CPCC launches ‘Accelerated Career Training’ Program

last modified Apr 16, 2018 08:10 AM

To further its efforts to address the economic mobility challenges many Mecklenburg County residents encounter, Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) has launched the “Accelerated Career Training” or ACT Program. This initiative consists of short-term training tracks that will give under-employed adults no-cost job training and wrap-around support services to make them work-ready in as little as seven weeks.

CPCC will open nine ACT tracks between June and August. Each track will prepare students for jobs that are available now in Mecklenburg County. The initial ACT tracks are:

  • Customer Service Representative – including Call Center Skills
  • Commercial Driving Licensure/Truck Driving
  • Early Childhood Teacher
  • Entry-Level Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning (HVAC)
  • Phlebotomy
  • EKG Technician
  • Nurse Aide/CNA
  • Entry-Level Construction
  • Information Technology Fundamentals.

All ACT Program students will be enrolled concurrently in career readiness classes and receive academic and career counseling and have access to other CPCC student services. All program costs, including tuition, fees, books and services will be covered for the ACT participants.

“The Accelerated Training Program will assist individuals who are under-employed, lack specific job skills and are limited to low-wage employment that does not sustain a family or provide any economic mobility,” explained Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer, CPCC president. “Short-term training coupled with support services will give these individuals the skills and confidence they need to work in one of Mecklenburg County’s high-demand employment sectors.”

As an added benefit, ACT students will earn college credits in many of the tracks. These credits will give them a head start should they choose to pursue additional, advanced training or a two-year associate degree.

The college will work with local agencies to identify candidates for the ACT programs and help publicize the program’s tracks and start dates. For more information about the ACT Program at CPCC, call the college at 704.330.2722.