The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

June 9, 2013

New River Community and Technical College

Open houses to highlight technical training programs

— New River Community and Technical College will showcase the technical training programs offered at the Advanced Technology Center in Ghent at a series of open houses this summer.

ATC Dean Lisa Hatcher explained that the events will give prospective students a chance to earn about training programs offered at the center and also to get a better understanding of the types of jobs available to those who complete the training.

Among the programs offered at the Advanced Technology Center which lead directly to jobs is Line Service Mechanic, which prepares technicians to work for utility and communications companies.

Another program with great employment potential is CDL/Heavy Equipment, which prepares individuals to work over the road or on large projects year round. There is great demand for people who can operate heavy machinery, and regional employers have indicated that the combination of CDL and Heavy Equipment Operation will increase employment opportunities.

Welding is a fast-growing program that prepares students for jobs in a number of industries.

An up-and-coming program is Industrial Technology, which teaches technical skills for industrial machinery mechanics and maintenance positions by providing the mechanical, electrical, computer, hydraulic and pneumatic skills required to maintain plant operations in schools, hospitals, manufacturing facilities and other large commercial buildings. Students will learn about the latest techniques in precision mechanical engineering, controls theory, computer science and electronics.

The ATC also offers a degree in the emerging field of Residential Energy Management. This program is designed to provide the skills necessary for individuals to enter and climb within the green building technologies industry. The capstone course prepares individuals for certification as a building analyst and careers in quality assurance and post-work inspection.

The ATC has recently added programs in automotive and diesel technology that will appeal to students who wish to pursue a career in automobile and diesel equipment repair and maintenance, fields in which skilled technicians are in great demand.

Hatcher said today’s highly computerized work environment requires employees to have some English, math and computer skills in addition to the technical skills required of their jobs. New River builds these elements into its technical programs to ensure that those who complete a degree or certificate are truly prepared for the workforce.

The programs at the ATC range from skill set certificates that can be completed in less than a year to associate degree programs that can be completed in two years. Financial aid is available to qualified students.

Hatcher is inviting prospective students of all ages, parents and anyone in learning more about the programs at the ATC to visit June 13 and 27, July 11 and 18 and Aug. 1 to talk to faculty and staff. The hours for the June events are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Hours for the July and August events will be posted on the New River website,

For further information, contact the Advanced Technology Center at 304-929-3300.