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One-stop center designed to help people gain job skills

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- A new one-stop center is designed to help people gain the skills they need to find a job.

The Kentucky Manufacturing Center, at 160 Rochester Dr., Building W, on the campus of the Airport Industrial Center in south Louisville, opened on May 13.  It's offering classes in manufacturing skills and English as a Second Language. 

"The opening of this center comes as local manufacturers are growing and hiring more employees," Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said in a news release.  "It's a great opportunity to connect people still looking for a job or wanting a better job with the skills and certifications they need to succeed."

Career counselors will work to bring potential employees together with manufacturing jobs and ensure they have the proper training and skills.  Employers can also post job openings at the center.

An eight-week Certified Production Technician training class will start in August.  It's intended to qualify students for entry-level positions in manufacturing, as well as providing nine college credits.  You can  call 502-276-9711 to find out how to qualify.

Jefferson Community and Technical College is one of the center's partners, and is offering free short-term, entry-level courses for college credit to jobseekers who qualify.  After completing those courses, they can take more courses that lead to certificates or college degrees.

Tony Newberry, JCTC president and CEO, said, "At the Kentucky Manufacturing Career Center, students who might have thought they didn't have a chance at a high-wage, high-demand job can get that chance. JCTC is pleased to partner with KentuckianaWorks on this exciting opportunity that promises not only to improve the lives of the students but also the economic health of our community."

The center also is partnering with Iroquois High School and its Magnet Center, offering English as a Second Language courses that are customized to include manufacturing terms and vocabulary.

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