Quick Job Training

Short Term Training That Leads to High-Demand Local Jobs

If you are unemployed, furloughed, at risk of losing your job, or wish to change jobs and want to learn a new skill or train in fast order, we can help. Quickly obtain sought-after skills and reenter the workforce.

It may cost you nothing to attend. We have extensive funding and scholarships (based on need, not academic performance) that can help you with the cost, including books and supplies.

Automotive

Escort Vehicle Operator

The driver of an escort vehicle is a vital person in regards to road safety when oversized loads are being transported. Our course meets the training requirements set by the NC Department of Transportation to certify oversize-overweight load escort vehicle drivers. We teach defensive driving, escort driver requirements, sand kills training. 

You must have a valid driver’s license without restrictions other than use of corrective lens, must not have a DWI or reckless driving within the previous 12 months, and must be 21-years of age (can be 18 with a Class A commercial driver’s license). 

Initial applicants must complete a 2- or 4-hour defensive driving course that has been approved by the National Safety Council which can be done after completing our class.

This course is taught on the Pinehurst campus on one full Saturday. It is offered through our Continuing Education division.

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Business

Bookkeeping

A bookkeeper maintains a company’s general ledger, which entails recording daily transactions, deposits, and income. They maintain financial records, fact check financial data, update financial statements, ensure accounts are current and accurate. To track and manage data they use specialized software, spreadsheets and other tools. They may work in a small business, in an industry, or independently.

Our program provides a foundation for you to enter the profession. You will be taught financial accounting, payroll, excel spreadsheets, QuickBooks, and bookkeeping. Following the completion of the two-semester program, you may take the “Certified Bookkeeper Designation” exam through the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers.

Bookkeeping is offered through our curriculum division and you may be eligible for financial aid or scholarships.

This certificate can be completed in two semesters in our 16-week class format, the condensed 8-week format or a mix of the two. It is offered through our curriculum division and you may be eligible for financial aid or scholarships.

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Banking and Finance

Enter a career in banking and finance as a bank teller, small business office manager, rudimentary financial analyzer, real estate manager, or other similar positions.

You will be introduced to banking, finance, and data analytics, learn financial accounting, spreadsheets, and receive an overview of real estate.

Our Banking and Finance Certificate is offered through our curriculum division and you may be eligible for financial aid or scholarships.

This certificate can be completed in two semesters in our 16-week class format, the condensed 8-week format or a mix of the two. It is offered through our curriculum division and you may be eligible for financial aid or scholarships.

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Drone Pilot

You can prepare for the FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot Knowledge Test and NCDOT UAS Operator Permit. Class topics include flight theory, flight operations, flight training, national air space, and weather. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Remote Pilot-Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Study Guide, North Carolina Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operator Permit Knowledge Test Study Guide, and North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) Division of Aviation UAS flight standards best practices are used. 

This course is taught on the Pinehurst campus two evenings a week with flying on Saturdays. It is offered through our Continuing Education division.

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Medical Coding and Billing 

Healthcare diagnoses, procedures, medical services, and equipment are transferred into universal medical alphanumeric codes by medical coding professionals. Local medical offices, dental offices, hospitals, and surgical clinics utilize coders and, as the medical and insurance fields expand, there is an increasing need for coders.

You will learn medical terminology, medical billing and insurance, diagnostic and procedural coding, and be prepared to take the national Certified Professional Coder (CPC) Certification exam.

Medical Coding and Billing is offered through our curriculum division, and you may be eligible for financial aid or scholarships. Classes are available in the traditional 16-week semester class format or the faster 8-week sessions. By taking advantage of our 8-week sessions, you can earn the certificate in as fast as one and a half semesters. 

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Medical Office Administration

A medical office administrative professional answers phones, schedules clients, and supports medical personnel in the administration of a medical office, dental office, or surgical clinic. If you have an eye for details and good organization skills, this career could be for you.

You will learn medical terminology, medical insurance and billing, and even experience a medical office simulation through one of our courses. Upon earning this certificate, you should be well-prepared to find a job in the field.

Medical Office Administration is offered through our curriculum division, and you may be eligible for financial aid or scholarships. Classes are available in the traditional 16-week semester class format or the faster 8-week sessions. By taking advantage of our 8-week sessions, you can earn the certificate in as fast as one and a half semesters. 

