K-64 brings education, business, and government together to connect people of all ages with the skills needed to fill jobs and build careers in Catawba County.

Behind industry input and searching through numerous employment ads, the need for maintenance technicians is clear to empower the success of the large manufacturing presence in the Catawba Valley area. K-64 connected a need with an opportunity to help curb the deficit by collaborating with CVCC and local businesses to strategize, plan, and create the Maintenance Tech Bootcamp. The Bootcamp is an intensive, short-term training course focused on the invaluable skillsets within maintenance and industrial-systems careers. The Maintenance Tech Bootcamp is an innovative way to increase the number of participants due to the accessibility, schedule flexibility, and employer engagement. The 16 week program, accelerates hands-on, extensive training for speedier, high-level skills development that enables participants to fill job openings faster. From its inaugural launch in Fall ’22, the Bootcamp has exceeded expectations with 49 participants from 14 local businesses.

In today’s dynamic and global job market, staying ahead often requires a strategic approach to skill development. That’s where our Maintenance Tech Bootcamp comes in. The bootcamp isn’t just another training program—it’s a hands-on, immersive experience that covers mechanical systems, fluid power, and electrical systems. Created to accelerate learning and cater to our busy workforce, the Maintenance Tech Bootcamp offers flexibility, allowing participants to choose from a range of training courses or complete all three modules for a complete, comprehensive skillset. The uniqueness of the program and what sets it apart is the partnership with employers that can sponsor their employees who can attend the bootcamp as a part of their standard workday.

The CVCC Maintenance Tech Bootcamp relates to the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC), an industry-approved third-party credential. Upon successful completion of each module and/or the entire course, students will be awarded a certificate. When combined with Motor Controls classes (offered separately), successful completion of the entire Bootcamp will count towards course credit under CVCC degree-seeking programs. For more information or to apply, contact Kristin Wright at kswright@cvcc.edu.

As two cohorts begin this Fall, K-64 projects that this program will only continue to succeed further by helping local industry find workers and fulfill the careers centered around a much needed, vital skillset. K-64 is excited to see how this collaboration will continue to reshape careers in Catawba County, ensuring a brighter future for our community and economy.