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Pierpont Community & Technical College operates a continuing education and workforce training facility in South Fairmont at the North Central Advanced Technology Center located at 500 Galliher Drive.
In today’s workplace, employment or advancement often requires specialized training or professional certification. Pierpont Community & Technical College offers a wide array of non-academic-credit programs for those seeking technical skills and job training. Students may be required to meet minimum competency levels for entrance into career programs.
The Center is also designed to provide a flexible environment, enabling rapid response to regional business and industry workforce training needs. It offers both customized and open enrollment training.
Customized training programs are specifically developed to address identified training needs of regional business and industry for their current workforce. Programs focus on upgrading current workers’ skills and knowledge, professional development and industry certification for adults. Most activities are short term, non-academic credit training programs.
Open enrollment training programs are developed in response to a recognized regional need and are open to any individual meeting the entrance requirements.
Businesses may also lease the Center’s computer and training rooms to deliver their own training activity.
Students enrolled in many of the career-focused certification courses described above are now eligible for financial assistance through the West Virginia Higher Education Adult Part-time Student (HEAPS) Grant Program. The amount of financial award is based on individual need. These certification courses may also be eligible for funding through WorkForce WV. Please call (304) 367-4920 for further information.
- Workplace assessments, including job profiling and task analysis
- Continuing education programs for professional development
- Customized, skill-specific training, which can be delivered at your business location
Pierpont Continuing Education offers a variety of short-term instructor-led courses to meet the needs of career seekers and for those already employed that wish to advance in their specific field. Examples of career training and professional development courses are the following:
APPRENTICE UNDERGROUND MINER PROGRAM
This miner orientation program is designed to prepare you for the WV Office of Miner’s Health and Safety’s certification exam, which is required to become an entry-level underground coal miner. You will be exposed to a general orientation in mining, mining health and safety, mine gases and ventilation, roof and ribs, haulage, emergency response, accident prevention and hazard recognition, and miner and operator rights and responsibilities. Participants must be 18 years of age or older. Class size is limited to 25 persons and attendance is mandatory as required by state law.
FEDERAL ACQUISITION MANAGEMENT PROGRAM
This program is delivered through a series of seminars that focus on topics and issues related to the acquisition and management of federal contracts.
It is a certificate program that consists of 96 total classroom hours presented in six two-day segments of 16 hours each. Sessions include lecture, experiential exercises, research, and conclude with a final exam. To attain a certificate, students must attend and complete the requirements of all six segments.
The facilitator for this program is a 30- year veteran of the federal government where she was responsible for contracting for complex supplies and services, as well as oversight of federal agencies and prime federal contractors to ensure equitable opportunity for small businesses. She has worked with large, small, and international businesses in areas specific to the federal market. She is a Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM) and an undergraduate of Fairmont State University. In addition, she holds a Masters in Business Administration from WVU.
Participants gain a broad understanding of the federal acquisition regulations and processes. This detailed knowledge is invaluable for those companies already performing federal contracts or those who want to do so. The structure of each segment includes both lecture and application of the material through a series of experiential team exercises. Course content includes an overview of the federal acquisition regulations (FAR), planning for strategic growth, marketing and winning federal contracts, negotiated procurement, financial requirements, and contract management.
Pierpont Continuing Education offers a wide variety of self-paced programs that are designed with a team of professionals to provide the most effective web-based learning experience possible. Programs can be completed generally in less than 6 months. Instructors are actively involved in the students’ online learning experience by responding to any questions or concerns as well as encouraging and motivating students to succeed. The program includes everything needed to succeed (books, lessons, quizzes and assignments). Grades are a combination of computer-graded tests and the instructor’s evaluation of the students’ work. Students love the quality as well as the convenience of anytime, anywhere learning! Hours shown are typical completion times, although access is granted to the program for six-month duration, unless otherwise indicated.
Potential students may find answers to technical questions prior to enrolling by calling: (304) 367-4920.
For detailed course information, and outlines please visit: http://www.pierpont.edu/ce
ONLINE COURSES ARE OFFERED IN THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES:
- Business and Professional
- Business Software
- Government Contracting
- Non-Profit Management
- Sales & Marketing
- Supervisory & Leadership
- Workplace Essentials
- IT & Software
- Desktop Applications
- IT Certifications
- Media 7 Design
- Teacher Recertification
- Classroom Technology
- Language Instruction
- Math & Science
- Reading & Writing
- Tools for Teachers
- Healthcare Careers
- Fitness Careers
- Medical Billing and Coding
- Medical Specialty
- Skill Development
- Energy & Trades
- Coal, Oil, and Gas
- Electricity Production and Distribution
- Green Jobs
- Hospitality & Service
- Manufacturing & Trades
- OSHA & Workplace Safety
- Personal Enrichment
- Cooking & Baking
- Home & Garden
- Creative Arts
- Health & Recreation
- Personal Growth
- Digital Photography
- Youth & Family
- Money Matters
Fulfills WV teaching license recertification requirements.
Sharpen your teaching skills, or learn new ones with our online Teacher Professional Development courses. These online courses are self paced during your class time frame. They are project-oriented and include lessons, quizzes, hands-on assignments, supplementary links, and more. You can complete any course entirely from your home or office any time of the day or night. These courses meet Options 2 and/ or 4 on Form 4 for Teacher Recertification.
Continuing education Teacher Professional Development courses, designated with a course prefix of “XEDU,” are graded Satisfactory (S) or Unsatisfactory (U). These classes are designed for salary increment and upgrade or for recertification only and do not count toward any degree at Pierpont Community & Technical College or Fairmont State University. A grade of S is equivalent to a B or better.
Details on any of these courses can be found at: http://pierpont.edu/ce or by calling (304)367-4920.