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iCADEMY offers skills for jobs

Jeff State Community College’s Clanton campus will host a career fair today, July 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Information about eligibility in Jeff State’s iCADEMY program will be available.

The class works to get people back to work. When offered last spring, the program included training for people in healthcare and manufacturing, including welding.

This fall’s program will focus again on healthcare and include two parts.

The first part is a three-week course on basic work and computer skills, as well as resume writing. The second part of the class will focus on skills specifically needed in the healthcare field, from medical terminology and anatomy to basic Spanish.

The course and its mission is a timely one.

Unemployment in Chilton County rose back to more than 10 percent in June.

The county’s unemployment rate for June 2010 rose to 10.1 percent, up from 9.7 percent in May. That figure is almost as high as June 2009, when the county’s jobless rate stood at 10.2 percent.

While no program – only time – will completely solve the county’s, state’s and country’s economic woes, programs like iCADEMY at Jeff State make a huge difference in the lives on people directly involved in the class.

However, the class must reach a minimum of 10 students or Jeff State will not be able to offer the program.

The program’s grant is funded by the US Department of Labor. Classes begin July 22 for certified nursing assisting.

For more information on iCADEMY Prep, contact Christine McClain at (205) 856-7710 or (205) 856-6056.