WCC Students Complete Inaugural Industrial Maintenance Program

Twenty-four students recently completed Wytheville Community College's (WCC) new Industrial Maintenance Program, which began during the Fall semester of 2022. 


The program, designed to certify students in industrial maintenance technology, offers certifications in electrical, mechanical, fluid power, sensors, PLC, and robotics. These students completed a semester-long program and were recognized during a ceremony in WCC’s Snyder Auditorium on December 15, 2022.  

Perry Hughes, WCC Vice-President of Workforce Development and Occupational Programs, said of the Industrial Maintenance graduates, “These hard-working students came to the program with the determination to leave as skilled workers – ready for the workforce. Each of them achieved that goal this semester, and the group leaves with over 400 work certifications.”  

WCC’s Industrial Maintenance Program is designed to service all industries located in WCC’s service area and will continue to offer introductory training in electrical, mechanical, hydraulics, pneumatics, sensors, PLC, and FANUC robotics. The evening cohort for the program begins February 7, 2023 and runs until May 25, 2023.

WCC welcomed new students to the Industrial Maintenance program for the Spring 2023 semester including a partnership with Wythe County Public Schools (WCPS) where a group of seniors are attending and receiving this training. There are currently seven WCPS students who began the new semester on January 3, 2023.

Neal King, WCC Coordinator of Industrial Maintenance Training, said “There has been a need for this industrial maintenance training in this area for a while now.  With BlueStar coming in to the area the need is even greater. I am so proud to be a part this opportunity to help provide training for students to get new or better jobs and service the industry in the area. I am excited to continue my partnership with Wythe County Public Schools to allow students to go straight into the workforce with high end technical jobs.”  

During the recent graduation ceremony, students who completed WCC’s Automotive and Underground Power program were also recognized. The Automotive program is a short-term, one-year training program designed for students to learn entry-level skills in each of the eight areas of automotive service and repair. Underground Power Training is a fast-track, eight-week course for students who wish to learn the fundamentals of underground power. Both programs are Virginia FastForward programs designed for people looking to get a job, advance their career, or earn higher wages.

Students and employers who are interested in the Industrial Maintenance Program or other Short-Term Training classes should contact Lisa Lowe, WCC Workforce Development Credentials and Career Coach, at (276) 223-4867 or llowe@wcc.vccs.edu.  



Automotive Service Technology Graduates: Charles Hawks, Eduardo Ortiz, Phillip Pack, Perry Hughes - VP of Workforce Development and Occupational Programs