It has been said that “If you fail to plan, then you plan to fail.” With all that has impacted our country, community and lives since early 2020, now is an ideal time for us to take pause and evaluate our position in life.
As I think about the impact of 2020 on our community; Halifax County, the primary thought that comes to mind centers around our 6.7% unemployment rate. We continue to experience a high demand for health care workers while concerns about the pending retirement bubble of skilled workers also increases. On a better note, is the news that 137 new jobs, in the timber manufacturing industry, are slated to arrive in 2022. Could it be that now is the best time for us to think about preparing ourselves for one of those high-wage/high-skill careers of the future? The answer is a resounding yes!
Did you answer no or were you unresponsive because you do not possess the necessary qualifications? Be assured that now is the ideal time and Halifax Community College is the ideal place. After all, at HCC, it is our mission to prepare the workers of today for the jobs of tomorrow. We can help you map out the pathway to your future.
Career Coach is one of the resources on our website (halifaxcc.edu). It is interactive and provides useful information related to careers that are available in our local area. It shares data about salaries, availability, commuting and job requirements. It also includes a free assessment tool that will give takers a greater understanding of their abilities and interests and based on those abilities and interests, widens the scope of career choices.
HCC will train and graduate more than 250 students in high-wage/high-skill industries annually. This number includes 110 students from the Industrial Systems, Welding Technology and Automotive Technology programs (which will be housed in our new state-of-the-art Advanced Manufacturing and Corporate Training Center beginning this fall), 34 students from the Dental Hygiene program, and more than 112 LPNs, RNs and other health care professionals from the Nursing and Allied Health Department.
Transitioning classes into our new facility creates space for additional course offerings and we will now be able to offer training in Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning (HVAC), Masonry, Plumbing, Commercial Cleaning and Food Preparation. In addition to that and in response to the high demand for credentialed truck drivers, we are offering CDL Training this fall.
At Halifax Community College, we are doing all that we can to meet our community’s workforce needs for today and for the future. There are many scholarships available for students of all ages and socio-economic statuses. So, do not wait any longer — we have just the program for you! Begin planning for your future today. Fall classes start Aug. 18. You may complete an application online at the website listed above or contact the Admissions Office at 252-536-7225.
Michael Elam is the president and CEO of Halifax Community College.