STLCC Accelerates Path to High-Value Technical Jobs

By on September 26, 2014
Path to High-Value Technical Jobs

Think that technical job training that leads to high-wage job opportunities takes too long to finish and costs too much? Think again.

St. Louis Community College’s no-fee, high-value technical job training programs offer pathways leading to industry-recognized credentials and high-paying jobs.

Justin Potthoff could not agree more. After completing STLCC’s precision machining technology program, he now is embarking on a new career with a local machining company.

“I learned a whole new language and skillset in just 16 weeks,” Potthoff said. “The instructors were amazing, and the credentials earned are a golden ticket to a career in machining. It really is a life-changing opportunity.”

STLCC’s Workforce Solutions Group develops industry-specific training in partnership with the college’s campuses and local employers to help adults retrain for in-demand occupations in shorter duration formats.

These no-fee programs are funded through U.S. Department of Labor grants that provide community colleges and other eligible institutions of higher education with funds to expand and improve their ability to deliver education and career training programs that can be completed in two years or less, are suited for workers who are eligible for training under the Trade Assistance Act for Workers program (individuals who have lost their job, through no fault of their own or due to lack of work, or as a result of foreign trade), or are underemployed, low-skilled, or unemployed veterans. The programs prepare participants for employment in high-wage, high-skill occupations.

These programs offer pathways leading to industry-recognized credentials.

Precision Machining Technician – 17-credit-hour training program over 16 weeks that prepares individuals for employment in the metalworking industry as a machinist or CNC operator. Individuals earn nationally recognized National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) credentials.

Certified Production Technician – eight weeks of training prepares individuals for front-line production work in manufacturing. Individuals earn nationally recognized Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC) credentials.

Certified Logistics Technician – 80 hours of training over 15 days that prepares individuals for front-line material handling and distribution positions across the supply chain—factory, warehousing, distribution and transportation. Individuals earn a Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC) credential.

Aviation Maintenance Mechanic – prepares individuals for the Airframe and Powerplant certification required by the FAA. Students learn how to maintain and repair many types of aircrafts, from small aircraft with reciprocating engines to large transport planes with turbine engines. This program is offered in partnership with Gateway STEM High School.

Entry-level Boeing Pre-employment Training – 408 hours of employer-specific instruction in aircraft assembly techniques for assembly mechanic positions within Boeing.

Avionics – eight weeks of training that prepares individuals to assemble, install and maintain electronic systems on all types of aircraft, artificial satellites, and spacecraft that can be as simple as a searchlight for a police helicopter or as complicated as the tactical system for an airborne early warning platform.

Drinking Water Operations – six weeks of training provides the knowledge and understanding drinking water operators need to provide safe, adequate drinking water to the public. Individuals who successfully complete the program are able to take certification exams for water treatment (Level D) and water distribution (DS-1).

Truck Driving – a six-week program which prepares individuals to become a commercial or over-the-road truck driver.

Some programs require qualifying standards. Call the accelerated job hotline at 314-539-5310 to leave your contact information and the program(s) that you are interested in to receive a call back.

St. Louis Community College will host a No-Fee, High-Value Job Training Program Open House 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Center for Workforce Innovation, 3344 Pershall Road. This event is free and open to the public.

About Becky Epps

Becky Epps serves as Project Manager, St. Louis Aerospace Institute and Technical Training for the Workforce Solutions Group of St. Louis Community College. Mrs. Epps has 12 years of experience in business and industry training. This includes experience with several local premier businesses including Boeing, Chrysler, Rawlings, Ford, ABB, Inc. and Essex Manufacturing. She provides leadership and direct oversight for the St. Louis Aerospace Institute. She also manages Workforce Solutions’ Technical Training unit, including Automated Controls, Industrial Maintenance Training and Safety Training and Consulting. Mrs. Epps holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Human Service Agencies–Management from Lindenwood University.

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