Free classes offer technology job skills

First Byline: 
David Purtell - Staff Writer

An opportunity for people to increase their job readiness is right around the corner.
A free, state-certified manufacturing-technology class will begin Feb. 20 and is available to individuals who are unemployed or underemployed. Some courses will be held at the Denmark Technical College campus in Barnwell.
The classes consist of 200 hours of classroom and hands-on training, including production simulation. They are federally funded and promote manufacturing careers. In South Carolina, classes are being offered in partnership with the state's technical colleges.
South Carolina Manufacturing Certification and the SouthernCarolina Alliance have worked together to tweak the classes so they teach the skills used by workers at local industries, Kay Maxwell, with SCA, said.
"This is an excellent opportunity," Maxwell said. People who finish the course will have certification and get a leg up in getting an interview and a job, she said.
Maxwell said there are good manufacturing careers in the area that don't require a college education. She said there are companies in Bamberg, Barnwell and Allendale that need workers who have the skill sets these courses will teach.
"There is opportunity in our area," for those with the right skills and certification, she said.
For those in Barnwell, Bamberg and Allendale counties who'd like more information about the classes, contact Stephen Mason with Denmark Technical College at (803) 793-5155. Classes start Feb. 20 and there are 120 funded spots. Individuals must pass a background check and drug test to be eligible.