NCC Partners in Strategic Response to Industry Needs


Nash Community College’s customized industry training dates back to 1968, just one year after Nash Technical Institute was founded, when the campus began offering industrial programs. Since that time, Nash Community College has continued to build partnerships with industry and established a strong reputation for preparing individuals at the highest level to meet the demands of manufacturing careers.

In 2018, with the support of many industrial partners, NCC opened a new state-of-the-art Advanced Manufacturing facility for students to learn Electrical Systems, Computer-Integrated Machining, and Electronics Engineering, including robotics and a simulated manufacturing laboratory.Over the years, the College has strategically responded to the needs of the complex industrial sector. Strong employer relationships have built trust among recruiters visiting campus regularly seeking talented new employees.

To that end, Nash Community College is pleased to be a part of a new initiative – Regional Advanced Manufacturing Pipeline for Eastern North Carolina, also known as RAMP East.

The partnership is a regional effort to continue to strategically address workforce needs for the advanced manufacturing industries in a 10-county area of Eastern North Carolina. This region is experiencing tremendous growth in the advanced manufacturing sector, and as a result, has specific training needs to address current and future workforce demands.

RAMP East is dedicated to ensuring all existing and new industries located in the region are provided well-trained and qualified candidates to meet their specific and unique hiring needs.

To address these local industry training needs, Nash and other community colleges are offering an Advanced Manufacturing Institute serving Nash, Beaufort, Bertie, Edgecombe, Halifax, Hertford, Martin, Northampton, Pitt and Wilson counties.

The Advanced Manufacturing Institute is a 96-hour curriculum customized to prepare individuals for careers in the local manufacturing sector.

At Nash, coursework includes manufacturing concepts, training in Working Smart, Math for Measurement, Lean Six Sigma – Yellow Belt, OSHA-10, problem solving, and plant tours. Upon completion, students will have the basic knowledge to begin their careers in advanced manufacturing.

The Advanced Manufacturing Institute begins at Nash Community College October 28 and runs through November 15. Applicants must have an industry-recognized Career Readiness Certificate (Bronze level), which can be earned through the community college.

The cost of the Advanced Manufacturing Institute is $196.25 and pre-registration is required before October 24, 2019. Scholarships are available through NC Works.

For more information, or to register, please contact Melissa Cahoon at or 252-451-8379 or visit