PLC course at VGCC draws interest of local industries
Employees of numerous local companies recently completed a Vance-Granville Community College course that offered instruction in Programmable Logic Controllers.
The 96-hour course, “Introduction to PLC’s,” was held at VGCC’s Main Campus from August through November. A Programmable Logic Controller is a type of computer used for automation of electromechanical processes, such as directing machinery on a factory assembly line. The training included programming functions, program preparation, saving programs, loading programs, and hands-on programming.
“Courses like this one make our region’s businesses and industries more productive while also providing employees with opportunities to update and enhance their job skills, as manufacturing becomes increasingly high-tech,” said Jean Blaine, VGCC’s director of occupational extension . “In partnership with local employers, VGCC is creating the skilled workforce that will help our economy grow and prosper.”
Above: Members of the “Introduction to PLC’s” class pose for a picture at one of their last class meetings. Pictured, seated, from left, are student Thaddeus Harden from Bridgestone Bandag of Oxford, instructor Tim Evans, and students Bill Jewell from Palziv North America of Louisburg and Dan Weldon from BFS Industries of Butner; standing, from left, students Michael Jones from Bridgestone Bandag of Oxford, Donald Laregina from Elster of Raleigh, Frank Johnson from Palziv North America of Louisburg, Zach Harris from Glen Raven of Norlina, and Michael Rogers from CareFusion of Creedmoor. (VGCC photo)