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The Sentinel-News, New manufacturing job training coming in November

Four-week course prepares students for jobs in factory settings
By Lisa King

Date Published: 10/16/2015

Shelbyville -- Jefferson Community and Technical College will begin offering free training for manufacturing jobs with a new program set to start next month.

The four-week training classes for Certified Production Technician [CPT] will be held at the JCTC Shelby County Campus, starting Nov. 2.

All graduates of the four-week CPT training will earn an industry-recognized credential from the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council and four hours credit towards a manufacturing degree at JCTC. They will also be able to interview with regional employers who have expressed a preference for hiring employees who have the CPT credential.

Officials at KentuckianaWorks, the entity putting on the training, said it’s in response to manufacturing positions that will be opening soon.

“We’ve been working the last few days to create these training sessions for these new jobs that GE is making available and some other employers too, and we’re just trying to get the word out because it’s a great opportunity and it’s free training,” said Phil Miller, director of communications for KentuckianaWorks.

“We’ve been working really hard to get locations set up. It’s what we do as an organization. We’ve not provided the CPT training in Shelby and Henry training before.”

John Wieland, director of the Shelby County campus of JCTC, said the training is badly needed in Shelby County

“We’re bringing the Certified Production Technical program to Shelby County at the request of County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger,” he said. “Industries in the county are having difficulty finding qualified employees who can be successful in an advanced manufacturing environment. The CPT program addresses that need.”

To qualify for the free training, people must be 18 years of age, and have a National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) Silver Level. Those without an NCRC can receive assistance in obtaining it, which will be covered during the orientation sessions at the Kentucky Career Center at 88 Brunerstown Road at 9 a.m. on Oct. 20 and 27.

Henry County orientation sessions will be held at the Henry County Library, 172 Eminence Terrace, Eminence, starting today, Oct. 16, and Oct. 23 at 10 a.m.

The manufacturing job openings are at the GE plant at Appliance Park in Louisville, where the plant is returning its Zoneline heating and air conditioning line, which will require at least 75 new employees.

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