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Instructors Attend NC3 Conference in Tenn.

PCC instructors Justin Cole, Tony Gallardo and Pete Gregory, left to right, recently attended a National Coalition of Certification Centers conference in Tennessee.

WINTERVILLE—A trio of Pitt Community College instructors joined more than 60 of their counterparts from around the country in Elizabethton, Tenn., last month for the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3) Train-the-Trainer Conference.

The conference, which took place March 16-20 at Tennessee College of Applied Technology, provides instructors with top-notch skills that will help them in the classroom and raise the bar for their students.

Attending from PCC were Computer Integrated Machining instructor Justin Cole, Industrial Systems Technology curriculum coordinator Tony Gallardo, and Automotive Systems Technology (AST) instructor Pete Gregory. While Cole and Gallardo earned certification in tool safety and torque and electrical meters during the conference, Gregory taught a course on wheel service certification.

AST Department Chair Norman Lilley says Gregory has worked tirelessly to continually update and develop the wheel service certification course and other NC3 certifications that are utilized in automotive systems classrooms nationwide. He says Gregory, who will teach the wheel certification course again at an NC3 conference in Kenosha, Wisc., this summer, “has been the key to success” of PCC’s highly-regarded NC3 certification program.

Established in 2009, NC3 is a network of education providers and corporations that supports, advances and validates new and emerging technology skills in the transportation, aviation and energy industry sectors. The network, which is sponsored by Snap-On, Inc., has aided technical colleges in developing the necessary course offerings for students to not only complete graduation but also acquire professional certification while they are still in school.