South Piedmont Community College

South Piedmont Community College ("SPCC") serves as the primary training center for the workforce of Union County. SPCC offers programs in adult basic skills, college credit programs and short-term training. Key to supporting the needs of Union County's manufacturers are the Industrial Programs which include:

Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing

South Piedmont Community College (SPCC) is dedicated to developing the highly-skilled workforce that Union County's growing aerospace and precision manufacturing communities require. SPCC has invested more than $3 million in the latest manufacturing and skills training equipment over the last five years. The community college is proud of the support it has received from such benefactors as the Duke Energy Community College Grant, The Golden LEAF Foundation, and the OMNOVA Foundation. SPCC has a strong history of industry partnerships, having placed graduates of its workforce development programs with leading aerospace companies such as ATI Specialty Materials, United Technologies Aerospace Systems, and others.

SPCC has been at the forefront in the region for training and program development to serve the needs of the aerospace industry. Over the past four years more than 300 highly-skilled industrial technicians and basic CNC machine operators have been presented to the community, with many of our graduates finding immediate employment. Our growth will continue as we expand our program to a new location near our industry partners.

Apprenticeship 20/20

Apprenticeship 20/20 Flyer

At the end of two years, a student earns an Associate of Applied Science degree and Journeyman Certification by the N.C. Department of Labor. This comprehensive skill and knowledge development program at South Piedmont Community College gives students a competitive advantage. Upon graduation, the apprentice will be “work ready” and earning a lucrative starting salary with company benefits.

  • 8,000 hours of the On-the-Job Learning at a Manufacturing Site
  • 1,750 hours of Classroom Instruction

An associate degree is an academic credential that increases one’s employability because it represents that the graduate has learned skills and developed subject knowledge. The Apprenticeship program is ideal for youth who have an aptitude for math and science and who enjoy creating and fixing things.

The Associate of Applied Science degree makes the graduate more employable right away without a four-year degree. The collaborative interactions with South Piedmont instructors and with plant managers and supervisors help to create employment and professional development opportunities.

Possible Career Opportunities:
 • CNC Machinist
 • Electrician
 • Maintenance Technician
 • Mold/Plastic Technician
 • Tool & Die Maker
 • Welding Fabricator

Listing of Program/Certificates

Mechanical Engineering Technology Degree

Electrical Systems Technology  Degree

Industrial Systems Technology Degree

Mechatronics Engineering Technology Degree

CNC Quick Start Plus Program

Industrial Maintenance Program

Mechatronics - workforce program

Career Readiness Certificate Program

         Customized training programs available upon request, contact Todd Morris, 704.290.5827,



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