Quick Careers Offers Short Term Training

Cynthia Knight now works as a machine operator, making good pay after taking short-term training classes at A-B Tech.

A-B Tech Community College’s new Quick Careers workforce training offers 10- to 15-week courses that provide employees with skills for high-paying jobs or career advancement in the advanced manufacturing sector.

Quick Careers will launch in January with courses in Machining Fundamentals, Industrial Maintenance, and Aerospace and Structural Composites. Tuition is affordable and may be covered up to 100% for dislocated and underemployed workers through a partnership grant with NCWorks. Scholarships and financial aid also are available.

A-B Tech graduate Cynthia Knight enrolled in the Machining Fundamentals class after working in the healthcare field as a neurodiagnostics EEG technician in Greenville, SC, citing a desire to change careers. She currently works as a machine operator after learning about the work from her boyfriend and finding it interesting. “I am thrilled and fascinated each day to go to work, earn decent pay, and to actually work with robots,” she said.

Many A-B Tech students have found great new careers after successfully completing short-term training programs, said Kevin Kimrey, A-B Tech’s director of Economic and Workforce Development. A-B Tech has former students employed at BorgWarner, Reich, Advanced SuperAbrasives (ASI), Linamar, Baldor, and many other companies in the region. Most graduates had little to no experience in their new fields, but were able to start work at $15 an hour an above, Kimrey said.

For more information about individual Quick Career courses, visit abtech.edu/quick-careers.

For information about tuition assistance, contact Stacy Peek or Deborah Holebrooks with
NCWorks at (828) 251-6200.

About A-B Tech Community College

One of 58 colleges in the North Carolina Community College System, A-B Tech offers associate degrees, diplomas and certificates in more than 60 curriculum programs through its five academic divisions: Allied Health and Public Service Education, Arts and Sciences, Business and Hospitality Education, Emergency Services and Engineering and Applied Technology.

The Division of Economic and Workforce Development/Continuing Education offers opportunities for workforce partnerships, specific job training and retraining, as well as personal enrichment classes. A-B Tech enrolls more than 25,000 curriculum and continuing education students in programs at its Asheville, Enka, Madison, South, Woodfin and Goodwill locations.

For more information visit www.abtech.edu

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