HAMLET — Faculty from Richmond Community College will teach a welding and cybersecurity course at Richmond Senior High School beginning fall 2019.
During the RCC Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday, Interim Superintendent of Richmond County Schools Jeff Maples and RCC President Dale McInnis gave the trustees an update on the partnership between the two schools.
“I think a good partnership will become a model partnership,” said McInnis. “It’s a great sense of teamwork and collaboration and I’m excited about where we’re going to go and what we’re doing for these kids.”
McInnis said this will be the first time that RCC will have faculty teaching at the high school and they are in the works of creating a new position for a career planner to be housed at the school.
“These two courses at the high school — the welding and the cybersecurity — are just the tip of the iceberg as far as opportunities we can provide for our students,” said Maples.
According to RCC’s website, upon completion of their cybersecurity program, students will be prepared for an information technology (IT) career in digital forensics, network security services, ethical hacking and related areas. Coursework includes, but is not limited to, ethical hacking, cyber defense, data recovery, networking technologies, information policy, intrusion detection, security administration and operating systems administration.
In cybersecurity, entry level salaries can range anywhere from $30,000 to $45,000.
At the March meeting of the Richmond County Board of Commissioners, McInnis, in response to a question from Commissioner Tavares Bostic in regard to how the county can keep cybersecurity graduates in the area, said cybersecurity training is a “portable skill” that people can do from their own homes, though it is a global need.
“Most companies today are needing those skill sets that include cybersecurity and IT,” McInnis said.
With the welding technology curriculum, students will have an understanding of the science, technology and applications essential for successful employment in the welding and metal industries. Courses include math, blueprint reading, metallurgy, welding inspection and destructive and non-destructive testing, according to RCC’s website.
So far, Maples said there are 30 students enrolled in the welding course. He said welding was a popular choice because of the fast track towards a career, stating that students will earn their credentials upon completion of the course that will help them get a job after graduation and can earn anywhere from $15 to $20 an hour.
Maples said in addition to supporting their students who are enrolled with RCC’s College and Career Promise program, which allows high schools juniors and seniors to earn college credits while still in high school, they want to focus on those who might not want to go to college. There are currently 445 students enrolled in the CCP program.
“We owe that to our students,” said Maples. “We need to prepare them for work and give them some internships and apprenticeships. I look forward to working with the community college to make sure they have jobs when they graduate Richmond Senior High School and they want to stay in the region.”
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