CPCC wins $2.5 million federal job training grant

Central Piedmont Community College has won a $2.5 million job training grant to help prepare students for advanced manufacturing jobs.

The federal grant will boost CPCC’s program in mechatronics, an emerging field that combines electrical, mechanical and control engineering with computer science and information technology. The grant will support CPCC’s “Mechatronics Re-Envisioned” program, which aims to help more students earn degrees, certificates and other industry-recognized credentials.

“This grant will allow CPCC to develop new digital courses to improve training in this high-tech field to support the advanced manufacturing firms in the Charlotte region,” said Chris Paynter, CPCC dean of science, technology, engineering and math.

“There also will be a redesign of how the courses are offered, which will allow for credit for prior learning experiences, as well as a fast track program for those seeking certifications.”