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Directed training delivers educated local workforce

Roundtable: The educators respond

Posted: March 4, 2014 7:02 p.m.
Updated: March 4, 2014 7:02 p.m.

Joe Klocko

College of the Canyons

Center for Applied Competitive Technologies director


During the Roundtable discussion on education, local employers agreed they’d like to see more options for occupational training.

What training programs are offered to help develop and train the local workforce for occupational jobs?

College of the Canyons offers many courses or certificate programs designed for quick job placement. You can get in and get out with a skill set and a certificate. These programs have an 80 percent placement rate into a position. The welding students get hired before they are even finished with the program.

Two programs on high demand are the electronic systems technology and CNC machining courses. Every industry is getting more and more electronic and computer-based, so the program focuses on how to diagnose and repair the electronic systems that manage most factories in this day and age.

In addition, we have the Fast Track Institute. Students can take an intensive job training program for seven weeks, 40 hours per week; normally, it would take a student at least two semesters.

Other occupational training programs are available on different topics, including applied mathematics, blueprint reading and GD&T. These trainings can be delivered on-site to a business if there are 10 more employees participating. Otherwise, companies can send employees on a need basis to learn in a group setting at a COC facility.


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