Start college with the confidence you have what it takes to succeed and get on the FastTRAC to a rewarding career in Healthcare or Manufacturing.

 

FastTRAC: “Pathways to HEALTHCARE Careers”


FREE college preparation course to get you on the FastTRAC to a rewarding career in one of Southern Minnesota's fastest growing fields! 

FastTRAC is a free program that can prepare you for college success in just 8 weeks! Brush up your reading, math or computer skills - while exploring exciting healthcare careers available in the region. You'll make connections in the healthcare industry and with area Workforce Centers as you develop a plan for your future. At the successful completion of your FastTRAC course, you will be prepared to begin South Central College's Basic Nursing program and may qualify for resources to attend Basic Nursing 101 and/or Medical Terminology in the Spring 2015 Semester. 

DATES & REGISTRATION
Blue Earth Area
October 21 - December 16, 2014
Tuesday/Thursday 9 am - 12 pm
Information and Registration: (507) 526-3172
LeSuer Area
October 20 - December 17, 2014
Monday/Wednesday 4 - 7 pm
Information & Registration: Call (507) 665-4626
Mankato Area
October 21 - December 16, 2014
Tuesday/Thursday 1 - 4 pm
Information and Registration: Call (507) 345-5222

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
You may qualify if you:
- are 17 or older and not enrolled in high school
- are legally eligible to work in the U.S.
- are unemployed or underemployed (part-time or low-wage incomes)
- are not academically prepared for college (based on Test of Adult Basic Education)

REQUIREMENTS
To participate, you must:
- call to register (application, basic skills test and interview required)
- complete a background study ($20)
- be physically and emotionally prepared to perform healthcare work (most healthcare careers require lifting, standing for 8 hour shifts, night, weekend & holiday hours, and close contact with others)
- commit to attending class periods and at least 6 hours of homework per week

 

FastTRAC: “Pathways to MANUFACTURING Careers”
Welding, Machining or Mechatronics (Maintenance)


FREE college preparation course to get you on the FastTRAC to a rewarding career in this high-demand field! 

FastTRAC is a free program that can prepare you for college success in just 6 weeks! Brush up your reading, math or computer skills - while exploring exciting manufacturing careers available in the region. You'll make connections with area manufacturers and Workforce Centers as you develop a plan for your future. At the successful completion of your FastTRAC course, you will be prepared to begin South Central College's welding, computer integrated machining or mechatronics (maintenance) program and may qualify for resources and academic assistance as you enroll in the Spring 2015 Semester.

DATES & REGISTRATION
November 10 - December 17, 2014
Monday/Wednesday/Friday, Noon - 3 pm
South Central College, North Mankato Campus
Information and Registration: Call Mankato Area Adult Basic Education at (507) 345-5222

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
You may qualify if you:
- will be at least 18 years old by December 15, 2014
- are legally eligible to work in the U.S.
- are unemployed or underemployed,
- are not academically prepared for college (based on Test of Adult Basic Education)
- have a HS Diploma or GED complete by July 1, 2014

REQUIREMENTS
To participate, you must:
- call to complete TABE testing and an intake interview
- be physically able to perform manufacturing work (requires heavy lifting and standing for 8 – 12 hour shifts)
- commit to attending every class and about 10 hours of homework per week

 


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The Need
For many manufacturers across Minnesota the inability to find technically trained employees is a significant barrier to growth. At the same time, there are many individuals and families who could benefit from the mid-level technology jobs that manufacturing provides.

The Solution
South Central College is working to narrow the “skills gap” and provide an ample supply of work-ready technicians to meet the needs of our state’s manufacturers. This effort is bolstered by the college’s involvement in President Obama’s Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP). SCC’s President Dr. Annette Parker serves on the national AMP Steering Committee and co-chairs the AMP “Workforce” work group. Dean of Global Outreach and Strategic Partnerships Marsha Danielson, Dean of Workforce Education and Training Barb Embacher and others from the college are also deeply involved in this important national initiative.

The Launch
South Central College will launch a “Minnesota Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Pilot” to help accelerate the training needed and fill jobs across the state. The pilot led by SCC includes employer-driven workforce initiatives based on the AMP Workforce work group’s four goals:

  1. Apprenticeship Models that will establish competency standards and serve as an instructional manual for all manufacturers and educational institutions to build programs of their own.
  2. National Credentialing System that incorporates nationally recognized certificates that build upon one another (known as “stackable credentials”), which offers learners/employees the flexibility to obtain each certificate at a time that is right for them and the opportunity to transfer these credentials to different employers.
  3. Advanced Manufacturing Education to increase career pathways and “dual credit” opportunities across education (K-12 Schools, Community & Technical Colleges and Universities).
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  5. Bridging Modules for Veterans to provide the opportunity for them to gain industry credit for prior military experience and supplement this background by pursuing private sector manufacturing certifications and apprenticeships, with Department of Labor and GI Bill funding and support.

The Impact
The pilot begins with South Central College and K-12 institutions working with manufacturers in Southern Minnesota. The pilot will then expand to include manufacturers statewide partnering with MnSCU institutions and Manufacturing Centers of Excellence that offer programs in advanced manufacturing, which is in perfect alignment with MnSCU’s “Charting the Future” strategy that encourages colleges and universities to work together to leverage their strengths. This pilot will then become a national model for other regions and states. What starts in Minnesota, could have a ripple effect that impacts the entire country.