High-tech, in-demand career training through state-of-the-art equipment designed to meet the growing demand for skilled workers. Classes are taught on the Pinehurst campus and at the Hoke Center in Raeford.
Prepare to achieve national certifications in your area of interest. These programs do not take an extended period of time to complete and many students have employment lined up prior to graduation. We even offer job placement assistance and career coaching.
Opportunities are available for high school students (see your guidance counselor).
NEW! Virtual Skills Academy
The Sandhills Community College Virtual Skills Academy offers a quick-start road map that allows students to build knowledge in preparation for a career in manufacturing. Unlike many other training programs, the Virtual Skills Academy requires minimal preparation. It is efficient, effective training that has been developed with input from manufacturing experts. These online classes are self-paced, and easy to access through smart phones, tablets, and computers. Each course provides pre- and post- assessments and the ability to review and learn through a variety of engaging activities. The engaging online classes are a preset curriculum with supplemental videos. There is pre- and post-training complete with knowledge assessments and guidance from Sandhills staff. By successfully completing the class, students are prepared for entry-level jobs in manufacturing and ready for further on-the-job training.
Industrial Maintenance Technician
Forming, Fabrication, and Stamping
Certified Production Technician (CPT)Part 1
Certified Production Technician (CPT)Part 2
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Director, Trades & Business Support Programs
201 Palmer Annex Building B
History of the SCC Advanced Manufacturing Program
The vision of an Advanced Manufacturing Program at Sandhill was conceived by then Dean of Business and Industry Services Alan Duncan and Vice President for Continuing Education and Workforce Development Andi Korte. The college was able to successfully leverage grant opportunities from the North Carolina Community College System, Duke Energy, and the Golden Leaf Foundation along with funding from the Palmer Foundation and support from local college funds to create and outfit classrooms and laboratory space at the SCC campus in Pinehurst and the Sandhills Hoke Center in Raeford.
Grant funding along with local college funding support also provided the opportunity for the Division of Continuing Education to expand its trades course offerings from the existing National Center for Construction and Research (NCCER) Electrical programs to NCCER Welding courses and the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC) Certified Production Technician (CPT) training program.
With a Duke Energy grant, the college plans to expand the offerings further with an Automation Technician training program that will include basic electrical/electronics, Programmable Logic Controller (PLC), and advanced PLC courses.
Local employers have and continue to play an important role in the development and delivery of coursework in the college’s trades programs providing input and job opportunities for successful graduates.