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Customized Training

Customized Training


At Southwestern Community College, we deliver state-funded, company-specific training for existing, expanding and new manufacturers throughout our service area.

We work with the NC Department of Commerce and the Economic Development offices of Jackson, Macon, Swain Counties and the Qualla Boundary to attract and retain local industry while providing customized training - whenever and wherever you need it. Our aim is to help meet your needs quickly so that you can be successful. Please let us know how we can help!



We partner with your organization to help choose industry-specific training for new and existing employees. Skills training will help your company remain competitive in a complex economic environment while equipping employees to future-proof careers. 

SCC is best positioned to understand the local, regional, national and global market and can partner in designing and providing appropriate and industry-specific training. Services include pre and post-hire training in technical and critical soft skills. 



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Manufacturing, Technology Intensive (i.e., Information Technology, Life Sciences), Regional/National Warehousing, Customer Support Centers, Air Courier Services, National Headquarters with operations outside North Carolina and Civil Service Employees providing technical support to US military installations located in North Carolina.

Employees who receive training should be permanent employees of the company and must be paid by their employer for the time spent in training. Employees that receive training must be directly related to the manufacturing process.  

This program is not intended to train office staff or human resources. 

In some job growth situations, the Customized Training Program can support pre-hire training. The opportunity for this training will be discussed in the initial meeting between the company, SCC and the NC Community College System.

The Customized Training Program is funded through the NC legislature, and there is a limited annual budget. Instructor rates and any cost limits will be discussed in initial meetings between the company, SCC and the NC Community College System. 

If companies are continuing to add new jobs and/or invest in new technologies that require additional training, there is an opportunity for additional support through the Customized Training Program. Training in these situations will focus on new employees and those employees engaged in operating new machinery and equipment. 

Most projects range, in time, from 12 to 24 months, with a maximum of 36 months. 

The minimum class size is 6, though the recommended and effective class size is typically 12. The larger class size allows for group activities and collaborative learning opportunities. Keep in mind, however, very large class sizes will dilute the learning objectives. 

Since the expectation is that the submission of documents represents a collaborative effort among all parties, the normal span is 5-10 business days. 

Representatives from the company, SCC and the NC Community College System meet to determine the jobs to be created, the skills required and the training to support these skills.  A comprehensive training plan is developed and submitted by an SCC representative. No additional applications are required to be completed by the company. A Customized Training representative will partner with the company on the implementation of seamless training solutions offering minimum interference in companies' day-to-day operations. 


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