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The need for skilled workers in advanced manufacturing, both locally and statewide, has grown by leaps and bounds over the past few years.

In order to meet the demand Northeastern Technical College (NETC) has transitioned their Pageland campus into a specialized industrial training center, to help build our local workforce.

“Since we initially opened the Pageland campus in 2003, we’ve seen an increased need for workforce development, as well as a growing interest in industrial training programs,” said Sherrie Chapman, NETC’s dean of continuing education. “Individuals are looking for specialized training to get jobs, and local industries have approached us for help finding qualified employees. Our goal is to meet the needs on both sides of the fence.”

Some of the industrial training programs currently being offered at the Pageland Industrial Training Center include: SCMC Production Technician, CNC, AutoCAD and Blueprint Reading and Sketching.

The Blueprint Reading and Sketching class, which begins Feb. 4, and the AutoCAD program, beginning March 18, will be offered in the evenings from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Two Certified Production Technician classes, beginning March 10, will be available as either a day or evening programs.

“These programs are great for individuals who are looking to learn new job skills or even gain a competitive advantage in their current career,” Chapman said. “The new production technician program, which provides 100 percent scholarship funding to eligible South Carolina residents, is a highly sought out skill set in the Pee Dee region.”

Chapman added that many industries in the area are already looking to hire graduates from the first 200 hour production technician class, which will end in February. Some companies have committed to hire new employees exclusively from the production technician program.

For more information on the programs being offered at the Pageland Industrial Training Center, call NETC’s continuing education department at 843-921-6920.

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