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College Part of Collaboration to Prepare Veterans for Manufacturing Careers

WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College is partnering with East Carolina University, DSM Dyneema and the City of Greenville this summer to sponsor a training program that will help veterans re-enter the workplace.

Called “Tools for Advanced Manufacturing for Veterans,” the program is strictly for veterans and is being offered at no cost to them.

“We want our veterans to know that we value their service, their proven work ethic and the variety of skills they bring to the workplace,” said Mary Paramore, PCC Director of Business and Industry.

Paramore said the program would feature several training modules: OSHA 30, Lean Six Sigma-White Belt, and ECU Innovations Training. She added that representatives from five leading manufacturers will be on hand to assist with an additional workshop that will help veterans sharpen their interview skills and learn more about area manufacturing companies.

“As part of the program, our industrial technology instructors will provide veterans with a day of hands-on exploration that should give them a better idea of the types of trades that can be found in advanced manufacturing companies in our area,” Paramore said.

Veterans who would like to participate in the training must have completed Career Readiness Certificate (CRC) testing, Paramore said, adding that additional WorkKeys assessments may be required.

Training, she said, will take place at several locations, including PCC, DSM Dyneema, Greenville City Hall, and ECU. The training dates, she said, are July 29-31, Aug. 1-3 and Aug. 5-9.

Seating is limited, so veterans who want to take part in the training should contact Jerry Jones, PCC Industrial Technology Instructor/Coordinator, at (252) 493-7584.