How fast does a forklift go? How many compressions per minute should you do when administering CPR? Get the answers to those questions and earn quick certification just by sampling courses at Piedmont Technical College (PTC). Interested individuals can try out selected classes at no cost as part of “Test Drive PTC.” The free program ― a $400 value ― offers an opportunity to sample curricula associated with one of two educational concentrations ― industrial and engineering or health science and nursing.
“Test Drive PTC offers a basic overview of two in-demand career paths and introduces students to the wide range of opportunities that are available to those with the right skill sets,” says Joshua Black, PTC associate vice president for enrollment and communications. “Students attend two sessions a week for two weeks, plus one weekend session, and finish with at least one valuable industry-recognized certification. It’s a $149 value, plus certification, for free. Those who successfully complete all sessions and desire to continue their studies at PTC receive a $250 tuition credit toward courses they enroll in moving forward.”
PTC is offering its second Test Drive opportunity on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. beginning July 17 through July 26, with a Saturday session at 10 a.m. on July 28, all at the Lex Walters Campus-Greenwood. Test Drive students who choose the industrial-and-engineering option will learn about mechatronics technology, machine tool technology, engineering technology and welding. Those who choose health science and nursing will get an overview of nursing, occupational therapy assistant, respiratory care, medical assisting and patient care technician.
Those completing the industrial and engineering sessions will earn certification in Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Forklift. Those completing the health science and nursing sessions will earn certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR.
“These are basic skills people can put to work immediately,” Black says, “whether they continue on at PTC or not. There is absolutely no cost and no risk involved.”
Imagine being able to experience a prospective career before you invest full resources toward its pursuit. That’s the idea behind Test Drive PTC. For more information or to register online, go to www.ptc.edu/testdrive.