Tech Program Helps Students Fast-Track Job Search

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Quick Jobs With a Future provides 90-day training

While continuing to evolve to meet the demands of local employers, a short-term training program at Greenville Technical College is arming students with the credentials to perform a specific job.

The Quick Jobs With a Future program provides training in approximately 90 days or fewer and will help students get their feet in the door of potential employers, said Leslie Trant, dean of corporate and career development at Greenville Technical College.

The program began a little more than a decade ago as a large portion of the local textile workers were being laid off, she said. Many of the workers needed to acquire new skills for employment fast.

“We are very engaged in what is happening in our community, and particularly with manufacturing,” Trant said.

Local manufacturing employers need a skilled workforce because the industry is now more advanced with the use of computers and robotics, she said.

New programs tied to entry-level manufacturing, including the South Carolina Manufacturing Certification (SCMC), are now available through Quick Jobs.

The SCMC is a state-funded program offering 40 hours of hands-on training and is comprised of three core certificates: MSSC Certified Production Technician, Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt, and OSHA General Industry.

Larry Millwood, training manager at Baldor Electric Company, said the Quick Jobs program is a great asset to employers.

“It can be a struggle to find a qualified staff, but Greenville Tech’s program provides a prepared workforce,” he said.

The Quick Jobs program also incorporates training in business, industrial and environmental careers, as well as creative, health care and safety careers.

The aim of the program is to offer short-term career training for quick, gainful employment, Trant said.

The target demographic is the unemployed, the underemployed and individuals in career transition, she said. The courses are open to anyone wanting to return to the workforce quickly.

The Quick Jobs program has special funding for veterans providing scholarships for courses in skilled trades, health care training and information technology.

Trant said improving the status of local employment remains the focus of Greenville Technical College and all of its programs.

“The mission of this institution is to meet the needs of employers,” she said. “We want to provide a trained workforce to our area employers so they can succeed.”

Greenville Technical College has dual customers in the individual and the company, and the program was designed to respond to the needs of both incumbent employers and to those coming into the area, Trant said.

“Since the program was established, the curriculum has been continually modified to match the requirements of employment demand,” she said. “I don’t see this program going away anytime soon, and we will continue to expand and implement new ideas.”

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