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Notary Public 

A Notary Public is officially authorized to witness signatures on legal documents, collect sworn statements, and administer oaths. This class is taught on the Pinehurst campus and at the Hoke Center. Full day classes take one day to complete, and evening classes take two days. You must show proof of a high school diploma or GED and have no felony convictions. 

This course is offered through our Continuing Education division.

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Real Estate PreLicensing

Our Real Estate Pre-Licensing class provides an intensive review of topics and can prepare you for the NC Broker licensing examination.  We cover real estate terms, contracts, leases, ownership, licensing law, finance, listing and closing of property, property valuation and building construction. 

This course is offered through our Continuing Education division and meets two evenings a week fall and spring semesters. 

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Computers

CompTIA A+

CompTIA A+ is the industry standard for establishing a career in IT and is the preferred qualifying credential for technical support and IT operational roles. You will become prepared to troubleshoot and problem solve while understanding a wide variety of issues ranging from networking and operating systems to mobile devices and security.

The CompTIA A+ certification is the industry standard for establishing a career in IT and is the preferred qualifying credential for technical support and IT operational roles. By earning it, you prove you can troubleshoot, and problem solve while understanding a wide variety of issues ranging from networking and operating systems to mobile devices and security. We can help prepare you to take the CompTIA A+ certificate exam.

Evening Classes

The three Continuing Education CompTIA classes are designed to be taken sequentially, building upon the knowledge gained in the prior class. CompTIA A+ should be taken first in the series and all three can be taken in less than one year. CompTIA A+ usually begins every August.

Classes include hands-on virtual labs and practice tests, but actual certification credentialing exams are not a requirement for completion of the course. Students maintain access to the course materials for one year from activation, so you can continue to use them to study until you are ready to take the certification exams.

Our CompTIA A+ evening classes meet three times per week and count toward DoD 8570 Information Assurance qualifications.

Day Classes

Our Computer Technologies curriculum division offers full-semester day classes that can give you the fundamental knowledge needed to earn the CompTIA A+ certificate. Those are our Computer Upgrade/Repair I and II classes (CET 111 and CET 211).

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CompTIA Network+

CompTIA Network+ can help you develop career in IT networking. We cover troubleshooting, configuring, and managing networks. You will learn to:

The CompTIA Network+ certificate is the first step to develop a career in IT infrastructure covering troubleshooting, configuring and managing networks. It certifies that you have a basic understanding of emerging technologies including unified communications, mobile, cloud and virtualization technologies. We can help prepare you to take the CompTIA Network+ certificate exam.

Evening Classes

Our three Continuing Education CompTIA classes are designed to be taken sequentially, building upon the knowledge gained in the prior class. CompTIA Network+ is the second in our series of three CompTIA courses and all three can be taken in less than one year. CompTIA Networking+ usually begins every January.

We cover troubleshooting, configuring, and managing networks. You will learn to design and implement functional networks; configure, manage, and maintain essential network devices; implement network security, standards, and protocols; troubleshoot network problems; and support the creation of virtualized networks.

Classes include hands-on virtual labs and practice tests, but actual certification credentialing exams are not a requirement for completion of the course. Students maintain access to the course materials for one year from activation, so you can continue to use them to study until you are ready to take the certification exams.

Our CompTIA Network+ evening classes meet three times per week and count toward DoD 8570 Information Assurance qualifications.

Day Classes

Our Computer Technologies curriculum division offers full-semester day classes that can give you the fundamental knowledge needed to earn the CompTIA Network+ certificate. Those are our Intro to Networks (NET 125), Security Concepts (SEC 110), and Routing Basics (NET 126) classes.

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CompTIA Security+

CompTIA Security+ is the first security certification IT professionals should earn. It establishes the core knowledge required of any cybersecurity role and provides a springboard to intermediate level cybersecurity jobs. Security+ incorporates best practices in hands-on troubleshooting to ensure security professionals have practical security problem solving skills. Cybersecurity professionals with Security+ know how to address security incidents, not just identify them.

Chosen by more corporations and defense organizations than any other certification on the market to validate baseline security skills, CompTIA Security+ validates the baseline skills necessary to perform core security functions and pursue an IT security career. We can help prepare you to take the CompTIA Security+ certification exam.

Evening Classes

Our three Continuing Education CompTIA classes are designed to be taken sequentially, building upon the knowledge gained in the prior class. CompTIA Security+ should be taken third in the series and all three can be taken in less than one year. CompTIA Security+ usually begins every May.

