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April 17, 2015
HCC paving the way for students through NCWorks Career Pathways Program
WELDON, N.C. – Halifax Community College (HCC) applied for the NCWorks Career Pathways Activities Grant through the North Carolina Community College System and on Oct. 17, 2014, the State Board of Community Colleges approved funding for the project, Halifax Community College NCWorks Career Pathways. The pathways program is a strategic partnership for workforce development between the community college system, NC Department of Public Instruction and the NC Department of Commerce.

Funding was provided in the amount of $35,000. These funds are being used in support of the HCC project and in accordance with the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006. The grant’s goal is to find career pathway program strategies where secondary and postsecondary Career and Technical Education (CTE) providers work with employers and workforce development boards to educate, train and place individuals in the workforce.

This leadership grant is being used to improve CTE career pathways between high schools and community colleges with special emphasis on employer engagement, rigorous programs of study, career advising and work-based learning.

HCC has been an active member of the NC Northeast Pathways to Prosperity partnership for the past several months. In 2013, Halifax County was one of four northeastern North Carolina counties chosen by the NC Department of Commerce to initiate a pilot project designed to select and implement career pathways that would be aligned with high growth business sectors in the region. Initial steps for the first two career pathways have been completed. The third pathway chosen was advanced manufacturing.

HCC has collaborated with Edgecombe, Nash and Roanoke-Chowan community colleges, all members of the NC Northeast Pathways Leadership Council, on the creation of a comprehensive, sustainable and replicable career pathway in the advanced manufacturing career cluster. Collaboration and planning that involves all four local school districts—Roanoke Rapids Graded School District, Halifax County, Northampton County and Weldon City Schools—as well as Turning Point Workforce Development Board has begun and will continue as the local consortium is strengthened and the project progresses. HCC’s program operates under the umbrella of the NC Northeast Pathways to Prosperity partnership.

Specific program outcomes include a clear system or pathway for students from schools to career, more closely aligned secondary school and community college innovations, and deepened ties between public schools, community colleges and businesses/industries.

This program includes multiple entry and exit points, the opportunity for work-based learning, career guidance and credential attainment, and a comprehensive plan that results in college and career readiness for students.

HCC staff will focus on the advanced manufacturing areas of industrial technology systems and welding, including machining and renewable energy technologies.

Additional grants have been received from Golden LEAF, the Duke Energy Community College Grant Program along with the North Carolina Community Foundation that will assist HCC in modernizing its industrial technology systems and welding programs with much-needed equipment.

In August 2014, Golden LEAF Foundation President Dan Gerlach presented a $450,000 check to HCC President Dr. Ervin V. Griffin Sr. and HCC Board of Trustees Chair Bernella DeLaMora. The funds were made possible through a Golden LEAF Foundation grant that HCC received for upgrades in the College’s industrial training program. The grant funds are enabling HCC to update its equipment to industry standards and provide for additional third-party credentials. The upgrades focus on the areas of maintenance, machining, welding and fabrication.

In September 2014, the Duke Energy Community College Grant Program and the North Carolina Community Foundation presented a $249,958 check that has provided funding for HCC Advanced Manufacturing. The grant is providing upgrades in the College’s industrial training program with third party/industry recognized certifications, a Model 6000 sorter conveyor system, an industrial wiring training system, a pneumatic trainer, virtual welding machine and large cutting band saw, box and pan brake, plasma track system, fume extractor and tubing bender, and guided bend testing equipment.

HCC Project Coordinator/Instructor of Advanced Manufacturing & Industrial Technology Dr. Ivan T. Mosley Sr. will work with area businesses on the NCWorks Career Pathways project.

“Our main goal is to build a pipeline for students to enter the advanced manufacturing program, build their skills, provide hands-on training and connect them with businesses that will need their skills now and in the future,” explained Mosley.

Ruby Vincent Ward, who successfully headed up HCC’s NC Back-to-Work Program last year, has been named the coordinator for the pathways program and will work with schools in the area. Students in grades 9 through 12, meeting certain criteria, are eligible to enroll in the program. There are 15 students already enrolled this semester.

For more details about the NCWorks Career Pathways Program or HCC Advanced Manufacturing, call 252-538-4310 or 252-536-7233.
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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