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Halifax Community College, in tandem with state agency partners, is leading specialized training efforts to benefit local manufacturing workers.

HCC’s Regional Advanced Manufacturing Pipeline for Eastern North Carolina curriculum, a registered program through ApprenticeshipNC, provided nine WestRock employees 96 hours of pre-apprenticeship instruction that will transition directly into its mechanical maintenance technician apprenticeship program.

RAMP East pre-apprentices receive certifications in career readiness, working smart, OSHA-10 and Lean Six-Sigma – Yellow Belt — as well as introduction to manufacturing, problem-solving and math for measurements courses.

In the gallery: Pictured are the nine WestRock apprentices who completed the program on April 22. They are Alex Barnes, Scott Borrell, Tyler Floyd, Zach Isles, Zach Lyons, Tony Marshall, Cole Phelps, Wes Shearin and Jeremy Stewart. Also pictured, far left, is HCC Acting President David Forester, ApprenticeshipNC Consultant Tony McKnight; and far right, High and HCC Vice President of Academic Affairs Jeffrey Fields.

“Through collaboration, HCC and ApprenticeshipNC are offering a viable option to secure workers to fill existing vacancies,” said Rhonda High, HCC’s customized training director. “Funding is available through this program that helps cover tuition, industry reimbursement and advertising to build a skilled workforce in the Roanoke Valley and across the state.”

Classes are held at the Advanced Manufacturing and Corporate Training Center, HCC’s newest campus facility that houses Customized Training program, its Small Business Center as well as its industrial systems technology, welding technology and automotive technology programs.