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High schoolers can earn a free Manufacturing Technology degree

Oct 23, 2020

Rockingham County high school juniors and seniors can earn a degree from Rockingham Community College in Manufacturing Technology and start a career – with zero debt!

Through the RockATOP program (Rockingham Apprenticeship and Technical Opportunities Partnership), students apprentice with local manufacturing facilities, and take college courses for free, while still in high school.

The Manufacturing Technology curriculum prepares students to use basic engineering principles and technical skills to identify and resolve production problems in the manufacture of products. Includes instruction in machine operations and CNC principles, production line operations, instrumentation, computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) and other computerized production techniques, manufacturing planning, quality control, quality assurance and informational infrastructure.

Graduates should qualify for employment as a manufacturing technician, quality assurance technician, CAD/CAM technician, team leader, or research and development technician.

The program is open to all 11th and 12th graders, including those in public, private, charter, home school, and Early College High School.

Course descriptions are listed by alphabetically by prefix starting here: https://rockinghamcc.edu/docs/publications/RCC_Catalog.pdf#page=176

The application deadline is Dec. 31, 2020.

Learn more at https://www.rockatop.org/

or by reaching out to one of the following contacts:

Private, home school, RECHS, and charter school students
Contact Jennifer Lester
RCC Apprenticeship Coordinator
336-342-4261 ext. 2139

Rockingham County Public School students
Contact Lydia Craddock
RCS Apprenticeship Coordinator


Rockingham Community College
PO Box 38
215 Wrenn Memorial Rd.
Wentworth, NC 27375


Monday to Thursday:
8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm


336-349-9986 (fax)