April Career Readiness Testing The WorkKeys® tests for the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) will be offered just three times in Wayne County in April. The Wayne Occupational Readiness Keys for Success (WORKS) program will provide testing sessions 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on April 11 and April 25, and 12:30-4:30 p.m. on April 19. All of these sessions will be held in Room 136 of the Walnut Building on Wayne Community College’s main campus in Goldsboro. Pre-registration by calling (919) 739-7004 is required. Cost to take the set of three skill assessments (applied mathematics, locating information, and reading for information) is $36 but assistance to cover that cost may be available. The Airman and Family Readiness Center on Seymour Johnson Air Force Base offers free assessments to military personnel and their dependents. Call (919) 772-1123 for more information and to register for the next testing session on base. Those wishing to prepare for the NCRC may take advantage of the self-directed instruction and skills upgrade training offered in the WORKS Lab, which also is located in Room 136 of the Walnut Building. The lab is open 9 a.m.-noon on Mondays and Thursdays, 1-4 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays, and 5-8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Individuals may earn bronze, silver, gold, or platinum certificates based on their performance on the tests. The NCRC is recognized by employers across the state as a proven measurement of job skills. Wayne County leads the state, with more than 16,600 certificates awarded. A quarter of the county’s population holds the credential. WORKS is a collaborative effort of the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce, Wayne Community College, Wayne County Public Schools, County of Wayne, Wayne County Career Center, City of Goldsboro, and the Eastern Carolina Workforce Development Board. It is housed Wayne Community College’s campus in Goldsboro. More information on WORKS and the NCRC is available at www.wayneworksnc.com/works/.
The Goldsboro Golden K Kiwanis Club will meet Tuesday at 10 a.m. in Herman Park Center.
The guest speaker will be Kimberly Berrier of the American Red Cross.
April 27 One of Wayne Community College’s newest programs will be showcased during Mechatronics Day on Thursday, April 27. “Mechatronics” is a multidisciplinary field of science that includes mechanical engineering, electronics, systems engineering, and control engineering. At WCC, students may can earn a Mechatronics Engineering certificate or degree to prepare to be an automation technician who designs, builds, tests, installs, troubleshoots, repairs, and modifies automated equipment and systems. The program’s second-year students will unveil their capstone project in a display that will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Atrium of the Wayne Learning Center on the college’s main campus in Goldsboro. The project is a fully automated manufacturing system that the students built from the ground up. According to Industrial Systems Instructor Stephen Knotts, it is also the first such project in North Carolina. In addition to the display, tours of the labs in which the component skills are practiced will be available at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Included in that tour will be the Robotics and Electronics Lab, Hydraulics and Controls Engineering Lab, and PLC (Programmable Logic Controllers) Programming and Automated Systems Engineering Lab which features a Festo mechatronics system with Fanuc Robots. An open house for potential students will cap off the day. It will be held 6-8 p.m., also in the Atrium, and will include tours of the facilities. No registration or reservation is required to attend this event. For more information, contact Knotts at (919-739-6947 or firstname.lastname@example.org.