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Non-college opportunities available across the Mid-Ohio Valley

PARKERSBURG — Iron Workers Local Union 787 JAC and Washington County Career Center offer non-college opportunities in the Mid-Ohio Valley.

The International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers Local Union 787 JAC are accepting apprenticeship applications. Applications are accepted Monday through Friday, except holidays, during regular business hours from 8 a.m. to noon and 1-4:30 p.m. for the Iron Workers Apprenticeship Program. Applications are available at the Iron Workers Union Hall, at 303 Erickson Blvd., Parkersburg. The application must be prepared in person at the Union Hall.

The following are the minimum requirements. Lack of any one of these will automatically disqualify the applicant. No applicant will be rejected because of race, color, religion, natural origin, or sex. Iron Workers Local 787 will take affirmative action to provide equal opportunities in apprenticeship.

* Must be at least 18 years old.

* Must be capable of doing work for the Iron Worker Trade.

* Must have a high school education or GED.

* Must have a valid driver’s license.

* Must live in the jurisdictional area for at least one year prior to applying for the program.

* Must pass a substance abuse test, which will be paid for by Iron Workers Local Union 787 JAC.

The jurisdictional area covered by Iron Workers Local 787 of the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers is as follows:

* Ohio: Athens, Meigs, Morgan, Noble, and Washington counties.

* West Virginia: Boone, Braxton, Calhoun, Clay, Doddridge, Fayette, Gilmer, Greenbrier, Jackson, Kanawha, Lewis, Lincoln, Logan, Mason, McDowell, Mercer, Mingo, Monroe, Nicholas, Pleasants, Pocahontas, Putnam, Raleigh, Ritchie, Roane, Summers, Upshur, Webster, Wirt, Wood, and Wyoming counties, and the southern portion of Randolph County.

The Washington County Career Center offers training to high school and adult technical students. The adult career center is open to Ohio and West Virginia residents. The center specializes in programs that take one year or less to complete. There are several medical programs available for adults, including surgical technologist, medical assistant, phlebotomy, medical billing and coding, and state tested nursing assistant.

The Career Center has a multitude of industrial programs available for adults including chemical operator, chemical technician, CDL truck driver, welding, industrial maintenance mechanic, instrumentation and electricity, and heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration.

Tony Huffman, director of adult technical training in the Career Center said adult programs allow students to earn a certification of workforce ready credentials. He also said one of the best things about the center is that many of the adult programs can articulate to an associate degree at Washington State Community College or West Virginia University at Parkersburg. Huffman said the Career Center has a close tie to industry and offers internships while earning a certification. He said the Career Center only teaches its students technical skills for the job, no math or history classes. Huffman said the goal is to train students and get them in jobs.

He said students also have the chance to meet advisory committees of mentors in their respective medical and industrial fields, these mentors give advice and speak to the students about their career field.

Huffman said the financial aid department works to reduce the cost of tuition for its students. Some have had their entire tuition paid through grants, scholarships, and internships. For students who do not qualify for financial aid or for those that assistance does not cover 100 percent of their educational expenses, Adult Technical Training offers an interest free payment plan.

James Dobbs can be reached at jdobbs@newsandsentinel.com

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