Partners Launch WPCC Electrician’s Academy


Photo of wiring harness. Morganton, N.C. – A new program at Western Piedmont Community College (WPCC) will offer a comprehensive, short-term training program this summer for individuals who wish to pursue a career as an electrician.

The WPCC Electrician’s Academy will meet four days a week for five hours each day for 12 weeks beginning in May, for a total of 200 hours of intensive classroom and hands on training. The accelerated program will provide students the skills needed to gain entry-level employment with local residential and commercial electricians and as entry-level electrical maintenance technicians.

The Academy is made possible by a partnership between WPCC, Burke Development Incorporated (BDI) and the Burke County Homebuilders Association and is a direct response to a need for construction industry workers expressed during BDI’s hosing summit.

“This is another example of how WPCC has taken a proactive approach to addressing the critical need for entry level electricians in our area”, said Alan Wood, president and chief executive officer for Burke Development.  “Programs of this type will help us address the housing shortage, boost commercial construction and meet the needs of local industries that need electrical maintenance technicians”.

Support for the program has been widespread.  Several companies have each agreed to sponsor students in the class and are looking to the program for new employees to put to work.

“I am very excited to see the number of companies who are contributing to the program which speaks to the level of support that exists with our local contractors and industry,” said Stoney Story, WPCC’s coordinator of building construction technology.  “This really show their desire to invest in the next generation of technical professionals”.

Graduates of the program will be in high demand, with wages beginning at $12 to $15 per hour. Participating companies will host a job fair for the graduates at the completion of the program in August.  Successful graduates can expect to earn up to $18 – $20 per hour after one year on the job, and can be on a career path to become a licensed electrician within three years of progressive experience.

The Academy will have a limited number of students. Admission to the program is selective with minimum requirements including completion of a HS diploma or actively pursuing a HS diploma.

“We are looking for motivated, energetic individuals who want to begin a rewarding career in a field that is both growing and will continue to grow,” said Story.

Candidates interested in applying for the Academy should call (828) 448-3118 to schedule an interview.

The Academy will last from Monday, May 21 through Monday, August 6.  The cost for the program is $600 per student, which includes a book, tool kit/belt and registration fee.  Some sponsorships and scholarships are available.

More information about the Academy is also available by visiting

Western Piedmont Community College is located in the rolling foothills of picturesque Morganton, N.C. and proudly serves the local area by providing accessible, high-quality education that improves lives and promotes growth in the community. The college is one of only five colleges in the North Carolina Community College System achieving an “excellence” level in four of seven mandated performance measures and is guided by the College’s five-year strategic plan focusing on student success, employee development, workforce development, community engagement, and institutional enhancement.   For more information, visit or provide feedback to the College by visiting

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