Educators in our area are busy preparing adult students for the increased number of jobs in oil, gas, and manufacturing.
As part of only one of the two programs of it’s kind in the Mountain State, students at the Adult Learning Center at West Virginia Northern Community College have been getting hands-on training to prepare for these careers over the last nine weeks.
Thursday, they did mock interviews with representatives of a number of local businesses in those fields; so they can have a more realistic expectation of what to anticipate as they head out to look for jobs, “We’re doing some pilot projects statewide, to begin to implement career pathways programs into our adult education programs,” said Dr. Robin Asbury, Director of West Virginia Workplace Education Program.
Cindy West, Instructor for the Careers in Pathways Program said their students have been determined to get the most out of the program they can, “Our goal was to produce students and career professionals who are ready for the industry and they can prove it. They’ve already proven it with their commitment to the time, and they’ve created portfolios and they have studied the industry in both petroleum and manufacturing.”
These mock interviews would also give the students an upper hand, because potential employers are seeing everything they have to offer. 100% attendance was required Monday through Thursday over the last 9 weeks.