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Electrician training available in Scott County

staff report • Feb 3, 2013 at 8:25 AM

GATE CITY — Mountain Empire Community College will offer an electrician training course targeting unemployed or underemployed individuals beginning Feb. 12 at the Scott County Technical and Career Center in Gate City.

The 16-week course is part of MECC’s On Ramp program that provides access to higher education and training opportunities with eligible participants receiving career counseling, tutoring and other educational assistance. On Ramp students qualifying for financial aid will receive financial assistance for tuition, certification and licensing fees, and books.

Those who are not eligible for the On Ramp program may also take the course at a cost of $500.

The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) Certified Basic Electrician program will be held from 5:30 to 9:40 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday for the 16-week period.

To qualify for the On Ramp program participants must meet one or more of the following eligibility guidelines:

• An individual has been terminated or laid off or received a notice of termination from an employer.

• Be eligible for or exhausted unemployment benefits.

• Work at a job that pays a lot less than prior employment or work more than one part-time job.

• Be employed at a facility where the employer has notified employees of a pending closure or layoff.

• Be self-employed and now unemployed as a result of general economic conditions.

• Or be a displaced homemaker or caregiver.

A special registration session will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Scott County Career and Technical Center. Individuals may also register for the course online at www.mecc.edu/noncredit.

For more information on the electrician training course, contact Tommy Clements at (276) 523-7431 or e-mail tclements@mecc.edu.

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