Westmoreland recruiting for free Micro-credential Training Program starting September 17

Date Published: September 12, 2018

YOUNGWOOD, PA - Westmoreland County Community College is offering an accelerated free manufacturing training program for the unemployed, underemployed and those who have barriers to employment and education.

The Micro-Credential Training Program will prepare successful completers for entry-level positions in the manufacturing industry and create a talent pool to help employers to find qualified employees.

The program includes a nine-day pre-employment program followed by training in welding and machining that combines hands-on and classroom learning at the college’s Advanced Technology Center. Offered at no cost to the student, participants will gain entry-level skills valued in the manufacturing field and obtain micro-credentials including AC/DC Electrical and Mechanical Drive Systems, Blueprint Reading and Shop Math, Spill Prevention and Hazardous Materials, as well as American Heart Association Heartsaver OSHA 10-hour safety certification.

Micro-credentials are industry- focused, stackable credentials that showcase a job seeker’s skills, knowledge and experience to potential employers. Micro-credentials may be in the form of certificates or other benchmark notices and can be completed in much less time than a typical associate’s or bachelor’s degree.

By completing the program, students will attain a number of micro-credentials and be prepared for entry-level positions in the manufacturing industry. Micro-credentials may be earned from the American Welding Society, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration, the American Heart Association, and Westmoreland County Community College.

The next class session begins Monday, September 17 at 9 a.m. at Westmoreland’s Advanced Technology Center (former Sony Plant), and features high-tech hands-on training from day one. Students will attend Pre-Employment training Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the first two weeks, followed by Welding training every Friday for nine additional weeks and/or one week of Basic Machining. Students have the option to attend the entire program or select from welding or machining separately based on interest.

The program is made possible by a $470,000 grant from U.S. Department of Labor's Workforce Innovation Fund through the Westmoreland-Fayette Workforce Development Board. Partners in this grant include the Westmoreland-Fayette Workforce Development Board and PA CareerLink. Students are recruited through PA CareerLink-Youngwood and the grant pays for all of the training.

For more information, contact Adam Margovic, Micro-credential Program coordinator, at 724-925-8478 or margovica@westmoreland.edu.