SALISBURY – Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is now home to the “Skill Boss”, thanks to a donation of $ 20,000 from the Palmer Foundation to purchase the state-of-the-art training device.
The Computerized Skill Boss module will help equip graduates of the College’s Certified Production Technician program with the next-generation skills to perform high-tech manufacturing work in demand and provide high school students with a solid introduction to career options in the field. advanced manufacturing industry.
The RCCC is partnering with the NC Manufacturing Institute to offer an eight-week Certified Production Technician course, culminating in the opportunity for graduates to achieve certification through the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council. Scholarship support provided by NCMI’s industry partners allows interested adults to take the program for free, and employers are rewarded with access to highly skilled and highly skilled applicants. More than 80 percent of graduates found full-time employment within one month of completing the Certified Production Technician program.
The Skill Boss is a portable machine that performs a variety of computer controlled functions aligned with over 55 skills drawn from MSSC National Production Standards. The device provides a dynamic learning experience for high schools and workplaces that can’t afford an expensive lab or technology center to provide certified production technician training and practice testing.
In addition to training and assessing practical skills for all areas of manufacturing, the Skill Boss can increase employer confidence, bolster training for existing workers, and inspire employees to achieve full CPT certification.
“This generous donation from the Palmer Foundation supports our partnership with the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council to prepare students in our community and beyond with the skills they need to work in computer-based and data-intensive jobs in the industry. advanced manufacturing, ”said Craig Lamb, Rowan-Cabarrus vice president of continuing education. “Rowan-Cabarrus is delighted to develop our relationship with MSSC to become a master training center. As the largest supplier of MSSC Certified Production Technicians in North Carolina, this is the next step in our movement to prepare the next generation of manufacturing workers.
By serving as a hub for instructor training and certification, Rowan-Cabarrus helps expand opportunities for high school students and others to pursue CPT certification and land high-quality jobs. In addition to Rowan-Cabarrus, Sandhills Community College and Lenoir Community College now serve as MSSC instructor certification sites.
Mary Jane Palmer Enroth, who represented the Palmer Foundation when presenting the gift at a recent Rowan-Cabarrus board meeting, expressed hope that the College’s participation as a training center for The state could be the start of a national trend in manufacturing training. . The Palmer Foundation provides strategic philanthropic giving for programs that prepare youth and adults for quality careers.
“Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is committed to providing the latest training and education to prepare our students for the jobs of today and tomorrow,” said RCCC President Carol Spalding. “We are grateful to the Palmer Foundation for this wonderful donation aimed at helping our students develop the skills they need to build lasting careers in high-tech manufacturing workplaces. Their partnership is essential in our work to improve the lives of our students, create a ready workforce and have a positive impact on our community.
For more information about the North Carolina Manufacturing Institute or the MSSC Instructor Education Program, contact Donna Ludwig at [email protected] For more information on Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit rccc.edu or call 704-216-RCCC (7222).