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Workforce readiness classes at Motlow

Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 6:54 pm

Motlow College is offering area citizens the opportunity to earn Workforce Development Readiness Certificates by attending four classes at its Fayetteville Center.

The certificate program is designed to prepare participants to enter the workforce with basic soft skills and basic industrial skills to meet the needs of local business and industry, said Laura Monks, center director.

Classes are offered at no charge to participants and will meet from 5 to 9 p.m. on Nov. 5, 12, 19 and 26 in Room FC023 of the Sundquist Center for Advanced Technology, which is behind Motlow’s Fayetteville Center.

Monks said those interested in taking the classes should register as soon as possible due to limited seating. To register, call Ingrid Williams at 1-931-668 -7010, ext. 2109, or email iwilliams@mscc.edu.

“The certificate is a valuable tool to present to potential employers and should increase an applicant’s employability,” Monks said. “We have received positive feedback about the program from those who earned certificates earlier this year and community leaders.”

Elaine Middleton, executive director of the Fayetteville Lincoln County Industrial Development Board said the certificate program has put the county “on the road to achieving a more successful workforce” that will increase the area’s economic growth.

The first class on Nov. 5, Ethics and Responsibilities, will be taught by Nancy Dodson. Topics include the definition of ethics and real world situations, employee responsibilities, dealing with change in the workplace, time management and teamwork.

Dodson also will teach Effective Communications on Nov. 12. In this class, participants will learn written and oral communication skills, effective listening, communications etiquette, and reading and writing skills.

The Nov. 19 class, Basic Industrial Math Skills, will be taught by Judy Drake. She will cover calculations, simple word problems and resolutions, and applications to manufacturing.

Larry Flatt will teach the final class, Basic Industrial Skills, on Nov. 26. Topics in this module are safety in the workplace, the use of personal protective equipment, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and its regulations, basic application of mechanical tools, and the use of precision measuring tools.

This program is funded with assistance from a grant awarded to the college by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration.