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15 Participants Complete LCC’s "Get a Skill, Get a Job" Program, Secure Jobs with the State of Michigan

July 23, 2014

Lansing, MICH – This Thursday, Lansing Community College (LCC) will hold graduation for 15 participants that have successfully completed the Get a Skill, Get a Job training program in Information Technology.

Last June, LCC partnered with the Michigan Department of Technology, Management, and Budget to train 15 individuals, for one month, in the field of Information Technology. Upon successful completion of the program, the participants were offered the opportunity for placement in a 30-hour per-week job as an IT Student Assistant with the State of Michigan.

“The Business and Community Institute (BCI) at LCC has the charge and privilege of helping regional employers grow by enhancing their productivity, leading to job creation and retention,” said Baldomero Garcia, executive director of LCC’s Business & Community Institute. “President Knight’s vision for the Get a Skill, Get a Job initiative, and our partnership with Jim Hogan and the State of Michigan, has created a venue for these individuals to acquire the IT skills necessary to obtain a job in their desired profession. It has been an honor to provide these individuals with such a tremendous opportunity to jump start their career pathway.”

The training, “Information Technology Fundamentals for IT Student Assistants,” provided 100 hours of education in the skills needed to work as assistants to senior level programmers, including JAVA, SQL, and VB.NET. The course also included a career readiness skills training, resume writing assistance, and interview proficiency practice.

“The Get a Skill, Get a Job program allows us an opportunity to give students practical work experience in developing technology solutions that we can deliver to our citizens,” said Jim Hogan, chief information officer for the Michigan Department of Technology, Management, and Budget. “The program is an important element in retaining talent in the mid-Michigan area, and we were eager to partner with LCC on this exciting initiative.”

A graduation ceremony is planned for 12:15pm on Thursday, July 24 at LCC’s West Campus. For more information, visit www.lcc.edu/getaskill or call (517) 483-1857.

About Lansing Community College

Lansing Community College is Michigan's third largest community college with approximately 20,000 students attending each year. LCC offers courses in general education for those interested in transferring to a four-year institution, career and workforce development, developmental education and personal enrichment. To meet the professional development and training needs of regional employees, the college offers customized programs for credit, non-credit and continuing education. The University Center at LCC offers students the opportunity to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees from six partner universities on the downtown LCC campus. For more information, visit lcc.edu.

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