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JWCC offering free manufacturing course



Looking for a new job?

John Wood Community College instructors say a key to getting hired is having the right training. And they say their 16 week manufacturing class can help. And best of all - the next session is free. This is being made possible through a three million dollar network of advanced manufacturing grant from the state of Illinois.

It was a packed house with prospective students of all kinds - interested in the new manufacturing opportunity at John Wood. Among them was Jeffrey Williams.


"I want to further my education - it's something I should have done a long time ago, and it's a free program so I might as well take advantage of it."

Seventeen percent of Illinois' economy is driven by manufacturing.  Program Coordinator James Furman says that means there's a lot of opportunities for these prospective students right here at home.

"There's so many companies in the Quincy area that need people," he said. 

Furman says the class provides information on safety and making quality parts, plus a lot of hands-on experience. He says they start with manual machines, but with more classes and training, students could eventually work on a more automated, sophisticated piece of equipment. Furman says even after completing the entry level program, the students will be exactly what employers are looking for.

"It's easy to get into a place when you've got a little background to fall back on, that you've done a little of this, like Titan Wheel or Knapheide, if you've got some safety behind you, some quality behind you, it's less they have to train you," he says.

Williams says he's confident the training will do good things for his life.

"I'll get a better job, a high paying job." 

But he says he's got even bigger plans.

"My own business."

If you missed Wednesday night's open house, that's okay. You can still register for the class by contacting John Wood directly. Classes start August 26th.  





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