Parkersburg – Local Union of Ironworkers 787 JAC and Washington County Career Center offer non-college opportunities in the middle of the Ohio Valley.
The International Federation of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcement Workers of Steel 787 JAC is accepting applications for vocational training. Applications are accepted Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, during normal business hours of 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m. for the Ironworker Vocational Training Program. Applications are available at Iron Workers Union Hall, at 303 Erickson Blvd. Parkersburg. The application must be prepared in person at the Federation Hall.
Below are the minimum requirements. Failure to have either of these will result in the applicant being automatically disqualified. No applicant will be rejected because of race, color, religion, natural origin or gender. Domestic iron workers 787 will take positive action to provide a level playing field for apprenticeships.
*Must be at least 18 years old.
*Must be able to do work in the ironworks trade.
* You must have a high school education or GED.
* You must have a driver’s license.
*Must have lived in the jurisdiction area for at least one year before applying to the program.
*Must pass a drug test, which will be paid for by the local 787 JAC ironworkers union.
The jurisdiction area covered by the Domestic Ironworkers 787 of the International Association of Bridge, Construction, Ornamental and Reinforcement Workers is as follows:
* Ohio: Athens, Meigs, Morgan, Noble, and Washington counties.
* West Virginia: Boone, Braxton, Calhoun, Clay, Dodridge, Fayette, Gilmer, Greenbrier, Jackson, Kanawha, Lewis, Lincoln, Logan, Mason, McDowell, Mercer, Mingo, Monroe, Nicholas, Pleasants, Pocahontas, Putnam, Raleigh, Ritchie, Rowan, Summers, Upshore, Webster, Wirt, Wood, Wyoming counties, and the southern part of Randolph County.
The Washington County Careers Center offers training for high school students and adult technicians. The Adult Career Center is open to residents of Ohio and West Virginia. The center specializes in programs that take one year or less to complete. There are many medical programs available for adults, including surgical technologist, medical assistant, phlebotomy, medical billing and coding, and state-tested nursing assistant.
The career center has several industrial programs available to adults including chemical operator, chemical technician, CDL truck driver, welder, industrial maintenance mechanic, instrumentation, electrical, HVAC, and refrigeration.
The adult programs allow students to earn workforce-ready credentials, said Tony Hoffman, director of adult technical training at the Career Center. He also said that one of the best things about the center is that many adult programs can speak with an associate’s degree at Washington State Community College or West Virginia University at Parkersburg. Hoffman said the job center has a close relationship with the industry and offers internships while earning a degree. The job center only teaches its students technical skills for the job, he said, not math or history lessons. The goal, Hoffman said, is to train and hire students.
Students also have the opportunity to meet with advisory committees of mentors in their own medical and industry fields, he said, and these mentors provide advice and talk to students about their career field.
Hoffman said the financial aid department is working to reduce the cost of tuition fees for its students. Tuition fees have been paid in full for some through grants, scholarships, and internships. For students who do not qualify for financial aid or for those whose assistance does not cover 100 percent of their educational expenses, Adult Technical Training offers an interest-free payment plan.
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