RALEIGH, N.C. – Unemployed workers will soon have a chance to train for new job skills in a variety of fields through six programs Wake technical Community College will launch this fall.

The programs are designed to train people in six months or less. The six descriptions as provided by Wake tech:

● BioWork: The BioWork program equips students for entry-level employment as process technicians – essential players in the booming biotechnology, pharmaceutical and chemical manufacturing industries.
● Certified Nursing Assistant: The CNA program focuses on basic nursing skills for providing care to patients in a variety of health care settings. Classes cover communication, safety, patients’ rights, mental health, emergency care, and more.
● Medical Healthcare Office Occupation: This program provides competencies in medical terminology, billing and diagnostic coding processes, and health insurance, among others, for work in the medical office setting.
● Office Assistant: Keyboarding, software applications, spreadsheets, and database management are all part of work in the office setting. This program also gets workers up to speed on presentations, basic bookkeeping, and Internet communications and research – as well as basic Spanish language for the workplace!
● Hospitality: Customer service is an ever-expanding industry, and this program provides training for workers at all levels, from line employees to group leaders and supervisors. Those already employed in the field can gain skills to advance to managerial positions.
● HVAC/Plumbing: This training in fundamentals of the home-building trade covers condensors, compressors and other components of heating and air conditioning as well as instruction in plumbing basics.

Wake Tech announced the programs Thursday as part of the North Carolina JobsNOW Initiative. Funding includes $250,000 from the federal government.

“Wake Tech is very excited to offer these new training options and we have no doubt they can help workers get back in the game,” says Wake Tech President Dr. Stephen Scott. “Although short-term in format, these programs are not at all short on the skills and knowledge they deliver. They’re a perfect fit for students and workers seeking rewarding careers in high-demand fields.”

Financial assistance may be available through the Capital Area Workforce Development Board. To determine eligibility, potential students should call (919) 856-6043. people wanting financial assistance should call the hotline first, according to Wake tech.

Online registration is available