A reader expressed skepticism to me about whether the job-training program at Lorain County Community College that drew President Obama's interest recently was really as effective as claimed.
The 18-week program, helping displaced workers learn some high-tech machining skills, was said to have a 90-percent placement rate for its graduates within three months.
"It just sounds too good to be true," emailed my correspondent.
I emailed the president of the college, Roy Church, and asked for more information.
His reply offered additional context, but didn't answer all my questions, so I have replied to President Church seeking more documentation, if there is any. When I get it, I'll pass it along.
Dear Mr. Troy,
In bulleted format, here is information that I believe will answer your question regarding the placement rate and our Transformations program.
· Our program was originally designed and developed through a grant from the U. S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education in 1989, the model has been utilized for dislocated worker programs as well as customized incumbent worker programs. The 18 week Transformations Program combines broad-based education with specialized technical skills, generating a program that can be implemented as credit, non-credit credit, or a combination of both. The program takes a holistic approach to education and training incorporating assessment, education, counseling, job search skills, and job placement.
· The Transformations Program generates an educated workforce for industry based on actual job requirements. Many models have been generated based on industry requirements in areas of Computerized Numerically Controlled Machining (CNC), A+ Certification (IT), Robotics and Automation, A.W.S. Certified Welding Programs, and company specific training programs.
· The placement rate applies to graduates of the Transformation Program, and in particular the Transformation CNC Machining program
· Since the program’s inception, thirty-four (34) groups of dislocated workers have graduated from the Transformations Program for a total of 400+ students.
· The Workforce Investment Act sets outcome measures for those serving job seekers who receive training dollars for short-term training to be able to secure employment. The target is 90 days, or 3 months. This is why we cited that benchmark.
I am glad you enjoyed your trip to our campus.
Roy A. Church|President
Lorain County Community College
1005 North Abbe Road|Elyria, OH 44035
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