(Moorefield, WV) – Starting this fall, Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College (Eastern) will be offering tuition-free courses for in-demand programs in both Healthcare and Advanced Manufacturing. Healthcare programs include: Emergency Medical Services (EMS)/Paramedic, Pharmacy Technician and Health Information Coder/Technician. Eastern will be introducing several new tuition-free offerings in Advanced Manufacturing. Industry-recognized credentials, through the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS), will be offered in several areas of Industrial Technology Maintenance. Program areas will include: Basic Mechanical Systems, Electrical Systems, Electronic Control Systems, and Process Control Systems.
These educational and training opportunities will be funded through the America’s Promise Job Driven Grant Program. Eastern will join forces with Allegany College of Maryland, and Dabney S. Lancaster Community College in Virginia to form the Route 220 America’s Promise (AP220) Consortium Project. The AP220 Project has received a multi-year, $3.6 million award. The goal of the grant is to provide individuals the opportunity to receive high-quality, tuition-free education, and training that leads to industry-recognized credentials and degrees. Funding is availability for participants who wish to pursue a career pathway leading to employment, but lack the resources to do so. The AP220 Project, through partnerships with industry leaders, workforce development, community and technical colleges, economic development committees, and community stakeholders, will coordinate existing programs to reduce financial barriers for participants.
“This program is a tremendous opportunity for both the workforce and businesses throughout Potomac Highlands Region,” stated David Smarik, Consortium Director for the AP220 Project. “Eastern we be working diligently to prepare participants for in-demand employment opportunities.”
For additional information of these programs, please call Eastern WVCTC at (304) 434-8000.
About America’s Promise Grants
America’s College Promise grants support tuition-free education that prepares participants for jobs to meet industry workforce needs. The grants are for four years and are designed to
create or expand regional partnerships between employers, economic development, workforce development, community colleges, training programs, K-12 education systems, and community-based organizations that make a commitment – or a “promise” – to provide a pipeline of workers to fill existing job openings, meet existing employer needs for expansion, fuel the talent needs of entrepreneurs, and attract more jobs from overseas.
For more information about Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College’s financial aid opportunities, programs of study, workforce training and community education and events, call toll free: 877-982-2322; or check the College’s website: “www.easternwv.edu”. Serving the residents of Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Mineral, Pendleton and Tucker counties, and fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College is a comprehensive and equal opportunity community and technical college bringing the resources and assets of education that works to the families, communities and employers of the Potomac Highlands. Eastern’s service district comprises 3,200 square miles over six counties in the rural Potomac Highlands of eastern West Virginia. Eastern is dedicated to the mission of providing accessible and affordable educational opportunities for academic as well as entrepreneur education and assistance for the Potomac Highlands Regional community.