Harrison County recently became the first county in Southern Indiana to be certified as a Work Ready Community. The initiative, developed by ACT, helps match the workforce with the needs of the local industry. There are currently 40 employers in Harrison County that recognize the ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC).
Students may call Harrison County Lifelong Learning to set up an appointment to take the three WorkKeys NCRC Assessments needed to earn the credential. Applied Mathematics, Graphic Literacy and Workplace Documents measure workplace skills critical to job success. These skills are valuable to any occupation, level of education and in any industry. Additionally, students can use the computer lab at Lifelong Learning to complete Keytrain, the foundational curriculum to help people master the skills measured by the WorkKeys assessments.
Starting in October, Harrison County Lifelong Learning, in partnership with Ivy Tech Community College of Southern Indiana, will be offering two in-demand workforce certification programs. Pharmacy Technician and CompTIA A+ courses will run Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00 - 9:00 PM and prepare students to enter the pharmacy and information technology field as certified professionals.
Course content for Pharmacy Technician includes medical terminology, reading and interpreting prescriptions and defining drugs by generic and brand names. The program has an 80-hour externship component where students will be placed with various employers throughout the region. The cost of the course is $2050 and includes matierals and the optional PTCB exam fee.
The CompTIA A+ program is a comprehensive 100-hour course to prepare students for the CompTIA A+ Essentials certification exam and builds practical job skills for computer hardware and operating systems. It will be broken down into two eight week courses to set students up for success on both parts of the A+ exam. The cost of the program is $1640 and includes materials and the exam fee. The CompTIA A+ is a state funded program. If a student qualifies through the application process, there will be no cost to attend the course.
For more information on both the Pharmacy Technician and the CompTIA A+ Certification courses, call Jamie Longacre, Program Manager at Ivy Tech Community College Southern Indiana, (812) 248-2703.