Hands-on tech programs connect job opportunities

October 22, 2014

Courtesy EPCC Advanced Technology Center 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The majority of the programs at the Advanced Technology Center can be completed in one year.

 

 

 

 

Paola Martinez

 

 

 

 

For the last 26 years, the EPCC Advanced Technology Center (ATC), located in the Valle Verde campus, has offered academic credit and continuing education programs which providing entry-level training and skills upgrade courses. 

 

Olga L. Valerio, ATC dean, always has her door open for current students and for those who might be interested in entering one of the programs.

 

 “These programs are really good for people that are hands-on, not everyone is good at English or math, but they are really good on hands-on and these are perfect programs for them,” Valerio said.

 

 “Many people don’t know about the ATC building because it’s the isolated building, but we have wonderful technical programs.” 

 

The ATC provides courses in CNC/CAD/CAM Systems, Precision Manufacturing Technology, Electrical Journeyman, Welding Technology, Industrial Manufacturing, Robotics and Automation, Industrial Maintenance, PLC, Diesel Mechanic, Plumbing, Quality Assurance, Heating Ventilation & Air Conditioning, Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (Weatherization, PV, Energy Auditor, and LEED).

 

The ATC also has training in Computer Information Systems, which offers classes from basic computer skills to advanced courses.

 

A course focusing on solar technology will be offered in Spring 2015.

 

“Renewable Energy we’re going to start soon.

 

The program will be a national certification for students who finish the program and it’s also entry-level for the PV installations,” Valerio said.

 

Valerio said that students also learn how to be safe around all the equipment.

 

The majority of the programs can be completed in one year.

 

Some programs given are compact minimesters where students meet every day for four hours and finish one class in one month and one week.

 

The ATC also has job placement assistance available for most of their programs.

 

For more information, contact the ATC at at ovalerio@epcc.edu or at 831-2351.

 

Students can visit the ATC building located in the northwest side of the Valle Verde campus.

 

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