Graduation Ceremony Honors First Graduating Class WSCC Morgan County Learning Center MultiCraft Certificate Program Students
Seven students – Yvette Yeadon, Casey Wilson, Corey Hoover, Alan Searl, Troy Weaver, Chelsea Ball, and Reed Garrett were recently honored at a graduation ceremony in recognition of their completion of the first cohort of the MultiCraft Certification Program at the Washington State Community College Morgan County Learning Center. The program, which was launched in March 2013, teaches students practical skills that allow them to transition immediately into a job in manufacturing settings. This program provides a new opportunity for local students to receive a great education close to home and finally get that job they have been hoping for.
Mike Workman, of Contraxx Furniture in McConnelsville, OH, stated that, "the Multi-Craft Certification program is a first for Morgan County and is designed for students and incumbent workers who prefer to stay in the community and continue their education beyond high school. We have structured the program as a fast-track skill-set training course that leads to priority employment opportunities at our local manufacturing firms. It takes about one year to complete the 18 credit-hour program."
The MultiCraft Certification Program classes include 21st Century Workplace Skills, Fundamentals of Engineering, Engineering Drafting, Machining Processes, Industrial Safety & Hazmat, and Basic Electricity. With these skills, students that graduate from the program are desirable candidates for jobs in the field.
Alan Searle, one of the seven graduates from the certification program, stated that, "I was in an interesting position when I entered the MultiCraft Certification Program. I have a college degree, but I was having a difficult time finding a job. I had worked as a jack of all trades, but the jobs I was interested in required hard skills. After graduation, I was able to get a job within a week. I am thinking about using this certificate as a jumping off point to get an Associates or Bachelor's Degree in this field."
The MultiCraft Certificate Program helped Searle personally, but he also believes that it could help the community as a whole. He stated that, "This program is a really great opportunity for community members like me that have had a hard time finding a job as well as those students who have just fallen through the cracks. This certificate program prepared me for jobs in many different fields including electronics, AutoCAD, machining, as well as other white collar jobs. I think that it is an excellent concept, and I hope that other members of the community will participate in this program. It has done a lot for me and I would love to see the interest in it continue to grow."