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PJC-Sulphur Springs Center Offering Short-Term Industry Readiness Course

Student David Mitchell gets some information from Advisor Stephanie Pinckard as he completed registration at the PJC-Sulphur Springs Center campus.

Looking to meet the needs of local businesses, the Continuing Education Department at the Paris Junior College–Sulphur Springs Center is offering an Industry Readiness course to give students an excellent opportunity to improve their skills and become more employable.

As work practices change, they create new jobs, and the Industry Readiness course will provide the student with these skills. In addition, industries are looking for employees with safety training, knowledge of how to safely operate a forklift, technical and applied mathematics skills, basic logistic training, electrical hazard training, blueprint reading, basic shop safety, and basic knowledge of hand tools.

Many local industries are offering entry-level salaries of $15-16 per hour and signing bonuses depending on the company. As a result, those with skills can expect to advance more quickly.

The course is Fridays and Saturdays, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, from Nov. 12 to Dec. 11. The class will not meet on Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 26-27. A total of 64 hours will cost $825, and scholarships are available to students to defray that cost largely. In addition, interested local businesses have donated some of the needed course materials, such as hard hats.

Students will earn the OSHA Ten Hour General Industry Certification and Forklift Operator Certification upon completing this course. Job placement assistance is available for students completing the course.

Please contact PJC Continuing Education at 903-782-0447 or for more information or to sign up for the class.