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Kentucky, North Carolina and Tennessee

Keith Ratliff
Director Workforce Development
Central Piedmont Community College
PO Box 35009
Charlotte, NC 28235-5009

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Gateway Community and Technical College Establishes Apprenticeship Program with MAG

GCTC has several partnerships with local companies in implementing apprenticeship programs. The college’s approach to supporting apprenticeship programs is unique in that the apprentices all attend college credit classes with other students. Therefore, they can earn certificates as part of their apprenticeship program and at the same time work towards an associate’s degree.

MAG was Gateway’s first partner in establishing an apprenticeship program in 2007. MAG’s first cohort of six apprentices completed the program in 2011. The company now has another six apprentices in the program. MAG sees the innovative program not only as an investment in building its technical workforce, but also in building the company’s future supervisors and managers.

The coursework within the program includes technical coursework in electrical, mechanical, hydraulics / pneumatics and computer controls as well as courses in quality, statistics, and trigonometry. The coursework complements MAG’s well-orchestrated, on-the-job training that prepares apprentices for roles as assembly, electrical and run-off technicians working with highly sophisticated machine tool systems. In addition, MAG’s apprenticeship program prepares the apprentices to earn an associate of applied science degree in Manufacturing Engineering Technology. All of the original six apprentices have done so.

MAG is a leading machine tool and systems company serving the durable-goods industry worldwide with complete manufacturing solutions. MAG offers a comprehensive line of equipment and technologies, including process development, automated assembly, turning, milling, automotive powertrain production, composites processing, maintenance, automation and software, and core components. Key industrial markets served by these technologies include aerospace, automotive and truck, heavy equipment, oil and gas, rail, solar energy, wind turbine production and general machining.

Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) Receives North Carolina Back-to-Work grant

On August 16, 2012, the State Board of Community Colleges approved a two million dollar ($2,000,000) allocation to six colleges to implement the North Carolina (NC) Back-to-Work program established by the General Assembly. The funding source for this allocation is federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA) funds. CPCC was selected as one of the six community colleges in North Carolina to be awarded the grant. The funding period is August 18, 2012 to June 30, 2013. The grant program is a training and retraining program to prepare North Carolinas facing long-term unemployment for new careers. The grant will provide students with job training and retraining in technical education areas: Information Technology, Machining/Mechatronics, Automotive, HVAC, Construction, and Welding

In addition to job training in technical areas, students will obtain the Career Readiness Certification (CRC), a third-party industry recognized credential. CPCC was awarded the grant based on the number of long-term unemployed individuals in the college’s service area, the percentage of long-term unemployed individuals in the college’s service area, the availability of jobs for which the North Carolina Back-to-Work program could prepare students, and the college’s demonstrated willingness and ability to successfully implement the grant. Keith Ratliff, NCWE Region 11 Director is Project Manager for the grant.

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