ECC offers new programs


A student works in the new welding lab at Edgecombe Community College


From Contributed Reports

Thursday, August 31, 2017

New programs designed to prepare students for job opportunities await Edgecombe Community College students this fall.

A new Welding program will help students develop industry-standard skills for welding and metalworking industries, construction, manufacturing and fabrication.

According to Doug Parrish, department chair of Industrial and Technical Trades, a Duke Energy Foundation grant of nearly $250,000 has enabled the college to purchase new equipment, improve lighting, and upgrade the welding lab, including the addition of twelve welding booths with state-of-the-art ventilation.

“The new equipment is automatic and high tech,” Parrish said. “We have new digitally controlled, multi-function welders which provide more precise control over the heat of the arc and create neater, stronger welds.”

For a number of years, ECC has offered four certification programs in welding through Continuing Education: ARC, TIG, MIG and SMAW welding. All four programs are certified by the American Welding Society.

Parrish said through the new welding program on the curriculum side of the house, courses will be more accessible to Edgecombe high school students since they will be offered in the afternoon during high school third and fourth periods when students are bussed to the ECC campus to take classes.

Students will learn MIG, TIG, and stick welding processes and will study print reading, metallurgy, and welding inspection, among other topics.

“In an industry that is expected to increase fifteen percent over the next ten years, welders are and will continue to be in high demand,” Parrish said.

Entrepreneurship is another exciting new program that will benefit students who want to start a small business or who want to grow as self-employed business owners.

Course work includes entrepreneurial concepts, business funding, marketing and economics. The program will be strengthened through the resources of ECC’s Small Business Center.

For more information on welding, entrepreneurship or other programs at Edgecombe Community College, contact admissions@edgecombe.edu or 823-5166, ext. 255.