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demand monthly and annually. These
include Textile 101, Hosiery 101 and
102, M1 Stoll training, Santoni seamless
knitting training, USTER®
training and vendor-speciic yarn training.
More training opportunities
available soon
In addition to these single-subject training
courses, Gaston College launched the
Textile Academy in early 2022.
" This academy is modeled after the
Furniture Academy at CVCC, " Cox explains.
" The Textile Academy allows attendees
to receive stackable credentials
through a six-to-eight-week intensive
course that introduces students to the
basic concepts of textile technology and
careers within the textile industry. The
course includes training on core concepts,
such as textile fundamentals, textile manufacturing
concepts, math and measurement,
teamwork and communication,
safety, Lean manufacturing principles and
problem solving.
" Upon completion of the Textile
Technology Fundamentals course, students
will be equipped to seek employment
in various sectors of the textile
and apparel supply chain, " she continues.
" The Textile Academy will also
serve as an onboarding program for
companies in the Gaston College service
area and customers of the MTIN.
Companies can enroll new hires in the
academy. " Course content can be customized
for each organization's needs.
Which training to choose?
Students select their training option
based on their current status in the
industry and their future goals.
" Students who would like to matriculate
into a four-year program and beyond
should enroll in the degree program, "
says Cox. " Graduates will have an easy
transition into the workforce as management
trainees, quality specialists,
Technologies
sourcing assistants, machine technicians,
brand specialists and more. " Machine
operators who seek management or supervisory
positions should also take the
degree path if it is required to advance at
a particular organization.
" For students who may be adult learners,
undecided or full-time employed, we
encourage a shorter training such as the
Textile Academy, " Cox adds. " The Textile
Academy will expose them to various
parts of the textile supply chain. Upon
completion, students will receive a certiicate
from Gaston College. Students
who successfully inish the textile academy
could potentially receive curriculum
credit in the degree program. "
A new Gaston College policy lets eligible
students in the academy receive curriculum
credit for related work experience.
This work experience credit could
also count toward the AAS degree.
Filling textile industry training gaps
Cox says the programs at both community
colleges are illing a training gap that
has existed in the textile industry since
the early 2000s. Gaston College's AAS
textile technology degree and CVCC's
applied science degree provide options
for people who wish to start work right
away, along with properly preparing
graduates transferring into four-year
textile and apparel degree programs.
" We are working closely with university
programs such as the North
Carolina State University's Wilson
College of Textiles to ensure that our
curriculum content is relevant for our
modern industry, " she says. " Because
we are a part of the North Carolina
Community College system, the AAS
program will allow students to receive a
unique applied science experience with
close industry guidance. "
Jean Feingold is a freelance writer
based in Gainesville, Fla.
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A Manufacturing Solutions Center senior
physical testing specialist prepares
equipment and materials for the vertical
wicking test. Photo courtesy of Gaston
College Manufacturing Solutions Center.
Located in the
heart of U.S. textile
manufacturing, Gaston
College offers a variety
of textiles technology
training programs.
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