobility, but to also provide employers with highly skilled workers, therefore, reducing recruitment costs for them,” said Vice President of Workforce Development Randy Betz.
 
Successful completion of the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council’s (MSSC) Certified Production Technician (CPT) program will prepare participants for high-performance, technologically advanced production jobs. MSSC is the “nation’s leading industry-led training, assessment and certification organization that focuses on the core technical competencies needed by the nation’s frontline production and material handling workers,” according to its Web site.
 
PDCCC Career Development Center and Job Placement Coordinator Angela Lawhorne has been selected to coordinate the program for the 2014-15 year.
 
“Students will complete a 10-week training program consisting of five modules,” she said. “They will receive individual certificates at the end of each module and a national certification after the completion of all modules. They will also take the Workkeys Assessments, which provide workplace skills analyses, to attain a Career Readiness Certificate (CRC).”
 
Key work activities for standards, training and assessments will fall under the following five modules:

  • Safety
  • Manufacturing Processes & Production
  • Green Production
  • Quality Practices & Management
  • Maintenance Awareness

“The first cohort will be in the evenings for those working or attending school,” said Lawhorne. Cohort 1 will meet Feb. 3, to April 10, 2015, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 6 to 9:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m. Assessment testing will take place at 6 p.m. every other Friday.
 
Cohort 2 will meet April 20, 2015 to June 26, 2015, on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with assessment testing at 9 a.m. every other Friday. All training will take place at the Workforce Center in Franklin, 100 North College Drive.
 
For more information, contact the Workforce Development Office at 757-569-6050 or visit www.pdc.edu/workforce-development .