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Apprenticeship 20/20: A Clear Vision for the Future

Helping Acquire New Dynamic Skills

Two male South Piedmont apprenticeship students, Greiner Bio-One's apprenticeship director, and and Mark Sorrells, Senior VP, Golden Leaf Foundation chat next to manufacturing equipment in South Piedmont's Center for Technology and Health Education.The H.A.N.D.S. Apprenticeship program combines paid on-the-job training with classroom instruction.

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At the end of two years, a student earns an Associate of Applied Science degree and Journeyman Certification by the N.C. Department of Labor. This comprehensive skill and knowledge development program at South Piedmont Community College gives students a competitive advantage. Upon graduation, the apprentice will be “work ready” and earning a lucrative starting salary with company benefits.

  • 8,000 hours of the On-the-Job Learning at a Manufacturing Site
  • 1,750 hours of Classroom Instruction

An associate degree is an academic credential that increases one’s employability because it represents that the graduate has learned skills and developed subject knowledge. The H.A.N.D.S. Apprenticeship program is ideal for youth who have an aptitude for math and science and who enjoy creating and fixing things.

The Associate of Applied Science degree makes the graduate more employable right away without a four-year degree. The collaborative interactions with South Piedmont instructors and with plant managers and supervisors help to create employment and professional development opportunities.

Possible Career Opportunities:
 • CNC Machinist
 • Electrician
 • Maintenance Technician
 • Mold/Plastic Technician
 • Tool & Die Maker
 • Welding Fabricator

Please contact Apprenticeship Director, Jennifer Joyner-Talbot at 704-290-5868 or via e-mail at jjoyner-talbot@spcc.edu for more information about internships, summer camps, apprenticeship opportunities and more!

Advanced Engineering and Manufacturing Summer Camp

Date: Thursday, July 16, 2015, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Location: Center for Technology and Health Education (CTHE) (directons)

SPCC held its first Advanced Engineering & Manufacturing Summer Camp for rising 11th & 12th graders on June 24, 2014.

Students learned about one of the fastest growing job growth areas and explored apprenticeship and how to work toward a lucrative career in advanced engineering and manufacturing.

Machining Apprenticeship Program Starts at South Piedmont

In 2013 South Piedmont Community College was awarded a $345,000 grant from the Golden LEAF Foundation. The Machining Credential to College Credit & Apprenticeship Project will help unemployed and underemployed adults as well as graduating high school seniors from Central Academy of Technology and Arts (CATA) enter high-skill, high-wage careers in advanced manufacturing.

“The project is part of a broad college strategy in collaboration with Union County Public Schools and the Union County Advanced Manufacturing Consortium to create journeyman machining apprenticeship and internships programs,” said Dr. Stan Sidor, president of the college. “Combining training and on-site work experience prepares our people to enter jobs that they can confidently and competently perform.”

The project centers on certification by the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS). Funding will be spread over two years starting in 2013. Faculty from the college and the school system will be trained and certified as NIMS trainers, and equipment will be acquired to support training. The program will be marketed to adults seeking re-training or new entry for manufacturing. Students enrolled at CATA who express an interest in manufacturing will be eligible to enroll. “Addressing both the short-term and long-term employment needs of local manufacturers, the collaborating partners are creating a deeper and broader labor pool than what exists,” said Sidor.

The most recent grant from Golden LEAF Foundation to South Piedmont funded a mobile classroom to deliver career readiness instruction and certification to residents of Anson County. During the grant term, the college coached more than 300 men and women on workplace ethics, safety, customer service, communications and teamwork. More than 100 earned Career Readiness Certification, a nationally-recognized credential for in-demand skills. Now, the SPCC Career Cruiser travels throughout both Anson and Union counties.

“Grants are critical to adding seed money for new and innovative projects,” said Sidor. “Tallying forecasted manufacturing jobs from support letters received this school year from manufacturers in Anson and Union counties, an estimated 391 positions will need filling over the next two years. Helping our students achieve entry-level requirements for precision machining and engaging employers to help with training is a win-win for all.”

This project received support from

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