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WPCC’s department of Personal Enrichment Programs agrees with the philosophy of “lifelong learning.” We believe in sustaining personal growth and expanding horizons, which is made easily accessible via tools and skills attained from our classes. Personal Enrichment Programs (PEP) offers opportunities for individual learning, couple classes, parent/child classes, summer camps, and senior-focuses courses. 

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May 16, 2023(1 event)

4:00 pm: Basic Excavator Operations (69328)

May 16, 2023

WPCC is offering a new and exciting training for the Do-It-Yourselfer. If you have decided to do your own repairs at home. Let us lend you some helpful training. Whatever it is inside the home or yard work. WPCC has three upcoming classes that might help to achieve your goal.

Course: Basic Excavator Operations
May 16, 2023 – June 8, 2023
4 weeks – Tuesday and Thursday Evenings, 24 hours total
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Cost: $70.00
Location: K-Building, 200 Patrick Murphy Drive, Morganton, NC 28655 | Room #140
SECTION NUMBER: 69328 (copy this number to use when registering)

This course will give the student a hands-on experience with the (CAT- Simulators) Excavator. The course will teach the student the control familiarization along with proper procedures. The course will provide scenarios from safety inspection, starting operations and shutdown. By the end of the course a student should be able to operate a mini-Excavator. There is an opportunity for a student to receive a job interview with a construction partner or municipalities.

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Upcoming DIY Courses:

Ceiling Fan Install: Learn more and Register HERE
Course Begins May 23, 2023



Jim Richardson Campus/K Building
200 Enola Road
Morganton, NC 28655
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May 22, 2023(2 events)

3:00 pm: Crafting Stained Glass

May 22, 2023

Have you ever wanted to make your very own piece of stained glass? Well here's your chance! Come join us in learning how to build your very own stained-glass magic.

Dates: May 22nd, June 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th , July 3rd
Time: 3pm-4pm, Mondays
Price: $80
Section Number: 69272
Location: K Building (Greenhouse)
Materials: The Students will need to purchase some Burnishers prior to class. Here is a Link to these materials Also, we encourage students to bring cut proof gloves (these can be purchased places like The Home Depot, Lows Hardware and Amazon as well.)

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Jim Richardson Campus/K Building
200 Enola Road
Morganton, NC 28655

6:00 pm: Intro To Welding

May 22, 2023

A person welding

Dates: May 22- July 24 (No class on Memorial Day nor the week of the 4th)
Exact Dates:  May 22nd, 24th, 31st, June 5th, 7th, 12th, 14th, 19th, 21st, 26th, 28th, July 10th, 12th, 17th, 19th, & 24th
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 9:50 p.m.
Section #: 68880
Room #: C-102 (Main Campus located at 1001 Burkemont Ave., Morganton)
Capacity: 10
Cost: $180

Description: This class will be an introduction to basic welding processes. Topics of discussion will include Safety in Welding, Welding types, and an overview of the welding industry as a whole. Students will be given time to practice some welding techniques and get a feel for the welding trade. The students will be working with mild steel mostly focusing on stick welding and gas welding. After the class is finished Students should be able to identify and set up Oxy-Fuel & Arc Welding Equipment and perform basic welding, brazing, and soldering applications.

No workbook is required but an optional one will be available if interested. No PPE is required
Western Piedmont Community College
1001 Burkemont Ave
Morganton , NC 28655
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Contact Information

Current or Future Classes

Please call (828) 448-6148 or email


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Disability Services

  • Karla Lanier, Disability Services Coordinator
    Office Number: (828) 448-3153 Email:
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  • WPCC complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act and will make every effort to honor reasonable requests made by individuals with qualifying disabilities. Accommodations must be requested three business days in advance of school events or activities through the Office of Disability Services in Room 136 Hildebrand Hall or call (828) 448-3154.

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Note:  All classes are self-supporting. Self-supporting classes are classes not supported by state dollars. All costs associated with these classes are paid through student registration fees.