CompTIA Security+ establishes the core knowledge required of any cybersecurity role and provides a springboard to intermediate level cybersecurity jobs. Security+ incorporates best practices in hands-on troubleshooting to ensure security professionals have practical security problem solving skills. Cybersecurity professionals with Security+ know how to address security incidents, not just identify them.

Classes include hands-on virtual labs and practice tests, but actual certification credentialing exams are not a requirement for completion of the course. Students maintain access to the course materials for one year from activation, so you can continue to use them to study until you are ready to take the certification exams.

Our CompTIA Security+ evening classes meet three times per week and count toward DoD 8570 Information Assurance qualifications.

Day Classes

Our Computer Technologies curriculum division offers full-semester day classes that can give you the fundamental knowledge needed to earn the CompTIA Security+ certificate. Those are our Intro to Networks (NET 125), Security Concepts (SEC 110), and Routing Basics (NET 126) classes.

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Linux

The LPI Linux Essentials certificate verifies that you understand the Linux and open source industry and have a good knowledge of the most popular open source applications. You prove to employers that you understand the major components of the Linux operating system, and have the technical proficiency to work on the Linux command line. You also show that you have a basic understanding of security and administration related topics such as user/group management, working on the command line, and permissions.

During summer semesters, we offer an Introduction to Linux (NOS 120) curriculum class that can prepare you to take the LPI Linux Essentials certification exam.

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Cisco

If you’d like to pursue a career in a security operations center as an analyst and provide front line defense against cybersecurity threats, becoming certified as a Cisco Certified CyberOps Associate is the place to begin. 

We will teach you the fundamentals necessary to take the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) exam in our Networks (NET 125) fall semester day class, Routing Basics (NET 225) spring semester day class, and our Routing and Switching I (NET 225) fall semester day class.

Cisco Certified CyberOps Associate fundamentals are covered in our spring semester day class, Secure Admin I (SEC 160).

LPI Linux fundamentals are covered in our summer semester day class, Intro to Linux (NOS 120).

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Construction

Construction Project Management

A construction project manager plays a vital role in ensuring a project’s overall success. Beginning with an initial construction request, the project manager shoulders the responsibility for planning, organizing, estimating, and scheduling the activities and resources necessary for completing a building project according to plan. 

Whether it is a residential, commercial, industrial, or civil project, construction project managers use similar skills and techniques to coordinate and plan all phases of a construction project. Along with fundamental project management knowledge, the successful construction project manager possesses strong communication skills, a thorough understanding of the building process, and the ability to identify and resolve risks that could prevent the project from being constructed on time and within budget. 

A construction project manager may also be tasked with understanding financial challenges, interviewing and hiring construction workers; and monitoring many of the day-to-day activities that occur on all construction sites.

Evening classes are taught on the Pinehurst campus and are offered through our Continuing Education division.

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Electrical

Electricians install, maintain, and repair electrical power, communications, lighting, and control systems. The demand for electricians, especially in the Sandhills region of NC, is expected to grow much faster than the average for most occupations.

Using the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) curriculum, our Electrical program offers three levels, each building upon content learned in the previous level. Successful completion of each level qualifies students to receive the NCCER Electrician Certification for that level and inclusion on the NCCER National Registry for Electricians. 

These evening classes are taught on the Pinehurst campus and are offered through our Continuing Education division. 

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HVAC

Our HVAC courses provides instruction related to the skills used by HVAC Technicians in residential and commercial settings. Currently two levels are offered with plans to add additional levels in the future.

Level I topics include cooling and air distribution, piping practices, refrigerant compressors and oils, heat pumps and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to understand the basic principles of air conditioning, heat transfer, the pressure temperature relationships of refrigerants and air movement in air distribution systems. Students will also learn the basic system design principles for both hot and cold climates, the different types of tubing and fittings and how they are joined, how to install a heat pump, and how to diagnose and correct problems with a compressor.

Level 2 topics include heat pumps, duct systems, chimney vents and flues, basic maintenance and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to understand the operation of heat pump systems in detail, how to service the refrigerant circuit of systems, understand the basic concepts of alternating current generation and use, compressors, refrigerants and oils, basic maintenance of HVACR systems.

Evening classes are taught at the Larry Caddell Training Center in Carthage through our Continuing Education division. There may be a Saturday class. NCCER Core is a prerequisite to this class.

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Plumbing

Our plumbing program provides instruction related to the skills used by plumbers in residential and commercial settings. Currently two levels are offered with plans to add additional levels in the future.

