Stanly Community College (SCC) recently welcomed United States Representative Richard Hudson to its Albemarle campus. Hudson was accompanied by SCC President, Dr. John Enamait, and toured the Advanced Manufacturing and Industrial Technology (AMIT) buildings and briefly toured the new Morton-Moffitt Cosmetology Center. Congressman Hudson has been touring across the 8th Congressional District to learn more about the importance of students obtaining high quality credentials for filling workforce needs to help communities thrive and prosper.
"I enjoyed joining Dr. Enamait on campus to see firsthand how Stanly Community College is preparing students to find and keep good-paying jobs," said Rep. Hudson. "As I've said before, my top priority is jobs, and the programs and initiatives here and at other community colleges across North Carolina are one of the greatest assets we have for job and economic growth."
SCC President, Dr. John Enamait noted, "We really appreciate Representative Hudson's time spent touring our campus and his recognition of Stanly Community College's hard work in developing a well-trained workforce. We remain committed to working with local business and industry to help determine how to better align the needs of manufacturers with educational opportunities."
The Advanced Manufacturing and Industrial Technology programs include Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration (HVAC), Biomedical Equipment, Collision Repair & Refinishing, Computer Engineering, Computer-Integrated Machining, Electronics Engineering, Heavy Equipment Operations, and Welding. Several AMIT programs offer students a Pre-Apprenticeship/Internship component that places students in good paying jobs while completing their academics, and often this leads to full-time employment when the program is completed.
Jeff Parsons, Associate Vice President, AMIT, explained, "Our recent renovations and equipment acquisitions have allowed us to improve training in all of our programs. We have been able to place more students in jobs through our Pre-Apprenticeship program and the good relationships that our program heads have with industry."
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SCC President Dr. John Enamait (left) and Congressman Richard Hudson (middle) watch as Devin Baucom, HVAC Program Head, demonstrates the use of a refrigeration trainer that is utilized during the hands-on training process for students. According to Economic Modeling Data, nearly 2,833 HVAC jobs were available in this region (Albemarle-Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC) in 2016, and the median hourly earnings are $19.42 per hour.