As part of a statewide initiative to update technical education programs, Vance-Granville Community College is converting the former “Electrical/Electronics Technology” program into the new Electrical Systems Technology program. The change takes effect as of the fall semester, which begins Aug. 19.
The program’s subtle makeover comes in the wake of the N.C. Community College System’s “Code Green” Super Curriculum Improvement Project (CIP), which resulted in the redesign of various curriculum programs and courses in five areas: Building, Energy, Engineering, Environment, and Transportation technologies. As part of the CIP, the community college system has incorporated skills related to emerging technologies, renewable sources of energy and reduced consumption of energy into its programs.
Longtime VGCC faculty member Robert Hudson, who continues to head the Electrical Systems Technology program, participated in the energy sector of the curriculum improvement project. “Green technologies, sustainability and alternative energy are increasingly important to the economy in our area and across the state,” Hudson said. “The community college system has responded to these changes, and I think the result will be that our graduates will be better-prepared for the jobs of today and tomorrow.”
The revised curriculum continues to provide training in the installation and maintenance of electrical systems found in residential, commercial, and industrial facilities. Coursework, most of which is hands-on, includes such topics as AC/DC theory, basic wiring practices, programmable logic controllers, industrial motor controls, applications of the National Electrical Code, and other subjects. Graduates should qualify for a variety of jobs in the electrical field as an on-the-job trainee or apprentice assisting in the layout, installation, and maintenance of electrical systems.
In addition to the diploma program, VGCC offers certificates in Basic Wiring, Industrial Wiring and Sustainable Electrical Energies. Hudson also oversees the college’s certificate in Sustainability Technologies.
New students interested in Electrical Systems Technology can apply for admission now, online or on any VGCC campus. Orientation and advising of new students will take place throughout the summer. Registration for fall classes is currently ongoing and will end on Aug. 14. For more information, call Robert Hudson at (252) 738-3211.