submitted by The River Valley Technical Center
The River Valley Technical Center's Adult Education Division (RVTC-AED) has announced the first round of workforce development classes being this school year.
All courses will be held at the tech center, located at 307 South Street in Springfield.
Courses have been developed in direct response to needs identified by employers in the area. RVTC-AED specializes in offering affordable non-degree programs to prepare employees for entry level positions as well as offering continual training of the existing workforce.
This fall's courses include the very popular CareerBlast. This course takes students through the steps of how to find that perfect job, tricks on how to stand out during the hiring process, including resume development and interviewing skills, and what employers look for in employees interested in promotion. Most important, this class is free.
Because employers continue to require employees with computer skills, this year the RVTC-AED is offering eleven computer courses to start the year, including a new course - 'Introduction to Computer in the Workplace'.
This course is specifically tailored to develop the skills employers demand and to give students the foundation needed to take the more advanced computer classes.
Other computer courses include introductory through advanced Microsoft Office courses; website design, the ever popular digital photography class and even a basic computer maintenance class. The RVTC-AED offers a variety of industry specific courses as well, including welding, Licensed Nursing Assistant (LNA) and the now famous, CCourses offered are not just for the entry level employee though.
Two courses, 'Innovative Strategies for Today's Economy', and 'Leading from Within', are specifically geared towards managers or company owners. 'Innovative Strategies' is a new course offering business strategies on how to navigate in today's challenging economy. 'Leading from Within' focuses on how to get the most out a business' most important resource - people.
Because the RVTC-AED mission is to be responsive to employers' educational needs, the RVTC-AED encourages employers to contact them directly. If a course needed for workforce development isn't offered, the RVTC-AED will either create a course or coordinate an outside source to meet employer need.
The RVTC-AED also works with Vermont's Department of Labor, Vermont Student Assistance Corp (VSAC) and others to help assist students financially.
Besides workforce development, residents in our region need to have fun as well. That's why the RVTC-AED will soon be offering a variety of classes of 'a lighter fare'.
They are always looking for teachers in the area willing to share their ideas. Courses start September 14 and are filling up fast; new courses begin virtually every week after that.
For a complete list of classes, visit RVTC.ORG (click on 'Continuing Education') or call 885-8315.