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Students Earn Valuable Industry Credentials in Just Two Weeks through ‘Project Tool Up’

PCC students, staff and instructors celebrate the successful completion of Lean Six Sigma certification that was offered last month as part of the college's 'Project Tool Up' program.

WINTERVILLE—The Pitt Community College Continuing Education Division closed out a successful short-term training program last month that led to students gaining portable industry credentials they can take to the workplace.

“’Project Tool Up’ was a great success this year,” said PCC Industrial Instructor/Coordinator Zack Cleghorn. “It’s a program that really helps the community by exposing people to the higher education system and by giving them the skills and certifications needed to work in today’s manufacturing centers.

“I am fairly confident that what we did here impacted these people’s lives and set them on a path for success.”

According to Cleghorn, the 12 students that participated in “Project Tool-Up” earned Lean Six Sigma (Yellow Belt) and OSHA 10 certifications. He said they also completed manufacturing-focused courses in problem-solving, shop math and workplace communication.

Cleghorn said a session on resume writing was also part of the training and added that representatives from six local businesses interviewed participants at the conclusion of the program.

“I'm proud to say four were given a second interview on the spot and the rest left the program with their heads held high,” Cleghorn said.

“Project Tool-Up” training, which was free for students, took place June 19-22 and June 26-28 at the PCC Greenville Center. Funding was provided through a partnership between PCC, the City of Greenville, L.I.F.E. of North Carolina, and the Region Q Workforce Development Board.

To be eligible for participation in “Project Tool-Up,” students were required to have Career Readiness Certificate scores of “4” in locating information, “4” in reading for information, and “3” in applied mathematics.