BCCC to start boatbuilding programs with Golden LEAF grant

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WASHINGTON, N.C. (WNCT) Beaufort County Community College will roll out two new programs in Boat Manufacturing & Repair and Boat Building with the support of a $200,000 grant from the Golden LEAF Foundation.

The college is adding the new programs to help create a local employment pipeline for regional companies such as Pamlico Yachts, Caldwell Marine, and Iconic Marine.

The programs will be housed at the Beaufort County Skills Center pursuant to a two-year lease with the Beaufort County Committee of 100.

Classes will begin during the Fall 2021 semester. 

The Golden LEAF Foundation awarded BCCC $200,000 in grant funding to kick-start the two new programs.

The funding will be used to purchase major equipment and to hire an instructor.

As an additional donation, the Beaufort County Committee of 100 has waived the lease on the Beaufort County Skills Center on Page Rd. for two years. 

These programs will provide students with the education and training necessary to enter and succeed in the robust and growing boat-manufacture industry in Eastern North Carolina.

Students will have the option to earn a diploma and/or third-party and post-secondary credentials, as well as participate in work-based learning opportunities.  

“The best thing we can offer our students is a program that lets them study locally, keep living at home–potentially even work an existing part-time job–and prepares them for entry or promotion in a thriving boat building industry,” said Dr. Jay Sullivan, VP of Academic Affairs. “This keeps them from having to uproot their family to study elsewhere and connects them to a skilled position locally.” 

The two programs offer diplomas in Boat Manufacturing & Service and Boat Building.

Each program can be completed in three semesters and provide concentrations in Composite Boat Manufacturing, Marine Services, and Boat Building.

The only other college to offer similar programs is Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington, so these additions at BCCC will allow students to study and start working locally. 

Golden LEAF awarded the grant to BCCC as part of its “Workforce Preparedness and Education” priority.

With this priority, the foundation intends to increase the number of qualified individuals with skills aligned with the current and future needs of North Carolina businesses and prepare students with the technical and life skills necessary to enter the workforce. 

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