This project provides training, education, and job placement assistance to prepare workers for employment in high growth and other emerging industries.
The project will offer training for two skill levels. Those with minimal skills will enter a 2-year program of study at Northeastern Junior College, and will be connected with the Academic Support Programs Department. They will work toward an AAS degree, as requested by industry partners. Some students will qualify for the Credits for Prior Learning Program. It is anticipated that veterans with experience in electronics, and other related fields, will be among those who qualify for the program. These participants will be offered the opportunity to attend an intensive 5-week summer program. They will subsequently receive a Wind Technician Certificate. Pikes Peak Community College will assist with student recruitment and preparation of appropriate candidates. Eastern Colorado Workforce will provide case management.
Prior to course work, students will be evaluated for basic math, reading and language needs – and will be connected with appropriate members of the college Academic Support Division. Once classes begin, students will be required to meet with their advisor twice a semester. Both professional and student tutors will be available. However, the biggest assistance for the targeted population may be financial, and the college will be addressing those needs. Through the use of Workforce, the college Step Into Your Future Program, and Northeastern Junior College instructor contacts, the project will connect students with potential employers. However, the college believes that the internship program will, for many students, lead to permanent employment.