NETC is a valuable resource for our community, and we should feel lucky to have it in the midst of our rural county. With its Cheraw and Pageland locations, residents need not drive more than 20 miles to a campus in order to pursue a college-level education or enhance their job skills. It is a quality education and affordable (lottery tuition assistance makes it nearly free).
NETC is a great investment for Chesterfield County because it continually gives back to the community by graduating productive workers. As School Board Chairman Jerry Holley said, the federal government mandates our K-12 schools leave no child behind. Our technical school has been doing that for years by offering higher education at an affordable price.
NETC is trying to keep up with the changing industrial world, which is one reason for last week's summit. Other ways it is staying in tune with the 21st Century are the Continuing Education and Distance Education programs. The former allows for career training, short-term courses, upgrading and personal interest courses in vocational professional areas, while the latter offers different modes of instruction from video-based telecourses to Web-based courses. Some residents may not realize it, but if they have a computer and access to the Internet, they could be taking traditional NETC courses from their home.
Utilizing the Internet and other technological advances, establishing alternate campuses in rural areas, NETC is making it as convenient as possible for people to get an education.
NETC is lending an ear as well as extending a helping hand to area businesses. Don't miss your opportunity to invest in a rewarding partnership.