From staff reports
A new cooperative initiative between the county’s career and technical center and Mountain Empire Community College allows adult learners to get specialized electrical training closer to home.
Individuals who are unemployed or underemployed can participate in an upcoming electrician training program in Scott County through MECC’s On Ramp Program.
On Ramp provides access to higher education and training opportunities, with participants receiving career counseling, tutoring, and other educational assistance. On Ramp students qualifying for financial aid will receive financial assistance for tuition, certification and licensing fees, and books.
“This is the opportunity we have been looking for to reach out into the community and offer adult students a chance to gain valuable skills that will help propel them into a new career or other career opportunities,” explained Rex McCarty, chairman of the MECC Local Advisory Board. “We encourage anyone interested in this program to call Tommy Clements at Mountain Empire Community or the Scott County Career and Technical Center for more information.”
The NCCER (National Center for Construction Education and Research) Certified Basic Electrician Training Program will be offered through MECC’s On Ramp Program at the Scott County Technical and Career Center in Gate City.
Classes begin Feb. 12 and will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, from 5:30 to 9:40 p.m. Those who do not qualify for the On Ramp program may also enroll in MECC’s electrician training program. The cost of the course for those who do not qualify for the On-Ramp program is $500.
To qualify for On Ramp, participants must meet one or more of the following qualifications:
- Have been terminated or laid-off or have received a notice of termination from your employer
- Eligible for or have exhausted unemployment benefits
- Work at a job that pays a lot less than before or work more than one part-time job
- Be employed at a facility where the employer has made notified employees of a pending closure or layoff
- Be self-employed and are now unemployed as a result of general economic conditions
- Be a displaced homemaker or caregiver
The class is limited and financial aid is available for those who qualify.
A special registration session will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 5:30 p.m. at the Scott County Career and Technical Center in Gate City. Those interested in registering for the course may also do so online by visiting www.mecc.edu/noncredit.
For more information on the Electrician’s Training course, contact Tommy Clements at (276) 523-7431 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or the Scott County Career and Technical Center at 386-6515.