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 width=Be on your way to a career or college education in just eight short weeks with Lake Land College’s new Fundamentals of Applied Technology program. The program will provide students with specific workforce training in areas employers are looking for, at no cost to participants.

“I’ve had several employers call and ask me if I have candidates who have skills such as communication, timeliness and the ability to complete tasks independently,” said Brian Haskins, adult education and transition coordinator. “Employers are also looking for people who have safety training, a high school diploma and some technical skills. We designed this program so completers will be well qualified to meet the expectations of those job openings.”

There are no requirements to be admitted to the eight week program. Students who need to complete a GED or receive educational assistance will do so at the same time they are receiving the workplace training. Additionally, students interested in a career in welding have the opportunity to take Fundamentals of Welding and receive 2.5 credit hours, getting a jump start on their welding certificate.

“While they are receiving classroom instruction, participants will also be learning actual technical skills in welding and basic technology. This hands-on training will provide them with valuable, tangible skills for the job market,” Haskins said.

The program, which will begin on Oct. 17 is set to meet Tuesday and Thursday afternoons at the Eastern Region Center in Marshall, consists of lessons that lead to certificates of completion in worth ethics, OSHA Safety, industry career readiness and college preparation. Participants will also receive one-on-one coaching to help them pave their way into a career or college.

“One of the excellent features of this program is that there are no costs to the participants,” Haskins added. “In addition, we provide transportation vouchers to help people afford the commute to the Eastern Region Center in Marshall.”

The training is made possible through a grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

To learn more about the program call 235-0361, stop by the Eastern Region Center on 224 S. Sixth St. in Marshall, or visit us online at http://www.lakeland.cc.il.us/adulteducation/index.cfm.

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