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PJC JobReady Courses Provide Quick Start For High Demand Positions

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Paris Junior College Sulphur Springs — First day of fall semester, 2020

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Paris Junior College is joining community colleges across Texas to meet the needs of Texans who need to upgrade their skills in the midst of the current economic crisis. Through the Texas Community College Teachers Association, PJC has partnered with JobReady to offer high-quality skills training at an affordable price.

“We saw an opportunity to help colleges across the state respond to the crisis brought on by COVID-19,” said Richard Moore, executive director of TCCTA. “Community colleges are essential to the success of our state, and they need resources to accomplish their mission. We’re proud to play a role in this effort.”

PJC and JobReady are offering online courses aligned with career pathways, many leading to industry-recognized certifications. The goal will be to help students enter, or re-enter, the job market quickly and successfully. JobReady was created by the National Education Foundation (NEF), the national non-profit leader in STEM+ job skills training and Open4 Learning. 

“PJC has always played an important role in helping communities in our area by supplying the skilled workforce needed for economic development,” said Dr. Pam Anglin, PJC President. “JobReady gives PJC another way to meet the needs of our students with training and credentialing to help them be successful. The program allows the College to take advantage of substantially discounted prices, which helped dramatically lower the cost for our students.”

Dillon Beadle of Sulphur Bluff PJC Sulphur Springs Welding
Dillon Beadle of Sulphur Bluff PJC Sulphur Springs Welding

JobReady addresses a long-standing workforce challenge to provide training and creating job-ready candidates from the large population of individuals who may lack access to pathways to skilled positions in high-demand fields. The courses may be started when a student signs up.

Through JobReady, PJC provides a collection of top-rated corporate learning courses – available via the web and mobile apps – with digital credentials. By working with employers, certification providers and job discovery services, JobReady aims to connect the dots between learning and work. The programs offered through PJC are affordable for every job seeker.

The new courses cover a wide range of technical skills, from cybersecurity to manufacturing to computer systems administration and networking, as well as “soft skills” such as interpersonal communication and time management. 

Information is available on the programs and registration links are available at The following is a list of highlighted courses offered through PJC and JobReady: 

  • Agile Project Management
  • AI Development
  • Android App Development
  • Apprentice Programmer Journey
  • Advanced Manufacturing Technician
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS) Certified Cloud Practitioner
  • AWS Certified Developer
  • Blockchain Solutions Architect Journey
  • AWS Solution Architect
  • Electrical Skills
  • Certified Ethical Hacker
  • Google Certified Professional Data Engineer
  • Cloud Architect Journey
  • CNC Lathe Production Technician
  • Cloud Security Bootcamp
  • Cyber Security Certificate
  • CompTIA A+
  • CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst+
  • CompTIA Network
  • CompTIA Security
  • Google Adwords
  • Google Analytics
  • Google Cloud Architect
  • Google Cloud Professional
  • Google Cloud Certified G Suite
  • Google Data Engineer
  • Google G Suite Administrator
  • iOS App Development
  • Mastering Business Fundamentals
  • Microsoft Azure Professional
  • Microsoft Office 2016 Master Specialist
  • Machine Learning Architect Journey
  • Oracle DB Professional
  • Red Hat Certified System Admin
  • Six Sigma Black Belt
  • Six Sigma Green Belt
  • Six Sigma Yellow Belt
  • Project Management Professional
  • Python Developer Journey
  • Systems Administration — Red Hat & CompTIA+
  • Advanced Manufacturing Technician
  • Electricians
  • Mechatronics & Industrial Automation Technician
  • Skills For Job Seekers
  • AWS Cloud Certified

About Texas Community College Teachers Association

Founded in 1948, TCCTA is comprised of educators from every teaching discipline, as well as counselors, librarians, and administrators. The Association’s approximately 5,000 members come from all public and independent community, junior, and technical colleges in the state of Texas. TCCTA is—by far—the largest organization of postsecondary educators in Texas. (For more information, visit 

About Paris Junior College

Paris Junior College has three locations: the main campus in Paris and Centers in Greenville and Sulphur Springs. With more than 5,000 students, the college offers academic and workforce degrees and certificates as well as high school dual credit courses and Continuing Education programs. (For more information, visit

About JobReady

JobReady is a collaboration of the National Education Foundation (NEF) and venture developer Open4 Learning, with a mission to deliver high-quality, affordable, relevant career pathways and credentials for the 21st century to a million job seekers and career shifters. With JobReady, NEF and Open4 Learning have brought together a massive collection of top-rated corporate learning courses – available via the web and mobile apps – with proof of learning in the form of digital badges powered by Credly and Isograd. (For more information, visit

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Author: Ross LaBenske

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