CCBC RECEIVES FUNDS TO TRAIN 80 DISPLACED WORKERS IN GROWING INDUSTRIES

     Community College of Beaver County received over $200,000 in additional grant funds from JobTrakPA, a state-wide initiative by Pennsylvania’s 14 community colleges that provides critical training to displaced workers, to train 80 individuals in the growing, high-demand career fields of industrial maintenance, welding, CDL, waste water treatment, and medical billing/coding and medical terminology.

     JobTrakPA is made possible by a $20 million Department of Labor Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career Training (TAACCCT) grant awarded to Pennsylvania’s 14 community colleges in the fall of 2012.

     “We find a lack of financial assistance for individuals seeking training that awards less than an associate’s degree,” says John Goberish, Dean of Workforce and Continuing Education at CCBC. “Due to our track record and past successes of working with dislocated workers to offer training and job search assistance, we were able to secure additional grant funds to cover instructional and material costs for these certificate programs.”

     Upcoming courses at CCBC, which start throughout the fall of 2013 and spring of 2014, allow students to train for jobs in the energy field as well as the emerging natural gas industry through fast-track certificate programs. In total, the programs offer training for an additional 80 students, with financial assistance available to those who qualify.  In addition to the training, the College works closely with area employers to identify hiring needs and provides one-to-one job-search training, counseling and placement assistance. 

     “In preparation for future employment opportunities related to Marcellus Shale activity, CCBC engages employer partners in reviewing and providing feedback on the Industrial Maintenance Technician, Production Technician, Process Technician, and Wastewater Treatment Operator programs curricula and the training equipment,” explains Goberish.  

     Employer partners include First Energy, BASF, Ardex, PGT Trucking, AES, Nova Chemicals, Alcosan, Job Training for Beaver County, Center Township Sanitary Water Authority, Chester Engineers, Chippewa Township Water Authority, Department of Environmental Protection, EK Interactive, Hart Resource Technologies, Lab Volt, Michael Baker, Midland Municipal Water Authority, Monaca Pollution Control Center, New Castle Sanitation Authority, Nova Chemicals, PA CareerLink, Pennsylvania Rural Water Association, Range Resources, and Weavertown.

     “CCBC is excited to train individuals in industries that will play a vital role in impacting economic growth and development in Beaver County,” said CCBC President Dr. Joe D. Forrester. “It is the College’s goal to get our displaced and unemployed residents back to work fast.”

     Since the fall of 2012, Community College of Beaver County has provided fast-track training for welding and CDL for 55 students for minimal out-of-pocket expenses. The training, which is valued at $2500 to $5000 per student, targets veterans, displaced workers, and unemployed workers through the College’s partnership with Job Training for Beaver County and PA CareerLink® Beaver County.

     The College is currently running its first industrial maintenance technician program in the new Industrial Maintenance Center on campus. The program is divided into three sections, including industrial mechanic, industrial electrician and programmable logic controllable, and enables individuals to train in one or all areas and gives businesses the opportunity to provide training for their employees to upgrade their current skillset.

     Individuals and businesses who are interested in any of these training opportunities should contact CCBC’s Career Coach, Hugh Gallagher, at 724-480-3567 or via email at hugh.gallagher@ccbc.edu.

Additional information about JobTrakPA can be found at jobtrakpa.com