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Calhoun offering free training for "Next Generation" manufacturing jobs

The program will provide students the basic knowledge and skills needed for advanced manufacturing jobs.

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama — Calhoun Community College's Adult Education Division announces STEPS (Students Taking Effective Pathways to Success), a new career training initiative to provide students with the basic knowledge and skills necessary to work in the manufacturing industry.

According to Mindi Russell, Calhoun Acting Adult Education Director, the free 8-week program combines curriculum from the MSSC (Manufacturing Skill Standards Council) and Ready to Work curriculum into one program. The training is broken down into separate pathways, with the first being the MSSC Certified Production Technician curriculum along with soft skills training with the Ready to Work curriculum. Both combined provide solid training that is vital for job seekers to be effective team members in the manufacturing industry.

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The courses are conducted through a combination of self-paced independent e-learning, asynchronous classwork as well as synchronous lecture classes. Requirements for the course include 8-hours a week through the online platform with the remainder of the material being completed independently by the student. “We currently have a partnership with Mazda/Toyota where individuals are being trained to work for them and can use their certification from this program to apply for jobs through them,” commented Denise Boswell, Calhoun Ready to Work Coordinator/Instructor.

Manufacturing training isn't the only Adult Education program Calhoun offers. Job training and certification programs include OSHA 10 certification, White Belt of Six Sigma, as well as Certified Logistic Technician (CLT) and Certified Logistics Associate (CLA) certifications. 

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