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Left, Billy Deaver, of Hamlet, works with RCC instructor Bill Frye, right, during a class for the Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Technology program at RCC. The college will hold several information sessions about its trade programs this summer.
Left, Billy Deaver, of Hamlet, works with RCC instructor Bill Frye, right, during a class for the Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Technology program at RCC. The college will hold several information sessions about its trade programs this summer.
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HAMLET — Richmond Community College is hosting a series of information sessions this summer about its skilled trade programs, which train students as welders, electricians, heating, air and refrigeration technicians and other technicians prevalent in manufacturing and construction.


For the session schedule, contact the college at 910-410-1700.


According to the human resource consulting firm Manpower Group, skilled trades workers have been the hardest segment of the workforce to staff for the past three years, even surpassing the demand for registered nurses, engineers and website developers. Many students often find immediate employment with a good salary upon graduation from a trades training program.


“For many students, the traditional path to a successful career with a good salary has been via the route of a four-year college education, but there is an upsurge in demand for graduates who are skilled in a trades area,” said RCC’s vice president of Workforce and Economic Development, Robbie Taylor. “In response to this demand for highly skilled individuals, RCC has increased its trade specific programs.”


This fall, RCC will introduce two new trades programs through its Workforce and Economic Development division, each of which will lead to a certification from the National Center for Construction and Education Research.


RCC has expanded its Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Technology program, also known as HVAC, to include evening courses. The NCCER programs will also offer evening courses, allowing individuals to continue to work during the day while they seek training and certifications during the evenings.


For information on the HVAC program, contact Bill Frye at 910-410-1938 or wdfrye@richmondcc.edu. For information on either of the NCCER programs, contact Lauren Holland at 910-410-1848 or lsholland@richmondcc.edu.


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