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Wake Tech adds six-month job retraining

Posted August 13, 2009

Wake Technical Community College is the latest community college in the state to launch a JobsNOW training program that can be completed in six months or less.

Wake Tech officials on Thursday announced focused training programs in health care, office administration, building trades, customer service and biotechnology.

Even before the announcement, Wake Tech President Stephen Scott said students were showing an interest in those fields. He said the new programs “identify what are the jobs of the future.”

Job seeker Maria Malvaso said she will be taking advantage of the new medical office occupation courses.

“I think it's an absolutely growing field," she said.

Malvaso said looking for a job during the recession has been tough. She hopes the Wake Tech courses will give her an edge.

“(I will) absolutely go through all the steps necessary to take what I know, my knowledge, and integrate it into something brand new so I can have a future,” Malvaso said.

These new short-term programs begin this fall:

  • Certified nursing assistant: focuses on basic nursing skills for providing care to patients in a variety of health care settings. 
  • Medical health care office occupation: provides competencies in medical terminology, billing and diagnostic coding processes and health insurance.
  • Office assistant: focuses on keyboarding, software applications, spreadsheets and database management.
  • Hospitality: provides customer service training.
  • HVAC/plumbing: focuses on the fundamentals of the home-building trade.
  • BioWork: equips students for entry-level employment as process technicians.

Due to wide-spread unemployment, Scott anticipates interest in the programs will be high. Eventually, the school may have to limit the number of people taking the courses.

“We're afraid that we won't have sufficient resources,” Scott said.

Classes will be filled on a first come, first serve basics.

Community colleges statewide are using federal recovery funds to quickly train students in high-demand fields including carpentry, plumbing, welding and auto body repair.

Students who are unemployed may be eligible to enroll in JobsNOW courses for free.

“The sooner we can get workers trained, the better chance they have to get back into the work force,” said Susan Jackson, vice president and chief learning officer at WakeMed.

Durham Technical Community College also announced the following JobsNOW, short-term training programs Thursday:

  • Nursing assistant/health unit coordinator: provides non-technical medical office training and customer service skills.
  • Green landscape designers/solar energy technicians: focuses on sustainable landscape and solar energy systems.
  • Phlebotomist: develop skills for proper collection of blood and other specimens.
  • Industrial maintenance technician: general maintenance procedures as well as basic refrigeration and heating technology skills.
  • Medical coder: study medical terminology and other coding systems.
  • Under car care technician: focuses on suspension, steering, brake and emissions systems.
  • Biotechnology/pharmaceutical process technician: analyzing, evaluating and communicating about data to support biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies.

Nearly every one of the state's 58 community colleges will be launching JobsNOW programs by the end of the year.

Schools in Stanley, Caldwell, Haywood, Montgomery, Anson and Union counties have already done so.


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  • mashmore79 Aug 18, 2009

    Too bad all those medical field jobs are going to go "bye-bye" once we nationalize healthcare.

  • davisb Aug 13, 2009

    Add Piedmont Community College to the list of community colleges already offering JobsNOW programs providing people the opportunity to retrain quickly for jobs that are actually available. We are ready to assist people living in Person or Caswell County.

  • xxxxxxxxxxxxx Aug 13, 2009

    "God help us if those are the only jobs we can create in this country."

    I don't think there's anything wrong at all with being a carpenter, a welder, an auto mechanic, etc. If my car breaks down, I don't want someone with a philosophy degree working on it. When I want my kitchen remodeled, I'd like a carpenter, please, not a biology major.

    Too many people go to college who don't belong there because there is so much pressure on getting a bachelor's degree and above. The country still needs trades people, and they make plenty of money.

  • grimreaper Aug 13, 2009

    "using federal recovery funds to quickly train students in a dozen high-demand fields including carpentry, plumbing, welding and auto body repair."

    What an absolute crock. When I was in highschool they taught these "trades" in vo-tech. None of those folks are starving today now are they.

    Now we push everyone into college and have no trade skills and they are all unemployed and unemployable. What a joke.

  • bsmith4 Aug 13, 2009

    I used to be a professional picture framer for 5 years...not doing that anymore but I have used The Nature of Art for "do it yourself framing". This is where they cut all the "guts" for a picture and you assemble. It's a lot cheaper than paying for custom framing. They help you through the process,and it 's a lot of fun too! They are located at the corner of Sunset Lake Road and Holly Springs Road. Sometimes you can buy a frame, mats, etc. at Michael's or somewhere on sale and that helps save also.

  • Here kitty kitty Aug 13, 2009

    Since it's not listed in the article the HOTLINE # to call is 919-856-6043. I work at WTCC and am fielding lots of calls.

  • Carolina Aug 13, 2009

    "speciality fields... such as plumbing, welding, HVAC, Nursing would be the way to go in the future"

    Makes sense. Those are all jobs that are impossible to ship to another country.

    Personally, I'd love to learn how to do custom framing. Getting your paintings or photographs professional framed can cost a LOT; anyone know who offers training in Raleigh in something like that?

  • claudnc Aug 13, 2009

    MyName - there was a book published sometime ago - which basically stated that technical and speciality fields... such as plumbing, welding, HVAC, Nursing would be the way to go in the future. Most folks with 4 year degrees - realize you need a MA to find desirable employment. So these fields are the way to go - u can make decent money in any of the above fields. Call a plumber and see how much they cost for 15 mins worth of service.

  • appstate1996 Aug 13, 2009

    I am am screwed...I am a paralegal!

  • MyNameIsMud Aug 13, 2009

    "..high demand jobs in carpentry, welding and auto body repair."

    God help us if those are the only jobs we can create in this country. We've shipped most of the high-skill jobs to India and until that practice is reversed, we're in trouble. Forget going to college-we're getting dumber, not smarter.