KNOW THE NCCCAEA officially became an independent associStiori on April 24, NCGCAEAhad 4i members in 1968. Paul Davis (Alamance Community College) was NCCCAEA’s fii^t president. NCCCAEA published its first newsletter in the spring of 1979. It was titied -For Adu Its Only”, Jefrj^ Kornegay of Wayne Community College served as the first editor of the publication. NCCCAEA voted a constitutionalchange in 1980 to ask the Presidents Association to appoint a president to serve as a member of the NCCCAEA Board of Directors. Mr. Charles McIntyre, President of Edgecbme Community College (1980) was appointed by the Presidents’ Association as their first representative to the NCCCAEA Board of Directors. As of March 6^ 2001, NCCCAEA has 561 members! NCCCAEA membership runs from October 1 through September 30. http://www.flee-tech.com/ ncccaea/ is the official web site of NCCCAEA! New, innovative programs help bridge the gap from the manufacturing sector to the information technology sector. South Piedmont Community College’s commitment for community impact is evidenced in its new and innovative programs created in response to the growing need for information technology workers and the declining base of manufacturing jobs in the Charlotte region. SPCC’s Human Re sources Development program staff has developed several new courses to help displaced workers to bridge from the manufacturing sector to the information technology sector. In February, the HRD program began offering a new course called Computer Skills for the Workplace. This 20-hour course provides students with the skills needed to successfully search and obtain a job using today’s high tech job searching methods. Students learn to use computers to search for jobs, write resumes and cover letters, post resumes online, and use job search engines. The class was initially offered in the evenings in both Anson and Union counties, but due to a high demand for the class and a long waiting list, a day class was added. To date, 200 students have taken advan tage of this no-cost computer class with many going on to enroll in continuing education or curriculum classes. In May SPCC’s HRD program began offering a Computer Skills for the Medical Workplace. This class helps students learn the basic computer skills as they relate to the medical office. Students are provided with hands-on practice in patient information, scheduling, billing, electronic filing, and report printing. Besides learning to use computers in the medical workplace, students also learn to use computers to complete a resume, cover letter and search for jobs online. The 35-hour course is offered at no cost to unem ployed or under-employed students. The course has also been designed as a readiness program for curriculum programs such as the Health Information Technology Diploma or Medical Assisting as well as the continuing educa tion online Coding Certificates. Representatives from each of these areas make presentations to the class to ensure linkages are established. To date, 43 students have taken advantage of this program and approximately a third of those students have entered curriculum programs. SPCC’s HRD staff also developed a course to help basic skills students to bridge into curriculum programs through its College Prep for GED and Adult High School Graduates class. To date the program has assisted 70 basic skills graduates with entrance into curriculum programs. During the four-day evening class, GED and AHS graduates explore their interests, explore programs available at SPCC, complete their placement tests, finan cial aid forms, applications and transcript requests. Gaston College Provides Advanced Technical Training to Area Industries Gaston College’s Corporate Education Office has formed a partnership with McNaughton-McKay Electric Company to provide high-end, advanced technical training to area industries. Though the Focused Industrial Training (FIT) program, the college is able to save local industries both time and money by offering Programmable Logic Controllers, PLC programming. Variable Frequency Drive, and other electronics courses open only to manu facturers. Specialists from Rockwell Automation, Reliance Electric and other firms teach industrial maintenance technicians the latest in manufacturing technology using a hands-on approach. Gaston College’s service area compa nies have shown an enthusiastic response to this initiative and have benefited greatly form the expertise and low cost of training. Plans are to continue and broaden the partnership for eligible new or expanding companies in the future.
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