C-TEC Offering FREE Training for Adults

C-TEC Offering FREE Training for Adults
Tuition Paid for by Licking County’s Federal CARES Grant
Newark, OH- C-TEC’s Adult Education Center is offering free short-term training in modern manufacturing as a response to the immediate needs of dislocated workers and local manufacturers who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The C-TEC Edge program is a tuition-free, 6-week, 120-hour program designed to train adults with no, or some, manufacturing experience. This will provide trainees the foundational knowledge in modern manufacturing and industrial safety to give them the best advantage to gain employment with area manufacturers who have immediate openings. The program is open to adults, ages 18 and older, who are looking to re-skill or up-skill to a new career. Both day and evening options are offered to accommodate family schedules. Training can lead to jobs at companies with immediate openings for the following positions:  manufacturing technician, quality control, machine operator and mechanical assembler.

To coincide with Ohio’s Manufacturing Month in October, C-TEC has partnered with the Heath-Newark-Licking County Port Authority and the Licking County Commissioners Office to build on the recent success of the first two classes of C-TEC Edge. Through the federal CARES grant, the Licking County Commissioners have agreed to fund four additional classes of the program in October and November.

Licking County Commissioner Tim Bubb says, “Use of the pandemic relief grant money to pay for workforce training and retraining is significant in terms of changing lives by preparing adults for the job opportunities of the future.”

“We are excited to partner with the Port Authority and the County’s Commissioners to offer free tuition to help local job seekers train for a new job or career change. This training program is a win-win by helping residents get back to work quickly and making sure our manufacturing partners find the skilled workers they need as they continue to re-open and re-tool,” said Lauren Massie, C-TEC’s Adult Education Director.

The Heath-Newark-Licking County Port Authority sponsored the first two classes to help get the program off the ground, allowing C-TEC to offer training for free. This was specifically targeted to dislocated workers from the service and retail sectors where employees have been hit the hardest. The first class of graduates boast a 90% graduation rate, and a 100% industry credential attainment rate.

“C-TEC EDGE is really the national model for upskilling workers for manufacturing careers,” said Rick Platt, President and CEO of the Port Authority. “The timing is right for more community members to quickly take advantage of this chance to get a manufacturing certification. There are manufacturing job opportunities that are ready to be filled.”

The key to the success of the program is the partnerships with area manufacturers who have immediate job openings. “The best part of this program is seeing our trainees interact with our industry partners including Hendrickson, THK, Anomatic Corporation, Velvet Ice Cream, and Nature’s One to name a few. It’s a great way for them to get to know each other, and for our students to hear directly from company representatives in terms of what makes a good applicant, the jobs that are available, and the culture the company has to offer,” said Kyle Fulton, C-TEC Edge Program Coordinator.

Classes start October 19 and November 16, 2020. Enrollment is open today.
Those interested in the C-TEC EDGE program can call 740.403.0837 or visit
www.c-tec.edu/ae/adult_education_programs/edge for more information.

C-TEC is the premier choice for career and technical education and workforce development in Licking County. C-TEC has been contributing to the success of the workforce for 40 years, with more than 20 high school programs and nearly 35 educational and training opportunities available in adult education.  C-TEC is the first LEED certified public school in Ohio providing an environmentally friendly and cost-efficient building for students to learn and excel. 


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NEWARK, OH 43058
PHONE 740.345.9757

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