Skills Program Could Lead to Potential Jobs

by Courtney Wheaton on August 5, 2013 at 6:53 am

A new program will begin next week that teaches adults key skills that could lead to employment in the construction industries.

Monday, representatives from Mid-East Adult Education met with the Muskingum County Commissioners to inform them about the 2013 Heavy Equipment Operator Program.

"It’s a 19 week program, and two weeks of that will be externship with local businesses and we want to be able to put our students in and have a job shadowing experience with local contractors, " said Program Instructor, Andy West.

The classes will last from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Once the students have completed their class they will be equipped with a wide range of skills and a letter of recommendation to give to potential employers.

" With that being said they stressed a class A CDL, and they stressed what type of equipment excavator , dozer ,loaders, forklifts, and they wanted to make sure we would have an employable Class One Operator," said West.

To qualify for the program you must be 18 years of age or older and have a high school diploma or GED.  For more information about class sessions and registration you can call the adult center for education at 740-455- 3111. There are Three sessions and the first one is already at full capacity.