Blue Ridge Community College Starts New Curriculum


WEYERS CAVE, Va. (WHSV) -- Blue Ridge Community College is in the process of working through a new curriculum it hopes to start this fall.

The goal of the class is to prepare students for the packaging industry, by learning to use die-cutting and gluing machinery.

Bob Young, the Vice President of Instruction and Student Services, said the Blue Ridge Community College Foundation is helping put money towards the salary for a new faculty member, for the first two years.

Carded Graphics in Staunton also agreed to provide a free location with equipment to train the students.

"We've had companies coming to us, we've checked the want ads. We check not only here, but around Virginia and the country and we continually see that they are searching for workers in this area. But, there is no training program for them," said Young.

Murry Pitts, the CEO of Carded Graphics, said they struggle to find the skilled workers they need. They hope this class will help them have a better workforce with trained employees, to be more profitable.


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