Owens expands classes, training at The SourceWritten by Duane Ramsey | | email@example.com
Owens Community College is working with the Lucas County Workforce Development Agency to offer short-term training, classes and job placement services.
The Workforce Development Agency designated $1.9 million in federal stimulus funding to Owens for the program.
“Owens is proud to collaborate with Lucas County to provide more area residents with the necessary education and training to give them a competitive edge in today’s global economy,” said Christa Adams, president of Owens.
It is the largest grant or gift ever received in the college’s 44-year history, she said.
The college is expanding the space at its existing Learning Center at The Source in Downtown Toledo to accommodate the new classes and training programs, according to Michael Bankey, vice president of Workforce and Community Services at Owens. It will include five classrooms, two computer labs, a nursing lab and academic resources for hands-on learning.
The short-term training and job placement initiative will allow even more citizens to connect their training with potential employment, according to Bankey.
The classes and training programs will range from one-week sessions to the normal 16-week term for courses.
“About 100 people attended daily orientation sessions to learn about these new training programs this week at The Source,” said Eric Walker, director of the Workforce Development Agency.
Anyone interested in the programs should contact The Source to determine eligibility and view the schedule for the new classes and training sessions, Walker said.
Short-cycle training programs will include wind power installation and maintenance, photovoltaic installation, geothermal and solar water-heating installation and service, energy management and other hybrid technologies.
“By partnering with Owens, we will give displaced workers the training they need to secure opportunities in good-paying green jobs that are the key to our future,” said Lucas County Commissioner Tina Skeldon Wozniak.
Health care programs for workers will include the nurse assistant program, home health care, medical billing and coding, EKG, pharmacy and phlebotomy technicians, as well as personal trainers.
The college is offering short-cycle, pre-apprenticeship training to prepare people for careers as electricians, pipefitters, boilermakers and other fields in the construction industry. Upon completion, participants will receive industry-recognized certification.
Some classes will begin in August, with others starting in September and October.
Owens will also partner with NetWork to provide job development and support services as part of the initiative. Network, a division of the Zepf Center, serves as the coordinator of the The Source for the Workforce Development Agency.
“This is a model for the type of investment we need to make in our work force, which is our strength,” Lucas County Commissioner Ben Konop said. “Government should ensure that we equip our workers with the tools to prosper in the 21st century economy.”