Free classes to jump-start a careerA unique opportunity is available to explore a career in manufacturing and earn college credits – free of charge. Beginning October 17, a Manufacturing Prep class will be offered at Alexandria Technical and Community College.
By: Amy Chaffins, Alexandria Echo Press
A unique opportunity is available to explore a career in manufacturing and earn college credits – free of charge.
Beginning October 17, a Manufacturing Prep class will be offered at Alexandria Technical and Community College (ATCC).
Through District 206 Community Education, the Alexandria Area Adult Basic Education (ABE) Consortium is partnering with ATCC and the Rural Minnesota Concentrated Employment Program (RMCEP) to offer the free course at ATCC this fall.
The eight-week course will be offered for the first 20 qualified applicants.
Classes will be held at ATCC Monday and Wednesday evenings beginning October 17 and ending December 7. The classes will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
PREP COURSE DETAILS
The Manufacturing Prep course is a preparation course for the manufacturing programs at ATCC. The class will focus on basic computer skills; it’s best suited for individuals who are not comfortable using computers and software.
In addition, basic college writing skills will be covered, preparing students for future college coursework. This course will also help students update workforce computer and writing skills.
Information on college manufacturing programs and manufacturing career options will be presented during the course.
FREE SPRING COURSES
Students who successfully complete the Manufacturing Prep course will have the opportunity to earn six college credits at ATCC during the 2012 spring semester at no cost to them; tuition and book costs will be covered by grant funds.
The spring courses are Intro to Computers and Basic Machining Processes.
Both courses are eight-weeks long.
Intro to Computers will begin January 10, 2012 and be held Tuesday and Thursday evenings. The class will cover computer terminology, creation of documents and hands-on experience with Microsoft software.
The Basic Machining Processes course begins March 13 and will be held Tuesday and Thursday evenings. This class offers an abbreviated version of three machining courses in one. Instruction will be provided on the use of lathes, grinders and milling machines.
Students earning six credits in these courses could be transferred into ATCC’s Machine Tool or Mechanical Drafting programs.
Registration for the Manufacturing Prep course is Wednesday, October 12.
To register, or get more information, contact Sue Swanson at Rural Minnesota CEP at (320) 762-7800 or email@example.com.
Assistance may be available for transportation and child care expenses.