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PluggedIn VA: Deadline to sign up for information technology training approaching

Wes Bunch • Feb 22, 2014 at 10:04 PM

GATE CITY — Administrators with the Regional Adult Education Program of Lee, Scott, Wise and Norton public schools say time is running out to sign up for information technology training through its PluggedIn VA course that begins next month.

PluggedIn VA, a partnership among the Regional Adult Education, Mountain Empire Community College and the Area 1 Workforce Investment Board, provides free technology training to adult learners and was offered for the first time in 2013. Adult Ed administrators said the high success rate of those students prompted them to bring the class back to the Pioneer Center in Duffield.

Administrators pointed to Wise resident Selena Jean Ramey as an example of that success. Ramey, a single mother with two teenage boys, was recently recognized for her accomplishments in the 2013 Annual Report of the Virginia Workforce Council.

According to the report, Ramey completed her PluggedIn studies while working full time and is now on course to graduate from MECC as a certified nursing assistant.

“Selena exemplifies the success experienced by our PluggedIn IT students,” stated Jane Bowlin, Adult Ed PluggedIn Instructor. “Completion of the Program enabled her to build an impressive set of employment credentials.

“She earned her American Red Cross First Aid and CPR/AED certification, which will be invaluable in her field of employment. She also earned a Bronze Career Readiness Certificate, as well as a Career Studies Certificate in Information Technology Readiness from Mountain Empire Community College. Her information technology classes helped her improve her keyboarding skills and acquire proficiency in Microsoft Office.”

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