As new and established industries in Nash and Edgecombe counties expand, workers with skills sets in areas of production and maintenance will be increasingly needed.  Nash Community College's (NCC) programs have had their capabilities boosted through the grant funding provided through the North Carolina Advanced Manufacturing Alliance (NCAMA).  Programs to benefit include training in basic electricity, PLC (programmable logic controller), hydraulics/pneumatics, robotics, machining, industrial math, blueprint reading, safety, quality assurance, maintenance awareness, and lean six Sigma. 

Nash Community College provides student services and curriculum improvements to support students through their chosen course of study.  An Associates degree is strongly encouraged as the best long-term program of study for students.  However, no matter the degree path chosen, each student is provided with the guidance and tools necessary to successfully complete their course of study.  Additionally, students are encouraged to obtain third-party credentials, such as AWS, NIMS, Fanuc, et cetera, in addition to their curriculum program of study.

NCAMA funding provides additional equipment to strengthen mid-skills training in order to better prepare individuals for entry into the workplace.  The new equipment provides access to current technologies utilized within local industries and provides the student with up-to-date skill sets required for employability.  Technicians are able to learn multi-crafted disciplines and are less one-dimensional in scope.  Additionally, the equipment provides access to skills training required for preparation for third-party credentials, such as Siemens Mechatronics, AWS, and NIMS.

Students with advanced manufacturing skills, such as CNC (computer numerical controlled) machining, programmable logistic controls, instrumentation, electrical/electronics technology, robotics, digital electronics, advanced welding and fabrication, computer engineering, and programming and computerized production will provide companies with qualified employees.  Established partnerships and internship programs will enhance recruitment and retention of skilled employees.