As the economy continues to add jobs, more open positions are available than people to fill them. To fill these opportunities, Bucks County Community College is hosting two mandatory information sessions for its 12-week Metalwork Training Program.

Being held this Thursday, Jan. 10, and next week, Jan. 17, any interested students must attend at least one if they wish to enroll this semester. Lower Bucks Epstein Campus at 1304 Veterans Highway in Bristol.

Bucks County Community College

BCCC targets its job training at unemployed or underemployed people; it boasts a graduation and job-placement rate of more than 90%. As the retail sector continues to shrink, this training allows anyone looking for work a chance to refocus their drive and pursue a new career.

Applicants who meet certain criteria can enroll for free, while others must pay tuition. Potential trainees can find out if they qualify to cover the $6,000 cost at one of the information sessions.

The first day of classes begins Feb. 18 at the college’s Advanced Manufacturing Training Center and kicks off an engaging curriculum.

Students are in the classroom at 310 George Patterson Boulevard four days a week. The fifth day, they are taken off-site for company tours.

Anyone with questions can reach out to Stephanie Wenger at 215-968-8478. Potential students can sign up for the mandatory information sessions at 267-685-4884 or email Bridget.Hughes@bucks.edu.

As part of the program students will receive:

  • one-on-one job placement services,
  • a certificate of completion,
  • certification OSHA10,
  • and forklift safety training.

There are several requirements to enroll in the program:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen or possess a Green Card
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Pass an aptitude test, drug screening, background check, and a physical test
  • Have reliable transportation to commute to training and to a variety of industry field trips.