2011-08-24 / News

El Camino College Compton Center launches Career Advancement Academy

Training in machine tool technology/aerospace fastener manufacturing and welding to be offered this semester
From staff reports

Through a Career Advancement Academy, El Camino College Compton Center is providing students with the programs and training they need for careers in high-growth industries.

The academy offers programs in machine tool technology and aerospace fastener manufacturing and welding. Enrolling in one of these programs is a proactive first step for students wanting to gain valuable, marketable skills and set themselves up for successful, new careers.

To be eligible for the Career Advancement Academy programs, students must meet a few basic requirements. They must be between 18 and 30 years old, have not yet earned a college degree, and be able to work in the United States.

The academy is part of a statewide initiative designed to increase the access to higher education that leads to jobs. The program combines career technical education with basic skills in high-demand career areas in which new workers are needed immediately.

Funded by a $662,700 grant from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, the Career Advancement Academy also has technical support from the Career Ladders Project.

The aerospace fastener industry is centered in Southern California. More than 10,000 Southern Californians are currently employed by local aerospace fasteners, manufacturers and distributors, but many of these veteran workers are due to retire. It is anticipated that numerous local employers will need to hire skilled students for entry-level positions over the next five years.

Students enrolled in either the machine tool technology/aerospace fastener manufacturing or welding programs benefit from a curriculum that combines a practical, technical education with classes designed to strengthen reading, writing, and mathematical skills.

The program includes career skills workshops covering topics like resume writing, interviewing, job retention, interpersonal skills relating to the workplace, industry-specific “green” classes, and total quality management.

Books and workplace safety boots are provided at no charge for those enrolled. The program culminates in an exclusive job fair with employers who are hiring.

For more information regarding ECC Compton Center’s Career Advancement Academy and its programs call 310-900- 1600, ext. 2779.

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