Opportunities for students at Sampson Community College continue to grow.
The college has announced a new co-op program that has been formed between the college’s Industrial Systems Technology program and local industry, Sager Creek Vegetable Company.
According to Dana Meredith, Industrial Systems Technology Department Chair, the Industrial Systems Technology (IST) curriculum program provides opportunities to enhance the incoming workforce, as well as assists industry in the area. Through this curriculum program, students are able to be trained in highly technical careers.
Meredith said he met with Sager Creek’s management team to discuss possibilities in developing a co-op program to assist students in expanding classroom knowledge into workplace experience.
“The program will provide students with the opportunity to work in an industrial setting assisting the plant engineer to develop maintenance job procedures and establishing standards” states Meredith.
Sager Creek representatives toured the SCC Industrial Systems Technology shop and classroom areas, allowing them a chance to overview the training and teaching facility.
Meredith said the IST program holds a high job-placement rate.
“With an array of job opportunities, graduates of the IST program could begin a career in industry maintenance, electrical jobs (residential or commercial), and provide access to machine technologies,” Meredith stated.
The program, according to Meredith, is very beneficial in preparing students for their career paths.
“Sampson Community College strives to support each student in reaching their educational goals and preparing them for their career,” Meredith said. “SCC also strives to serve the community and assist in providing a highly trained workforce to enhance economic development. Having the IST program at SCC accomplishes both of those goals, preparing the students for their career and assists local industries hire a trained workforce.”
According to Meredith, the Industrial Systems Technology curriculum program offers an associate degree program and many certificate programs within a specific area, such as electrical, machinery, facilities maintenance and agriculture maintenance.
Through the co-op program with Sager, the college provides valuable experience and insight into local industry for their specific job related field.
“The co-op program, in coordination with Sager Creek Vegetable Co., will benefit both SCC by providing additional exposure of the training expertise and benefit the student by obtaining real-world practical experience in industry,” Meredith said. “This opportunity will provide valuable experience to the student that would assist in job placement after degree completion.”
The Industrial Systems Technology program at Sampson Community College is available to coordinate training with industry through curriculum programs or specialized training, to meet their needs in skilled workers.
For more information about the Industrial Systems Technology Program, visit www.sampsoncc.edu or call Dana Meredith at 910-592-8081.
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