Richmond Community College in Hamlet offers a wide variety of classes that cater to different interests. This January, RCC is showcasing three different programs, one of those being a new offering to teach people the skills necessary to operate lathes and milling machines.
RCC will be offering a Pharmacy Technician program, two levels of the NCCER Core and Sustainability program, which teaches construction, and a new program called Injection Mold Making and Repair. All of the classes will begin in January.
Both the Pharmacy Technician program and the construction programs will be held at the Honeycutt Center in Laurinburg. The Injection Mold Making and Repair program will be held in the Forte building.
Orientation for the Pharmacy Technician program will be on Jan. 10, at 10 a.m., at the Honeycutt Center in Laurinburg.
Classes begin Jan. 24. The instructor will be Pharmacist Leslie Sanderson. A graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, Sanderson has over 30 years of experience as a pharmacist. He spent 18 years working with a major chain store and has worked with the Medicine Shoppe of Laurinburg for the past 13 years. He is a member of the N.C. Association of Pharmacists and is a founding member of the Southeaster Pharmaceutical Association in Lumberton.
“A good technician is quite valuable to a pharmacy. Students who complete this course will be prepared to take the national exam to become certified by the Pharmacy Technician Training Board. Some pharmacies are now requiring this certification for employees, and while it is not mandatory, it is certainly encouraged and makes you more marketable,” said Sanderson.
The course is 96 hours in length and is offered in a hybrid format. Classes meet every other Thursday from 6 until 9 p.m. at the Honeycutt Center; other material and assignments are offered online. Tuition is $176 and the textbook is about $108. Classes run through July 11.
If getting a job in the construction field is more appealing, RCC is offering two levels of the NCCER Core and Sustainability program beginning Jan. 7 and 8.
The National Center for Construction Education and Research develops standardized construction and maintenance curricula with portable credentials awarded to students completing the courses.
The instructor for this course will be Mike Lewis, certifies NCCER and OSHA instructor.
A graduate of N.C. State University, Lewis has taught construction technology in the public schools for the past eight years and was a general contractor for 25 years.
“These modules provide the basics students need to know to enter the construction field,” said Lewis.
“Each module has written and performance assessments. Topics include basic safety, construction math, hand tools, power tools, blueprints, rigging, sustainability, and employment skills. Once someone has attained the credentials, he has them for life. The second level of the course builds upon the skills gained in the basic course,” he said.
NCCER Core and Sustainability I is a 136 hour course beginning Jan. 7, and ending June 19. Classes are held Monday and Wednesday nights from 6 until 9 p.m. at the Honeycutt Center in Laurinburg. Tuition is $175. Applicants should check with the Lumber River Council of Government to determine whether they are eligible to have their tuition paid by the council.
NCCER Core and Sustainability II is also a 136 hour course and runs Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6 until 9 p.m. at the Honeycutt Center. It begins Jan. 8 and ends June 13. Tuition is $175 as well. OSHA training, weatherization, thermal and moisture control, and introduction to heating and air conditioning is also included.
“A growing number of employers are asking for NCCER certification from prospective employees, especially companies that install solar panels. The skills learned in these classes will help someone go beyond an entry-level position and give them the confidence to succeed once employed,” said Lewis.
Injection Mold Making and Repair
Machinists and people skilled in operating lathes and milling machines have the opportunity to learn new skill sets that will boost their resumes and enhance their marketability. Richmond Community College offers Injection Mold Making and Repair beginning Jan. 7 at 6 p.m. in the Forte Building on main campus. Tuition is $175. A textbook and Texas Instrument TI-30Xa calculator are also needed. Textbooks cost $175.
Instructor David Flinchum of Aberdeen brings more than 30 years of experience to the classroom as he teaches students to understand the assembly of a basic mold, to understand the thought process of mold design, to be able to machine a basic mold core and mold cavity, and to learn preventive maintenance for injection tooling.
“Anything you see made of plastic came out of a mold,” said Flinchum. “Occasionally you see something machined out of plastic, but for the most part, things that are mass produced come from molds. Buttons, knobs, Frisbees, and trashcans are good examples. This course is the beginning of a year-long series of courses designed to train people to become mold makers.”
Classes are Monday and Wednesday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Lab is Tuesday and Thursday from 6 to 9:30 p.m. The class runs from Jan. 7 until May 6. RCC is closed for the holidays and reopens Jan. 2. To preregister call 410-1831 or email email@example.com with your name and telephone number.
The Honeycutt Center is located at 600 McLean St. in Laurinburg.
For more information on any of the these classes, visit the RCC website at Richmondcc.edu and to preregister for any of these classes, call 410-1831.