Carolina Handling partners with Wake Tech for new forklift diploma program

Carolina Handling, based in Charlotte, North Carolina, has partnered with Wake Technical Community College and five other material handling equipment dealers to offer a new forklift diploma program beginning this fall at the largest college. North Carolina community in Raleigh.

The new one-year forklift diploma program will pair students with a sponsoring dealership to prepare them to become specialized forklift service and repair technicians. According to Paige Kearns, professor and director of the Heavy Equipment & Transport Technology program at Wake Technology.

Upon graduation, students will be eligible for tuition and textbook reimbursement based on the agreement with their sponsoring reseller. There may also be a tools program incentive available. The new forklift diploma program will begin August 15, with space for 16 students. Those interested in the program should apply by August 5.

“To a technician, the forklift industry is just not familiar,” Kearns said. “People see service vehicles driving around, but I don’t think they put two and two together, so I wish Wake Tech’s heavy equipment program was a model for programs like this in other places. other schools. There is no education that will better prepare a student for a career than going to school and working with their future employer. Their careers have been mapped out and they are ready to go from day one when they graduate and go full time.

James Sanders, operations manager for Carolina Handling’s North Division, said the company’s partnership is an opportunity to raise awareness about the forklift industry and help recruit technicians to a growing organization. growth which must hire at least 70 technicians over the coming year.

The exclusive Raymond Solutions and Support Center for the Carolinas, Georgia, Alabama and Florida, Carolina Handling will also supply the Wake Tech program with drive units, motors and other components for hands-on learning and electric pallet trucks, reach trucks and other equipment to coincide with classroom instruction.

“We hire a lot of Wake Tech associates,” Sanders said. “Wake Tech has been a great partner and we hope we can be one too. We’ve all come together with other dealers to help support this program so we can attract students. It’s good for our community and it’s good for our industry.

Moving from a traditional five-day school week to the new work-study model of the new forklift program will also help build relationships between students and future employers, Kearns added.

“When students graduate, they actually stay at their sponsoring dealership whereas before, students were jumping all over the place,” he said.

For more information about Wake Tech’s new one-year forklift diploma program, contact Paige Kearns at or (919) 866-5257.


Founded in 1966, Carolina Handling employs more than 660 associates at its headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina, offices in Atlanta, Georgia, Birmingham, AL, Greensboro, North Carolina, Raleigh, North Carolina and Greenville, South Carolina , and its equipment distribution center in Piedmont, South Carolina. One of the Southeast’s leading material handling solutions providers, Carolina Handling is Raymond’s exclusive Southeast Solutions and Support Center for North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and the Florida Central Time Zone Territory. The company provides automation and optimization services and virtual reality-based training, as well as parts, shelving, storage, conveyors, lighting, and dock and gate equipment. Its proprietary iWAREHOUSE optimization system allows real-time monitoring of fleets and warehouses.

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