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Employer Partners Give Students Tools to Learn

Employer partners are some of the most important community relationships we develop. Through those partnerships students are able to get the most up-to-date work-based learning experiences and the feedback the workforce councils provide is critical in making improvements to the training students receive. As part of that feedback, Auto Body Collision Repair and Paint recently received two donations that will help the students in that trade get training that will lead to better opportunities.

Mackin’s Auto Body is one of Springdale’s Work Based Learning sites. Many Springdale Auto Body students intern at Mackin’s and some of them move in to full time work after graduation. Mackin’s recently donated a welder that will help students fine tune their welding skill and make them even more employable. Matt Sullivan, the Auto Body Paint instructor, appreciates the addition to the classroom. “I can now have between two and four students working on their welding skills at the same time. It means more students are able to get hands-on experience with equipment they’ll use on their worksites.”

One of the newest relationships has been with Commercial Airplane Painting Service (CAPS). CAPS works with some of the biggest names in airplane manufacturing, painting new planes and getting them ready to take off. BCL Anna Snyder was excited to get the relationship with CAPS off the ground. “They have a comprehensive training program and a great need for people willing to be trained. Their outreach coordinator contacted us and it has led to several of our graduates starting a whole new career path they might not have considered when they first came to Springdale.”

CAPS uses specialized equipment to paint the aircraft. In order to makes sure students coming in had some familiarity with the air guns they use, they generously trained Paint instructor Matt Sullivan and Repair instructor Cy Nelson on how to use the equipment and donated two air guns to the training program. “Students who are looking at CAPS as the employer they want to work for will now have a chance to get some work with the equipment before they ever start at the company,” explained Rachel Lupole, Career Services Director. “This is a generous gift and we are excited for our students to have that opportunity.”

Thank you to our partners in the community who make it possible for our students to get the hands-on training and skills they will need to succeed!

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College Program Welcomes Two New Students

Springdale Job Corps Center offers many ways for students to expand their training. One of those ways is through Advanced Career Training. This program is college-based, with students continuing to live on-center while they attend classes at Mount Hood Community College. Two students will start the next step in their training during winter term.

Health Occupations student Zack Cota is excited about this next step. “I’ll take my CNA test and then start the step in the process to becoming a nurse,” he says. “This is exciting and I’m really glad I have this opportunity.”

April Helm is completing Office Administration and is ready to get even more education. “I really feel like this is a boost up. Not everyone gets to go to college with the kind of support I will and I appreciate it a lot.”

Students who are interested in participating in the ACT program are required to take classes on what to expect in college, how to handle financial aid, and to get an idea of what is needed outside the classroom. Career Development Services manager Danny Stoddard wants students to know what they’re getting in to. “It’s a time commitment, both inside the classroom and outside. There’s a lot that goes in to being a college student!”

In addition to the college prep class, students are required to fill out an application and go through an interview to determine if they’re ready for college. “There are only five ACT slots available, so it is competitive,” Danny continues. “We want to make sure the students who apply are ready and are willing to put in the work.”

All students who are part of the ACT program have completed all their training and any other requirements before they are accepted. Students will live on center and are still considered Job Corps participants.

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Page last updated: Tuesday, December 15, 2015