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March 28, 2014
HCC hosts NC Back-to-Work Program partner meeting
WELDON, N.C. – In the fall 2013, Halifax Community College (HCC) received a $120,000 grant from the North Carolina Community College System to provide qualified citizens with targeted, short-term training through the NC Back-to-Work Program.

Training assists able-bodied persons who are unemployed or underemployed. It provides area employers with trained workers and Roanoke Valley citizens with back-to-work skills. The program kicked off in January and 77 students have participated to date.

To follow up on employer needs, a community partners meeting was held on March 26 on the campus. During the session, current students, instructors, program officials and employers gave feedback.

Heating, ventilation and air conditioning student Dianne Faulcon commented that she is a lifetime learner. "I wanted to enhance my skills…this is a win-win for me," she said. "The program bridges the gap…It has also helped me present myself to employers."

Program officials discussed adjustments that have been implemented as students progressed through the courses. Most of the participants in the program are first-generation college students and many have gained a new confidence while completing the classes. Two students have already been hired.

HCC is also working on an articulation agreement between continuing education and curriculum so those students who want to continue in a curriculum program will experience a seamless transition, receiving credit in the course they have already completed through NC Back-to-Work.

Future training opportunities include:
  • Waste water plant operator starting on March 31
  • Weatherization starting on April 1
  • Welding starting on May 20
For more information about the NC Back-to-Work Program at HCC, contact Coordinator Ruby Vincent Ward at 252-536-7282 or e-mail rward633@halifaxcc.edu.

Dianne Faulcon NC Back-to-Work Coordinator Ruby Vincent Ward
Dianne Faulcon NC Back-to-Work Coordinator Ruby Vincent Ward
Halifax Community College’s Mission
Halifax Community College strives to meet the diverse needs of our community by providing high-quality, accessible and affordable education and services for a rapidly changing and globally competitive marketplace.
Primary Media Contact: Melanie Temple, Director of Public Relations and Marketing, mtemple295@halifaxcc.edu, 252-538-4319

Secondary Media Contact: Dr. Dianne Rhoades, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Halifax Community College and Executive Director of the Halifax Community College Foundation Inc., dbarnes-rhoades128@halifaxcc.edu, 252-536-7239