ICTC implements new program

Jerry Hooper, ICTC Industrial coordinator, demonstrates some of the equipment that will be used by students within the new Industrial Operations Technician training program at Indian Capital Technology Center.

Local companies say the worker shortage is from the inability to find qualified candidates which creates another issue of attracting and retaining qualified workers. The gap between the skills the labor market offers and the skills employers want, plus an aging workforce, and other soft skills deficits, leaves a huge void in the workforce.

Indian Capital Technology Center is working to meet the worker shortage and develop a pipeline of talent for skilled workers by implementing a new program: Industrial Operations Technician Training. This unique program will provide the training in theory and application in the classroom one day per week, and participants spend the rest of the week at work. This is a perfect combination for employees at a company that need to upskill, learn a new skill or participate in a work-based program. This 240+ hour training program will encompass the skills needed for success in a rewarding manufacturing career. Topics covered are safety, AC/DC, electrical, motor controls, pneumatics, hydraulics plus many more areas for operations.

Eligible participants need to be ICTC graduates wanting a manufacturing job; or incumbent workers wanting to move to Operations and Maintenance at their job; or new hires with 90 days or less at their respective job.

Class begins Aug. 19, and enrollment space is limited. Students must complete an application; provide a WorkKeys score or take the CR101 and qualify for an interview.

Information: Jerry Hooper at (918) 348-7990; or Kathy Adair, (918) 348-7939.

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