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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
As of March 6^ 2001,
NCCCAEA has 561
NCCCAEA membership
runs from October 1 through
September 30.
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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