Career Training

In addition to academic training Oconaluftee Job Corps CCC provides career technical training in the following career trades:

Office Administration

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Accredited through Southwestern Community College, this program offers training for entry-level clerical positions. Training focuses on employability skills including professional dress, conduct, and real-world employer training. Further training is available through many channels. Students who complete this training program are eligible to receive the following skills credentials:

  • Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC3).
  • Microsoft Certified Applications Specialist (MCAS) for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Microsoft Access certification (optional).
  • Computer hardware, software, and operating systems.
  • Common program functions.
  • Word processing and spreadsheet functions.
  • Networks and the Internet.

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Forestry Conservation and Wildland Firefighting

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Students in this Southwestern Community College accredited program will be trained in wildland firefighting and forestry conservation. Students complete three national USDA Forest Service fire courses, as well as training in natural resources, tree climbing, trail construction, and the national Incident Command System. Firefighters, strike team leaders, line scouts, and others in this program must be prepared to do hard physical work in steep terrain, extreme temperatures, altitude, and smoke. Other skills and requirements include:

  • Completing Wildland Firefighting Training, Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior, and Human Factors on the Human Factors on the Fire Line.
  • Understanding the role of wildlife and fisheries in forestry.
  • Identifying recreational management skills.
  • Demonstrating knowledge and understanding of National Forest and other forest land recreation opportunities and constraints.
  • Training in wilderness area management and nonwilderness area recreation management.
  • Achieving basic first aid and CPR certification.
  • Completing arduous level of a Pack Test (three miles, 45-pound pack, 45 minutes).

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Health Care Nurse Assistant/Home Health Aide

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This program offers training for entry level positions in the health care profession. Students who complete this training program are eligible to receive CNA State Licensure, CPR, and First Aid certifications. Outstanding graduates of this program may be accepted into advanced training programs such as Nursing and more. It is accredited by the North Carolina Division of Health Service Regulations. Required training in the following subject areas includes:

  • Infection control.
  • Safety/emergency procedures.
  • Basic nursing skills such as taking and recording vital signs.
  • Mental health and social service needs such as how to respond to patient behavior.
  • Care of cognitively impaired patients and techniques for addressing the unique needs and behaviors of individuals with dementia, Alzheimer's, and others.

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Carpentry

A carpenter works with various materials to construct, install, and maintain buildings and other objects like cabinets or furniture. Although the work can be strenuous - bending, lifting, standing, climbing and kneeling - it is also creative in nature. This program is accredited through the Home Builder's Institute (HBI). HBI pre-apprentice carpentry programs teach skills and techniques employers are looking for in entry-level carpenters. Skills include:

  • Building walls.
  • Installing roof joists, rafters, and trusses.
  • Laying roofs with plywood and shingles.
  • Applying insulation, weather-stripping, and caulking.
  • Installing doors, windows, and siding.
  • Installing interior finish and trim.
  • Using green building techniques to reduce resources, conserve energy, increase durability of structures, and improve indoor air quality.

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Electrical

Electricians install, connect, test and maintain wiring systems like lighting, power, climate control and security systems. The work environment is physically demanding - bending, lifting, kneeling and standing for long periods. HBI pre-apprentice electrical programs teach skills and techniques employers are looking for in entry-level electricians. The program is accredited through the Home Builder's Institute (HBI). Skills include:

  • Installing circuit panels.
  • Installing electrical conduit and wiring for homes and commercial sites.
  • Installing cabling.
  • Installing switches, receptacles, and lighting fixtures.
  • Testing and repairing electrical systems.
  • Using green building techniques to reduce resources and conserve energy.

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Facilities Maintenance

Facilities maintenance (FM) workers have skills in many different crafts - carpentry; plumbing; electrical; painting; landscaping; and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC). They repair and maintain buildings and work on plumbing, electrical, and HVAC systems. They also build partitions, make drywall repairs, and fix or paint roofs, windows, doors, floors, and woodwork. Like most building trades, the work is physically demanding. This program is accredited through the Home Builder's Institute (HBI). Skills include:

  • Replacing windows, doors, plumbing, and electrical fixtures.
  • Repairing floor, wall, and ceiling surfaces.
  • Installing drywall and painting.
  • Maintaining landscaped areas using green building techniques to reduce resources, increase durability of structures, improve indoor air quality, and conserve energy and water.

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Page last updated: Tuesday, January 24, 2012