Getting Veterans into Jobs Quickly

August 01, 2012

At the annual convention of Veterans of Foreign Wars, President Obama announced a new program to provide more job training and education for veterans. Paul Pierpoint, vice president of community education, points out that Northampton Community College already has such a program in place in this op-ed piece for the Morning Call.

A $1 million grant from the United States Department of Labor enables NCC to offer four non-credit diplomas to help veterans, laid-off or underemployed workers and others receive accelerated training to enter high-wage, high-demand jobs. They may choose to specialize in machinery repair, geo-thermal heat pumps, electrical construction, or air conditioning and refrigeration, all of which are considered high-demand fields in Pennsylvania. The programs can be completed in one year or less.

The grant is part of the JobTrak PA (formerly known as the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training program). Tuition assistance from public funds administered through Pennsylvania Career Link may be available for those who meet the criteria.

For more information and to schedule an appointment with the career coach, please call 610.332.6262. All participants are required to meet with the career coach prior to enrolling.