The Step Up for Women Advanced Manufacturing Program has just completed its seventh successful cohort. The vocational training program has run two classes per year since its first in the summer of 2016. Dozens of women have gone through the training and found employment in local manufacturing companies.
Melinda Perron, Program Coordinator for Step Up, is pleased with how well the graduates have done. “It was nerve-wracking to run the first class back in 2016. No one knew how the class would go – this was the very first manufacturing pre-apprenticeship for women in the county. Thankfully, almost all of my students have found jobs and moved up in their careers. I’m getting to see these women go from depending on government benefits to buying their own homes.”
The class, which runs out of the Robert C. Byrd Institute on 4th Avenue in Huntington, cycles students through manual and CNC machining, shop math, manufacturing blueprint reading, and employment soft skills. The women in the program are not charged any tuition – grants and scholarships pay for the classes. There are no income limits or residency requirements either. Students often travel from Kentucky or Ohio.
Graduate income averages over $12 per hour starting wage with regular increases. Some local companies pay as much as $17 per hour for new hires. Jobs are 40 or more hours per week usually with benefits like medical and retirement. Women from 18 to 60 have been successful in the program, and Perron encourages women of color, veterans, and other minority groups to apply.
Step Up is a program of West Virginia non-profit focused on helping women become financially secure. Anyone interested in the class can apply at wvwomenwork.org/stepupamp or call 304-528-9991 for an application.
September 7th-15th, 2019, West Virginia –The All American Training Institute (ATI Training) is excited to announce a Home Inspection Training Course in West Virginia.
“Our team is excited to bring this extensive Home Inspector Training Course to West Virginia. The average salary for a home inspector in the state of West Virginia is $43,710 per year. Those who enroll in our course will be set for a stable and rewarding career!” says Amy Newcomer, ATI Training Co-Founder
About the All American Training Institute
ATI Training was created to offer students a one-stop-shop to jump-start their career as a home inspector. The goal was to create a training program that offered superior training and a support network. ATI Training has done just that for many students over the years and is the nationwide leader in home inspector training. Training is offered in all 50 states and includes both classroom and in-field training. This course work leaves new home inspectors feeling qualified, not just certified.
Region 2 WORKFORCE West Virginia is hosting several free one-hour informational sessions for parents of high school students who want to learn more about post-graduate job training, military options, and community and four-year college options and financing assistance.
- College, training, and service options
- Financial aid, grants, and how to get them
- When and how to apply for schooling
- Job opportunities for your student
- Where to find additional resources
The Careers and Financial Aid Seminars will be presented at 6 p.m. at the following locations:
- Scott High School, Oct. 1
- Van High School, Oct. 3
- Buffalo High School, Oct. 4
- Chapmanville Regional High School, Oct. 8
- May High School, Oct. 9
- Mingo Central High School, Oct. 10
- Wayne High School, Oct. 11
- Tolsia High School, Oct. 15
- Logan High School, Oct. 16
- Spring Valley High School, Oct. 18
- Cabell-Midland High School, Oct. 25
- Tug Valley High School, Nov. 5
- Poca High School, Nov. 7
- Sherman High School, Nov. 15
The Region 2 WORKFORCE Investment Board serves businesses, workers and individuals in Boone, Cabell, Lincoln, Logan, Mingo, Putnam and Wayne counties in West Virginia and works to meet local economic and workforce development needs. Additional information is available at www.wvregion2.org.