GATE CITY — Regional Adult Education of Lee, Scott and Wise counties and the city of Norton is offering area residents the chance to learn computer skills needed to succeed in today’s work force through a series of free technology training classes set to begin in February.
Offered in conjunction with the Mountain Empire Community College and the Area 1 Workforce Investment Board, the PluggedInVA IT program will be open to a limited number of adult learners. Eligible students must at least have a GED, or be in the process of completing it by Dec. 31.
PluggedInVA IT Coordinator Jan Stallard said the series of classes, which will run three times a week from February until early June, will provide participants with computer skills that are increasingly being sought by employers.
“So many jobs now require a knowledge of technology, what employers refer to as ‘IT’ or information technology,” Stallard said. “Many local adults left the classroom before computers became common in the workplace. With this program we help adults build upon their GED with computer skills expected by employers.”
Stallard said Regional Adult Ed decided to offer the program a second time following the success of the original class in 2013. Stallard said more than half those graduates are currently enrolled at MECC or have obtained employment.For an expanded version of this article, please see Sunday's print edition or our expanded electronic edition.