Skill Certifications

Targeted workforce training

Catawba Valley Community College

2550 US Highway 70 SE
Hickory, NC 28602

Catawba Valley Furniture Academy

The Catawba Valley Furniture Academy is an industry-driven training program designed by local furniture manufacturers to prepare students for skilled positions that are in high demand by one of the region's largest employers.

CVCC in partnership with:
Century Furniture»
Lee Industries
Lexington Home Brands
Sherrill Furniture
Vanguard Furniture

What does the program provide to it's students?

  • Explore Specific Career Paths: Plant tours, Career Previews, and Assessments help students determine best career options.
  • Hands-on Training: Students acquire critical skills through hands-on training in our simulated furniture manufacturing facility.
  • Quality Instruction: Learn from experienced craftsmen from our local industries.
  • High Pay/High Demand Jobs: Train for lucrative career opportunities today.
  The program offers a series of classes including:

Furniture Fundamentals
Pattern Making
Manual Cutting
Automated Cutting
Introduction to Upholstery
Spring Up
Inside Upholstery
Outside Upholstery

To find out more about the program, register for the class, and learn about scholarship opportunities, please contact us at 828-327-7000 ext. 4294 or 

For scholarships, candidates must bring either: (1) Current U.S. government issued photo ID and birth certificate or (2) passport.  This requirement is only for those candidates requesting scholarship assistance. 

Welding Technology

The Welding Technology curriculum provides students with a sound understanding of the science, technology, and applications essential for successful employment in the welding and metal industry.

Instruction includes consumable and non-consumable electrode welding and cutting processes. Courses in math, blueprint reading, metallurgy, welding inspection, and destructive and non-destructive testing provides the student with industry-standard skills developed through classroom training and practical application.

Successful graduates of the Welding Technology curriculum may be employed as entry-level technicians in welding and metalworking industries. Career opportunities also exist in construction, manufacturing, fabrication, sales, quality control, supervision, and welding-related self-employment.

Courses required to meet graduation requirements in this curriculum are offered during afternoon and evening hours.

Minimum time for completion: six semesters full-time attendance. Students may begin any semester.

The Diploma is awarded graduates of this curriculum.

A Certificate is awarded graduates who complete the certificate program option.

Randy Caudill, Department Head
Industrial Technologies
828-327-7000, ext. 4561
Office VSL 205B

Randy Hedrick, Program Coordinator/Instructor
828-327- 7000 ext. 4358 

Six Sigma Black Belt

This is a blended learning course with classroom instruction and interactive and dynamic online instruction. The course prepares you to become an effective Six Sigma Project Leader. It also prepares you to take the ASQ Six Sigma Black Belt certification exam.  The course itself includes training in Failure Mode and Effects Analysis, Control Charts, Introduction to Inferential Statistics, use of Minitab software, Introduction to Lean Principles, and many other areas of training. Upon completion of the course and successful completion of the final exam, students will receive a CVCC Six Sigma Black Belt Certification.

Call Kristin Wright @ 828-327-7000 ext. 4294 or e-mail for more information or to register!

Six Sigma Green Belt

Call Kristin Wright @ 828-327-7000 ext. 4294 or e-mail for more information or to register!


Mechatronics combines the knowledge of mechanics, electricity, electronics and computers into an integrated hands-on, skills-based curriculum.

Automated manufacturers use sophisticated mechanical equipment that integrates electrical systems, electronic components and computer technology. CVCC’s new Mechatronics Program will help individuals develop or expand skills in all these areas, making them more versatile to their employers and expanding their marketability in a tough job market.

Taught by Jim Thomas and John Camerlengo, the program includes instruction in industrial mechanics, fluid power, industrial electricity, programmable logic controllers, motor controls, and process controls.  Two levels of certification will be available, each 168 hours in length.

Mechatronics Fundamentals Certificate

The Fundamentals Certificate program consists of three modules that cover the topics of Industrial Mechanics, Fluid Power, and Industrial Electricity.

Call Kristin Wright @ 828-327-7000 ext. 4294 or e-mail for more information or to register!

Mechatronics Controls Certificate

The Controls Certificate program consists of three modules that cover the topics of Motor Controls, PLCs, and Industrial Robotics.

Call Kristin Wright @ 828-327-7000 ext. 4294 or e-mail for more information or to register!


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