Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Good Things Happen When a Modular Factory Teams Up with a Trade School

Tired of just sitting back waiting for people to want a job in their factory, VBC decided to join with the local community college to help people learn a skill that can be used in modular home construction.

Stacey Drake was getting help with her resume at the Career & Transfer Center on the Hamlet Campus of Richmond Community College when she learned about a pre-employment class that was preparing people to work for a local company. Having recently moved to the area from Virginia and working as a receptionist at a veterinarian’s office, Drake decided to check out the class and see what doors it may open for her.

Stacey Drake stands with a sold sign on the porch of the house that she was able to purchase after getting a job working for VBC | Manufacturer – Hamlet. Drake learned about the company by taking a pre-employment training class at Richmond Community College.

Drake is now a sheetrock finisher for Volumetric Building Company in Hamlet, NC, a company that manufactures modular components that are used in the multi-family residential, student housing, and hospitality construction markets. The company is a division of the Volumetric Building Companies (VBC).

VBC partnered with RCC to offer the class that prepares people for the work environment of VBC.

“Partnering with VBC on this pre-employment class was a great example of how RCC can help local companies establish a quality workforce, as well as help people, find a career that improves their lives,” said Workforce Training Program Director Leighton Bell.

Drake loves her job at VBC and wants to work in every department at some point so she can learn as much as she can about modular construction. She also likes the team environment at VBC and seeing a finished product come together.

“We all work together and communicate to make sure each job is done. If someone needs help, we all pitch in and do our part,” Drake said. “I love my drywall and sand and paint team.”

Working at VBC has helped Drake and her family. Not only does she earn more money than at her previous job, she also has more time after work to be with her children.

“I feel my career life is in a better place now because I actually love to come to work and I love my job,” Drake said. “I can see myself retiring from VBC.”

Amanda Holm and Benetta Quick are two other women who attended the VBC pre-employment class at RCC and became permanent employees at the manufacturer. Holm, who is a single mother of two, said the class helped her prepare for the interview process and how to handle situations that may arise in the workplace.

Quick said the VBC class at RCC taught her how to do things “the VBC way,” which includes being efficient.

“I love to paint, so I work in the sand and paint department. The work I do is like putting the final touches on the modular home,” Quick said. “When I paint, I try to make sure the finished product is worthy of the customers.”

RCC has supported the training and pre-employment needs for VBC since its arrival to Hamlet in 2019.

“I believe all industries should have a relationship with their local educational institutions,” said Clifton Dial, Training Manager for VBC. “Richmond Community College has been such a valuable resource for not only VBC Manufacturing but for many local industries in Scotland and Richmond counties. We hope to continue to build on our relationship with RCC and continue to educate the local workforce on off-site construction – modular construction.”

RCC also has a Customized Training Program that provides education, training and support services for new, expanding and existing businesses and industries through collaborative partnerships. For more information, call (910) 410-1700 or visit www.richmondcc.edu.

Gary Fleisher, the Modcoach, writes Modcoach News and Modular Home Coach blogs as well as the best site for off-site consultants, Modcoach Connects

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