Level I topics include plastic pipe and fittings, copper pipe and fittings, cast-iron pipe and fittings, carbon steel pipe and fittings, introduction to fixtures, an introduction to drain, waste, and vent systems, and an introduction to water distribution systems.

Upon completion of Level I, you should be able to understand the different types of pipes and fittings, plumbing fixtures and how to install them, drain waste and venting, and how to install a water heater.

Level II topics include plumbing math, how to read blueprints, how to install and test piping, and installing plumbing fixtures.

Upon completing Level II, you should be able to read and understand commercial drawings, install and test piping, understand structural penetrations, insulation and fire stopping, install roof, floor and area drains, and be able to install plumbing fixtures.

Evening classes are taught at the Larry Caddell Training Center in Carthage and are offered through our Continuing Education division. NCCER Core is a prerequisite to this class.

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Healthcare

EKG Technician 

Learn the required skills to become a certified EKG Technician and work in a variety of healthcare settings. Topics include cardiac anatomy and physiology, cardiac cycle, EKG strip analysis, 12 lead EKG, and EKG procedures. The class prepares students for the EKG certification with ASPT. 

EKG Technician is taught on the Pinehurst campus two evenings per week, at the Hoke Center as a hybrid evening class and online. It is offered through our Continuing Education division.

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Central Sterile Processing

You will learn the primary responsibilities of a central sterile technician and the practical applications of concepts and procedures. Explore preparation, storage, distribution of instruments, supplies, and equipment, quality assurance and inventory management. Upon completion, you will be able to apply the principles of sterilization and disinfection in the workplace, as well as the principles of distribution of instruments and supplies. You will be prepared for the Sterile Processing Technician certification.

This hybrid class is typically two evenings a week and taught on the Pinehurst campus and is offered through our Continuing Education division.

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Nurse Aide

Prepare to work as a Nurse Aide under the supervision of licensed healthcare professionals by performing hands-on patient care. Successful completion prepares students for the State Board examination for NC NA Registry listing. 

Classes are taught on the Pinehurst campus and at the Hoke Center in a hybrid format. Labs and Clinicals are required. 

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Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA)

Medical Administrative Assistants are valuable members of the healthcare team.Learn patient registration, telephone, scheduling, medical records, accounts receivable, data entry, and medical claims. This class prepares you for the Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) national certification exam offered by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA).

The course is taught as a hybrid on the Pinehurst campus and at the Hoke Center and is available online. It is offered through our Continuing Education division.

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Medical Assisting (MA)

According to monster.com, medical assistants are the glue that holds a physician’s office or a hospital floor together. They juggle the dual responsibilities of making patients feel comfortable and keeping doctors organized. It can be a regarding career with advancement opportunities. Those who like working with people and are highly organized make great medical assistants.

They may be the first face a patient sees. Most check patients in and usually take blood pressures and other vitals. They make sure patients’ medical histories are complete before seeing the physician. Behind the scenes, medical assistants work with records, coding, and billing, schedule appointments, and stock supplies.

Medical assistants find employment in physician’s offices, hospitals, outpatient care centers, continuing care retirement communities, and assisted living facilities for the elderly.

The demand for medical assistants is poised to grow much faster than average due to aging baby boomers increasing the demand for preventive medical services and the dramatic population growth of the Sandhills region of North Carolina. Physicians are hiring more assistants for routine administrative and clinical duties, allowing them to see more patients.

Our Medical Assistant program is a three-part class. You will learn anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, safety and infection control, procedures and examinations, medical law and ethics, administrative procedures, billing, coding, and insurance.

In Parts I and II, you will learn skills through a combination of lectures and labs. In Part III, you will gain hands-on experience through clinicals at local healthcare facilities. Upon completion of clinicals, you will have the opportunity to interview for a position.

It will take 11 months to complete this entire Continuing Education program and scholarships are available for qualified students.

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Pharmacy Technician 

Learn the technical procedures for preparing and dispensing prescriptions, packaging and labeling, controlled substance procedures, inventory control, pharmacy calculations and over-the-counter drugs. Upon completion, you will be able to perform basic supervised dispensing techniques in a community pharmacy setting and able to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam. The class prerequisite is WorkKeys Math Level 3.

This course is offered two evenings a week on the Pinehurst campus and online. It is offered through our Continuing Education division.

