College Offers “Career Options” Open House

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EDISON—Middlesex County College and two of the county’s vocational-technical high schools, in cooperation with the county’s Workforce Investment Board, will offer “Career Options,” an open house aimed at those unemployed people who are seeking skills that will lead to a new job.

It will be Wednesday, Oct. 7 from 5-7 p.m. in the College Center at Middlesex County College’s Edison campus, and at the East Brunswick and Piscataway campuses of the high schools. The program is free.

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Middlesex County College will also offer workshops to aid job-seekers that evening.
“We are going to be highlighting programs – both credit and non-credit – that are short-term and focus on training for careers in high-demand fields,” said Mary Ann Conners, dean of the college’s Division of Corporate and Community Education.

“In addition, we’ll have workshops on financial aid, resume writing, careers in health technologies, and how to apply for funding from the state’s Department of Labor. This last one will be conducted by representatives of the local One-Stop Center, which is the state office where those seeking unemployment benefits start the process.”

“Career Options” will include certificate programs at the college that can be completed in one academic year or less, plus non-credit programs that can be finished in as little as six weeks. Many – although not all – may qualify for financial aid from the college, or for funding from the Department of Labor. Representatives from the college will be available to discuss more than 70 programs that can lead directly into a career in areas such as computers, food service, education, electronics, health care, graphic arts, criminal justice, engineering, accounting and business. For a complete list, visit www.middlesexcc.edu.

For those who would also like to attend a workshop, the schedule is: The One-Stop Information Session at 5 p.m.; concurrent sessions of Resume Writing and Health Technology Careers at 5:30 p.m.; Financial Aid at 6 p.m.; and a repeat of the One-Stop Information Session at 6:30 p.m.

At the high schools, the focus will be on full-time certificate programs designed for individuals interested in changing careers as well as those who are looking to change classifications or acquire new skills within a career area. Those who complete a sequence of courses earn a certificate and, in some cases, credit hours earned may be applied to a registered apprenticeship program.

The Middlesex County Adult Technical Schools’ certificate programs are: C-Tech Telecommunications, Computer Applications for Business, EKG/Phlebotomy, Electrical Technology, Graphic Design-Art and Illustration, Health Unit Coordinator, Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Technology, Home Inspection, Manicuring, Maintenance Mechanic, Medical Billing & Coding, Pharmacy Technician, Plumbing Technology and Skin Care Specialist. The East Brunswick campus is at 112 Rues Lane and the Piscataway campus is at 21 Suttons Lane.

Conners said she hoped people take advantage of this service and attend one of the programs.

“The Career Options evening is a great way for people who are unemployed, or those who feel their job may be in jeopardy, to learn about training for a new career,” Conners said.


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