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Wilson Community College adds new continuing education courses

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Responding to the needs of local government and industry, Wilson Community College has added a slate of new continuing education courses starting in January.

Kim Gamlin, executive dean of continuing education, detailed the offerings for the WCC Board of Trustees this week.

“As we go out and visit industry, sometimes we will listen to the needs of what they are missing as far as employees, so this was a diverse, hodgepodge group of people who said ‘Let’s get together and see if we can get some folks who can help us out with these skills within these companies,’” Gamlin said.

The new programs range from municipal finance to mechanical blueprint reading.

The base SAS certification prep course will help students learn about SAS data and presentation software.

“If you take the course, at the end, you can sit for the SAS certification exam,” Gamlin said.“We are focusing this toward banking and other small businesses here in Wilson or other large businesses who may want to have someone on their staff learn more about how to use the SAS programming and data collection.”

Topics will include reading, manipulating and creating new data, producing statistics, transforming data, creating and utilizing arrays and reading fixed and free-form datasets.

The base SAS certification prep course, will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, January 10 through May 2, with a $180 fee.

An income maintenance caseworker course utilizing NCFAST — North Carolina Families Accessing Services through Technology — is a two-part program put together as a result of WCC’s partnership with the Wilson County Department of Social Services.

“NCFAST is a data collection tool that the department of social services uses,” Gamlin said. “It is the way that they input their clients in. We are having a local need and we are looking to fill that by having an income maintenance caseworker class. This is a two-part series for people who may be looking at careers at a local department of social services for the income maintenance caseworker role. The first part you can take at another college but the second part will be specific to Wilson County.”

Part 1, “Human Services Exploration: DSS Caseworker,” will be 6-9 p.m.,Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jan. 15 through March 5, with a $145 fee.

Part 2, “Income Maintenance Caseworker - NCFAST,” will be 6-9 p.m., March 14 through May 9, with a $145 fee.

Another request the college had from local county and city government was for a municipal finance course that looks at ways government finance offices operate.

Gamlin said the UNC School of Government course in municipal finance can be overwhelming for some, and this course is more on the basic parts of municipal finance.

Municipal finance is a new WCC continuing education course open to anyone in city or county or governments here or in the region. The course will be heled from 6 to 9 p.m., Tuesdays, Jan. 15 through March 12 and has a $125 fee.

Gamlin said WCC has been working for about a year with Greenlight Community Broadband on a fiber optics basics course.

“This is going to be specific to people wanting to learn about fiber optics,” Gamlin said. “This is transferable across the state. We have got a great partnership with Greenlight. We are going to have a diverse group of people coming in talking about what fiber optics are and different types of career choices you can have within that curriculum. So this is a brand-new one that we have coming out a well.”

The fiber optics basics course will be from 9:30 a.m. to noon, Wednesdays, Jan. 16 through March 20, with a fee of $140.

The last of the five courses is mechanical blueprint reading.

“It’s an 18-hour course. This is industrial drawings for manufacturing and construction, so this is a pretty diverse course that can be used to support our local industries here in the county,” Gamlin said.

Students will develop skills in reading and accurately interpreting industrial drawings and after completion, should be able to understand views, dimensions, sections and be able to interpret working drawings for manufacturing and construction.

The mechanical blueprint reading course will be from 6-9 p.m., Mondays, Jan. 28 to March 4, with a fee of $70.

WCC President Tim Wright said the continuing education program is flexible enough to respond quickly to business, industry and government needs.

“This is great,” said WCC Trustee David West. “It is fantastic that we’re responding to the community.”

For registration information, contact Cynthia Green at 252-246-1287 email For program information, call Jane Elliott at 252-246-1253 or email