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It is a class that could get your foot in the door at General Electric, one of several local companies hiring certified production technicians. It is a class that could get your foot in the door at General Electric, one of several local companies hiring certified production technicians.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It is a class that could get your foot in the door at General Electric, one of several local companies hiring certified production technicians. 

That's why the Kentucky Manufacturing Career Center is offering free training that just about guarantees a foot in the door.

"I am employed at GE, I actually help put together dishwashers on an assembly line," said Thomas Hudson, GE employee.

Hudson did not take the easy route to his Job at GE.

"I was real skeptical about it because it was a 30 day class," he explained. 

Last year, Hudson gave up a temporary job and enrolled in the Certified Production Technician or CPT class at the Kentucky Manufacturing Career Center.

"It was one of the best decisions that I ever made," said Hudson.

The classes are free and that's why Hudson thought it sounded too good to be true.

"I actually almost walked out of the orientation, I actually was headed out," he said. "They just persuaded me to stay and I am so glad that I did."

"One of the staff personnel stopped him told him, just go back and listen," Operations Supervisor at the Career Center Zakiyyah Raymore said. "In his testimony, he states that it changed the quality of his life because he is now working for GE."

Raymore said GE is one of several local companies looking for employees. 

"Like Algood foods, Westport Axle, Piston automotive, we have a large array of hiring employers," he said.

There may be no real guarantees in life, however, Raymore said the CPT training could be the next best thing.

"The collaborative with GE is that it does not guarantee employment but what it will do is to put you in front of the line in the hiring process to be considered."

Meanwhile, when Thomas Hudson is not on the line at GE, he is sharing his story and encouraging people in the CPT classes or orientation at the career center.

Hudson said, "If you just want to better your situation now, this is one of the best decisions you can make, it definitely was for me."

The next class starts in November. For more information on the classes and orientation, just click here.

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