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Register to earn a Workforce Development Readiness Certificate at Motlow College

Posted on Monday, February 27, 2012 at 5:55 pm

FAYETTEVILLE, Tenn. – Local area businesses and industries need qualified employees who have essential industrial and soft skills. Motlow College Fayetteville Center will help meet that need with a series of workforce training modules. This workforce solution is made available with assistance from a grant recently awarded to the College by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration.

Motlow will offer classes, at no cost to the student, to better prepare them for the workforce. At the completion of four weeks of evening classes, students will earn a Workforce Development Readiness Certificate. The certificate will be a valuable tool to present to potential employers when entering the job market.

According to Laura Monks, director of the Fayetteville Center, “Designing the skill sets to be included for this Readiness Certificate is the result of industry representatives, educators and Industrial Development Board members working together to find a way to help our local industry prosper.”

The classes will be held on four consecutive Monday evenings from 5 to 9 p.m. in room FC023 of the Sundquist Center of Advanced Technologies (SCAT) at the Fayetteville Center. Citizens wishing to take advantage of the classes are encouraged to register quickly as class sizes are limited.

In the first class, Module One, held on March 26, the subject will be Ethics and Responsibilities. Topics will include the definition of ethics and real world situations, employee responsibilities, dealing with change in the workplace, time management and teamwork.

The second week of class, held on April 2, will deal with Effective Communications. Areas addressed in Module Two are written and oral communication skills, effective listening, and communications etiquette. The basics of how to read and write work instructions will also be covered.

During the third week, April 9, Basic Industrial Math Skills will be taught. Topics are calculations, simple word problems and resolutions, and the application of math to manufacturing.

Module Four, held on April 16, is on Basic Industrial Skills. Students will learn about safety in the workforce including the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and OSHA regulations. Subjects to be covered are the basic application of mechanical tools and the use of precision measuring tools.

To register for the classes contact Ingrid Williams by email at or by calling (931) 668-7010 ext. 2109.