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HAMLET — Through a partnership with Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute Richmond Community College will begin offering truck driver training this fall through its Workforce and Economic Development Division.

RCC’s Vice President for the division’s director, Robbie Taylor, presented the plan for the training at the August meeting of the RCC Board of Trustees.

CCCTI has been offering truck driver training since 1990 and has graduated more than 2,000 CDL drivers in the last 10 years. The program is certified by the Professional Truck Driving Institute located in Alexandria, Va. The institute is the first non-profit organization to develop uniform skills performance, curriculum and certification standards for the trucking industry and to award course certification to entry-level truck driver finishing programs.

The training will be taking place at Superior Crane’s facility on U.S. 74, west of Rockingham. The program has been approved for veteran’s benefits. The cost of the eight-and-a-half week program is $2,000.

“The cost is very competitive compared to some of the other ones offered in the state,” said Taylor. “We have seen them cost students as much $3,100 for the training.”

Taylor also updated the board on the college’s pharmacy technician program, which will run a hybrid course this fall. Additionally, WED is offering NCCER certifications in electrical and plumbing for the first time this fall.

Also at the meeting, McInnis reported the results of the College’s reaccreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Colleges (SACSCOC). The school received full reaccreditation without follow up.

“There are a lot of colleges that do not have receive full accreditation or reaccreditation without any follow up,” McInnis said. “This is a testament to the hard work of people on our campus. It was truly a campus-wide effort.”

In other action, the trustees approved the naming of the fitness trail to be built at RCC. The trail will be named in honor of Mary Ellen Kindley. The board proposed the name at its June meeting, but by policy, any naming action must be tabled for consideration for at least one month.

“We have a great deal of support coming in for the Mary Ellen Kindley Fitness trail,” McInnis said. “This project will soon become a reality and we are very appreciative of any contributions.”

The board also heard on update on a Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Program grant application on RCC’s behalf from Grants Director Dr. Cynthia Reeves. The grant focuses on expanding the College’s offerings to train students for careers in the electric utility industry.

Executive Vice President Brent Barbee gave an update on the final phase of the Forte Building renovation.

“The machining shop and the welding shop are wrapping up,” Barbee said. “We have new welding booths in place and the walls have been painted with an epoxy to resist the rigors of the welding process. For the first time, that lab now has air conditioning. I believe it is the finest welding shop you will find anywhere in the state.”

According to Barbee, the machine shop has freshly painted walls and a newly epoxied floor in addition to a new HVAC system.

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