Southwest Tennessee Community College Meets Local Industry Needs
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In response to critical local industry needs, Southwest Tennessee Community College has unveiled a new, cutting-edge program in Industrial Process Control Technology. Approved to start during the Spring 2016 semester, this program will offer a technical certificate and two degree tracks for Process Control and Maintenance Technicians. Process Control Technicians monitor, analyze, and control the production of products in a wide range of industries. These industries include chemical, steel, food and beverage, pharmaceutical, power generation, refining, and wastewater treatment. The Maintenance Technicians focus on equipment installation, repair, and troubleshooting all process systems. Based on the same program at Nashville State Community College, this new program will be housed in the Technologies Department on Southwest's Macon Cove Campus.
"This is a great opportunity for anyone who wants to raise his or her job readiness and skill level to meet the current and future needs of major local employers," said Dr. Tracy D. Hall, President of Southwest Tennessee Community College. Training to become a process control operator is an alternative for high school graduates, unemployed individuals and workers who want to increase their earning power. "My goal is for Southwest to be a proactive and critical partner in training workers capable of successfully competing on a regional basis," remarked Dr. Hall.
As Pauline Vernon, Vice President of Workforce Systems Alignment for the Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce (GMACW) said, "This will definitely help to fill an important sector need in the region. This is perfect timing to correspond with the process control technology sector council that GMACW is helping to support. One of the goals of the new council is to assist local employers in filling their process control employment and training needs. Southwest will definitely be part of this initiative with its newly approved program!"
For additional details, contact Dr. Antonio Jenkins, grant coordinator-Southwest Solutions Workforce Development, at 901-333-4556 or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.