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Did you know that Wilson Community College has a program that will prepare you for a job in advanced manufacturing in as little as seven weeks?
The Advanced Manufacturing Institute, or AMI, started last fall in response to a huge industry need for trained and skilled workers not only in Wilson County, but all across eastern North Carolina.
Wilson is one of eight community colleges that make up RAMP East, which stands for Regional Advanced Manufacturing Pipeline. The ultimate goal of RAMP East is to provide training to meet the manufacturing needs in support of industries in the northeastern part of the state. Other community colleges participating in this cooperative effort include Beaufort, Edgecombe, Halifax, Martin, Nash, Pitt and Roanoke-Chowan. Other partner organizations are the Wilson Economic Development Council, Turning Point Workforce Development Board and Wilson County NCWorks Career Center.
The seven-week program includes basic skills instruction and training in: Introduction to Manufacturing, Math for Manufacturing, Lean Six Sigma - Yellow Belt (process efficiency training), Problem-Solving, Working Smart and OSHA 10-Hour (general safety and health hazards training for entry-level workers). And the curriculum changes as the needs in manufacturing industries change. No matter your experience or education, this program can get you ready to start or even grow your career.
Upon completion, graduates have the opportunity to meet with local industries throughout the region. In the last cohort, we had eight complete the program. The next class begins on Feb. 3, and classes meet four nights a week for seven weeks at our Lee Technology Center campus. So, if you have an already full daytime schedule but are interested in the course, you can still make it work. Or maybe you are interested in landing a career in this field and not sure where to start. This may be the perfect program for you.
To be eligible to enroll, you must be 18 years old and complete and score a Bronze level on the Career Readiness Certificate, which is a basic assessment to demonstrate knowledge of essential skills for success in the workplace. Then visit the NCWorks Career Center with proof showing you have taken the CRC. The CRC costs $30 and the class is $200. However, tuition and materials are completely free for anyone who is unemployed or underemployed.
For more information, give us a call at 252-246-1287 or visit our website at www.wilsoncc.edu/ami.
• Week of Feb. 3 — Go Red Week
• Feb. 3 — Advanced Manufacturing Institute begins
• Feb. 6 — Nursing information sessions at 1 and 6 p.m.
Jessica Bailey is the director of institutional advancement at Wilson Community College. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 252-246-1271.