High School Students Attain OSHA Certification through ECC Class
North Edgecombe High School students enrolled in an Edgecombe Community College electrical class have scored a 100 percent pass rate on OSHA-10 certification.
The class is taught at North Edgecombe by Doug Parrish, department chair of Industrial and Technical Trades at ECC.
OSHA-10 certification is a nationally recognized training program that promotes workplace safety.
“This is the largest high school class I’ve taught that scored 100 percent,” Parrish says. “Most industries expect job applicants to have a minimum of OSHA-10, so these students already are a step ahead.”
Eight students are enrolled in the class, which is part of the Electrical Systems Technology – Advanced Manufacturing Pathway Certificate offered at North Edgecombe. The four-course certificate is taught over two semesters, and the certificate can be applied toward the ECC diploma program in Electrical Systems Technology.
In the fall, students take DC/AC Electricity and Industrial Safety, and spring courses are Electrical Computations and Motors & Controls. Parrish teaches all of the classes.
“Working with this group of high school students is like teaching an honors class,” Parrish says. “They are bright, motivated, and engaged. It’s been a total pleasure to see all they have accomplished.”
After he graduates from North Edgecombe, student Montarius Johnson plans to enroll at ECC to study manufacturing and then transfer to a four-year school to pursue an engineering degree.
Student Dar’keithein Lancaster also plans to study manufacturing at ECC and then transfer to a four-year school. “I hope to get a good job at an industry like Cummins,” he says. “Mr P. has helped me a lot.”