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Phlebotomy Technician 

You can learn the skills necessary to draw blood specimens in various healthcare settings and blood donation centers. Class topics include venipuncture, specimen handling, record-keeping and the healthcare profession. A Work Keys Reading for Information test, drug screening, background check, and current immunizations are required for registration. 

The course is taught in a hybrid format with evenings meetings on the Pinehurst campus or at the Hoke Center, some Saturday classes, and weekday Clinicals. It is offered through our Continuing Education division.

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Hospitality

Bartending 

Learn the basics of bartending as a profession or for leisure. Topics include popular mixed drinks, wine, utensils, glassware, fruit cutting, bar procedures, and ABC laws. This Saturday class meets on the Pinehurst Campus and is offered through our Continuing Education division.

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Manufacturing/Industry

Forklift Operation

Students can earn the National Safety Council’s (NSC) Lift Truck Operator certification by successfully completing our Forklift Operator class. Topics covered are NSC Lift Truck Operator Guideline, OSHA regulations, lift truck design and operating principles, pre-shift safety inspection and preventive maintenance, and worksite inspections.

The class is typically offered each fall and spring semesters in a two-day format on a Friday and Saturday.

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Machining

Skilled machinists are in high demand, and employment opportunities are possible in numerous industries. Learn to create and produce precision parts utilizing state-of-the-art industrial equipment.

You will learn to read and interpret blueprints, understand machinability and chip formation, learn to calculate speeds, feeds and depth of cut for various machine operations. You will also learn how use carbides and other tool materials and how to assemble work-holding components and perform basic semi-precision and precision layouts.

After successful completion of this course, you will have a basic knowledge of Numerical Control and Computerized Numerical Control (NC) and (CNC) machine tools.

This evening class is taught on the Pinehurst campus and is offered through our Continuing Education division.

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Mechanical Power Transmissions

This class is designed to provide the necessary foundation content to understanding how to work with mechanical power transmissions. You will learn safe proper service procedures, tools, and proper installing. Set-up procedures and equipment necessary to analyze and repair typical industrial equipment is taught. Emphasis is placed on mechanical equipment troubleshooting and repair, including common techniques and procedures.

This evening class has three levels and is taught at the Hoke Center. It is offered through our Continuing Education division.

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Welding

Our Welding course offers three levels, each building upon content learned in the previous level. We follow the National Center for Construction and Research (NCCER) curriculum. Upon successful completion of written and performance assessments and required training hours, students will be awarded a certificate of completion from NCCER.

This evening class is taught on the Pinehurst campus and is offered through our Continuing Education division.

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Public Safety

Basic Law Enforcement Training

If you’re looking to dedicate your working life to something challenging that you can be proud of, then a career in law enforcement might be a perfect fit. The Sandhills Community College Basic Law Enforcement Training program is an excellent place to begin your career. The Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) program is designed to give students the essential skills required for entry-level employment as law enforcement officers with a state, county, municipal agency, or in the private sector.

This program utilizes State-Commission-mandated topics and methods of instruction. General subjects include, but are not limited to, criminal, juvenile, civil, traffic, and alcoholic beverage laws; investigative, patrol, custody, and court procedures; emergency responses; ethics and community relations.

We offer this curriculum program on the Pinehurst campus and at the Hoke Center.

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Emergency Medical Technician

Our Emergency Medical Technician class prepares students to provide emergency care for the sick and injured. You will learn to respond to a variety of emergency medical situations.

Upon successful completion, you can sit for the state certification exam.

We will need a copy of your high school or GED diploma by first night of class. Evening/Saturday classes are held on the Pinehurst campus and at the Hoke Center in Raeford. Our day classes are taught at the Caddell Center in Carthage two days a week.

We offer a free evening EMT Success Prep class if you need to refresh your study skills and learn the EMT vocabulary. This class is designed to help you score higher on the EMT-Basic Entrance Test.

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Firefighting

Do you enjoy helping people and making a difference in your community? The Sandhills Fire Academy prepares you to become a competent, confident and fully prepared fire service provider. The Academy focuses on an intense hands-on approach to firefighting at our public safety training center campus. You will receive training and instruction that promotes both skill competency and understanding of the fireground.

Certifications obtained are: Firefighter I/II, Hazardous Materials Ops, and Technical Rescuer. The program incorporates EMT-Basic and prepares students to sit for the state certification exam.

Weekday classes are at the Larry R. Caddell PublicSafety Training Center in Carthage and is offered through our Continuing Education division.

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