Craven Community College (CCC) Workforce Development (WFD) has experienced consistent growth in full-time equivalent (FTE) numbers over the previous five years. FTE is how the college’s state operating budget is determined. Class enrollment, hours and level of class factor into the FTE formula. WFD courses are short-term, affordable, non-credit courses in a wide range of careers and interests from aviation to welding.
This success has not stopped WFD from adding new training programs. A renewed HVAC Technology (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) class will be starting on January 23. This course is longer than the previous one and students can earn a national certification from the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) for residential and commercial HVAC design, installation and service. For more information or to register, visit the college’s website at www.CravenCC.edu/hvac.
WFD is introducing a new Open Water Scuba Diving certification. It is a 23-hour course that includes classroom time, pool time at Twin Rivers YMCA, and open water checkout exams. The first class is schedule for March 3-4 for class and pool, and May 6-7 for open water checkouts. Other classes have been schedule for July and September.
For people who are looking for a career in the outdoors, then the Forestry Operations course may be a great entry into a forestry career. The class runs January 24-March 6. In this 72-hour course, the student will receive instruction in introduction to forestry, forestry operations safety, CPR certification training, forklift operator certification, and introduction to forestry heavy equipment (feller buncher, skidder, loader and bucksaw).
Another significant recent development for the WFD program is the growing number of courses that have become GI Bill Eligible. Recently, its welding program was approved for veterans and eligible dependents to use military veteran education benefits to pay for the certifications. Other GI Bill eligible training certifications include barbering, CDL, and FAA A&P.
Newer programs such as commercial driver license (CDL) continued to grow and many staple programs such as skill trades, emergency medical, career readiness, health care, computer training, real estate, fire training, motorcycle safety and many others continue to make WFD continuing education an option for people who want a career change, new career or enhance their skills in their current career.
Another area where WFD continues to make impact is in employee training. WFD can tailor training for companies who want to enhance their employees’ skills or train new employees. Business communications, Lean Six Sigma, OSHA safety, leadership, software and project management are some of the courses offered to companies recently.
“We’re an extremely affordable and convenient option for many types of employee training for companies that want to conduct at their facility or at the college,” said Robin Matthews, Dean of WFD.
For more information or to register for classes, call WFD at 252-638-7248. A complete schedule of WFD classes can be found on the college’s website at www.CravenCC.edu/wfd.
Deborah Kania is the director of marketing, communications and development liaison at Craven Community College.
Article originally appeared in the New Bern Sun Journal.