Looking to meet the needs of local businesses, the Continuing Education Department at the Paris Junior College – Sulphur Springs Center is offering an Industry Readiness course to give students an excellent opportunity to improve their skills and become more employable.
As work practices change, new jobs have been created and the Industry Readiness course will provide the student with these skills. Industries are looking for employees with safety training; knowledge of how to safely operate a forklift; technical and applied mathematics skills; basic logistic training; electrical hazard training; blue print reading; basic shop safety and a basic knowledge of hand tools.
Many local industries are offering entry-level salaries of $15-16 per hour and, depending on the company, signing bonuses. Those with skills can expect to advance more quickly.
The course will be held on Fridays and Saturdays, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., from Nov. 12 to Dec. 11 (the class will not meet Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 26-27). A total of 64 hours will cost $825, and scholarships are available to students to largely defray that cost. Interested local businesses have donated some of the needed course materials such as hard hats.
Upon completion of this course, students will earn the OSHA 10 Hour General Industry certification and Forklift Operator Certification. Job placement assistance is available for students successfully completing the course. Please contact PJC Continuing Education at 903-782-0447 or [email protected] for more information or to sign up for the class.
Paris Junior College — located in Paris, Texas, about 100 miles northeast of Dallas — has been a part of the Lamar County community since 1924.
Paris Junior College offers Associate in Arts, Associate in Science and Associate in Applied Science degrees, as well as Certificates of Proficiency in technical/workforce fields. The college has expanded its academic curriculum through the years to encourage associate degree and university transfer candidates. Since establishing its first vocational program — jewelry and watchmaking in 1942 — the college has been aggressive in adding technical/workforce programs that will benefit students entering the workforce.
The campus of 54 tree-shaded acres includes 20 major buildings and residence halls and provides students a unique and pleasant environment for learning.
Paris Junior College also operates centers in Sulphur Springs, Texas, and in Greenville, Texas.
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