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When: 01/23/2014, 5:45 pm - 7:30 pm

Location: Phyllis Davis Room

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An info session will be held 5:45-7:30 p.m. in the Phyllis Davis Room at 909 Decker Dr.

The Center for Workforce and Community Development at Lee College will host an information session Thursday, Jan. 23, to help potential students learn how to quickly prepare for a successful career in the booming commercial and industrial construction industry — from electrical positions, to jobs in pipefitting, rigging and beyond.

In addition to presentations about career awareness and enrollment and registration requirements for upcoming non-credit courses, attendees will also be introduced to The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) certification process.

Having the NCCER certification allows craftsmen and craftswomen to demonstrate they are fully qualified to meet the expectations of employers in the industrial market, said Tonya Britton, director of Corporate Services for the workforce center. That means ensuring high productivity, quality and safety during construction projects.

“A poorly trained workforce will impede a project’s progress, lead to poor quality and, most importantly, put workers and others on and off of the job site in danger — that’s a risk that employers don’t want to take,” Britton said. “They are demanding proof of competency, and the NCCER credential is a commonly accepted way for workers in our region to show that they have the knowledge and skills to do the job.”

The workforce center will offer the commercial and industrial construction programs in a fast-track format, giving students the opportunity to take classes at night and on the weekends when it is often more convenient.

“We are aware of the need that workers have to become employable as soon as possible,” Britton said. “Our ultimate goals are to help companies find people, and to help people get good-paying jobs that can lead to satisfying careers.”

For more information about the information session, contact the workforce center at 281.425.6311 or workforce@lee.edu.